Takahito Eguchi

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Takahito Eguchi
Born (1971-08-28) August 28, 1971 (age 43)
Nagasaki, Japan
Genres Electronic, jazz, orchestral
Occupation(s) Composer, arranger, orchestrator
Instruments Piano
Years active 1995–present
Labels DigiCube
Avex Group
Wave Master
Associated acts Noriko Matsueda

Takahito Eguchi (江口貴勅 Eguchi Takahito?, born August 28, 1971) is a Japanese video game composer, arranger, and orchestrator. He is best known for collaborating with fellow composer Noriko Matsueda on numerous soundtracks, most notably The Bouncer and Final Fantasy X-2. He became interested in music when he was six years old after hearing his neighbor playing the piano. He attended the Tokyo Conservatoire Shobi where he acquainted Matsueda.[1]

Employed at Square Enix from 1998 to 2003, Eguchi is currently working for Wave Master; and he has since had various minor roles on video games and has also scored three anime series. In addition, he performed the piano on Yoko Shimomura's album Murmur. Eguchi created mostly electronic music in the early part of his career, but now almost exclusively focuses on orchestral composition and arrangement.

Biography[edit]

Born in Nagasaki, Japan, Eguchi became interested in music at the age of six when he heard his neighbor playing the piano. While his father, a judo athlete, initially tried to push him into pursuing sports, he eventually agreed to let him take piano lessons, as long as he agreed to study with his sister.[2] Eguchi enrolled at the Tokyo Conservatoire Shobi,[1] where he met long-term composing partner Noriko Matsueda. After graduating from the conservatoire, he produced numerous compositions, joined a band as a keyboardist, and worked as a software designer.[2] He also gave Matsueda advice on music manipulation during her first game project, Front Mission, in 1995.[1] At her request, he also arranged and orchestrated "Theme of Bahamut Lagoon ~ Opening" for the bonus disc of the original soundtrack to Bahamut Lagoon (1996).[3]

Eguchi joined Square (now Square Enix) in 1998; his first job was composing the 1999 title Racing Lagoon alongside Matsueda. Although his role was minor compared to Matsueda's, he was responsible for the opening and ending themes, the majority of the battle themes, and the bonus track "Taiman Battle Remix". Eguchi and Matsueda collaborated once again in 2000 on the PlayStation 2 game The Bouncer.[4] He created a lot more music than on previous soundtracks; a large amount of the music produced was not used in the game and there were also many post-production demands.[2] He composed the pop ballad "Forevermore", which was arranged and provided lyrics by Narada Michael Walden and Sunny Hilden and performed by Shanice in "Love Is the Gift", the ending theme to the English-language versions of the game. The song was also sold as a single and featured in a promotional album.[5][6] In 2002, Eguchi arranged the track "Hand in Hand -Reprise-" for Yoko Shimomura's score to Kingdom Hearts.[7]

Eguchi reunited with Matsueda to compose Final Fantasy X-2 (2003).[8] Despite being panned by critics and fans alike and having a low budget, the soundtrack was commercially successful. He was also the game's orchestrator and the composer of the love ballad "Real Emotion/1000 no Kotoba". In 2004, Eguchi and Matsueda composed Final Fantasy X-2 International + Last Mission and arranged three pieces in the Final Fantasy X-2 Piano Collection album. The Piano Collections album was their final project at while at Square Enix, which they both left afterward.[9] Since his departure, he has been involved in several anime projects; he was the co-composer of D.N.Angel (2003) and Rental Magica (2007) and the sole composer of Trinity Blood (2005). He has also mixed Shimomura's arrangements for the Dark Chronicle Premium Arrange album and performed piano on her vocal album Murmur. In 2006, he contributed three compositions and two arrangements to the Xbox 360 game Sonic the Hedgehog; he also worked on the 2008 follow-up Sonic Unleashed.[1] He has since worked on a number of Sonic Team games, such as Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll, Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations, Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure, and Sonic Lost World.

