HHHHNNNNNNGGGGGG! F*ck! I tried bidding. Tried and tried. I just can't swing this on my blogger salary. Every bid I submitted was pushed up by another. And this auction only just went up!
Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka has put up for auction his beloved guitar, amp and effects box that he used to compose the music for Konami's horror series.The proceeds go to Play for Japan, a game industry relief effort that has already raised over $23,000 so far. I was willing to put in another $1,000 or so for that cause, but my money isn't good enough here!
He's giving up the Yamaha APX-15FM that he bought right before composing the first Silent Hill soundtrack as well as his Line 6 FB4 and a Line 6 POD. These items are legendary in my mind as they have since been used for every Silent Hill soundtrack since. Even more so when you consider that they were used in live performances at Video Games Live concerts. Yamaoka himself says that giving this gear up is nothing compared to losses the people of Touhoku suffered due to the earthquakes and tsunamis.
Those that know me know that I'm a huge Akira Yamaoka fan. One of the highlights of my career is being able to meet and interview him. As a musician, getting the gear he used to create the soundtrack to one of my favorite game series would be incredible. The included autograph would just be icing on the cake. But I've not got the scratch. Still, I'm glad to see that this much money is going toward the relief efforts.