The Music of Bayonetta

Bayonetta

Filed: Bayonetta, Games, PlatinumGames

Hello, my name is Hiroshi Yamaguchi, and I am in charge of composing the music on Bayonetta. I’d like to share some of my experiences crafting these sounds with you all.

The first thing that really needs to be covered is:

Who is Bayonetta!?

1. Bayonetta is an unmatched beauty (witch).
2. Bayonetta is fast, agile, and has powerful attacks that spell instant death to monsters (and heaven to guys).
3. Bayonetta is cool and collected, sassy, and a real princess (who just happens to like implements of torture).
4. Bayonetta is concerned with looking good (glasses, heels, piercings), loves candy, and can show hints of being cute.

With this in mind, I set off to make music that was both indicative of Bayonetta, and also music that could only appear in Bayonetta, and am still working hard at it today. Some of these tracks have been used in the trailers we have released so far, so for those who haven’t seen them please watch and especially listen!

TGS  2008 Trailer

First Climax Trailer

What do you think?

These have a few special things going for them:

1. A nice up-tempo beat.
2. To express the idea of femininity, I used “beautiful” instruments like pianos, electric pianos, organs, vibraphones, flutes, double bass, and a female chorus.

Since we decided on witches, one would tend to imagine a dark, fantasy air about things; however, Bayonetta, as a witch living in the present day, is more of an uninhibited, modern conception of a woman. As music is one way to express these characteristics, I’m focusing on making music that makes you feel this modern femininity.

When we started production, we established a style based on these traits, but it still took a long time to get used to producing. It is difficult to establish both the feeling of femininity and get the intensity required of an action game soundtrack right. For me, once I made the track used in the background of the TGS trailer last year, I finally felt like I had found my footing in making these “Bayonetta-esque” tracks.

Those types of tracks aren’t all we have though, as there are also pure orchestra tracks in the game. If you look at the Japanese Bayonetta homepage (www.bayonetta.jp), the track playing in the background is one of these. We even have a few tracks which make use of ethnic instruments. It all comes down to matching our various tracks to situations, will still keeping them situated on the “Bayonetta-esque” axis.

I’ve said plenty here, but with Bayonetta, seeing is truly believing. I can’t wait until you all get the chance to enjoy the world we’ve created for you.

Until then, I’m going to give it my absolutely all to make the tracks in Bayonetta pieces of music that will stay with you for a long time. I hope you all look forward to hearing them!!

26 Comments Add Your Own

DancingRobot Posted on May 29, 2009 at 9:06 pm

I really love how jazzy and playful the music from both trailers are. Can't wait to hear more.

You guys should totally give us a soundtrack preorder bonus in the states… Or maybe open a Platinum Game store and sell the soundtrack for Bayonetta there, and maybe Madworld too…? Hm…yeah…that'd be awesome.

Marink Posted on May 29, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Love it.

Can't wait to hear the full soundtrack.

I love how the piano rolled in the TGS Trailer.

Kudos.

karmacoma Posted on May 29, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Yeah, the jazzy feel is definitely unique and welcome. I'd love to hear more of the j-pop tunes previews have mentioned, though. But from everything I've heard, I love it!

SonicTHP Posted on May 30, 2009 at 2:27 am

I have very much enjoyed the music of the trailers and I look forward to hearing what is in the full game. I have high expectations, and very few doubts that such expectations will not be met.

Pheonix03 Posted on May 30, 2009 at 5:22 am

Yes!! Music is absolutely key when it comes to videogames, and I'm glad Bayonetta's OST is in very reliable hands! I love how everyone puts their passion into what they do for the game! Way to go Yamaguchi-san!

Black Chamber Posted on May 30, 2009 at 10:28 am

I can't wait to get the soundtrack!

I hope that there is a deluxe, Collector's Edition for the soundtrack, featuring awe-inspiring, decorative packaging [like Okami's 5 CD soundtrack] and containing all the songs from the game, the trailers and even the unused/early tracks!

Great stuff Platinum Games! Now all we need is a release date – and hopefully that release date isn't too far off!

baberific Posted on May 30, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I hope for this game to be a musical masterpiece!!!

And from what I've already heard, it's well on its way to getting there!

Keep up the good work!

Uguuuguu Posted on May 30, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Whats the name of song that plays around 0:26 of the trailer?

