Jonne Valtonen

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Jonne Valtonen
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Background information
Also known as Purple Motion
Born (1976-03-23) March 23, 1976 (age 38)
Turku, Finland
Genres Orchestral, new age, electronic
Occupation(s) Composer
Arranger
Orchestrator
Musician
Instruments Piano
Keyboard
Harp
Years active 1991–present
Associated acts Future Crew, Five Musicians
Website www.valtone.com

Jonne Valtonen (born March 23, 1976) is a Finnish composer, arranger and orchestrator. He is renowned for his contributions in the field of demoscene and tracker music.

Life and early career[edit]

Jonne Valtonen was born on March 23, 1976 in Turku, Finland and was raised in Kaarina along with his brother. He began learning to play classical piano at the age of nine.[1]

Valtonen’s first music compositions were done on his home computer, a Commodore 64. During his teen years, he became involved in the PC demoscene where he was able to pursue his passion for electronic music production. He has won several awards in this field: Between 1991 and 1996 Valtonen created music for one of the most widely popular groups in the demoscene at the time, the Future Crew. Eventually he became their lead composer under the pseudonym Purple Motion. Some of his best-known compositions were "UnreaL II (Second Reality)", "Satellite One", and "Starshine".[2]

Educational background[edit]

Jonne Valtonen graduated from classical composition at the Pirkanmaa Polytechnic in Finland in 2009. He has received training in composition under the guidance of Hannu Pohjannoro, Oliver Kohlenberg, and Juhani Nuorvala. He has also studied under Magnus Lindberg, Jukka Tiensuu, Kirmo Lintinen and Michael Nyman in various composition masterclasses.[1]

Working for the entertainment industry[edit]

In 1996 Jonne Valtonen began doing commission work for major game developers in Finland, namely Remedy Entertainment, Housemarque and Bugbear Entertainment.[3] During the same time, he served as the musical director for the TeatteriSusi theatre, where he composed music for several plays including Dracula, The Miser and Don Quijote.

In 1998, Jonne Valtonen co-founded his company Valtone Oy, specialising in music productions for the entertainment industry. Continuing on this path, he also contributed two titles, in 2000 and 2002, for the Merregnon trilogy, an international soundtrack project featuring orchestral music by veteran video game composers from all over the world, such as Chris Hülsbeck and Yuzo Koshiro. In 2002, Valtonen's talent was recognized again when he was presented with the Best Soundtrack Award at the International Fest of Cinema & Technology for the movie House by the Sea, directed by Janne Ketola.[4] In 2004 Jonne Valtonen released his first professionally mastered audio CD, titled Musicdisk featuring tracks from his demoscene past.

At the beginning of 2008, Jonne Valtonen took the position of the music lead for all live orchestra projects at Merregnon Studios, a company managed by Thomas Böcker and involved in productions of video game music concerts around the world, and several live recordings for publishers/developers such as THQ USA, SEGA Japan and Square Enix Japan.[5]

Orchestra arrangements[edit]

Drawing on his strong background in live orchestra work and his studies, Jonne Valtonen has been arranging and orchestrating music for video game concerts since 2005. He has earned worldwide recognition as the main arranger of the annual video game music concerts of the German WDR Radio Orchestra, namely Symphonic Shades (2008), Symphonic Fantasies (2009), Symphonic Legends (2010) and Symphonic Odysseys (2011).[6]

In addition to the WDR Radio Orchestra, his arrangements have been performed by orchestras and choirs around the world, as well as at concert halls including Sydney Opera House, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Max Fisher Music Center Detroit, Esplanade Singapore, Cologne Philharmonic Hall and Konserthuset Stockholm. His portfolio includes major franchises such as Final Fantasy, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Galaxy, The Elder Scrolls, Metal Gear Solid, Kingdom Hearts, The Legend of Zelda and Castlevania.[6] In 2007 he arranged and orchestrated music for SEGA Japan‘s arcade game series World Club Champion Football which was recorded with a live orchestra and choir in Prague.[7]

Trivia[edit]

Jonne Valtonen chose his demoscene pseudonym Purple Motion as a tribute to the British rock group Deep Purple.[8]

Valtonen has become very interested in the human voice. He sings in a mixed choir (Näsin Ääni, Tampere). He also started learning to play the harp.[9]

Game music arrangements (excerpt)[edit]

