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| Name        = Nobuo Uematsu
 
| Name        = Nobuo Uematsu
 
| Local      = 植松 伸夫 (うえまつ のぶお)
 
| Local      = 植松 伸夫 (うえまつ のぶお)
| Picture    = Nobuo Uematsu - 10.jpg
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| Picture    = Nobuo Uematsu.jpg
| Born        = March 29, 1959 (Age 53)
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| Born        = 1959-03-29
 
| BirthPlace  = Kōchi City, Japan
 
| BirthPlace  = Kōchi City, Japan
 
| Nationality = Japanese
 
| Nationality = Japanese
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'''''Nobuo Uematsu''''' was born on March 21st, 1959 in Kouchi City, Japan. At about eleven he began to teach himself to play piano like his older sister. Uematsu went to college but did not pursue a degree in music. While at school he met his future wife, Reiko. After Uematsu he kept his hobby of music alive by writing jingles for local television commercials and working at a music rental shop. One day, in 1986, Uematsu was asked to consider composing music for [[Square]]. He agreed to the job and began making music for them on the side, still keeping his job at the music rental shop in Sugoshiyoshi. However, it wasn't long before Uematsu's co-worker at Square, Hironobu Sakaguchi (of [[Final Fantasy (NES)|Final Fantasy]] fame), asked him to compose music for his games, and Uematsu began working for Square full time.
 
'''''Nobuo Uematsu''''' was born on March 21st, 1959 in Kouchi City, Japan. At about eleven he began to teach himself to play piano like his older sister. Uematsu went to college but did not pursue a degree in music. While at school he met his future wife, Reiko. After Uematsu he kept his hobby of music alive by writing jingles for local television commercials and working at a music rental shop. One day, in 1986, Uematsu was asked to consider composing music for [[Square]]. He agreed to the job and began making music for them on the side, still keeping his job at the music rental shop in Sugoshiyoshi. However, it wasn't long before Uematsu's co-worker at Square, Hironobu Sakaguchi (of [[Final Fantasy (NES)|Final Fantasy]] fame), asked him to compose music for his games, and Uematsu began working for Square full time.
  
Uematsu was hired by [[Bits Laboratory]] (under contract from Square) to do music for their title King's Knight. Bits Laboratory is known for creating the legendary terrible NES Ghostbusters. He later composed the music for their title "Hanjuku Hero".
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Uematsu was hired by [[Bits Laboratory]] (under contract from Square) to do music for their title King's Knight. Bits Laboratory is known for creating the legendary terrible NES Ghostbusters. He later composed the music for their title "Hanjuku Hero". During his time at Square, Uematsu composed soundtracks for over 30 games, including his help on [[Chrono Trigger (SNES)|Chrono Trigger]] after [[Yasunori Mitsuda]] became ill. He is best known for the epic orchestrated soundtracks he scored for the ''Final Fantasy'' series.
  
During his time at Square, Uematsu composed soundtracks for over 30 games, including his help on [[Chrono Trigger (SNES)|Chrono Trigger]] after Yasunori Mitsuda became ill. He is best known for the epic orchestrated soundtracks he scored for the ''Final Fantasy'' series.
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In 2003, Uematsu formed a rock group called The Black Mages, a collection of both video game musicians and traditional musicians to put a new take on his ''Final Fantasy'' tunes. The Black Mages released three albums and performed several live concerts, but they disbanded in 2010. In 2004, about a year after the merger of [[Square]] and [[Enix]], Uematsu quit citing his inability to find comfort since the company moved to the Shinjuku ward. After quitting, Uematsu formed his own company [[Smile Please]], a music studio, and the company Dog Ear Records, a production studio. With his own studios to work in, Uematsu was able to concentrate on his music more fully and continue to compose soundtracks for [[Square-Enix]], but also other companies as well, like [[Mistwalker]].
 
 
In 2003, Uematsu formed a rock group called The Black Mages, a collection of both video game musicians and traditional musicians to put a new take on his ''Final Fantasy'' tunes. The Black Mages released three albums and performed several live concerts, but they disbanded in 2010.
 
