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Naoyuki Sato (佐藤 直之 Satō Naoyuki?), more commonly known as 猫又Master or 猫叉Master (both read as 'Nekomata Master') is a composer for Bemani games. His works have appeared in the Beatmania and Pop'n Music series, although he has worked on other Konami video games. The name Nekomata refers to a two-tailed cat demon of Japanese folklore.

Most of his works are instrumental and new age.

He has previously composed music for other non-Bemani games, including the Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū series. He has also composed the music for Chihiro Yonekura's song, "Little Soldier" and ASACO's "Catch Up Dream!".

He is also the sound director for the Wii videogame, Elebits. Furthermore, he is the music super advisor for Time Hollow.

Albums

Raindrops

Naoyuki Sato's first album, Raindrops features a total of seventeen songs mainly from the Pop'n Music and Beatmania series, as well as several new songs. It was released on the 27th of February 2009.

New songs appearing in the album include "Raindrops#1「Aqua」", "Raindrops#2「Station」", "Raindrops#3「Park」", and "Smile of Split".

Other songs in the album include "Greening", which was the background music for a minigame in Pop'n Music 12 and "Infinity Of Our Love", a song from Elebits.

The long version of "Scar In The Earth" makes its debut in this album.

Backdrops

Backdrops, due to release on the 25th of September 2009, will be an album containing Naoyuki Sato's works under the alias "猫叉Master+", which he used mainly in the Beatmania series.

Songs

Admiral of the Seas (水上の提督)

  • Appeared in:
    • BeatmaniaIIDX 11 RED (Playstation 2)

The long version of Admiral of the Seas is found in the Genso Suikoden V Limited Edition CD. It is also available in the album "Raindrops" under the name "dahaca".

"水上の提督" is read as "Suijou no Teitoku"

The song is a remix version of Admiral Raja's theme in the Playstation 2 game, Suikoden V.

Beyond the Earth

  • Appeared in:
    • Pop'n Music 10 (Playstation 2)
    • Pop'n Music 11 (Playstation 2)
    • Pop'n Music 12 Iroha (Playstation 2)
    • Pop'n Music 13 Carnival (Arcade)
    • BeatmaniaIIDX 9th Style (Playstation 2)

The long version of Beyond the Earth is in the album "Pop'n Music 12 Iroha AC & CS Pop'n Music 10". This song is the first song of Naoyuki Sato's to appear in a Bemani game.

Caring Dance

  • Appeared in:
    • Pop'n Music 15 Adventure (Arcade)

The long version of this song can be found in the Pop'n Music 15 ADVENTURE soundtrack.

Chain of Pain (with kors k)

  • Appeared in:
    • BeatmaniaIIDX 14 GOLD (Playstation 2)

Driven Shooter

  • Appeared in:
    • GuitarFreaks V6 & DrumMania V6 BLAZING (Arcade)

Echoes

  • Appeared in:
    • Pop'n Music 16 PARTY (Arcade)

The long version of this song can be found in the 'Pop'n Music Request Best' album. It is also available in the album "Raindrops".

End of World

  • Appeared in:
    • BeatmaniaIIDX 15 DJ TROOPERS (Arcade)

Infinite cave

  • Appeared in:
    • BeatmaniaIIDX 13 DistorteD (Playstation 2)

Infinity of Our Love (feat. Sana)

  • Appeared in:
    • Pop'n Music 17 The Movie (Arcade)

The original version of this song is available in the album 'Raindrops'. This song is from Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero.

Kung-Fu Empire

  • Appeared in:
    • Beatmania IIDX 16 EMPRESS (Arcade)

This was the first of Naoyuki Sato's song in the Bemani games to not be credited under the name 'Nekomata Master'. Instead, it was credited under the name '飛燕流舞' ('Hien Ryuubu').

