Senoue, left, performing with Johnny Gioeli in 2010
August 2, 1970 |
Matsushima, Miyagi, Miyagi Prefecture, Tōhoku, Japan
|Genres||Melodic rock, hard rock, video game music|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, arranger|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass, keyboards|
|Associated acts||Crush 40, Johnny Gioeli, Tomoya Ohtani|
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 has also contributed 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 his 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, Episode II, and Sonic Generations.
Crush 40, originally a project created to make music for NASCAR Arcade, permanently consists of Senoue on guitars, Johnny Gioeli on vocals, Toru Kawamura on drums, and Takeshi Taneda on bass. The duo has created several songs from the Sonic the Hedgehog series produced by Sonic Team, such as the theme tune "Sonic Heroes" from the game of the same name, a bright, melodic song and in contrast to "What I'm Made Of...", a distinctly dark, energetic hard rock song with metal sensibilities for the final battle against Metal Sonic. Also notable are "Open Your Heart", the main theme of Sonic Adventure, "Live and Learn", the main theme of Sonic Adventure 2, "I Am... All Of Me", the main theme of Shadow the Hedgehog, the ending theme "Never Turn Back", and "Knight of the Wind", the main theme of Sonic and the Black Knight, as well as the ending theme "Live Life".
Additionally, the two have produced a cover of "Seven Rings in Hand" from Sonic and the Secret Rings, which was featured exclusively on the Japanese only release True Blue: The Best of Sonic the Hedgehog. Gioeli co-wrote the lyrics for the Sonic the Hedgehog theme song "His World", and Crush 40 performed their own version of the song (featured as a bonus track on the game's vocal track soundtrack). Because of his close ties musically to the video game series, Gioeli is often considered by fans to be the singing voice of Sonic.
In October 2008, Crush 40 took the stage at the Tokyo Game Show to perform some of their most popular Sonic based songs in front of a live audience for the first time. Gioeli and Senoue have since created a YouTube account and uploaded video footage of the event. In 2009, a new Crush 40 album was released entitled The Best of Crush 40: Super Sonic Songs. This compilation contains most of the band's Sonic the Hedgehog releases as well as a mixture of old tracks from NASCAR Arcade, along with brand new songs. In 2010, Crush 40 performed at the 2010 Summer of Sonic convention in London on August 7, 2010. It was Crush 40's first full-length performance and their first performance outside of Japan. In 2012, the band performed at two conventions. The first one was at the Summer of Sonic in Brighton and at the Sonic Boom in San Diego during the Comic Con. The band has released their first live album on October 3, 2012 entitled Live!, which featured songs from their concerts in Tokyo back in March. In 2013, the band performed in St. Louis for the Sonic Boom 2013 event.
In 2005, Senoue released an EP with Japanese voice actress Junko Noda entitled "Ready!". The project went under the name JxJ (Jun x Junko) and was 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.
|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||Wave Master|
|Sonic & Knuckles||Composition/arrangement||Wave Master|
|1995||J. League Victory Goal||Composition/arrangement|
|Metal Head||Composition/arrangement||Teruhiko Nakagawa|
|Sega International Victory Goal||Composition/arrangement|
|F1 Challenge||Sound effects||Various others|
|In the Hunt (Sega Saturn)||Composition/arrangement||Masahiro Ito|
|1996||J. League Victory Goal '96||Composition/arrangement|
|Sega Worldwide Soccer 97||Composition/arrangement||Seirou Okamoto|
|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|
|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|
|2002||Sonic Adventure 2 Battle||Composition/arrangement|
|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||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||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|
|2014||Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax||Composition/arrangement||Wave Master|
|Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U||Supervisor||Various others|
|2000||Thrill of the Feel||Composition/arrangement||Sons of Angels|
|2003||Crush 40||Composition/arrangement||Crush 40|
|2009||Ted Poley's Greatest Hits Vol. 1||Composition/arrangement
|The Best of Crush 40: Super Sonic Songs||Composition/arrangement||Crush 40|
|2012||Rise Again||Composition/arrangement||Crush 40|
- Greening, Chris. "Jun Senoue Profile". Game Music Online. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
- 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.
- "Wave Master Entertainment entry for JxJ: Ready!". 2005-03-24. Retrieved 2008-04-11.