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Yasunori Mitsuda

A Musician, Composer, founder and company director of Procyon Studio and (formerly) Square.

Yasunori Mitsuda

Yasunori Mitsuda was born in Tokuyama in the Yamaguchi Prefecture, and raised in Kumage. As a child, he studied the piano lessons and developed an interest in computers, teaching himself to program simple songs and games on his PC. After enrolling in Tokyo's Junior College of Music, Mitsuda received solid instruction from his professors, most of them practicing musicians, who would take the young composer to gigs, so long as he helped carry the heavy instruments.

In 1992, an advertisement for an opening in the music department at Square was shown to Mitsuda by his friend, Nobuo Uematsu. Mitsuda sent in a demo reel, which won him an interview at the game studio. Despite what he described as a "disastrous" interview, he was offered a position on the company's sound team in April, 1992. He was joined by college friend and fellow musician Yoshitaka Hirota.

Chrono Trigger, Mitsuda's first soundtrack as a composer, was a collaboration with Uematsu, and proved to be popular with fans. The following year he joined Uematsu again for the sidescrolling action game Front Mission: Gun Hazard, working with new recruits to the Square sound team, Junya Nakano and Masashi Hamauzu. Having developed a working relationship with many of the composers and sound designers at Square, Mitsuda's first game project for the Playstation was as producer of Tobal No. 1's soundtrack, which brought together an assortment of musicians. His last contribution to Square was the solo soundtrack for 1998's Xenogears.

Mitsuda went freelance, though he continued to work closely with Square on projects, most notably Chrono Cross. He was the central contributor to the Xenosaga EPISODE I: Der Wille zur Macht soundtrack, and has also released non-mainstream-game music, such as his CD Sailing to the World. Kirite an artistic collaboration with Masato Kato, creator of the Chrono series, features music, art, and stories.

Celtic influences are often evident in Mitsuda's music, particularly so in the Chrono Cross Original Soundtrack and Xenogears Creid arranged album. Apart from his professed love of the Celtic style, Mitsuda's musical classification is difficult to define. For example, the Chrono Cross track "Chronomantic" has elements of Caribbean music, while the song "The Great Sneff's Troupe" has an East Asian flavor. A number of his compositions also resemble traditional Indian music, such as the Chrono Trigger tracks "Corridor Of Time" and "Schala's Theme."

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1992
Final Fantasy V
Super NES
Square
Secret of Mana
Super NES
Square
1993
Romancing SaGa 2
Super NES
Square
1995
Chrono Trigger
Super NES
Square
1996
Front Mission: Gun Hazard
Super NES
Square
Tobal No. 1
PlayStation
Square
1998
Xenogears
PlayStation
Square
1999
Chrono Cross
PlayStation
Square
2002
Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter
PlayStation 2
Capcom
2007
Soukou Kihei Armodyne
PlayStation 2
Omiya Soft
Luminous Arc
Nintendo DS
Image Epoch
2008
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Wii
Nintendo
2010
Xenoblade Chronicles
Wii
Monolith Soft
2012
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo
 
Armodyne
Chrono Trigger - The Brink of Time
Colours of Light - Yasunori Mitsuda Vocal Collection
Dark Chronicle - Premium Arrange
Graffiti Kingdom - Hako no Niwa
Kid Icarus: Uprising - Original Soundtrack
Kirite
Legaia 2: Duel Saga
Luminous Arc - Original Soundtrack
Mario Party
Mario Party 2
Myth - The Xenogears Orchestral Album
Play For Japan: The Album
Rogue Galaxy - Premium Arrange
Tsugunai – an cinniùint
Sailing to the World
Chrono Cross - Guitar Arrangement
Shadow Hearts - Original Soundtrack plus 1
Shadow Hearts - near death experience Arrangetracks
Shadow Hearts II - Original Soundtracks
Soma Bringer - Original Soundtrack
Square - Vocal Collection
Ten Plants 2 - Children Songs
Chrono Cross - Music Selection
Tobal No. 1 - Electrical Indian
Tobal No. 1 - Original Soundtrack
Tsukiyo Ni Saraba - Moonlit Shadow
XENOSAGA Episode 1 - Soundtrack
Xenoblade - Original Soundtrack
Xenogears - Creid
Xenogears - Original Soundtrack
Chrono Cross - Original Soundtrack
Chrono Cross - Original Soundtrack
Chrono Trigger - Original Sound Version
Chrono Trigger - Original Soundtrack

News & Blogs

Kid Icarus Uprising Composers Revealed

Nintendo Japan have revealed a list of composers for Kid Icarus: Uprising:

Samples can be found on Nintendo Japan's official site

Kid Icarus: Uprising is an Action game for the Nintendo 3DS developed by Project Sora. It will be released in Japan on March 22, and in the United States & Europe on March 23.

Sources

Silent Hill composer leaves Konami

Akira Yamaoka confirmed he has left Konami. No word yet on what he'll end up doing, and according to Square Enix Music Online it would be likely he'll end up a freelance composer like many before him (Norihiko Hibino, Yoko Shimomura and Yasunori Mitsuda to name a few). While this might be a loss for Konami, frankly Silent Hill hasn't been the same for a while. It will no doubt do him good to go freelance and get some different work. If he ceases game composition entirely however he will be sadly missed.1

Notes
  1. Square Enix Music Online

The Eminence Group will be presenting a concert series entitled "Passion" featuring orchestral arrangements of game music from popular Square Enix titles including Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy XII and Vagrant Story. Special guests Hitoshi Sakimoto and Yasunori Mitsuda are scheduled to attend. Melbourne's Merlyn Theatre will host December 9th, Sydney's Verbrugghen Hall show is scheduled for December 16th, and Singapore's Victoria Concert Hall will round out the tour on December 23rd. More info is available at eminenceonline.com.

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