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Yoko Shimomura

An independent Music Composer (under Midiplex) and (formerly) Capcom, Square, and Square Enix

Yoko Shimomura

Yoko Shimomura was born in Hyogo prefecture, Japan. Her parents enrolled her in piano lessons when she was five years old and quickly took to the instrument. After high school, she enrolled as a piano major in Osaka Music University. Upon graduation, she intended on becoming a piano instructor, but, being a fan of video games, she sent some samples of her work to Capcom, who offered her a position. Reportedly, her family members were dismayed with her decision to accept.

In 1993, Shimomura composed her first soundtrack for Squaresoft, the wacky role-playing pastiche Live A Live. Shimomura later tag-teamed with Noriko Matsueda on the strategy/RPG in 1995. In 1996, she composed and arranged Square's last Nintendo-produced game for the Super Famicom game system, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. In 1998, Shimomura went solo once again for the soundtrack to the RPG Parasite Eve. The following year she composed for Legend of Mana, which began to show a development of her style. She has gone on to achieve wide recognition for her work on the Kingdom Hearts series of games.

Source: Square Enix Music Online


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1994
Live A Live
Super NES
Square
Breath of Fire
Super NES
Capcom
1995
Front Mission
Super NES
Square
1996
Super Mario RPG
Super NES
Square
1998
Parasite Eve
PlayStation
Square
2000
Legend of Mana
PlayStation
Square
2005
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Nintendo DS
Nintendo
Kingdom Hearts II
PlayStation 2
Square Enix Product Development Division 1
2007
Heroes of Mana
Nintendo DS
Square Enix
2008
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Wii
Nintendo
2009
Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days
Nintendo DS
Square Enix
2010
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
PlayStation Portable
Kingdom Hearts series
Xenoblade Chronicles
Wii
Monolith Soft
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
Nintendo DS
Kingdom Hearts series
The 3rd Birthday
PlayStation Portable
Square Enix
2012
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Nintendo 3DS
Square Enix 1st Production Department
2013
Final Fantasy Versus XIII
PlayStation 3
Square Enix
 
Beer SQ
Kingdom Hearts - Original Soundtrack
Kingdom Hearts - Piano Collections
Kingdom Hearts - Piano Collections Field & Battle
Kingdom Hearts -FINAL MIX- - Additional Tracks
Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary Fan Selection - -Melodies & Memories-
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep & 358/2 Days - Original Soundtrack
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance - Original Soundtrack
Dark Chronicle - Premium Arrange
Kingdom Hearts II - Original Soundtrack
Last Ranker - Limited Soundtrack - Piano Trio Arrange
Legend of Mana - Music Selection
Legend of Mana - Original Soundtrack
Live A Live - Original Sound Version
Murmur - Chata
PHANTASY STAR ONLINE EPISODE I & II - PREMIUM ARRANGE
Parasite Eve - Original Soundtrack
Parasite Eve - Remixes
Rogue Galaxy - Premium Arrange
SQ Chips 2
SQUAREDANCE - Limited Edition
SQUAREDANCE - Standard Edition
Final Fantasy X - Vocal Collection
Seiken Densetsu Heroes of Mana - Original Soundtrack
Soul Calibur V
Soul Calibur V - Original Soundtrack
Square - Vocal Collection
Square Enix Battle Tracks - Vol.1
Super Mario RPG - Original Sound Version
The 3rd Birthday - Original Soundtrack
The OneUps - Volume 2
Tobal No. 1 - Original Soundtrack
Wonder World - Dariusburst Remix
Xenoblade - Original Soundtrack
drammatica - The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura
Front Mission - Original Sound Version
Front Mission 1st - Special BGM Selection
Front Mission 4+1st - Original Soundtrack
Front Mission Online - Original Soundtrack

News & Blogs

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

Kingdom Hearts II: Original Soundtrack summary

Shimomura is back, drawing upon her compositions from last time and from Final Mix, she has brought the musical world of Kingdom Hearts II to a new level entirely. The world of Disney and Square has been melded together with such flair the world embraced it, now KH II is set to go beyond what the original title ever could. The music is certainly showing this, some of Shimomura's compositions are wonderfully arranged into orchestrations by Kaoru Wada, better known for her anime compositions for Inuyasha and Samurai 7. Shimomura seems to be setting up common themes and traits within her soundtracks for KH, with some rather familiar titles back, but this time rearranged and far better. She thrusts hard piano into her work, with more chorus, and more hard beats. Some rather disturbing tracks that resemble the Gummi Ship music are present too, but we already knew about that.

"He's a Pirate" clearly from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a welcome addition, as is the music from Tron. The album clearly sets up some new themes and draws heavily upon old to create a new chapter in the universe of Kingdom Hearts. Utada Hikaru is back for more with her title "Passion", which again is broken up into an opening and closing title, and an orchestrated version courtesy of Wada. Other similarities include another orchestral credits piece, and the addition of One-Winged Angel.

All in all the album does exactly what it needs to, evokes the previous story while creating new threads. Add that to the awesome orchestrations from Wada and you've got yourself a soundtrack that's even better than the previous one, well worthy of the game.

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