and list of his works
| Nobuo Uematsu
is the man behind the music in all of the Final Fantasy
games. It is difficult to imagine the level of involvement
and dedication that goes into composing an entire videogame
score; to create a small piece for every cinema scene or
character in the game, an excerpt for the smallest mood
or emotion. But to captivate the audience on every single
occasion, appearing each time with amazing diversity, and
creativity? It seems unfathomable. Nobuo, however, manages
to do it every single time.
Nobuo started his career at Squaresoft in 1986.
Mr. Sakaguchi (the director at Squaresoft I believe) invited
him to work at Squaresoft despite his having no formal training
in music. People received a taste of his talents for the
first time with his big break -- the original Final Fantasy
score. Since then, Nobuo has been the exclusive composer
for all of the mainstream Final Fantasy games, and has delivered
everytime with some of the most moving music the videogame
industry has ever heard.
Part of the reason that Nobuo has been so successful
with the Final Fantasy series is because of his talents
at diversity; he is able to compose large quantities of
diverse music, with no dropoff in quality. His score for
Final Fantasy VII, for example, included 84 tracks of music,
all different, all very powerful and moving. He stays with
no fixed style, and with each of his new methods, he makes
the music sound just as good.
Along with producing soundtracks for various
games, Nobuo Uematsu also produces arranged soundtracks
for nearly all the games he writes soundtracks for. These
arranged albums range from orchestrated Final Fantasy Symphonic
Suite to the Irish music based Final Fantasy 4 Celtic Moon.
He has released two of his own albums: Phantasmagoria and
The Ten Planets as well as two vocal arrangement albums:
Pray and Love Will Grow.
Upcoming projects for Nobuo include a possible
new solo arrangement, and the Final Fantasy movie (due in
theatres 2001) Mr. Uematsu, you're the greatest!
All Sounds of FF 1 & 2
FF Symphonic Suite
Final Fantasy III OSV
FFIII Eternal Legend of the Wind
Final Fantasy IV OSV
FFIV Piano Collections
FFIV Minimum Album
FFIV Celtic Moon
Final Fantasy V OSV
FFV Dear Friends
FFV Mambo de Chocobo
Final Fantasy V + 1
Final Fantasy VI OSV
FFVI Piano Collections
FFVI Grand Finale
FFVI Special Tracks
FFVI Stars V. 1
FFVI Stars V. 2
FF 1987-1994 w/book
Final Fantasy Mix
Final Fantasy Pray
FF Love Will Grow
Chrono Trigger OSV
Gun Hazard OSV
Final Fantasy VII OST
FFVII Reunion Tracks
FFVIII Orchestra Version
FFVIII Piano Collections (realeased soon)
Brassty, Alfa, Genesis, Aliens, King's Knight
King's Knight, Highway Star, Jumpin' Jack, Suisho
no Dragon, Apple Town Story, Cleopatra no Maho, Square's
Tom Sawyer, Hanjuku Hero, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy
2, Final Fantasy 3.
SaGa (Final Fantasy Legend), SaGa 2 (Final Fantasy
Legend II) with Kenji Ito.
Final Fantasy 4, Final Fantasy 5, Final Fantasy
6, Chrono Trigger with Yasunori Mitsuda, Gun Hazard withYasunori
Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII.