Senoue, left, performing with Johnny Gioeli in 2010
|Native name||瀬上 純|
August 2, 1970 |
Matsushima, Miyagi, Miyagi Prefecture, Tōhoku, Japan
|Genres||Hard rock, video game music|
|Occupations||Musician, composer, arranger|
|Instruments||Guitar, Bass, Keyboards|
|Labels||Wave Master Entertainment|
|Associated acts||Crush 40, Johnny Gioeli, Eric Martin, Alex Makhlouf|
Jun Senoue (瀬上 純 Senoue Jun?, born August 2, 1970 in Matsushima, Miyagi, Miyagi Prefecture, Tōhoku, Japan) is a Japanese video game composer and musician from Wave Master, well known for his contributions in many Sonic the Hedgehog games. He is also the guitarist and songwriter for the band Crush 40, which also contributes to many Sonic the Hedgehog games.
Senoue started playing the piano at the age of three, while living in Japan. After moving to Panama at the age of 12, he became dedicated to rock music after being exposed to MTV. He began to teach himself to play the electric guitar at the age of 15, and made his first original band recording at the age of 17.
After graduating from college with a degree in economics from Aoyama Gakuin University in 1993, Senoue sent demo tapes to Namco and Sega, with him joining Sega that same year. He immediately began to create music for games such as Dark Wizard and Sonic the Hedgehog 3. After doing multiple projects in the Worldwide Soccer series, amongst other titles such as the Mega Drive version of Sonic 3D Blast, Senoue was selected to be the main composer and sound director of Sonic Adventure. The game's success lead to Senoue's name becoming well known, both in and out of the Sonic fanbase.
After the completion of Sonic Adventure, Senoue moved to San Francisco in 1999 and began to work on Sonic Team USA games such as NASCAR Arcade, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes and Shadow the Hedgehog, featuring music composed by him and performed by his band Crush 40. In 2007, Senoue provided three new arrangements for the Japanese console release of OutRun 2 SP, including covers of existing series tracks "Splash Wave" and "Rush a Difficulty", and an original track titled "Lift You Up!". The songs are also available on the "Outrun 20th Anniversary" box CD set. Also in 2007, Senoue choose to arrange and perform Angel Island Zone from Sonic The Hedgehog 3 for Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
In fall 2009, Senoue announced a new album entitled "The Works", which is a compilation album of songs he has made throughout the years. Containing only three Sonic related songs, it mostly features more obscure works he has provided for other games. The album was released on October 21, 2009. More recently, Senoue worked as the sound director, composer, and arranger for Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, II, and Sonic Generations. He has also contributed to Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
|1993||Dark Wizard||Composition/arrangement||Wave Master|
|1994||Sonic the Hedgehog 3||Composition/arrangement||Wave Master|
|Game no Kanzume||Composition/arrangement|
|Formula One World Championship: Beyond the Limit||Composition/arrangement||Various others|
|Sonic & Knuckles||Composition/arrangement||Wave Master|
|1995||J. League Victory Goal||Composition/arrangement|
|Metal Head||Composition/arrangement||Teruhiko Nakagawa|
|Sonic 3D Blast (Mega Drive)||Composition/arrangement||Tatsuyuki Maeda, Masaru Setsumaru, and Seirou Okamoto|
|Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition||Composition/arrangement||Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Richard Jacques, Kenichi Tokoi, and Tomonori Sawada|
|Sega Worldwide Soccer '97||Composition/arrangement||Seirou Okamoto|
|1996||J. League Victory Goal '96||Composition/arrangement|
|Sega Worldwide Soccer '97||Composition/arrangement|
|F1 Challenge||Composition/arrangement||Various others|
|In the Hunt (Sega Saturn)||Composition/arrangement||Masahiro Ito|
|1997||J. League Victory Goal '97||Composition/arrangement|
|Sega Worldwide Soccer '98||Composition/arrangement|
|1998||Sega Rally 2||Composition/arrangement
("Soul on Desert")
|Sonic Adventure||Composition/arrangement||Fumie Kumatani, Kenichi Tokoi, and Masaru Setsumaru|
|2001||Sonic Adventure 2||Composition/arrangement||Tomoya Ohtani, Fumie Kumatani, and Kenichi Tokoi|
|2003||Pro Yakyuu Team o Tsukurou! 2||Composition/arrangement|
|Sonic Heroes||Composition/arrangement||Wave Master|
|2005||Pro Yakyuu Team o Tsukurou! 3||Composition/arrangement|
|Shadow the Hedgehog||Composition/arrangement||Yutaka Minobe, Mariko Nanba, and Tomoya Ohtani|
|2006||Sega Rally 2006||Composition/arrangement||Various others|
|Sonic Rivals 2||Sound supervisor|
|2007||J. League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 5||Composition/arrangement|
|OutRun 2 SP||Composition/arrangement||Mitsuhara Fukuyama|
|Sonic Rivals 2||Sound supervisor|
|NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams||Arrangement
("NiGHTS And Reala : Theme of a Tragedic Revenge")
|2008||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Arrangement
("Angel Island Zone")
|Sonic Unleashed||Arrangement||Vocal tracks coordinator|
|2009||Sonic and the Black Knight||Composition/arrangement|
|Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Wii)||Arrangement||Teruhiko Nakagawa|
|2010||Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll||Vocal tracks coordinator|
|Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I||Composition/arrangement|
|Sonic Free Riders||Composition/arrangement
|2011||Sonic Generations||Composition/arrangement||Wave Master|
|Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games||Composition/arrangement||Wave Master|
|2012||Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II||Composition/arrangement|
|2013||Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games||Arrangement||Wave Master|
Originally started as a project band to create music for NASCAR Arcade, Crush 40 is the name of the project of both Jun Senoue and vocalist Johnny Gioeli from Hardline. The band has gone through various drummers and bassists, and currently features Takeshi Taneda on bass and Toru Kawamura on drums. The band has released four albums and several other songs on game soundtracks.
- Rise Again (2012)
- Live albums
- Live! (2012)
- Compilation albums
- The Best of Crush 40 (2009)
In 2005, Senoue released an EP with Japanese voice actress Junko Noda entitled "Ready!". The project goes under the name JxJ (Jun x Junko) and is only available in Japan, though copies have made their way stateside through the Jun Senoue fan page.
In 2010, Senoue started a band called Bubblicious Blvd, which also included former Magna-Fi guitarist, C.J. Szuter.
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- Parminder Gill (2005-04-10). "Jun Senoue's Biography". Archived from the original on 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2008-04-11.
- "Style Factory interview with Jun Senoue". Archived from the original on 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
- Masahiro Sakurai (2007-12-25). "Smash Bros. Dojo Music Update 19". Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- Parminder Gill (2005-04-10). "Crush 40 History". Archived from the original on 2008-01-30. Retrieved 2008-01-07.
- "Wave Master Entertainment entry for JxJ: Ready!". 2005-03-24. Retrieved 2008-04-11.