News broke yesterday that Mamoru Samuragochi – acclaimed in Japan for composing supposed classical music hits and claiming that he was deaf – has been exposed as a fake. Now the real musical genius behind his work has come out and exposed the charade he has been playing all these years. Samuragochi, dubbed as Japan’s “Beethoven” (because of a supposed hearing impairment similar to the European classical music genius), was widely acclaimed for his work on soundtracks of iconic video game franchises such as Resident Evil. It turns out that he was never deaf to begin with, and is not able to write any music at all.
These facts have come right after Samuragochi himself has confessed to hiring another man to write his music. The real genius behind Samuragochi’s supposed work is part-time music school teacher Takashi Niigaki, who in an hour-long press conference claimed that he has been writing Samuragochi’s music for the past 18 years. “I am an accomplice of Samuragochi because I continued composing just as he demanded, although I knew he was deceiving people,” Niigaki said. He revealed that for nearly two decades, Samuragochi had paid him just 7 million yen (about US$68,600) during a period when he had composed more than 20 musical pieces. “I told him a few times that we should stop doing this, but he never gave in. Also he said he would commit suicide if I stopped composing for him,” he added.
Also, Niigaki put to end the rumors on whether Samuragochi was really deaf. “I’ve never felt he was deaf ever since we met,” the music teacher said of Samuragochi’s supposed hearing impediment. “We carry on normal conversations. At first he acted to me also as if he had suffered hearing loss, but he stopped doing so eventually,” he said. More telling was Niigaki’s revelation as to Samuragochi’s real musical skill. The Tokyo-based music teacher claimed he thought initially he was being hired as a composer’s assistant but later on discovered that his boss was unable to write musical scores at all.
[via Daily Mail]