Musical style and influences[edit]

Eguchi and Matsueda are noted for creating mainly jazzy and electronic tracks for the scores they have collaborated on; Eguchi is credited for most of the electronic music.[10] The soundtrack to The Bouncer, of which Eguchi and Matsueda co-composed a lot of the pieces,[1] featured among other genres rock, electronica, and jazz fusion.[10] A professional pianist,[1] Eguchi often utilizes the piano in his compositions.[10] He has stated that most of the time he composes and arranges music is at his home studio, where his friends help out by recording acoustic instruments; if the quality of these recordings are not adequate, however, Eguchi replaces them at the company's studio. He has said that by the time he is finished creating the music, he is only sleeping three to four hours a week.[2]

Since joining Wave Master in 2006, Eguchi has switched over to almost an exclusively orchestral style. On recent projects, he has assisted his fellow co-workers with string and keyboard arrangements, in addition to writing his own material.

He cites Igor Stravinsky, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Miles Davis as musical influences.[1] When asked about which musicians he would like to collaborate with, he replied, "A musician who has passed away, Miles Davis. There are too many living musicians to talk about. A few are Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, and Ryuichi Sakamoto."[2] His interest in composition came about after being inspired by a variety of jazz, electronic, modernist, and pop musicians.[1]

Discography[edit]

Video games
Year Title Role Co-worker
1999 Racing Lagoon Composition/arrangement Noriko Matsueda
2000 The Bouncer Composition/arrangement Noriko Matsueda
2003 Final Fantasy X-2 Composition/arrangement Noriko Matsueda
2004 Final Fantasy X-2 International + Last Mission Composition/arrangement Noriko Matsueda
2006 Sonic the Hedgehog Composition/arrangement Tomoya Ohtani, Mariko Nanba, Hideaki Kobayashi, Yasutaka Kume, Seiro Okamoto, and Jun Senoue
2008 Sonic Unleashed Composition/arrangement Tomoya Ohtani, Mariko Nanba, Hideaki Kobayashi, Kenichi Tokoi, and Fumie Kumatani
2010 Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll Keyboards/arrangement Tomoya Ohtani and Mariko Nanba
Sonic Colors Keyboards
2011 Sonic Generations Keyboards/arrangement Jun Senoue, Naofumi Hataya, Richard Jacques, Kenichi Tokoi
2012 Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure Composition/arrangement Tomoya Ohtani and Naofumi Hataya
2013 Sonic Lost World Composition/arrangement Tomoya Ohtani and Naofumi Hataya
2014 Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper Composition/arrangement Tomoya Ohtani and Naofumi Hataya
Anime
Year Title Role Co-worker
2003 D.N.Angel Composition Tomoki Hasegawa
2005 Trinity Blood Composition
2007 Rental Magica Composition Jun Ichikawa
Other works
Year Title Role Co-worker
1996 Bahamut Lagoon Original Soundtrack Arrangement Gizaemon de Furuta
2002 Final Fantasy X Vocal Collection Composition Noriko Matsueda, Yoko Shimomura, Naoki Masumoto, Takeharu Ishimoto, and Nobuo Uematsu
Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack Arrangement
("Hand in Hand -Reprise-")
2004 Final Fantasy X-2 Piano Collection Arrangement Noriko Matsueda, Hiroko Kokubu, Masahiro Sayama, and Febian Reza Pane
2009 Sanctuary Arrangement Masakazu Sugimori, Masato Koda, and Naoshi Mizuta

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Chris Greening. "Takahito Eguchi Profile". Game Music Online. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Takahito Eguchi interview in Japanese". RocketBaby. Archived from the original on 2001-08-30. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  3. ^ Kalabakov, Daniel; Dragon God. "Bahamut Lagoon OST". RPGFan. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  4. ^ "The Bouncer Tech Info". GameSpot. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  5. ^ Chris. "The Bouncer: Love is the Gift – Shanice Wilson :: Review by Chris". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  6. ^ "The Bouncer Promo Album". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  7. ^ Rzeminski, Lucy; Maas, Liz; Kalabakov, Daniel. "Kingdom Hearts OST". RPGFan. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  8. ^ "Final Fantasy X-2 Tech Info". GameSpot. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  9. ^ "Artists & Composers". Square Enix. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  10. ^ a b c Chris. "The Bouncer Original Soundtrack (Japan) :: Review by Chris". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 

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