The Ongaku is a resource for videogame music news and information, founded on March 20, 2008. Over two thousand news items have been published to the website in English and Japanese.
The website's multimedia projects include game-inspired music albums, created in collaboration with independent developers and chip music artists, as well as Blu-ray discs documenting game-inspired music performance in the United States and Japan. All content is currently funded through Bitcoin donations. Advertising on the site benefits independent artists.
The editor-in-chief and founder of the website is Jeriaska, a writer and filmmaker whose background includes freelance work for professional game publications as a freelance writer since 2008 for Gamasutra, IndieGames.com and 1UP.com. In addition to running the site’s day-to-day operation, he also oversees its financing through crowdfunding campaigns. Beyond his role as producer, he exercises artistic direction over arrange albums and documentary Blu-rays. The site's current editing staff includes Brian Cubría, based in Mexico City.
The site contributes oversight on independently produced arrange albums of game soundtracks, which are currently free to stream in full and download in the listener's file format of choice through Bandcamp. The site's projects include: IWADON: Hiroyuki Iwatsuki Tribute Album, published by Game Music 4 All. Hydorah Arranged Tracks, published by Locomalito. Splatterhouse: Butchered by Various Artists, published by Howard Drossin. Rokko Chan Soundtracks, published by King Soukutu. Blu-Ray documentaries include the FAMI-MODE Blu-ray in collaboration with METEOR.
The site is developed on the Ruby on Rails open source web application framework.
Translation between English and Spanish is currently being contributed by Maria Carrandi.
Translation between English and Japanese for the Japanese language website has been provided by Yoshi Miyamoto, whose contributions have included translating subtitles for DVD projects and Blu-ray releases. In addition, he has contributed arranged music to the IWADON: Hiroyuki Iwatsuki Tribute Album, Hydorah Arranged Tracks, Splatterhouse: Butchered by Various Artists, Rokko Chan Soundtracks and Street Fighter X Mega Man albums under his artist name Pocket Groovy.
The site receives legal counsel from David Gulbransen, a Chicago area attorney with practice areas in information technology law, intellectual property law, and business law. He is a graduate of the Chicago-Kent College of Law where he served on Law Review and as a Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium Fellow.
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