 
 
In 2004, about a year after the merger of [[Square]] and [[Enix]], Uematsu quit citing his inability to find comfort since the company moved to the Shinjuku ward. After quitting, Uematsu formed his own company [[Smile Please]], a music studio, and the company Dog Ear Records, a production studio. With his own studios to work in, Uematsu was able to concentrate on his music more fully and continue to compose soundtracks for [[Square-Enix]], but also other companies as well, like [[Mistwalker]].
 
  
 
Uematsu's work is quite eclectic ranging from classical orchestrated pieces to modern techno tracks, and also including jazz, Celtic, rock, and blues. He cites the pop-rock music of Elton John as his biggest influence, in addition to The Beatles, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Simon & Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, and King Crimson. His more traditional influences come from Tchaikovsky, which he uses for his orchestration. He has even been called the "[[John Williams]] of the video game world" by some of his colleagues. Outside of pop and classical music, Uematsu enjoys Irish and Celtic music as well. His favorite work to date is the Final Fantasy IX soundtrack.
 
Uematsu's work is quite eclectic ranging from classical orchestrated pieces to modern techno tracks, and also including jazz, Celtic, rock, and blues. He cites the pop-rock music of Elton John as his biggest influence, in addition to The Beatles, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Simon & Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, and King Crimson. His more traditional influences come from Tchaikovsky, which he uses for his orchestration. He has even been called the "[[John Williams]] of the video game world" by some of his colleagues. Outside of pop and classical music, Uematsu enjoys Irish and Celtic music as well. His favorite work to date is the Final Fantasy IX soundtrack.
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Uematsu currently resides in Tokyo with his wife and their Beagle, Pao. They also have a summer cabin in Yamanakako, Yamanashi.
 
Uematsu currently resides in Tokyo with his wife and their Beagle, Pao. They also have a summer cabin in Yamanakako, Yamanashi.
  
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==Music Composition==
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For the most of his earlier material, Nobuo used instruments from the Roland SC-55 and SC-88.
  
 
==Gameography==
 
==Gameography==
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|-
 
|-
| 1986/04/30
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| 1986-04-30
 
| [[Cruise Chaser Blassty (PC88)]]
 
| [[Cruise Chaser Blassty (PC88)]]
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|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 1986/07/04
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| 1986-07-04
 
| [[Alpha (PC88)]]
 
| [[Alpha (PC88)]]
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|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 1986/09/18
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| 1986-09-18
| [[King's Knight (NES)]]
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| [[King's Knight (NES)]] (キングスナイト)
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|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 1986/12/15
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| 1986-12-15
| [[Suishō no Dragon (FDS)]]
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| [[Suisho no Dragon (FDS)]] (水晶のドラゴン)
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|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 1986/12/19
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| 1986-??-??
| [[Deep Dungeon: Madō Senki (FDS)]]
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| [[King's Knight (MSX)]]
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 1987/03/12
+
| 1987-03-12
| [[3-D WorldRunner (NES)]]
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| [[3-D WorldRunner (NES)]] (とびだせ大作戦)
 
|  
 
|  
|-
 
| 1987/04/03
 
| [[Apple Town Story (FDS)]]
 
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 1987/05/11
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| 1987-04-03
| [[Mystery Quest (FDS)]]
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| [[Apple Town Story (FDS)]] (アップルタウン物語)
 
|  
 
|  
|-
 
| 1987/05/20
 
| [[Yūshi no Monshō: Deep Dungeon (FDS)]]
 
