Vib Ribbon, artwork by Masaya Matsuura (NanaOn-Sha)
Masaya Matsuura is, without a doubt, one of the most unique video game and music designers in the world. The PlayStation music game Vib-Ribbon only reinforces that fact.To commemorate the launch Matsuura-san together with his studio NanaOn-Sha created 50 special statuettes.
After Matsuura-san worked together with the American artist Rodney Greenblatt on the iconic Parappa the Rapper and invented the modern music video game in the process, he developed Vib-Ribbon on the PlayStation by himself.
The Vector-based line art of Vib Ribbon was both an artistic choice and a technical solution for the type of game he wanted to create. With his earlier music game Parappa the Rapper the music was still streamed from the game CD, but Vib Ribbon was the first game to be entirely loaded on to the internal RAM of the PlayStation. This made it possible for users to insert their own music CDs and use them to play the game. Levels and obstacles were dynamically generated based on the music.
Vib Ribbon is now a cult title. Its release was limited to Japan and Europe. The sequel was only released in Japan.
With the launch of Vib Ribbon in 1999, Matsuura-san and his studio NanaOn-Sha created 50 hand-signed statuettes of crystal glass. Only 9 of these remain available, exclusively through Cook & Becker.
Masaya Matsuura's and Nanaon-Sha's most recent project is the charity iOS game WinTa.
More about the artist
Masaya Matsuura (NanaOn-Sha)
Masaya Matsuura (松浦 雅也, Matsuura Masaya -born June 16, 1961) is a musician and video game designer based in Tokyo, Japan. He majored in Industrial Society at Ritsumeikan University. Matsuura-san has worked extensively with music and images. He has been active with J-Pop band, PSY • S (サイズ) (or PSYCHOLOGICAL S), was the first Japanese musician ever to release a CD-Rom, and has been credited with inventing the modern music video game, Parappa the Rapper at his studio NanaOn-Sha.