He joined Konami on September 21, 1993, after previously being a freelance music composer. He is most well known for his work for the Silent Hill series of video games, for which he composed all the music and sound effects in the whole series (excluding Silent Hill: Play Novel for the Game Boy Advance and "Esperandote" in Silent Hill, composed by Rika Muranaka). Since Silent Hill 3, he is playing a more important role as the series' producer, also continuing with his music composition working.
Yamaoka's sound commonly contains strong melancholy undertones and generally identifies with the dark ambient, industrial, trip-hop and rock genres. Since Silent Hill 3, he also started working in collaboration with Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Joe Romersa for vocal compositions.
Much of his work from previous titles has been compiled for the 2006 Silent Hill movie adaptation, directed by Christophe Gans.
His music from Silent Hill 2 was performed live in 2005 at the third Symphonic Game Music Concert in Leipzig, Germany. Yamaoka also performed music from Silent Hill at the world-premiere of Play! A Video Game Symphony on , 2006 in Chicago, Illinois, and accompanied the orchestra with an electric seven-string guitar. He also composed songs for KONAMI's Bemani series, which has also featured tracks from Silent Hill.
His first original album, iFUTURELIST, was released in January 2006. He also wrote the theme of 101%, the main show of the French TV channel Nolife.
Phillip "Phil" LaMarr (born January 24, 1967) is an American actor, comedian and voice actor. He has an extensive voice acting career, with major roles spanning animated series Futurama, Static Shock, Samurai Jack, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, and Transformers Animated, and video games Metal Gear Solid 2 and 4, the Jak and Daxter series, Darksiders, Final Fantasy XII, inFAMOUS, Dead Island and the Mercenaries series.
LaMarr gave voice to the title character in the Cartoon Network animated series Samurai Jack, which started in 2001 and ended production in 2004. The show was about a time-displaced samurai living in a dystopian future.
Video game voiceover work
LaMarr did the English voice over work for Vamp, a villain of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Additionally, LaMarr did the voice over work for the character Reddas from Square Enix's Final Fantasy XII as well as Ramza in the PSP version of Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions. He also did several voices, including Skelter, for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.
He also did the English voice acting for the parts of Sig and Count Veger in the Jak and Daxter video game series as well as voicing several characters in the game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, as well as the voice of Gadon Thek in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. As well as a featuring in the Sega CD game Make My Video C+C Music Factory, he also was the voice of Chris Jacobs in both Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction and its sequel, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames. He plays the character John White in the PS3 titles Infamous 1 and 2. Also, he plays the character Dr. Ragland in the game Prototype. He also was the voice of the grumpy Kane in the game The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning, and Marty in the video game tie-in of Madagascar. LaMarr also recently voiced the merchant "Vulgrim" in the new action/adventure hybrid Darksiders. He reprised his role as Kit Fisto for the video game: Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes. LaMarr voiced Rick Grimes in the animation film of The Walking Dead. He also voiced Sam B, one of the playable characters in Dead Island.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Troy, once the lead singer for “Tripp Fontaine” (FMPM/Universal) first began working as an actor in TV and Radio commercials. He quickly became a mainstay voice actor of the Anime community with such roles as “Frank Archer” in Full Metal Alchemist, "Greed" in Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, “Abel Nightroad” in Trinity Blood, “Gennosuke” in Basilisk, “Schneizel” in Code Geass and “Action Bastard” in Shin Chan.
Troy can also be heard in lead roles for blockbuster video game titles like Darksiders (Abbaddon), Final Fantasy 13(Snow Villiers) Modern Warfare 2 (Allen), Call of Duty: Black Ops (Brooks), Red Faction: Guerrilla (Alec Mason),Persona 4 (Kanji) Tales of Vesperia (Yuri), Resistance 2 (Major Blake), Trauma Center: New Blood (Markus Vaughn), and Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures (Conan).
Troy has excelled in the on camera industry, as well. He has starred alongside Val Kilmer (Tombstone), Karl Urban (Star Trek), Steve Zahn (That Thingy You Do!), Elizabeth Banks (W), Glenn Morshower (24), and Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba). He was also the host and co-producer for the hit reality TV show “Road Rage”, which spotlighted pop culture conventions around the country. Now residing in Los Angeles, Troy continues to write and record music while also working on Naruto (Yamato), Soul Eater (Excalibur), and several other projects to be announced in 2011.
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice over actress, writer, singer and director. As an actress, she portrayed "Major Motoko Kusanagi" in Ghost In The Shell Innocence, Solid State Society and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the American Anime Award for Best Actress. You can also hear her as "Sei" in Alpha Protocol and "Nora" in Final Fantasy XIII. Some of her other popular roles are "Cornelia" in Code Geas. "Kurenai" from Naruto, "Julia" from Cowboy Bebop, "Helba" and "Bordeau" from .hack, "Jagura" from Wolf's Rain and "Caroline" from Vampire Hunter D.
