Motoaki Takenouchi

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Motoaki Takenouchi
Also known as dj take
Born (1967-07-08) July 8, 1967 (age 47)
Saitama Prefecture, Japanese flag Japan
Occupation(s) Composer, Arranger
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 1990 - present
Associated acts Koichi Sugiyama,
Hayato Matsuo

Motoaki Takenouchi (武内 基朗 (たけのうち もとあき) born July 8, 1967, Saitama Prefecture) is a Japanese composer, most recognised for his video game soundtracks during the 1990s, particularly for the Shining series of games. He has worked for companies such as Sega, Enix, Climax Entertainment and Game Arts.

Takenouchi studied Music Composition at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he and fellow composer Hayato Matsuo were classmates. Around this time, he was involved with numerous music projects, including arrangement projects under the supervision of composer Koichi Sugiyama. However, he did not compose his first soundtrack (for the game Jewel Master) until after he graduated from university in 1991.

Takenouchi's compositional approach often encompasses elements of progressive rock and jazz fusion, frequently making use of odd time signatures, virtuosic musical lines, syncopation and dissonance. He has cited King Crimson, Yes, Frank Zappa and Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer as some of his favorite musicians and influences. Even so, he is perhaps better known for his symphonic orchestral soundtracks, as heard on games such as Shining Force II, Shining Force CD, and to a lesser extent on Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole.

In addition to his work on video game soundtracks, Takenouchi also composed music for some of the early releases on Shinji Hosoe's Troubadour record label.

More recently in 2000, he composed and arranged the song "Shower" for Rina Chinen. He currently plays keyboards for a band called "Autumn-River Willow", under the pseudonym of "dj".[1]

Video game music[edit]


  • (1993) G.T.R - "Gosling"
  • (1993) Great Wall - "Delirhythm E-BB1"
  • (1994) T·O·U·R·S - "Unparalleled"
  • (1996) Cho Aniki Show II - "Sak-kwa DANCE"
  • (2008) DAWN for Nohkan and String Orchestra
  • (2008) Trio for Nohkan, Clarinet and Bassoon
  • (2009) Suite for Noh and Orchestra
  • (2010) GIONSYOJA for Utai, Violin and Orchestra
  • (2010) Autumn-River Willow - you you you you you
  • (2011) KOKAI for Utai and Orchestra
  • (2012) Rooms for solo Piano
  • (2012) Autumn-River Willow - Brand new summer day
  • (2013) Sonata for Bass Tuba and Piano
  • (2013) Autumn-River Willow - Kimi to!
  • (2014) Autumn-River Willow - Jewelry Box


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