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Who likes music?? I like music. You like music. We all like music. But hey, music don't grow on trees, and it's gotta come from somewhere. Without music composers, our favorite games and films would feel pretty naked, and it's something I think deserves a ton of appreciation. With all the advancements in orchestras, digital music creation, and the sheer number of musicians out there, it can be pretty tough to stand out from the crowd. So here's a topic dedicated to appreciating our favorite composers! (It can be for music in pretty much any form, but when making this topic I mostly had games and films in mind). Personally I find it difficult to nail down one favorite, but lately I've been especially appreciative of Akira Yamaoka. Yamaoka is primarily known as the main sound designer and musician of most of the Silent Hill games. As a big fan of the first three games of the series, I can safely say that they wouldn't be anywhere near as good experiences without his sound work. He has an amazing talent over a very wide range of music - at times he creates beautiful piano pieces, other times it's some otherworldly ambience, other times it's hard rock, and sometimes it's just unsettling noise that seems nonsensical and yet sticks with you remarkably. It all pieces together to form an incredibly uncomfortable, and yet somehow beautiful atmosphere. At the end of the day his work, to me, is just strange and intriguing. It is some of the most interesting music out there. And to me that's something I can admire - I love hearing things I've never heard before, music that can't be mistaken for anyone else, sounds that no one else would even think to put together. It's the same as visual or interactive art; my favorite kinds are the ones that take me to another world. So that's one thing I like in a composer. But music comes in many forms and styles, and everyone's got their tastes. Now's a chance to introduce others to your favorites!