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 1987/06/06
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| 1987-06-06
 
| [[Genesis (PC88)]]
 
| [[Genesis (PC88)]]
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 1987/06/10
+
| 1987-06-10
 
| [[Aliens (MSX)]]
 
| [[Aliens (MSX)]]
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 1987/07/24
+
| 1987-07-24
| [[Cleopatra no Mahou (FDS)]]
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| [[Cleopatra no Mahou (FDS)]] (クレオパトラの魔法)
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|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 1987/08/07
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| 1987-08-07
 
| [[Rad Racer (NES)]]
 
| [[Rad Racer (NES)]]
| {{Song-List|06 - Rad Racer - NES - Congratulations.ogg}}
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| {{Song-Box|06 - Rad Racer - NES - Congratulations.ogg}}
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|
 +
|-
 +
| 1987-12-01
 +
| [[Nakayama Miho no Tokimeki High School (FDS)]] (中山美穂のトキメキハイスクール)
 +
|
 +
|
 
|-
 
|-
| 1987/12/07
+
| 1987-12-07
| [[JJ (NES)]]
+
| [[JJ: Tobidase Adventures Part II (NES)]] (ジェージェー:とびだせ大作戦)
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|
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| 1987/12/18
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| 1987-12-18
 
| [[Final Fantasy (NES)]]
 
| [[Final Fantasy (NES)]]
| {{Song-List|02 - Final Fantasy - NES - Main Theme.ogg}}
+
| {{Song-Box|02 - Final Fantasy - NES - Main Theme.ogg}}
 +
|
 
|-
 
|-
| 1988/05/13
+
| 1988-12-02
| [[Deep Dungeon III: Yūshi he no Tabi (NES)]]
+
| [[Hanjuku Hero (NES)]] (半熟ヒーロー)
 +
|
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| 1988/12/02
+
| 1988-12-17
| [[Hanjuku Hero (NES)]]
+
| [[Final Fantasy II (FC)]]
 +
|
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| 1988/12/17
+
| 1989-03-19
| [[Final Fantasy II (NES)]]
+
| [[Square's Tom Sawyer (NES)]] (スクウェアのトムソーヤ)
 +
|
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| 1989/03/19
+
| 1989-12-15
| [[Square's Tom Sawyer (NES)]]
+
| [[The Final Fantasy Legend (GB)]]
|
+
| {{Song-Box|02 - Final Fantasy Legend - GB - Main Theme.ogg}}
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|
 +
|-
 +
| 1990-??-??
 +
| [[Nintendo World Championships 1990 (NES)]]
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| {{Song-Box|06 - Rad Racer - NES - Congratulations.ogg}}
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| Composer of [[Rad Racer (NES)]] portion.
 
|-
 
|-
| 1989/12/15
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| 1990-04-27
| [[Final Fantasy Legend (GB)]]
+
| [[Final Fantasy III (FC)]]
 +
|
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| 1990/04/27
+
| 1990-12-27
| [[Final Fantasy III (NES)]]
+
| [[Final Fantasy Legend II (GB)]]
 +
|
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| 1990/12/27
+
| 1990-??-??
| [[Final Fantasy Legend II (GB)]]
+
| [[Rad Racer II (NES)]]
 +
|
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| 1991/07/19
+
| 1991-07-19
 
| [[Final Fantasy IV (SNES)]]
 
| [[Final Fantasy IV (SNES)]]
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|
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| 1992/12/06
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| 1992-12-06
 
| [[Final Fantasy V (SNES)]]
 
| [[Final Fantasy V (SNES)]]
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|
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| 1993/12/10
+
| 1994-04-02
| [[Romancing SaGa 2 (SNES)]]
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| [[Final Fantasy III (SNES)|Final Fantasy VI (SNES)]]
|
+
| {{Song-Box|26 - Final Fantasy 3 - SNES - Terra's Theme.ogg}}
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|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 1994/04/02
+
| 1995-03-11
| [[Final Fantasy VI (SNES)]]
+
| [[Chrono Trigger (SNES)]]
 +
| {{Song-Box|54 - Chrono Trigger - SNES - Sealed Door.ogg}}
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 1995/03/11
+
| 1996-01-27
| [[Chrono Trigger (SNES)]]
+
| [[Dynami Tracer (SNES)]]
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 1996/02/23
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| 1996-02-23
 
| [[Front Mission: Gun Hazard (SNES)]]
 
| [[Front Mission: Gun Hazard (SNES)]]
 
|  
 
|  
|-
 
| 1996/??/??
 
