An amazing re-release of works by Soichi Terada by the Dutch label Rush Hour Music came out recently. He composed the score for various video games, including the Ape Escape series, and also produced some awesome electronic music. Website of Terada’s label; Far East Recording.
Terada majored in Computer Science and Electric Organ and after he graduated, he founded his Far East Recording in 1989, because he couldn’t find a label for his compositions at that time.
The sound of Far East Recording is very much inspired by early nineties US deep house. Soichi Terada went out to parties in the late eighties, were he was equally influenced by house and hip-hop. A few years later, Terada took on producing music by using digital sampling. In the early nineties he occasionally DJ-ed with a DAT player and some reel tapes, instead of using records and turntables.