Queen's Tragedy

  • Appeared in:
    • Beatmania IIDX 16 EMPRESS (Arcade)

Reflection Into the EDEN

  • Appeared in:
    • BeatmaniaIIDX 12 Happy Sky (Playstation 2)

A long version of this song can be found in the Beatmania IIDX GOLD original soundtrack.

satellite020712 from Coded Arms

  • Appeared in:
    • BeatmaniaIIDX 10th Style (Playstation 2)

A long version of this song can be found on 'V-Rare Soundtrack 12 - beatmania IIDX 10th Style'.

Sayonara Heaven (サヨナラ・ヘヴン)

  • Appeared in:
    • Pop'n Music 11 (Playstation 2)
    • Pop'n Music 12 Iroha (Playstation 2)
    • Pop'n Music 14 FEVER (Arcade)
    • BeatmaniaIIDX 12 Happy Sky (Playstation 2)

The long version of Sayonara Heaven can be found in the album "Pop'n Music 13 Carnival AC & CS Pop'n Music 11". A remake of the song by 大嶋大輔 was released in the Pop'n Music Cafe Music Selection album, following the album's cafe theme.

Scar in the Earth

  • Appeared in:
    • BeatmaniaIIDX 15 DJ TROOPERS (Arcade)

The long version of this song is available in Naoyuki Sato's first album, Raindrops.

The Smile Of You (feat. Jessy)

  • Appeared in:
    • Beatmania IIDX 14 Gold (Arcade)
    • Pop'n Music 17 THE MOVIE (Arcade)

This song is originally from the video-game Elebits. Its long version can be found in the Elebits soundtrack as well as in the album Raindrops.

The Queen's Knights (女王騎士)

  • Appeared in:
    • Pop'n Music 13 Carnival (Playstation 2)

The long version of The Queen's Knights is available in the Genso Suikoden V Limited Edition CD as well as in the album 'Raindrops'.

This song is a remix version of the Queen's Knights' theme in the Playstation 2 game, Suikoden V.

Tree in Lake ~消えたチチカカの木~

  • Appeared in:
    • Pop'n Music 17 THE MOVIE (Arcade)

The long version of this song is available in the Pop'n Music 17 Original Soundtrack.

The title is read as "Tree In Lake ~Kieta Titikaka no Ki~" which translates as "Tree in Lake ~The Vanished Tree of Titicaca~".

Tsuki Yuki Ni Mau Hana No You Ni (月雪に舞う花のように)

  • Appeared in:
    • Pop'n Music 12 Iroha (Playstation 2)
    • Pop'n Music 13 Carnival (Playstation 2)
    • Pop'n Music 15 ADVENTURE (Arcade)

The long version of this song is found in the album "Pop'n Music 14 Fever AC & CS Pop'n Music 12 Iroha and 13 Carnival" and in the album "Raindrops".

The title of this song is based on traditional Japanese poetry. It is ambiguous and can be roughly translated to "Dancing Like A Flower During A Snowy Month", "Dancing Like A Flower On The Snow Moon", or even "Dancing Like A Flower On The Snow and Moon".

Since this song first appeared in Pop'n Music 12 Iroha which had a theme of classical Japan, various traditional Japanese musical instruments can be heard in this song.

Note that in the album "Raindrops", this song is listed as "月雪に舞う華のように", with the kanji "華" used instead of "花", though both are pronounced as "hana", meaning "flower".

Other Songs

  • Bahram Attack (Nekomata Master remix) (feat. June): available in L.E.D.'s first album.
  • Do It Right -ElecNekoTronika mix- : available in Sota Fujimori's first album, 'SYNTHESIZED'.
  • Indigo Bird (with Sana): available through Konami's 'Konami Music Full' download service, as well as in the album 'Raindrops'.
  • Greening : available in the album 'Raindrops'. This song was used as the background music for the Yima minigame in Pop'n Music 12 Iroha.

See also

References

  • Nekomata Master "Raindrops" Konamistyle

http://www.konamistyle.jp/sp/nekomata_1st/?style=topfla#02

http://www.konamistyle.jp/sp/popnbest_st/?style=top_new

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