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Masashi Hamauzu

A Composer, arranger and founder of Monomusik, formerly working for Square and Square Enix

Masashi Hamauzu

Masashi Hamauzu, born September 20, 1971 in Munich, Germany, is a video game music composer who has worked for Square Enix for nearly a decade. Hamauzu's start for the company came with the creation of a handful of tracks for Front Mission: Gun Hazard (1996) and Tobal No. 1 (1996). He composed music for Final Fantasy X (2001) together with Nobuo Uematsu and Junya Nakano and Musashi: Samurai Legend (2005) with Junya Nakano, Takayuki Iwai, and Yuki Iwai.

His solo works include Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon (1997), SaGa Frontier 2 (1999), Unlimited SaGa (2002), and Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (2006). In a surprise announcement during the 2006 E3 show, it was revealed that Hamauzu would be providing the soundtrack for Final Fantasy XIII.

Hamauzu has also produced arranged albums for a few of his works, including Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon Coi Vanni Gialli and Piano Pieces "SaGa Frontier 2" Rhapsody. He has prepared the piano arrangements for Final Fantasy X Piano Collections and Yasunori Mitsuda's Sailing to the World Piano Score.

Hamauzu's works are often reminiscent of Chopin, Ravel, and Debussy compositions, resembling classical and ambient music. His music frequently incorporates deliberate dissonance to provide an artistic and mood-setting effect. After pattern and harmony have set in, the unique elegance of the dissonance becomes apparent. The listener's perception of dissonance now evolves into a perception of consonance integral to the music.

Even still, Hamauzu composes music in a variety of different styles, often using multiple styles throughout the various pieces of a soundtrack. This can be easily noticed in the soundtrack to UNLIMITED SaGa. Here, Hamauzu's compositions break barriers between musical genres, mixing classical marches, tango music, electronic ambience, instrumental solos, and jazz.

From SaGa Frontier 2 onward, Hamauzu has primarily worked closely with synthesizer operator Ryo Yamazaki.1

In January 2010 Hamauzu left Square Enix to form his own studio, Monomusik.2 He has advised this studio is his personal outlet to expand his work.3

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1996
Front Mission: Gun Hazard
Super NES
Square
Tobal No. 1
PlayStation
Square
1999
SaGa Frontier 2
PlayStation
Square
2001
Final Fantasy X
PlayStation 2
Square
2005
Musashi Samurai Legend
PlayStation 2
Square Enix
2006
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII
PlayStation 2
Square Enix
2008
Sigma Harmonics
Nintendo DS
Think Garage
2009
Final Fantasy XIII
PlayStation 3
Square Enix
2011
Final Fantasy XIII-2
PlayStation 3
Square Enix
 
Akumajo Dracula - Tribute Vol.2
Chocobo no Fushigina Dungeon - Coi Vanni Gialli
Final Fantasy X - feel/Go dream
Final Fantasy XIII - Kimi ga Iru Kara
Final Fantasy XIII - Original Soundtrack
Final Fantasy XIII - Original Soundtrack -PLUS-
Final Fantasy XIII-2 - Original Soundtrack
Final Fantasy XIII-2 - Original Soundtrack Plus
Front Mission: Gun Hazard - Original Soundtrack
Chocobo no Fushigina Dungeon - Original Soundtrack
Musashi Samurai Legend - Original Soundtrack
SaGa Frontier 2 - Piano Pieces "SF2" - Rhapsody on a Theme of SaGa Frontier 2
Saga Frontier 2 - Original Soundtrack
Sigma Harmonics - Original Soundtrack
The Seventh Seal - Sailing to the World Piano Score
Tobal No. 1 - Electrical Indian
Tobal No. 1 - Original Soundtrack
Unlimited : SaGa - Original Soundtrack
Vielen Dank - Masashi Hamauzu
Voices from Final Fantasy - Final Fantasy Premium Orchestra Concert
W/F: Music from Final Fantasy XIII
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII - Original Soundtrack
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales - The Best of
Final Fantasy X - Official Soundtrack
Final Fantasy X - Original Soundtrack
Final Fantasy X - Piano Collections

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Following Final Fantasy XIII, an exodus at Square Enix

Several Square Enix employees have reportedly parted ways with the Japanese developer after Final Fantasy XIII, among them are some veteran Square personnel including Toshihiro Tsuchida (who directed Front Mission), Takashi Ohkuma (who apparently moved to an island in Okinawa to blog about sunsets), composer Masashi Hamauzu (left to form Monomusik, a new development studio), character art designer Nao Ikeda (who started designing characters for The Legend of Mana), among others.

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Leona Lewis song to be the theme for Final Fantasy XIII western release

BlogSquare Enix have announced the release date for Final Fantasy XIII in a swanky video with a presenter. They also managed to plug Leona Lewis, who is getting one of her songs chosen as the theme for the game's Western release. Her album, Echo will be released on November 16 and November 17 in the UK and the US respectively. Read on

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