| [[Dynami Tracer (SNES)]]
 
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 1997/01/31
+
| 1997-01-31
 
| [[Final Fantasy VII (PS1)]]
 
| [[Final Fantasy VII (PS1)]]
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 1999/02/11
+
| 1999-02-11
 
| [[Final Fantasy VIII (PS1)]]
 
| [[Final Fantasy VIII (PS1)]]
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 2000/07/07
+
| 2000-07-07
 
| [[Final Fantasy IX (PS1)]]
 
| [[Final Fantasy IX (PS1)]]
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 2001/07/19
+
| 2001-07-19
 
| [[Final Fantasy X (PS2)]]
 
| [[Final Fantasy X (PS2)]]
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 2002/04/16
+
| 2002-04-16
 
| [[Final Fantasy XI (PS2)]]
 
| [[Final Fantasy XI (PS2)]]
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 2003/02/14
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| 2003-02-14
 
| [[Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (GBA)]]
 
| [[Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (GBA)]]
 
|  
 
|  
 +
| One song only: "Main Theme"
 
|-
 
|-
| 2003/06/26
+
| 2003-06-26
 
| [[Hanjuku Hero Tai 3D (PS2)]]
 
| [[Hanjuku Hero Tai 3D (PS2)]]
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 2005/03/24
+
| 2005-03-24
| [[Egg Monster Hero (DS)]]
+
| [[Egg Monster Hero (NDS)]]
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 2005/05/26
+
| 2005-05-26
 
| [[Hanjuku Hero 4 (PS2)]]
 
| [[Hanjuku Hero 4 (PS2)]]
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 2003/02/14
+
| 2006-03-16
| [[Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (SNES)]]
+
| [[Final Fantasy XII (PS2)]]
| Only one song, "Main Theme"
+
|  
 +
| One song only: "Kiss Me Good-Bye"
 
|-
 
|-
| 2003/03/16
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| 2006-12-07
| [[Final Fantasy XII (SNES)]]
 
| Only one song, "Kiss Me Good-Bye"
 
|-
 
| 2006/12/07
 
 
| [[Blue Dragon (X360)]]
 
| [[Blue Dragon (X360)]]
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|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 2007/11/15
+
| 2007-11-15
 
| [[Anata o Yurusanai (PSP)]]
 
| [[Anata o Yurusanai (PSP)]]
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 2007/12/06
+
| 2007-12-06
 
| [[Lost Odyssey (X360)]]
 
| [[Lost Odyssey (X360)]]
 
|  
 
|  
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| 2008-01-31
 +
| [[Super Smash Bros. Brawl (WII)]]
 +
|
 +
| One song only: "Main Theme"
 
|-
 
|-
| 2008/01/31
+
| 2008-06-17
| [[Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)]]
+
| [[Lord of Vermilion (ARC)]]
| Only one song, "Main Theme"
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|  
 +
|
 
|-
 
|-
| 2008/06/17
+
| 2008-09-04
| [[Lord of Vermilion (ARCADE)]]
+
| [[Blue Dragon Plus (NDS)]]
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 2008/09/04
+
| 2008-10-16
| [[Blue Dragon Plus (DS)]]
+
| [[Away: Shuffle Dungeon (NDS)]]
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 2008/10/16
+
| 2008-??-??
| [[Away: Shuffle Dungeon (DS)]]
+
| [[Cry On (X360)]] (Canceled)
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 2009/10/10
+
| 2009-10-10
| [[Lord of Vermilion II (ARCADE)]]
+
| [[Lord of Vermilion II (ARC)]]
| Only one song, "Opening Theme"
+
|  
 +
| One song only: "Opening Theme"
 
|-
 
|-
| 2009/11/05
+
| 2009-11-05
| [[Sakura Note (DS)]]
+
| [[Sakura Note (NDS)]]
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 2010/09/22
+
| 2010-09-22
| [[Final Fantasy XIV (PC)]]
+
| [[Final Fantasy XIV (W32)]]
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 2010/10/14
+
| 2010-10-14
 
