Shinji Hosoe

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Shinji Hosoe
Also known as MEGATEN
SamplingMasters MEGA
Born (1967-02-28) February 28, 1967 (age 48)
Gero, Japan
Genres Rave, techno, hardcore techno, trance, electro, electropop, jazz fusion
Occupation(s) Composer, musician, producer
Instruments Piano, synthesizer
Years active 1987–present
Labels Troubadour Records (1992–2000)
Super Sweep Records (2000–present)

Shinji Hosoe (細江慎治 Hosoe Shinji?, born February 28, 1967), also known as MEGATEN and SamplingMasters MEGA,[1] is a Japanese video game composer and musician most famous for scoring Ridge Racer, Keyboardmania 3rd mix and many early 1990s Namco arcade games.[2] He also created the in-game music for Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse. He was assisted by Yuki Kajiura on the project, though he did not return as a composer for Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra. He also runs the VGM company Super Sweep Records, along with long-time collaborator Ayako Saso. He was also a member of "Oriental Magnetic Yellow" (OMY), a music band parodying electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), producing parody cover versions of their music.[3]


Other Works[edit]

  • Oriental Magnetic Yellow (6 albums, 1994–2001) – Tribute band of Yellow Magic Orchestra, with Nobuyoshi Sano, Takayuki Aihara and Hiroto Sasaki
  • Manikyua-Dan (1993–1998) – Electro-pop band formed with the vocalist Ikuko Ebata, with Ayako Saso, Hiroto Sasaki and Nobuyoshi Sano
  • Sampling Masters (4 albums, 1996–2001) – compilation of techno music, with Ayako Saso, Nobuyoshi Sano and Takayuki Airaha
  • Nanosweep (17 albums, 2004–present) – mini-albums which contains techno music composed by the staff of Super Sweep and nanosounds
  • Hatsune Miku – Mugen no Yami-echo of the past (2009), Vocaloid cover with a video clip featuring Clamp illustrations, original song by haru*nya and composed by Shinji Hosoe.
  • MEAT OR DIE – cartoon series – sound design
  • Persona 3 Portable Voice Mix Arrange – With Nobuyushi Sano. An arrange CD containing remixed instrumental track and dialogue clips from the game.


  1. ^ "Ridge Racer, 15 años a toda velocidad". Meristation. February 5, 2007. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ Greening, Chris (January 2010). "Interview with Shinji Hosoe". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Oriental Magnetic Yellow". Retrieved 2011-06-13. 

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