Hello, my name is Laura Shigihara. I’ve been working for the past 4-5 years as an independent video game composer and sound designer. In my spare time I’ve also been developing an rpg of my own called “Melolune.” I majored in International Relations and Business at UC Berkeley, but ended up completely changing my career path after being offered a couple record contracts in Japan for singing and production. Although I turned them down for personal reasons, I learned from that experience that I should be pursuing my passion: a career related to music and creativity. Since then I’ve gotten to create music and sound for over 15 published titles, my most recent work being the soundtrack for Plants vs. Zombies.
I’ve been playing video games since the days of the NES… some of my favorite games: Chrono Trigger, the original Megaman series (especially 2-5), Starcraft, Secret of Mana, Yoshi’s Island, Street Fighter II, Star Tropics, Zelda: Link to the Past and Twilight Princess… there are too many to name. I’m also a long-time fan of video game music. I always tell people that I learned a lot about composition and arranging from NES video games (the Megaman series in particular). My favorite game composers are Yasunori Mitsuda and Yoko Shimomura. When I’m not working on my game or making music, I teach piano to children, and perform at local venues. I also really like hiking, baking, dancing, Shotokan, going on random adventures, drawing, writing stories, and water (both for drinking and playing in).