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Nobuo Uematsu

A freelance Music Composer (under Smile Please) and formely of Square and Square Enix

Nobuo Uematsu

Nobuo Uematsu is one of the more famous video game composers in the industry. Beginning with his score for the original Final Fantasy, he has provided musical compositions for every subsequent canonical installment of the Final Fantasy series. With composers like Yasunori Mitsuda, Masashi Hamauzu, and Kumi Tanioka, he has directed the audio design for many classic titles of the 8-, 16-, and 32-bit eras.

Uematsu began playing the piano when he was twelve years old, though he was never formally trained. He maintains his greatest role model early in life was Elton John. After graduating from Kanagawa University, with no music degree to speak of, he wrote music for television commercials before joining Square in 1986.

In 2003 he formed The Black Mages, performing rock arrangements of Final Fantasy tracks on the electric keyboard. Since the band's inception, it has published several albums and staged multiple live concerts.

Uematsu remained exclusively with Square for over a decade. In 2004 he formed his own company, Smile Please, and became a freelance composer with greater control over his projects. He also works with Hironobu Sakaguchi on several Mistwalker-developed projects, including Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey.1

Notes
  1. Square Enix Music Online

Credits  + Add Credits

1986
Cruise Chaser BLASSTY
NEC PC-8801
Square
Cruise Chaser BLASSTY - Original Soundtrack
YM-2203
Square
Alpha
NEC PC-8801
Square
Alpha - Soundtrack
PC-8801
Square
King's Knight
Nintendo Entertainment System
Workss
Rad Racer
Nintendo Entertainment System
Square
1987
Cleopatra no Mahou
Nintendo Entertainment System
Square
Apple Town Story: Little Computer People
Nintendo Entertainment System
Square
3-D Worldrunner
Nintendo Entertainment System
Square
Final Fantasy
Nintendo Entertainment System
Square
1988
Hanjuku Hero
Nintendo Entertainment System
Square
Final Fantasy II
Nintendo Entertainment System
Square
Final Fantasy I·II - Sound Collections
H25X-1001
Datam Polystar
1989
Final Fantasy - Symphonic Suite
H28X-1007
Datam Polystar
Square's Tom Sawyer
Nintendo Entertainment System
Square
Final Fantasy Legend
Game Boy
Square
1990
Final Fantasy III
Nintendo Entertainment System
Square
Final Fantasy III - Legend of the Eternal Wind
PSCX-1005
Datam Polystar
Final Fantasy Legend II
Game Boy
Square
1991
Final Fantasy IV - Original Sound Version
N23D-001
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy III - Original Sound Version
N23D-002
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy IV
Super NES
Square
Final Fantasy IV - Minimum Album
N09D-004
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy IV - Celtic Moon
N30D-006
NTT Publishing
1992
Final Fantasy V
Super NES
Square
Final Fantasy IV - Piano Collections
N38D-010
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy V - 5 + 1
N09D-012
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy V - Original Sound Version
N33D-013~4
NTT Publishing
1993
Final Fantasy V - Mambo de Chocobo
N09D-016
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy V - Dear Friends
N30D-017
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy V - Piano Collections
N30D-018
NTT Publishing
Romancing SaGa 2
Super NES
Square
1994
Final Fantasy III - Kefka's Domain
N/A
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy VI - Stars Vol. 1
N09D-023
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy VI - Stars Vol. 2
N09D-024
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy - Symphonic Suite
PSCR-5253
Datam Polystar
Final Fantasy III - Legend of the Eternal Wind
PSCR-5252
Datam Polystar
Final Fantasy I·II - Sound Collections
PSCR-5251
Datam Polystar
Final Fantasy VI - Original Sound Version
PSCN-5001~3
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy VI
Super NES
Square
Final Fantasy VI - Special Tracks
PSCN-6101
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy VI - Grand Finale
PSCN-5004
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy - Vocal Collections I - Pray
PSCN-5006
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy VI - Piano Collections
