Soichi Terada

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Soichi Terada
Native name
寺田 創一
Born (1965-03-19) March 19, 1965 (age 54)
Tokyo, Japan
GenresHouse, drum and bass, jungle, chiptune
Occupation(s)Composer, arranger, remixer
InstrumentsElectronic organ
Years active1989–present
LabelsFar East Recording

Soichi Terada (寺田 創一, Terada Sōichi, born March 19, 1965, in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese electronic music composer, best known for his work in the Ape Escape video game series.

Terada majored in computer science and electronic organ at the University of Electro-Communications. After graduating in 1989, he formed the record label Far East Recording. This led him to begin remixing for artists such as Nami Shimada and Akiko Kanazawa. His first major solo project was composing the score to the Japanese drama Psychometrer Eiji.[1]

He formed the musical group Omodaka with Kanazawa. Omodaka has released several albums, including Fortunate 1mark, Yosawya san, Kyoteizinc, Cantata no.147, Favorite Games, Plum Song, Sanosa and Bridge Song'.'[2]

Terada has also contributed his work to various video games. His first video game soundtrack was the score to Wangan Trial in 1998. A year later, he began working on the soundtrack for the Ape Escape series of video games, eventually composing for seven games.[3] Terada achieved fame additionally as a deep house producer. He began releasing records in the late 1980s, DJing in a nightclub called P. Picasso.[4] Since the release of the Sounds from the Far East compilation on the Rush Hour label, Terada has been enjoying underground success and renewed interest outside Japan. He toured Europe and North America for the first time in 2016.[5][6]


Year Title
1992 Far East Recording
Urban Rhythm Solutions
1993 Far East Recording 2
1994 Smoky
1995 Sumo Jungle
Sumo Jungle 2
1996 Oldies
News and Oldies
Sumo Jungle Grandeur
15 Years
1997 Wangan Trial Original Soundtrack
1998 Acid Face
1999 よこいさん
2000 Don't Panic Seaman
Fantavision Original Soundtrack
2004 Gacha Mecha Stadium Saru Bato~re Sarundtracks!!
2009 Smoky EP
2011 Ape Escape Originape Soundtracks
2012 Ape Escape 3 Originape Soundtracks
2015 Sounds From The Far East
Video games
Year Title
1997 ウルトラリゾートケロンキュール (Ultra Resort Keroncuel)
1998 Wangan Trial
1999 Ape Escape
2000 Fantavision (Japanese version)
2001 Space Fishermen
2002 Futari no FantaVision
2004 Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed
EyeToy: Monkey Mania
2005 Ape Escape: On the Loose
Ape Escape 3
2006 Ape Escape: Million Monkeys
2007 Ape Escape: SaruSaru Big Mission