The Creator of PlayStation’s Iconic Logo Sound Has Died
It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Tohru Okada, the renowned Japanese music producer known for his significant contributions to the PlayStation brand. Okada, who was 73 years old at the time of his passing, left an indelible mark on the gaming industry with his iconic creation of the PlayStation logo sound.
The Moonriders, the rock band of which Okada was a part, expressed their heartfelt gratitude to all those who had collaborated with him over the years and to the fans who had cherished his music. In a translated Facebook post, they conveyed their appreciation for the outpouring of love and support. Last year, Okada had been hospitalized due to a compression fracture but remained determined to perform at the Hyde Park Music Festival in April, which was scheduled to take place in Okayama, his former hometown.
The band revealed that Okada had been diligently working to regain his physical strength following his medical treatments, with the aim of delivering an unforgettable performance. However, in light of his passing, the event was understandably canceled as a mark of respect for Okada and his family.
Okada’s contribution to the PlayStation brand formed the foundation of countless childhood memories worldwide. The familiar logo sound he crafted signaled the start of gaming adventures and promised something extraordinary. Additionally, Okada collaborated on a song used in early Crash Bandicoot commercials in Japan, while his fellow producer and Moonriders member, Keiichi Suzuki, co-composed soundtracks for acclaimed titles such as Mother, EarthBound, Real Sound: Kaze no Regret, and several entries in the Super Smash Bros. series.
The news of Okada’s passing has deeply touched fans, who have responded with heartbreak and sorrow. Many have taken the opportunity to pay tribute to his legacy and express their gratitude for the profound impact he had on their lives. One fan eloquently stated, “Rest in peace to a genuine gaming legend, the PS1 startup is ENTRENCHED in so many core memories.” Our thoughts and condolences go out to Okada’s friends, family, and the Moonriders during this difficult time.
Tohru Okada’s creative genius and the melodies he crafted will forever be treasured, continuing to evoke nostalgia and joy in the hearts of gamers around the world. May he rest in peace, knowing that his music will continue to resonate in the gaming community for generations to come.