Jun Senoue

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In this Japanese name, the family name is "Senoue".
Jun Senoue
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Senoue, left, performing with Johnny Gioeli in 2010
Background information
Native name 瀬上 純
Born (1970-08-02) August 2, 1970 (age 44)
Matsushima, Miyagi, Miyagi Prefecture, Tōhoku, Japan
Genres Hard rock, video game music
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, arranger
Instruments Guitar, Bass, Keyboards
Years active 1993–present
Labels Wave Master Entertainment
Associated acts Crush 40, Johnny Gioeli, Eric Martin, Alex Makhlouf
Website www.junsenoue.com

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.

Biography[edit]

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.[1][2] He began to teach himself to play the electric guitar at the age of 15,[3] and made his first original band recording at the age of 17.[3]

After graduating from college with a degree in economics from Aoyama Gakuin University in 1993,[2] Senoue sent demo tapes to Namco and Sega, with him joining Sega that same year.[1] He immediately began to create music for games such as Dark Wizard and Sonic the Hedgehog 3.[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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[4]

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.

Works[edit]

Video games
Year Title Role Co-worker
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
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
Worldwide Soccer 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")
Various others
Sonic Adventure Composition/arrangement Fumie Kumatani, Kenichi Tokoi, and Masaru Setsumaru
2000 NASCAR Arcade Composition/arrangement
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
("Free")
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

Projects[edit]

Crush 40[edit]

Originally started as a project band to create music for NASCAR Arcade,[5] 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.

Discography
EPs
  • Rise Again (2012)
Live albums
  • Live! (2012)
Compilation albums

JxJ[edit]

In 2005, Senoue released an EP with Japanese voice actress Junko Noda entitled "Ready!".[6] 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.

Bubblicious Blvd[edit]

In 2010, Senoue started a band called Bubblicious Blvd, which also included former Magna-Fi guitarist, C.J. Szuter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Greening, Chris. "Jun Senoue Profile". Game Music Online. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Parminder Gill (2005-04-10). "Jun Senoue's Biography". Archived from the original on 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  3. ^ a b c "Style Factory interview with Jun Senoue". Archived from the original on 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  4. ^ Masahiro Sakurai (2007-12-25). "Smash Bros. Dojo Music Update 19". Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  5. ^ Parminder Gill (2005-04-10). "Crush 40 History". Archived from the original on 2008-01-30. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  6. ^ "Wave Master Entertainment entry for JxJ: Ready!". 2005-03-24. Retrieved 2008-04-11. 

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