April 3, 1963 |
|Genres||Rock, video game music|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, musician, guitarist|
Universal Music Group
Sony Music Distribution
Dog Ear Records
|Associated acts||The Black Mages
The Star Onions
Tsuyoshi Sekito (関戸 剛 Sekito Tsuyoshi, born April 3, 1963) is a Japanese video game composer, arranger, and musician who has been employed at Square Enix since 1995. As a composer, he is best known for scoring Brave Fencer Musashi (1998), Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005) and The Last Remnant (2008). He also plays the guitar in the rock bands The Black Mages and The Star Onions; both groups arrange and perform compositions from the Final Fantasy series.
Tsuyoshi Sekito was born in Osaka, Japan. His career as a video game composer began at the end of the 1980s when he joined Konami's sound team. The first game he scored was Space Manbow in 1989. The following year, he created the music for SD Snatcher and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake along with several other composers. He was subsequently assigned to score the sports titles Double Dribble: 5-on-5 (1991) and Soccer Superstars (1995) and the cartoon adaptations Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back from the Sewers (1991) and Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure (1993), often as the leading composer. In 1994, he created the soundtrack to the arcade game Lethal Enforcers II: Gunfighters with Yuichi Sakakura. He left Konami in 1995 to join the Osaka branch of Square.
After joining Square, Sekito did not compose any games until 1998; his first assignment for the company was to create the music for Brave Fencer Musashi. In 1999, he assisted in scoring the soundtrack to Chocobo's Dungeon 2 by creating 12 pieces. His fellow composers were Kumi Tanioka and Kenji Ito. The following year, he composed music for the Japan-only All Star Pro-Wrestling along with Kenichiro Fukui and Tanioka. Sekito went solo for the game's sequel, All Star Pro-Wrestling II (2001), and was joined by Fukui again for the third and final installment, All Star Pro-Wrestling III (2003).
In 2002, after Sekito and Fukui's collaboration on All Star Pro-Wrestling, they decided to arrange some of the pieces in the Final Fantasy series, composed by Nobuo Uematsu. The two presented their arrangements to Uematsu who enjoyed their work. Although hesitant at first, Uematsu agreed to join Sekito and Fukui in forming the rock band The Black Mages; Sekito served as the group's guitarist. In 2003, Keiji Kawamori, Arata Hanyuda, and Michio Okamiya also joined the band. The Black Mages have released three studio albums, and have appeared at several concerts to promote their albums.
To create the music for The Last Remnant, Sekito utilized his guitar collection for different tracks and used different guitar sounds and techniques including detuning and delay effects on the album. Sekito did not use an orchestra for the games music, but chose particular instruments and players to make the music an assortment of the best for each part.
In Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Sekito felt unrestricted while composing music for the Nintendo 3DS, saying that he was able to create songs that would make a game player feel that were in a large world even on a small device due to the game consoles 3D graphics.
Musical style and influences
- Motocross Maniacs (1989) – with Michiru Yamane
- Space Manbow (1989) – with Michiru Yamane and Yuji Takenouchi
- SD Snatcher (1990) – with various others
- Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (1990) with various others
- Double Dribble: 5-on-5 (1991)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back from the Sewers (1991) – with Yuko Kurahashi
- Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure (1993) – with Shinji Tasaka and Hideto Inoue
- Lethal Enforcers II: Gunfighters (1994) – with Yuichi Sakakura
- Soccer Superstars (1995)
- Brave Fencer Musashi (1998)
- Chocobo's Dungeon 2 (1998) – with Kumi Tanioka, Yasuhiro Kawakami, and Kenji Ito
- Chrono Trigger (PlayStation) (1999)
- All Star Pro-Wrestling (2000) – with Kenichiro Fukui and Kumi Tanioka
- All Star Pro-Wrestling II (2001)
- All Star Pro-Wrestling III (2003) – with Kenichiro Fukui
- Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- (2005) – with Kenji Ito
- Hanjuku Hero 4: 7-Jin no Hanjuku Hero (2005) – with various others
- Dawn of Mana (2006) – with Kenji Ito, Masayoshi Soken and Ryuichi Sakamoto
- The Last Remnant (2008) – with Yasuhiro Yamanaka
- Gyromancer (2009)
- Death by Cube (2009) – with Mud-J
- Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (2010) – with Yoko Shimomura and Takeharu Ishimoto
- The 3rd Birthday (2010) – with Yoko Shimomura and Mitsuto Suzuki
- Fantasy Earth: Zero Chronicles OST (2011) – with Hidenori Iwasaki and Ryo Yamazaki
- MindJack (2011)
- Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (2012) – with Yoko Shimomura and Takeharu Ishimoto
- Rise of Mana (2014) – with Kenji Ito, Hiroki Kikuta, and Yoko Shimomura
- Final Fantasy Explorers (2014)
- Final Fantasy Chronicles (1999)
- Final Fantasy Origins (2002)
- Front Mission Online (2005)
- Final Fantasy III (Nintendo DS) (2006) – with Keiji Kawamori
- Dissidia: Final Fantasy (2008) – with Your Favorite Enemies and Mitsuto Suzuki
- Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy (2011) – with Keiji Kawamori, Mitsuto Suzuki and Rieko Mikoshiba
- Lord of Vermilion Re:2 (2011) - with Ryo Yamazaki, Mitsuto Suzuki, Yasuhiro Yamanaka and Keiji Kawamori
- Dissidia Final Fantasy (2015) – with Takeharu Ishimoto and Keiji Kawamori
- Secret of Mana (2018) – with various others
- Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete (2009) – with Keiji Kawamori
- feel/Go dream: Yuna & Tidus (2001) – with Masashi Hamauzu and Masayoshi Kikuchi
- The Black Mages (2003)
- The Black Mages II: The Skies Above (2005)
- The Black Mages III: Darkness and Starlight (2008)
- Chris Greening. "Tsuyoshi Sekito Profile". Game Music Online. Retrieved 2014-09-21.
- Marushi Akio (2008-12-07). "Mr. Sekito about his guitar collections". Square Enix. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
- Wesley Yin-Poole (2008-11-19). "The Last Remnant Preview". Video Gamer. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
- Audun Sorlie (2012-07-26). "Exclusive: Meet the Kingdom Hearts 3D sound team". Destructoid. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
- Johnny (2014-07-07). "Tsuyoshi Sekito Explains The Main Theme of "Final Fantasy Explorers"". Square Portal. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
- Gallagher, Mathew. "Team of arrangers announced for Secret of Mana remake". Video Game Music Online. Retrieved 21 November 2017.