| [[Lord of Arcana (PSP)]]
 
| [[Lord of Arcana (PSP)]]
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 2011/01/27
+
| 2011-01-27
| [[The Last Story (Wii)]]
+
| [[The Last Story (WII)]]
 +
|
 
|  
 
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 2011/07/14
+
| 2011-07-14
| [[Unchained Blades (PSP)]]
+
| [[UnchainBlades ReXX (PSP)]]
 
|  
 
|  
 +
| One song only
 
|-
 
|-
| 2011/12/??
+
| 2012-12-27
 
| [[Fantasy Life (3DS)]]
 
| [[Fantasy Life (3DS)]]
 +
|
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| 2013-09-19
 +
| [[Fairy Fencer F (PS3)]]
 +
|
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| 2013-10-22
 +
| [[Hometown Story (3DS)]]
 +
|
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| 2013-11-14
 +
| [[Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (IOS)]]
 +
|
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| 2013-12-17
 +
| [[Granblue Fantasy (IOS)]]
 +
|
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| 2014-??-??
 +
| [[Wonder Flick (WIIU)]]
 +
|
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| 2015-06-??
 +
| [[Project Phoenix (W32)]]
 +
|
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Unreleased
 +
| [[Aliens (FDS)]]
 
|  
 
|  
 
|}
 
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==Picture Gallery==
 
==Picture Gallery==
 
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File:Nobuo Uematsu - 01.jpg|Unknown source.
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File:Nobuo Uematsu - 02.jpg|Unknown source.
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File:Nobuo Uematsu - 10.jpg|Unknown source.
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File:Nobuo Uematsu - 11.jpg|Taken 2006/06/15.
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Nobuo Uematsu - 11.jpg|Taken 2006-06-15.
File:Nobuo Uematsu - 12.jpg|Taken 2006/06/15.
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Nobuo Uematsu - 12.jpg|Taken 2006-06-15.
File:Nobuo Uematsu - 13.jpg|With Kazuya Asano, circa 2007.
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Nobuo Uematsu - 13.jpg|With Kazuya Asano, circa 2007.
File:Nobuo Uematsu - 14.jpg|Otakon, 2011.
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Hiroku Kikuta, Yoko Shimomura, Nobuo Uematsu, Yasunori Mitsuda - Symphonic Fantasies Germany, 2009.jpg|With [[Hiroku Kikuta]], [[Nobuo Uematsu]], and [[Yasunori Mitsuda]] at Symphonic Fantasies Germany, 2009.
File:Nobuo Uematsu - 15.jpg|Otakon, 2011.
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Nobuo Uematsu - 14.jpg|Otakon, 2011.
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Nobuo Uematsu - 15.jpg|Otakon, 2011.
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Yoko Shimomura - With Nobuo Uematsu - posted on Yoko's Facebook 2015-11-06.jpg|With [[Yoko Shimomura]], posted on Shimomura's Facebook 2015-11-06.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
 
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
* [http://www.nobuouematsu.com nobuouematsu.com] - Official home page.
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* [http://www.nobuouematsu.com nobuouematsu.com] - Official.
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobuo_uematsu en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobuo_uematsu] - Wikipedia.
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobuo_uematsu en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobuo_uematsu] - Wikipedia.
* [http://vimeo.com/23081357] - Nobuo talks about performing King's Knight music.
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* [http://vimeo.com/23081357 vimeo.com/23081357] - Talking about performing King's Knight music.
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* [https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0879965/ Nobuo Uematsu] at [https://www.imdb.com IMDB]
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* [https://rawg.io/creators/nobuo-uematsu Nobuo Uematsu] at [https://rawg.io RAWG]
  
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[[Category: Composers]]
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Latest revision as of 04:09, 15 September 2019

