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
Also known as JunJun
Born (1970-08-02) August 2, 1970 (age 44)
Matsushima, Miyagi, Miyagi Prefecture, Tōhoku, Japan
Genres Hard rock, Alternative metal, video game music
Occupations 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 video game composer and musician from Wave Master, well known for some of his contributions in many Sonic the Hedgehog games. He is also the guitarist for the band Crush 40, which also contributes to many Sonic the Hedgehog games.


Senoue started playing the piano at 3 while living in Japan. After moving to Panama, he became dedicated to rock music at the age of 12.[1] He began to teach himself to play the electric guitar at 15,[2] and made his first original band recording at the age of 17.[2]

In 1993, after graduating from college with a degree in economics from Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan,[1] he joined Sega as a video game composer, doing sound work for games such as Dark Wizard and Sonic the Hedgehog 3.[2] He is most well known for his compositions and songs in Sonic Adventure.

Senoue moved to San Francisco and continued to compose in-game music and theme songs as sound director for Sonic Team USA games Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes and Shadow the Hedgehog, featuring music contributed by his band Crush 40. Senoue also composed a Reala theme, and programmed all sound effects for Sonic Team USA's last game, Nights: Journey of Dreams.[3]

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.

Senoue is also one of 38 composers for the Wii game Super Smash Bros. Brawl, having contributed an arrangement of the Angel Island Zone theme from Sonic The Hedgehog 3, as well as the original versions of many Crush 40 songs such as "Live and Learn" and "Sonic Heroes".[4]

Senoue was also assigned as sound director for Sonic and the Black Knight and one of the composers for all three Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games installments

In fall 2009, Senoue announced to release 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 works he has provided for other games. The album was released in October 21, 2009.

More recently, Senoue worked as the sound director, composer, and arranger for the games Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and Sonic Generations.



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. Their works have spread from their original music made for racing to songs for the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Currently, the band has released four albums and several other songs on video game soundtracks.


In 2005, Jun 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, Jun started a new band called Bubblicious Blvd fronted by former Magna-Fi guitarist CJ Szuter. Not much information is available on this project aside from what is provided on the official Myspace page.


  1. ^ a b Parminder Gill (2005-04-10). "Jun Senoue's Biography". Archived from the original on 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  2. ^ a b c "Style Factory interview with Jun Senoue". Archived from the original on 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  3. ^ End credits from Nights: Journey of Dreams
  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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