Hiroshi Kawaguchi (composer)

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Hiroshi Kawaguchi
川口 博史
Birth nameHiroshi Miyauchi
Also known asHiro
Born (1965-04-12) April 12, 1965 (age 57)
Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Composer
  • keyboardist
Years active1984–present

Hiroshi Kawaguchi (川口 博史, Kawaguchi Hiroshi, born April 12, 1965)[1] is a Japanese video game music composer and keyboardist who works for Sega. He is among the oldest of the Sega sound team members, and one of the few from the 1980s still active today. He joined Sega in 1984 as a programmer, but quit the job and became a composer the following year.[2]

He is also known as Hiro, Master Hiro (Hiro師匠) and Hiroshi Miyauchi (宮内 博史) (his pre-mukoyōshi name), and has been a part of both the S.S.T. Band and the sound unit [H.], the latter of which he leads.[3] He has also been a member of Chain Band,[4] a hybrid between the groups [H.] and Sonic Adventure Music Experience.

He worked closely with game designer Yu Suzuki and served as composer for some of the company's most recognized series, such as Space Harrier, Out Run, and After Burner, and has contributed music to many others.[5] He has often acted as a tutor to new Sega composers, such as Yasuhiro Takagi[6] and Keitaro Hanada.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Girl's Garden Programming[1] with Yuji Naka[8]
Lode Runner Sound[6]
1985 Dragon Wang
Hang-On Music with Yoji Ishii[9]
Space Harrier with Yu Suzuki[10]
Pit Pot[1]
1986 Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
Ghost House
Out Run
Enduro Racer "Main Theme" only [1]
Fantasy Zone The Shop music and Game Over jingle were composed by a different composer.[6]
1987 After Burner
After Burner II
1988 Power Drift
Dynamite Düx
Hot Rod with N.Y[11]
1989 Super Monaco GP "Theme From Super Monaco GP"[12]
Turbo Outrun[13] with Yasuhiro Takagi
Sword of Vermilion[14]
1990 G-LOC: Air Battle[15]
GP Rider with Takenobu Mitsuyoshi and Yasuhiro Takagi[16]
1991 Rent-A-Hero
1992 Speed Basketball[1]
Dream Palace[1]
Air Rescue Sound effects[1]
Stadium Cross Sound driver[1]
OutRunners Music with Takayuki Nakamura and Takenobu Mitsuyoshi[17]
1993 SegaSonic the Hedgehog with Keitaro Hanada and Naoki Tokiwa[18]
1994 Dragon Ball Z: V.R.V.S. with David Leytze and Keitaro Hanada
Star Wars Arcade Sound coordinator with Kazuhiko Nagai and Youichi Ueda
Rail Chase The Ride: Eiyuu Fukkatsu Hen Music
1995 Cool Riders Music, sound driver with Makito Nomiya
1996 Sega Touring Car Championship Music, sound programming with various others
Fighters Megamix[19] Music
WaveRunner Sound with Makito Nomiya and Youichi Ueda
Virtua Fighter 3 Sound programming
Sega Ages: OutRun Arrangements
1997 Sega Ages: Fantasy Zone Vocal song arrangement[1]
Le Mans 24 Sound support
1998 Sega Ages: Power Drift Arrangements
1999 Toy Fighter Technical advice with Takashi Miyaguchi
2000 Rent A Hero No.1 Music with Kojiro Mikusa and Kayoko Matsushima[20]
Crackin' DJ with various others
2001 Crackin' DJ Part 2
Air Trix Sound design with Takeshi Isozaki
2004 Derby Owners Club Online Music
2005 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 21: SDI & Quartet ~Sega System 16 Collection~ Keyboards
2006 Sega Rally 2006 Music with various others
OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast
After Burner Climax Arrangement
2007 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 30: Galaxy Force II Special Extended Edition Sound producer
OutRun 2 SP Piano
Manic Panic Ghosts Sound director
2008 Derby Owners Club 2008 Music
Dinosaur King Sound supervisor with Kentaro Koyama
2009 Tetris Giant Music with Susumu Tsukagoshi and Yuichi Kanatani
Yakuza 3 Production with various others
Bayonetta Arrangements
2010 Yakuza 4 Sound support
2011 Initial D Arcade Stage 6 AA Support
2012 maimai Music
2014 Gotta Protectors
2016 Sangokushi Taisen 4 with Susumu Tsukagoshi
2018 Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise Special cooperation with Hideaki Kobayashi
Sega World Drivers Championship Music with Kazuhito Shimizu and Keitaro Hanada[21]
House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn Sound staff with Keitaro Hanada and Ryohei Kohno[22]
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Original game supervisor with various others


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Hitmaker sound team - Member 01". Hitmaker. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  2. ^ "The Making of OutRun". NowGamer. April 29, 2016. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  3. ^ "[H.]10th/PROFILE". Wave-master.com. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  4. ^ "CHAIN CHRONICLE 5th Anniversary ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK p. 21-22". VGMdb. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  5. ^ "Hiroshi Kawaguchi". VGMdb. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "Astro City Mini interview". 4Gamer. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  7. ^ "Hitmaker sound team - Column vol. 57". Hitmaker. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  8. ^ Dwyer, Nick. "Five Titans of Japanese Video Game Music on Their Influences and Key Creations". daily.redbullmusicacademy.com. Red Bull. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "SUPER HANG-ON 20th Anniversary Collection Booklet p. 01-02". VGMdb. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  10. ^ "SEGA AGES Space Harrier - Staff Reflections". SegaAmerica. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  11. ^ "S.S.T.BAND -30th Anniversary Box- Booklet p. 25-26". VGMdb. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  12. ^ "SEGA SYSTEM24 SOUND COLLECTION Booklet p. 03-04". VGMdb. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  13. ^ "OutRun 20th Anniversary Box Booklet Disc 01". VGMdb. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  14. ^ "VERMILION VS RENT A HERO ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK Booklet p. 01-02". VGMdb. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  15. ^ "G-LOC AIR BATTLE -Series Music Collection- Booklet p. 01-02". VGMdb. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  16. ^ "Hiro & Mitsuyoshi interview". S.S.T.BAND BACK-UP TEAM. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  17. ^ "OutRun 20th Anniversary Box Booklet Disc 02". VGMdb. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  18. ^ "SegaSonic The Hedgehog". MamEnd. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  19. ^ "Fighters MegaMix SOUND TRACKS Booklet p. 01-02". VGMdb. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  20. ^ "Renta no Kyoku: Rent A Hero No.1 Original Soundtrack Booklet p. 11-12". VGMdb. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  21. ^ "SEGA World Drivers Championship -Original Sound Track- Booklet p. 01-02". VGMdb. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  22. ^ "HOUSE OF THE DEAD ~SCARLET DAWN~ ORIGINAL SOUND TRACKS Booklet Front & Back". VGMdb. Retrieved February 10, 2021.