Ninja99 Posted on May 30, 2009 at 10:06 pm

If the medley of orchestral and modern upbeat tracks in the various trailers represents the tone of the rest of Bayonetta's soundtrack, I have yet another reason to look forward to the full game. The E3 trailer's music is especially nice. I really like how the j-pop song comes in just as Bayonetta dodges the enemy's attack and goes into Witch Time.

Rizhall Posted on May 30, 2009 at 11:55 pm

The world is indeed great, and you did a great job of making it sound as it looks.

The soundtrack alone can change the emotion of people. For example, I jsut finished watching Gurren Lagann, and there were already manly tears gushing out of my eyes, and the soundtrack did a great job of strengthening all the emotion, instead of just being mere background music. Your job is tough, and I am glad you are doing all you can to make sure the soundtrack is top notch. I can't wait to hear how the soundtrack effects the way I think as I play.

Linkyshinks Posted on May 31, 2009 at 3:47 am

That femininity does indeed come across. I think it's important that this game exudes that whenever possible. It's distinct and appealing because it provides contrast and balance to the aggression and masculinity on screen.

Great work Yamaguchi,-san!, I love it.

Zaka Posted on May 31, 2009 at 5:17 am

Damn i thought masami ueda was working on this, didn't he leave capcom too and joined Platinum, isn't he working on music?

Please let me know hiroshi.

Thanks

Geronimo Posted on May 31, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Yeah what is the name of the song at 0:26 or is it actually in the game and not sung by someone else?

aXL99 Posted on May 31, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Listening to the music in the trailers or the game itself as opposed to listening it on its own is definitely going to be a different kind of experience. The staff at Platinum are all pros, I'm confident you and the sound crew thought through everything during the creative process.

I really enjoyed listening to the one orchestral track on the Japanese site. It's such an epic, sweeping score that immediately sets the tone for the kind of world Bayonetta suddenly found herself in. I wasn't completely sold on the song in the First Climax trailer, although the new one in the Second Climax has piqued my curiosity.

How long does the composing and recording process take for the whole game?

Phantasos Posted on May 31, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Well, if you´re trying to convey Bayoneta´s femininity and sexiness with those Jazz/piano pieces, i´d say that you´re making a terrific job so far and even though i´m really liking the Piano pieces the best, the epic tracks are the ones that are getting my full attention.

Looking forward for a OST

twenty1 Posted on June 11, 2009 at 11:30 am

great read……..the instruments used are genius to capture and evoke emotion

sayde Posted on June 29, 2009 at 2:44 am

The type of music used in the trailers is a much welcomed change compared to the music I'm used to hearing in many games of this genre. If Bayonetta is to be loaded with up-beat music like this, then I'll literally be picking this game up for the soundtrack alone. I can honestly say I've loved every single track we've heard up to this point which has had an "up-tempo beat" to it (and I believe we've heard quite a few among all the various trailers that have been released so far). So Hiroshi Yamaguchi, thank you so much for all your hard work.

robostrike Posted on October 3, 2009 at 8:59 am

Loved the music, especially from the Climax trailer. Who's the female singer who sang the first climax? I really would like to know more of the band/singer ^_^ Thanks

andynorris Posted on January 7, 2010 at 5:49 am

the US version has a dubstep song by a dj out of London

La Roux – In For the Kill (Skream remix)

Bayonettaaeae Posted on January 10, 2010 at 8:57 am

The music in Bayonetta is completely horrible and unfitting. They really need a new composer for their next game.

confused Posted on January 27, 2010 at 7:05 am

Hello

I remmber being in Game Stop & saw the preview and fell in love with the game along with the music that was playing during the commerical so imagine my surprise when I just finished playing the game & patiently waited for the music that I heard on the commerical & was highly disapointed when I did not hear it anywhere through out the game (I even looked that the bonus extras by the way the dance routine was cute). Can you tell me where I can get the song from & why it did not appear in the game (not even on the jukebox). I thought it would of at least played at the end (I assumed it was her theme music)

Thank You

Anthony Posted on July 2, 2013 at 5:22 am

hi yamaguchi san
your music is wonderful, i hope you will enrich the quality on the wiiu, that has a dedicated soundchip, neither ps3 or xbox360 had. ob xbox360/ps3 the music was really cool, but the quality noch much "hifi"

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