PSCN-5005
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy IV - Piano Collections
PSCN-5008
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy V - Piano Collections
PSCN-5009
NTT Publishing
Phantasmagoria
NTCP-5010
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy - 1987-1994 Limited Edition
PSCN-9101
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy - Mix
PSCN-5012
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy - Mix
NTCP-5012
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy V - Original Sound Version
PSCN-5015~6
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy - 1987-1994
PSCN-5011
NTT Publishing
1995
Final Fantasy III - Original Sound Version
PSCN-5013
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy IV - Celtic Moon
PSCN-5017
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy IV - Original Sound Version
PSCN-5014
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy V - Dear Friends
PSCN-5018
NTT Publishing
Chrono Trigger
Super NES
Square
Chrono Trigger - Original Sound Version
PSCN-5021~3
NTT Publishing
Romancing SaGa - La Romance
NTCP-5037
NTT Publishing
Romancing SaGa - Original Sound Version
NTCP-5036
NTT Publishing
Romancing SaGa 2 - Eternal Romance
NTCP-5039
NTT Publishing
Romancing SaGa 2 - Original Sound Version
NTCP-5038
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy - Vocal Collections II - Love Will Grow
PSCN-5041
NTT Publishing
1996
DynamiTracer
Super NES
Square
Front Mission: Gun Hazard
Super NES
Square
Front Mission: Gun Hazard - Original Soundtrack
PSCN-5044~5
NTT Publishing
Super Mario RPG
Super NES
Square
1997
Final Fantasy VII
PlayStation
Square
Final Fantasy VII - Original Sound Track
SSCX-10004
DigiCube
Final Fantasy VII - Reunion Tracks
SSCX-10012
DigiCube
1998
Chocobo no Fushigina Dungeon - Coi Vanni Gialli
SSCX-10016
DigiCube
Ten Plants
BICA-5001
Biosphere Records
1999
Chocobo no Fushigina Dungeon 2 - Original Soundtrack
SSCX-10026
DigiCube
Final Fantasy VIII
PlayStation
Square
Final Fantasy VIII - Eyes on Me
TODT-5271
Toshiba EMI
Final Fantasy VIII - Original Soundtrack
SSCX-10028
DigiCube
Chocobo Racing - Original Soundtrack
SSCX-10030
DigiCube
Final Fantasy VIII - Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec
SSCX-10037
DigiCube
Chrono Trigger - Original Soundtrack
SSCX-10039
DigiCube
2000
Final Fantasy VIII - Music Collection
N/A
Square Electronic Arts
Final Fantasy V - Piano Collections
NTCP-1002
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy VIII - Piano Collections
SSCX-10041
DigiCube
Final Fantasy IX
PlayStation
Square
Final Fantasy IX - Melodies of Life
KICS-811
King Records
Final Fantasy IX - Original Soundtrack
SSCX-10043~6
DigiCube
Final Fantasy IX - Original Soundtrack Plus
SSCX-10047
DigiCube
2001
Final Fantasy IX - Piano Collections
SSCX-10048
DigiCube
Final Fantasy - Potion
SSCX-10051
DigiCube
Final Fantasy IV - Piano Collections
NTCP-1001
NTT Publishing
Square - Vocal Collection
SSCX-10052
DigiCube
Final Fantasy X - Suteki da ne
SSCX-10053
DigiCube
Final Fantasy X
PlayStation 2
Square
Final Fantasy VI - Piano Collections
NTCP-1003
NTT Publishing
Final Fantasy X - Original Soundtrack
SSCX-10054~7
DigiCube
Final Fantasy X - feel/Go dream
SSCX-10058
DigiCube
Final Fantasy - N Generation: Official Best Collection
TPCD-0212-2
Tokyopop Soundtrax
Final Fantasy - S Generation: Official Best Collection
TPCD-0213-2
Tokyopop Soundtrax
Final Fantasy - Potion 2
SSCX-10059
DigiCube
2002
Final Fantasy X - Official Soundtrack
TPCD-0211-2
Tokyopop Soundtrax
Final Fantasy X - Piano Collections
SSCX-10064
DigiCube
Final Fantasy - 20020220
SSCX-10065~6
DigiCube
Final Fantasy XI
PlayStation 2
Square Enix
Final Fantasy XI - Original Soundtrack
SSCX-10069~70
DigiCube
Final Fantasy XI - Original Soundtrack Limited Edition
SSCX-10067~8
DigiCube
Project Majestic Mix - Gold Edition
N/A
KFSS Studios
Project Majestic Mix - Silver Edition
KFSS-702
KFSS Studios
SQUAREDANCE - Limited Edition
KFSS-704
KFSS Studios
SQUAREDANCE - Standard Edition
KFSS-705
KFSS Studios
Final Fantasy I·II - Original Soundtrack
SSCX-10071~2
DigiCube
Final Fantasy X - Vocal Collection
SSCX-10073
DigiCube
Kingdom Hearts -FINAL MIX- - Additional Tracks
SQCD-40001
