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Takeharu Ishimoto, Tsuyoshi Sekito, Mitsuto Suzuki - JPop.com
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Takeharu Ishimoto, Tsuyoshi Sekito, Mitsuto Suzuki

Takeharu Ishimoto, Tsuyoshi Sekito, Mitsuto Suzuki

Takeharu Ishimoto, Tsuyoshi Sekito, Mitsuto Suzuki


Takeharu Ishimoto Date of Birth: May 29, 1970s (Nichinanshi) General Interests: Rock Music, Guitars Instruments: Piano, Guitar Employment: Square Enix (1998 - ) (Synthesizer Op., Composer) Game Works: Crisis Core, Dissidia, Agito XIII Takeharu Ishimoto is a mysterious guitar-obsessed Square Enix synthesizer operator turned composer. Though not very prolific as a synthesizer operator, he was principally responsible for the scores to Vagrant Story Read more on Last.fm
Takeharu Ishimoto Date of Birth: May 29, 1970s (Nichinanshi) General Interests: Rock Music, Guitars Instruments: Piano, Guitar Employment: Square Enix (1998 - ) (Synthesizer Op., Composer) Game Works: Crisis Core, Dissidia, Agito XIII Takeharu Ishimoto is a mysterious guitar-obsessed Square Enix synthesizer operator turned composer. Though not very prolific as a synthesizer operator, he was principally responsible for the scores to Vagrant Story, the All Star Pro-Wrestling series, Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories and its remake, and the controversial Kingdom Hearts II. He also made to Final Fantasy X and Legend of Mana. Having revealed an inclination for composing in Final Fantasy X Vocal Collection and the little-known sports game World Fantastista, he was officially upgraded to a composer in 2005. He is now one of Tetsuya Nomura's favoured composers due to his versatility with popular genres.

Thus far, he has worked on the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII titles Last Order (anime), Before Crisis (mobile), and Crisis Core (PSP). Over the last two years, Ishimoto has been especially prolific. Among his recent projects are the DS' It's a Wonderful World, the mobile phone prequel Final Fantasy Agito XIII, the spinoff Dissidia Final Fantasy, and another mobile game, Monotone. He has already made numerous achievements as a composer, but how the public will receive him is still unclear. Tsuyoshi Sekito Date of Birth: April 3, 1963 (Osaka) Musical Influences: Van Halen, Dream Theater, Jerry Goldsmith Instruments: Guitar, Learning Violin Band Involvement: The Black Mages (Guitar), The Star Onions (Guitar) Game Works: Brave Fencer Musashi, The Last Remnant Described by fans as Square Enix's 'King of Rock', Tsuyoshi Sekito has contributed his Van Halen-influenced electric guitar mastery to nearly every Square Enix series. He gained experience working on behalf of the Konami Kukeiha Club, composing for the Metal Gear, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Lethal Enforcers series.

He went on to join the Osaka branch of Square in 1995 and began a solo project creating the gigantic score to Brave Fencer Musashi. He also had arrangement roles on remakes of Final Fantasy II and Chrono Trigger. Following several minor composing and arranging roles, Sekito received the opportunity to create the hard rock scores for the All Star Pro Wrestling series. This project led him to inspiring and arranging the Final Fantasy hard rock album The Black Mages with Kenichiro Fukui. The band The Black Mages were formed to perform these arrangements in concert and Sekito has remained integral to the success of their subsequent albums and concerts.

He is also the guitarist of the Final Fantasy XI arrangement band The Star Onions. Sekito has brought hard rock to various Square Enix franchises with his arrangements and compositions on Romancing Saga Minstrel Song, Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, Dawn of Mana, and Front Mission Online. Sekito recently completed his biggest work to date, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 RPG The Last Remnant. He developed his musicality to create an expansive but personal score to critical acclaim. He has also recently created arrangements for Final Fantasy III's DS remake and had a guest role on Dissidia: Final Fantasy. Mitsuto Suzuki Date of Birth: April 1973 (Kyoto) Instruments: Piano General Interests: Electronic Music Game Works: Sigma Harmonics, Dissidia, Final Fantasy XIII Mitsuto Suzuki started his career creating electronic solo albums and Erik Satie remixes.

These works were critically praised for their ambient and minimalistic use of electronica. In 1997, he founded the Japanese techno-pop unit Overrocket with co-producer Takashi Watanabe and female vocalist Michiyo Honda. The group produced five albums, multiple singles, and several other remixes. After contributing a Gymnopédie remix for Keyboardmania 2nd Mix, Suzuki contributed several remixes for the beatmania IIDX series and Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner. In 2006, he decided to become a full-time synthesizer operator at Square Enix, but still produced electronic music for their bootleg series.

This culminated in the In My Own Backyard solo album being released on iTunes. At Square Enix, Suzuki initially implemented parts of the scores for Project Sylpheed and Heroes of Mana. He later integrated Final Fantasy remixes for the Wii's Chocobo Dungeon and enjoyed an electro-acoustic collaboration Masashi Hamauzu's on DS' Sigma Harmonics. He has also made remixes for The World Ends With You, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, and Square Enix Battle Tracks. He will next work on Final Fantasy XIII.

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