As a director, Mary Elizabeth just wrapped up directing the first season of Stitch! for The Disney Channel and the adr on the feature animated film Dino Mom. She is currently directing Naruto: Shippuden for Disney XD. She has directed the 4 Naruto Movies as well as Naruto the series for which she received the 2008 SPJA award for best director. Among her many other directing credits are Cowboy Bebop the series, Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Wolf’s Rain, the movie Appleseed and was a co-writer for the American adaptation of Metropolis. She also directed the original animated series Gormiti Lords of Nature for Cartoon Network and Wild Animal Babies for PBS.
Mary Elizabeth has had the great honor of singing the music of Akira Yamaoka for the movie Silent Hill as well as the games: Silent Hill 3, 4, 5, Origins and the newly released Silent Hill: Shattered Memories which she also co-directed.
For the gaming world she directed Samuel L. Jackson and Ron Perlman as well as the rest of the original cast in the recently released Afro Samurai game. She also directed the entire cast of iCarly for their interactive game. Mary Elizabeth has directed the voice work for Soul Calibur Legends, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, Devil May Cry 3, 3.5 and 4, Spyhunter, the Naruto Clash of Ninja and Ultimate Ninja series, as well being second director for Kung Fu Panda.
RICHARD EPCAR-one of the hardest working men in show business- has voiced over 300 characters and is well known to Animation, Game and Anime fans starting with "ROBOTECH" (as Ben Dixon, Lunk, Grel and Capt Grant). He is "BATOU" in "GHOST IN THE SHELL" and he"s in a new series from Nickelodeon, "AVATAR: THE LEGEND OF KORRA".
Some games you"ve heard him on: "KINGDOM HEARTS"(as Ansem/Terra-Xehanort), "TRANSFORMERS"(as Skywarp), "SKYRIM: ELDER SCOLLS V" (Game of the Year 2011), "STAR WARS", "MORTAL KOMBAT"(as Raiden-Fighting Game of the Year 2011), "BAYONETTA" (nominated by NAVGTR for Best Supporting Performance), "CATHERINE", "MODNATION RACERS", "MORTAL KOMBAT vs. D.C. UNIVERSE" (as Raiden and The Joker), "CALL OF DUTY-BLACK OPS", "DEAD SPACE 2", "STAR CRAFT 2", "RED FACTION GUERILLA", "COMMAND & CONQUER 4", "XENOSAGA"(as Ziggy), "GUILTY GEARS 2", "GHOST RECON 3", ".HACK", "DYNASTY WARRIORS" (as Dong Zhuo), and "WORLD OF WARCRAFT" to name a few.
Some of you know him from "BLEACH", "BOBOBO", "X-MEN", "NARUTO", "MONSTER", "OUTLAW STAR", "MACROSS PLUS", "THE NEW SPEED RACER", "RUROUNI KENSHIN", "LUPIN the THIRD", "DIGIMON", "SAMURAI CHAMPLOO", "GTO", "CYBER SOLDIER 009", "NINJA SCROLL", and "POWER RANGERS". He is also a sought after game, animation and ADR director-directing such games as "STAR OCEAN", "BLUE DRAGON", "UNREAL TOURNEMENT", "SMACKDOWN VS. RAW", and "JACKASS" and such live action films ADR as "OLDBOY", "AZUMI", "FEARLESS" and "IRON MONKEY". Some shows he"s directed are, "LUPIN THE THIRD, "GHOST IN THE SHELL 2", "NOEIN", "FIGHTING SPIRIT", "ROBOTECH: SHADOW CHRONICLES", to name a few.
On camera Richard has appeared in many films and television shows including: John Carpenter"s "MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN", "COLUMBO", "DIAGNOSIS MURDER", "GUNS OF PARADISE", "BEVERLY HILLS 90210", "MATLOCK", "CHEERS", "DAYS OF OUR LIVES", "GENERAL HOSPITAL", and soon to be seen as a lead in the feature film "BROKEN SPIRITS". You can hear him as BUCK the big gorilla in "RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES".
He"s very excited about his new audio book-"WHITE EYES"-a DOC SAVAGE NOVEL in which he plays 40 characters and is the narrator for this fantastic pulp fiction book.
ELLYN STERN is a classically trained actress, whose career spans from film, to television, to stage. Ellyn is also widely known for her voice work and the wide range of characters she has played. She has done hundreds of characters. She started in anime with the original "Robotech" series- in which she played numerous characters. Most recently she can be heard as Dorothy in “True Crimes, Hong Kong”, and is a series regular on Mobile Suit Gundham Unicorn,, playing Martha She can also be heard as: "Yu"s Mom" on "Noein" and "Jack"s Mom" in Mar. She voiced "Haraway" in "Ghost in the Shell 2-Innocence". She played "Rosalind" in "Armitage III", "Himeno" in "Fight!! Spirit of the Sword", "Sayaka" in "Mental Fighter Miku", "Moru" in " Vampire Princess Miyu" "Hiroshi"s Mom" in “Zenki", "The Great Miracle", "Zentrix", "Mini Pato", "Digimon", "Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo", "Parome" in "Genma Wars", as well as several roles in
"Mobile Suit Gundam-The Movie Trilogy", "Bushido Blade 2", "Lupin the 3rd", "Patlabor 3", and "Fighting Spirit", to name just a few.