Walt Disney Records
2003
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles - Original Soundtrack
PCCG-00613
Pony Canyon
Ehrgeiz - Original Soundtrack
SSCX-10078/79
DigiCube
Final Fantasy - The Black Mages
SSCX-10080
DigiCube
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance - Original Soundtrack
SSCX-10083~4
DigiCube
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance - White Melodies
SVWC-7172
SME Visual Works
Hanjuku Hero V.S 3D - Fight! Hanjuku Hero / Without Yolk...
SSCX-10089
DigiCube
Final Fantasy XI: Vision of Zilaat - Original Soundtrack
SSCX-10093
DigiCube
Hanjuku Hero - Original Soundtrack
TIN-50
DigiCube
Hanjuku Hero V.S 3D - Original Soundtrack
SSCX-10095~6
DigiCube
Hanjuku Hero VS 3D
PlayStation 2
Square
A Night in Fantasia - Limited Edition CD
N/A
Infinity 8LUE
Final Fantasy VII - Piano Collections
SSCX-10111
DigiCube
2004
Final Fantasy Song Book - Mahoroba
UPCH-1332
Universal Music
The Black Mages
SQEX-10019
Square-Enix
Final Fantasy X - Suteki da ne
SQEX10029
Square Enix
Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia - Original Soundtrack
SQEX-10041
Square-Enix
All Sounds of SaGa
NTCP-1004/5
NTT Publishing
The Black Mages II - The Skies Above
UPCH-1377
Universal Music
2005
Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song - Original Soundtrack
UPCH-1411
Universal Music
Hanjuku Hero IV: The Seven Half-Boiled Heroes
PlayStation 2
Square
Hanjuku Hero IV: The Seven Half-Boiled Heroes - Sound Collection
Promotional Album
Square Enix
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children - Original Soundtrack
SQEX-10051~2
Square-Enix
2006
Kokoro no Senshi
ESCL-2770
Sony
Kingdom Hearts II - Original Soundtrack
TOCT-25871~2
Toshiba-EMI
Final Fantasy XII
PlayStation 2
Square Enix
Final Fantasy XII - Kiss Me Goodbye
ESCL-2810
Sony
Journeys on a Piano - Alexey Yemtsov
N/A
Eminence Group
Final Fantasy XII - Original Soundtrack
SVWC-7351
Aniplex
Voices from Final Fantasy - Final Fantasy Premium Orchestra Concert
SQEX-20003
Square Enix
PotionRelaxin' with Final Fantasy
SQEX-10073
Square Enix
Final Fantasy III (DS)
Nintendo DS
Square Enix
Final Fantasy III - Original Soundtrack
SQEX 10076/77
Square Enix
Blue Dragon - My Tears and the Sky
SVWC-7426
Aniplex
Blue Dragon - Eternity
SVWC-7427
Aniplex
Blue Dragon
Xbox 360
Mistwalker
Blue Dragon - Original Soundtrack
SVWC-7428~29
Aniplex
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales
Nintendo DS
Square Enix
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales - The Best of
N/A
Square Enix
2007
Anata o Yurusanai - Original Soundtrack
DERP-10001
Dog Ear Records
Square Enix Battle Tracks - Vol.1
SQEX-10097
Square Enix
GAME - Game & Anime Music Emotions
PS-01
Piano Squall
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: The Sealed Grimoire - Original Soundtrack
SQEX-10102~3
Square Enix
Distant Worlds - Music from Final Fantasy
AWR10101
AWR Records
Final Fantasy IV - Tsuki no Akari
BVCR-19727
BMG Japan
Lost Odyssey
Xbox 360
Mistwalker
Final Fantasy IV (DS)
Nintendo DS
Square Enix
2008
Chocobo Dungeon: Labyrinth of Forgotten Time - Original Soundtrack
SQEX-10104
Square Enix
Final Fantasy IV (DS) - Original Soundtrack
SQEX-10105/7
Square Enix
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Wii
Nintendo
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
Wii
Square Enix
The Black Mages III - Darkness and Starlight
DERP-10002
Dog Ear Records
Final Fantasy XI - Piano Collections
SQEX-10117
Square Enix
Final Fantasy - Remix
SQEX-10119
Square Enix
The OneUps - Volume 2
OUS-005
OneUp Studios
Dissidia Final Fantasy - Original Soundtrack
SQEX-10132/3
Square Enix
2009
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children - Complete Reunion Tracks
SQEX-10172
Square Enix
2010
Final Fantasy XIII - Original Soundtrack
SQEX-10183-6
Square Enix
Final Fantasy XIV
Personal Computer
Square Enix
2011
The Last Story
Wii
Mistwalker
Play For Japan: The Album
PFG
Sumthing Else Music Works
Final Fantasy XIII-2 - Original Soundtrack
SQEX-10296~9
Square Enix
2012
Piano Opera - Final Fantasy I/II/III
SQEX-10302
Square Enix
Piano Opera - FINAL FANTASY IV/V/VI
SQEX-10307
Square Enix
Beer SQ
SQEX-10317
Square Enix
XI Chips - FINAL FANTASY XI Chiptune
SQEX-10320
Square Enix

