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|Native name||福田 裕彦|
|Also known as||Hirohiko Fukuda|
May 3, 1957 |
Itabashi, Tokyo, Japan
History and career
Born in Tokyo's Itabashi prefecture, Fukuda began playing piano at the age of 4, and while at school became interested in anime ("We were the first anime generation"). He graduated from Takeheya Senior High School in 1976 and began attending the department of literature at Waseda University in 1978. Around this time, he won a prize for excellence in the Yamaha-sponsored band tournament EAST WEST 78.
Graduating from Waseda in 1980, Fukuda went on to make his professional debut, playing keyboards in the band QUYS. The band was formed alongside bassist Yoshihiro Naruse (currently of Casiopea) and drummer Okai Daiji (ex-member of Yonin Bayashi). The following year marked his recording debut as a session musician on June Yamagishi's 1981 solo album All The Same, along with his major debut with Hideo Saito in the band YOU. In 1982 he was a participating member of Bakufu Slump prior to their debut, and in 1983 played with Minami Kousetsu as a live tour musician.
Following these early exposures to the industry, Fukuda became a frequently employed studio musician - he went from playing for artists such as Kodomo Band, Shogo Hamada, Kozo Murashita, Yoshiyuki Ohzawa to then-contemporary pop figures such as Shibugakitai, Seiko Matsuda and Ryoko Sano. As a studio player, he has participated in the recording of over a thousand songs. Also during this period, he collaborated with fellow synthesist Noritaka Ubukata in the development of a sound patch for the Yamaha DX7 digital synthesizer called "Shofuku", which was released in 1984. Shofuku later became the name of a recording unit featuring the two musicians in 1988. Fukuda also penned books documenting the DX7's programmable synthesis, one of which, "Yamaha DX7 Digital Synthesizer", was translated and sold in the West.
He is perhaps most well known for his video game and anime soundtracks. He has worked for Hudson Soft, and is perhaps best known for his soundtracks to various games from the Bomberman franchise. He is currently the keyboardist in the Japanese jazz-funk and fusion band BeatNuts, and has played in numerous other bands, such as YOU, QUYZ, and Kodomo Band. He is often credited as "Hirohiko Fukuda".
- Fighting Street (1988) – arranger with Noritaka Ubukata as "Shofuku" unit
- Download (1990) – composer
- Smart Ball (1991) – composer with Manabu Saito and Akira Yamaoka
- Tengai Makyō II: Manjimaru (1992) – composer with Joe Hisaishi
- Emerald Dragon (1994) – composer
- Super Bomberman 2 (1994) – composer
- Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman! (1994) – composer
- Bomberman GB (1995) – composer
- Bomberman GB 3 (1996) – composer
- Super Bomberman 4 (1996) – arranger
- Super Bomberman 5 (1997) – composer with June Chikuma
- Pop'n Music 2 (1999) – composer
- Over the Monochrome Rainbow (2003) – composer, game supervision
- They Were Eleven (1986) – composer
- K.O. Beast (1992) – composer
- Mobile Suit Victory Gundam (1993) – theme song arrangement
- Kocchi Muite! Miiko (1998) – composer
- Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto (2016) – composer
- "New Season (Long Version)" (1987) – keyboards
- "Chikyu-no Kiki" (1990) – composition/arrangement
- "FUTARI-KOIBITO (Remix)" (1995) – piano
- Ultraman Tiga (1996) – ending song arrangement
- "Mirage" (1996) – arrangement
- RoboGeisha (2009) – composer
- "Japan's Keyboard Revolution". Keyboard, Volume 31, Issues 7-12. GPI Publications. 2005. Retrieved 6 June 2011.