  • 2005 Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Suite) for the Symphonic Game Music Concert
  • 2006 Super Mario Bros. (Suite) for PLAY! A Video Game Symphony
  • 2006 The Legend of Zelda (Suite) for PLAY! A Video Game Symphony
  • 2006 Turrican 3 (Suite) for the Symphonic Game Music Concert
  • 2006 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Wood Carving Partita) for the Symphonic Game Music Concert
  • 2007 Commodore 64 (Suite) for PLAY! A Video Game Symphony
  • 2007 Commodore Amiga (Suite) for PLAY! A Video Game Symphony
  • 2007 Secret of Mana (Suite) for the Symphonic Game Music Concert
  • 2007 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (Suite) for the Symphonic Game Music Concert
  • 2007 World Club Champion Football 2006-2007 (live orchestra soundtrack) for SEGA Japan
  • 2007 World Club Champion Football 2006-2007 (Suite) for the Symphonic Game Music Concert
  • 2007 Wonderland Adventures for Midnight Synergy
  • 2008 Grand Monster Slam (Opening Fanfare) for the WDR concert That’s Sound, that’s Rhythm
  • 2008 Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record UC0081 (video game music arrangements) for Bandai Namco
  • 2008 Symphonic Shades — Hülsbeck in concert (WDR concert dedicated to Chris Hülsbeck)
  • 2009 Super Mario Galaxy — A Musical Adventure (school concert tour featuring music from Super Mario Galaxy)
  • 2009 Symphonic Fantasies — music from Square Enix (WDR concert dedicated to the music of Square Enix)
  • 2010 Symphonic Legends — music from Nintendo (WDR concert dedicated to the music of Nintendo)
  • 2011 LEGENDS — music from Nintendo (concert of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra dedicated to the music of Nintendo)
  • 2011 Symphonic Odysseys — Tribute to Nobuo Uematsu (WDR concert dedicated to Nobuo Uematsu)
  • 2012 Symphonic Fantasies Tokyo — music from Square Enix (concert performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • 2012 Symphonic Fantasies Stockholm — music from Square Enix (concert performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • 2013 Final Symphony — music from Final Fantasy VI, VII and X (concert performed by the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal)
  • 2013 Final Symphony London — music from Final Fantasy VI, VII and X (concert performed by the London Symphony Orchestra)
  • 2014 Final Symphony Tokyo — music from Final Fantasy VI, VII and X (concert performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • 2014 Final Symphony Aarhus — music from Final Fantasy VI, VII and X (concert performed by the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra)
  • 2014 Final Symphony Stockholm — music from Final Fantasy VI, VII and X (concert performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • 2014 Symphonic Legends London — music from The Legend of Zelda (concert performed by the London Symphony Orchestra)
  • 2014 Final Symphony Tampere — music from Final Fantasy VI, VII and X (concert performed by the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra)

Contemporary works (excerpt)[edit]

  • 2003 Unelma Mäntästä (short film)
  • 2004 Aukeus! (contemporary music)
  • 2005 Mimesis (viola solo)
  • 2005 Virtapiirileikki (contemporary music)
  • 2006 Production Values (trumpet miniconcerto)
  • 2007 Pianosonata I
  • 2007 Piece for chamber orchestra and soprano
  • 2007 Tales from the kitch — series (solo piano)
  • 2008 Tango Nellille (WDR commission work, concert premiere on March 6, 2010)
  • 2009 Fanfare overture (WDR commission work, concert premiere on September 12, 2009)
  • 2009 .wav for string orchestra
  • 2010 End credits for an orchestra (concert premiere on July 10, 2010 with the WDR Radio Orchestra)
  • 2010 Fanfare for the Common 8-bit Hero (WDR commission work, concert premiere on July 10, 2010)

Theater music (excerpt)[edit]

Game soundtracks (excerpt)[edit]

Discography[edit]

  • 2000 Merregnon Soundtrack, Volume 1 (two compositions, synSONIQ Records)
  • 2004 Musicdisk (first solo album)
  • 2004 Merregnon Soundtrack, Volume 2 (two compositions, English and Japanese edition, Merregnon Studios/Soulfood Distribution/Dex Entertainment)
  • 2007 Number Nine (Turrican 3 Piano Suite arrangement, synSONIQ Records)
  • 2008 Symphonic Shades (live concert arrangement and orchestration, Merregnon Studios/synSONIQ Records)
  • 2008 Musica e WCCF secondo movimento (live orchestra and choir arrangement and orchestration, Wave Master)
  • 2010 Symphonic Fantasies (live concert arrangement and orchestration, Decca Records/Square Enix)
  • 2010 Benyamin Nuss plays Uematsu (piano arrangement, Deutsche Grammophon)
  • 2012 Symphonic Fantasies Tokyo (live concert arrangement and orchestration, Merregnon Studios/Square Enix)
  • 2012 Folk Tunes (arrangement for Spark, Deutsche Grammophon)

Awards[edit]

  • 1992 Assembly: 1st place, Unreal Soundtrack
  • 1993 Assembly: 1st place, Second Reality Soundtrack
  • 1993 Assembly: 1st place, Sundance
  • 1993 Aggressive Party: 1st place, Shadowrun
  • 1999 Assembly: 1st place, Credits
  • 2002 IFCT Award: Best Original Soundtrack, House by the Sea
  • 2006 Isofestival: 2nd place, Mimesis for Viola
  • 2007 Adagio Composition Contest: Honorable mention, Elegiac (for string orchestra)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Spielekonzerte, Official biography (accessed 2014-10-24)
  2. ^ Nectarine radio, Song charts (accessed 2014-05-04)
  3. ^ MobyGames, Valtonen's profile page (accessed 2008-06-25)
  4. ^ IFCT award, Official website (accessed 2008-06-25)
  5. ^ Symphonic Shades interview, Valtonen music lead at Merregnon Studios (accessed 2008-06-25)
  6. ^ a b Concert producer Boecker speaks, Valtonen's arrangements (accessed 2008-06-25)
  7. ^ MUSA website list, Game credits WCCF (accessed 2008-06-25)
  8. ^ Official Purple Motion message board, Purple Motion - why this nick name? (accessed 2008-06-25)
  9. ^ VGM Rush biography, Jonne Valtonen (accessed 2009-04-07)

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