News & Blogs

Major classical label to release Nobuo Uematsu piano album

BlogSquare Enix Music Online has revealed that pianist Benyamin Nuss will be releasing a piano album of Nobuo Uematsu's work on major label Universal Music (Deutsche Grammophon/DECCA).

Nuss is working with supervisor Thomas Boecker, the man who produced the world's first video game concert outside Japan in early 2003. This generous and passionate man (I say this as I have spoken to him before) has since produced many concerts and albums including drammatica The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura and Vielen Dank Masashi Hamauzu. Read on

Nobuo Uematsu rocks the hell out on drum set, promotes Distant Worlds II

That's right, the successor to the popular orchestral Final Fantasy arrangement album is finally upon us, and slated for an early summer release in Japan. Uematsu notes that "Dancing Mad", the beloved behemoth of a final boss battle theme from Final Fantasy VI, will receive special treatment from his newly formed orchestra: the "Earthbound Papas."

In an interview with UK gaming website Eurogamer, Nobuo Uematsu has stated that he is "expecting" someone to assist him with releasing the Black Mages in the UK. He also commented on the possibility of European Final Fantasy orchestra concerts as soon as next year, though nothing is confirmed at this point.1

Notes
  1. Eurogamer

Loyal fans who desire membership in the Nobuo Uematsu official fan club have only until February 20th to fulfill their lifelong dreams. For a scant 4,000 yen ($37.85), the price of an annual membership, fans will receive three editions of a fan magazine, as well as an exclusive DVD recording from last years concert series "Tour de Japon: Music from Final Fantasy."

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