Whoever wrote Ballad of the Wind Fish.
Jeremy Soule (Knights of the Old Republic, Skyrim, Guild Wars 2)
Harry Gregson-Williams (Metal Gear Solid franchise, Call of Duty 4)
Jack Wall (Mass Effect franchise, Jade Empire)
Hans Zimmer (Modern Warfare 2, Crysis 2)
Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy franchise)
Akira Yamaoka ( Silent Hill franchise)
And yes, he might have composed for some of the best games ever, but his music has contributed to make them such amazing games.
Whoever made the soundtrack for Beyond Good and Evil needs to make more for other games. I was blown away by the ambiance the music created.
My vote goes to Hans Zimmer everything he makes is just epic.
If you die you die but if you don't die you still die.
Voted Hans Zimmer, since his compositions are usually just massive and really convey perfectly fitting moods. Whom I really miss in the list is Frank Klepacki!!! (most of the good stuff in C&C and several others)
I don't think if have heard of many groups performing the other guys music. Nobuo Uematsu sells CDs and seats for concerts like mad... even when it isn't him performing.
EDIT: Also of note is the fact he did a lot of really good work on the SNES... not exactly a high quality sound system.
oh yeah and Yasunori Shiono
Last edited by Foomy; 2012-09-23 at 11:51 AM.