You"ve heard her on "Shadow Hearts II" as Veronica Vera and other characters. Ellyn just voiced and mo-capped a big game whose name she cannot reveal at the moment.
Other cartoons include “Wings of Honnesmise”, "Samurai X". "The Little Punk", Honey Bee Hutch", "Wisdom of the Gnomes", "Macross I, II, III", Tom Sawyer, Captain Schnauzer", Gigi" and many others. She directed and voiced "Aero Wings 1 and 2", "Jade Cacoon", "Super Magnetic Neo" and "Galerians". Other CD Rom games include "Inherit The Earth" and "Abby".
On film she starred in "Jessie"s Girls", co-starred in "Duchess and The Dirtwater Fox", co-starred in "Fatal Charm", and
"Prisoner in the Middle" aka "Warhead". On television she"s done numerous shows, "American Carrott", "Charlie"s Angels", and recurring characters on "General Hospital", "Santa Barbara" and "Days Of Our Lives". She has voiced lead voices in many live action feature films that have been adapted into English including Academy Award winners "Cinema Paradiso", "Belle Epoque", "Eat, Drink, Man, Woman", "Kika", "Mostly Martha","Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown", "Fencing Master", "Widow of St. Pierre", "Amores Perros", "Mission Kashmir", "Iron Monkey","The Emperor and the Assassin", "Onmyoji-Ying-Yang Masters","Le Femme Nikita","Tae Guk Gi", "Babbette"s Feast" and "Shiri", to name a few.
Currently, Ellyn is starring as the Queen in EXIT THE KING, by Ionesco. Adapted and translated by Geoffrey Rush, who won a Tony for it on Broadway in 2009. Ellyn played Jacqueline Kennedy at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, in "We"ll Never Be Young Again", the story of JFK"s assassination, in which the horror of that day is recalled. She also starred in MRS. WARREN"S PROFESSION as Mrs. Warren, and starred in APPLE, an award winning play.
David Doub is the Publisher and Head Writer for Dusk Comics. Dusk Comics is an Independent Comic Book Publisher out of Denton Texas. David took his love of creating comics into a full blown publishing company to help other creators get their works out. David’s writing style leans to dark complex dramas that explore the messier side of human nature. You can see examples of that in the 2 volumes of Dusk and the noir styling of Mystery Masque. Also currently Dusk Comics is releasing the Malaysian Manga CESAGA. Learn Malaysian mythology in the form of shonen action. You can find out more about David and Dusk at http://www.duskcomics.com.
Robotech Convention Tour!
Fans will get the latest information on Robotech: Love Live Alive, Carl Macek’s Robotech Universe and the live action film currently in development over at Warner Brothers.
Armand Villavert Jr.
Armand Villavert Jr. is a retired champion in Rock em Sock em Robots. If asked to compete he replies "I was a great robot champion once, until I was Sock em'd in the knee." These days though he is an accomplished artist that has done works for TOKYOPOP called Zapt!, BOOM STUDIOS' The Muppet Robin Hood, and is currently doing an IMAGE book called Gladstone's School for World Conquerors. He has also worked in the video game industry and such games as Tak 3, Jake Long: American Dragon, and Spongebob Squarepants.
He is also working on a few projects outside the realm of comics and is dabbling his creative outlets in directing a series of serialized short movies called PRINCESS ZOLARA. Armand lives in the deserts of Phoenix waiting and biding his time for the empire to weaken and then strike to bring it down.
Kevin McKeever – V.P. Of Marketing Robotech.com
A graduate of the lighting design program from Emerson College, Kevin has been working in the entertainment industry for nearly 15 years. He has worked in theater production at world class venues such as the Goodspeed Opera House, the Emerson Majestic Theater, Foxwoods Casino, and the Mohegan Sun Resort which he helped open in 1996.
His television production credits include Jackass, Kids Say the Darnedest Things, Guinness Book of World Records, Krypton Factor, Farmclub.com, The 60's as well as various television commercials. His film credits include Mystery Men, For Love of the Game, and Billy Frankenstein. Kevin has also served as Assistant VP of Production for feature film producer and New York Times best-selling author Lynda Obst <http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0643553> .
Kevin's first official assignment in the Robotech universe was as an audit of Robotech's television ratings and viewer demographics during its original run in the 1980s. Kevin's analysis of the ratings in a cost effective manner along with his years of production experience made him a natural candidate for the Robotech team.