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Akira Toriyama with his pet cat, Koge (1987)

Ron Wasserman

Ron Wasserman (born 1961) is an American television composer and heavy metal musician. He was one of the composers of the Saban dub for the first 53 Dragon Ball Z episodes and the edited Tree of Might movie, along with Shuki Levy. Like Levy, he has composed music for many TV shows, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, X-Men and America's Next Top Model, often without receiving credit for his work. He also plays in a band called Fisher.

Work on the show

"I had already left the company [Saban], I think, and then they called [while] I was still doing work for them on and off and said, “We’ve got this ‘Dragonball Z.’ Do you want to do it? Just do it at home.” So I didn’t do the theme but I did the score and I made it the darkest, heaviest [thing], like drones and building sounds and the show exploded and again, I wasn’t credited, and again, I think Saban stopped doing it after a couple of years and it went to another production company. I tried to contact them and they said, “We’re changing the sound.” So I think they lightened up. I’m not sure, I never watched the stuff but it was that golden moment where music was super, super important."[1]