Nobuo Uematsu
Nobuo Uematsu.jpg
Local 植松 伸夫 (うえまつ のぶお)
Born 1959-03-29
Birth Place Kōchi City, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg

Nobuo Uematsu was born on March 21st, 1959 in Kouchi City, Japan. At about eleven he began to teach himself to play piano like his older sister. Uematsu went to college but did not pursue a degree in music. While at school he met his future wife, Reiko. After Uematsu he kept his hobby of music alive by writing jingles for local television commercials and working at a music rental shop. One day, in 1986, Uematsu was asked to consider composing music for Square. He agreed to the job and began making music for them on the side, still keeping his job at the music rental shop in Sugoshiyoshi. However, it wasn't long before Uematsu's co-worker at Square, Hironobu Sakaguchi (of Final Fantasy fame), asked him to compose music for his games, and Uematsu began working for Square full time.

Uematsu was hired by Bits Laboratory (under contract from Square) to do music for their title King's Knight. Bits Laboratory is known for creating the legendary terrible NES Ghostbusters. He later composed the music for their title "Hanjuku Hero". During his time at Square, Uematsu composed soundtracks for over 30 games, including his help on Chrono Trigger after Yasunori Mitsuda became ill. He is best known for the epic orchestrated soundtracks he scored for the Final Fantasy series.

In 2003, Uematsu formed a rock group called The Black Mages, a collection of both video game musicians and traditional musicians to put a new take on his Final Fantasy tunes. The Black Mages released three albums and performed several live concerts, but they disbanded in 2010. In 2004, about a year after the merger of Square and Enix, Uematsu quit citing his inability to find comfort since the company moved to the Shinjuku ward. After quitting, Uematsu formed his own company Smile Please, a music studio, and the company Dog Ear Records, a production studio. With his own studios to work in, Uematsu was able to concentrate on his music more fully and continue to compose soundtracks for Square-Enix, but also other companies as well, like Mistwalker.

Uematsu's work is quite eclectic ranging from classical orchestrated pieces to modern techno tracks, and also including jazz, Celtic, rock, and blues. He cites the pop-rock music of Elton John as his biggest influence, in addition to The Beatles, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Simon & Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, and King Crimson. His more traditional influences come from Tchaikovsky, which he uses for his orchestration. He has even been called the "John Williams of the video game world" by some of his colleagues. Outside of pop and classical music, Uematsu enjoys Irish and Celtic music as well. His favorite work to date is the Final Fantasy IX soundtrack.

Uematsu currently resides in Tokyo with his wife and their Beagle, Pao. They also have a summer cabin in Yamanakako, Yamanashi.

Music Composition

For the most of his earlier material, Nobuo used instruments from the Roland SC-55 and SC-88.

Gameography

Released Title Sample Notes
1986-04-30 Cruise Chaser Blassty (PC88)
1986-07-04 Alpha (PC88)
1986-09-18 King's Knight (NES) (キングスナイト)
1986-12-15 Suisho no Dragon (FDS) (水晶のドラゴン)
1986-??-?? King's Knight (MSX)
1987-03-12 3-D WorldRunner (NES) (とびだせ大作戦)
1987-04-03 Apple Town Story (FDS) (アップルタウン物語)
1987-06-06 Genesis (PC88)
1987-06-10 Aliens (MSX)
1987-07-24 Cleopatra no Mahou (FDS) (クレオパトラの魔法)
1987-08-07 Rad Racer (NES)
1987-12-01 Nakayama Miho no Tokimeki High School (FDS) (中山美穂のトキメキハイスクール)
1987-12-07 JJ: Tobidase Adventures Part II (NES) (ジェージェー:とびだせ大作戦)
1987-12-18 Final Fantasy (NES)
1988-12-02 Hanjuku Hero (NES) (半熟ヒーロー)
1988-12-17 Final Fantasy II (FC)
1989-03-19 Square's Tom Sawyer (NES) (スクウェアのトムソーヤ)
1989-12-15 The Final Fantasy Legend (GB)
1990-??-?? Nintendo World Championships 1990 (NES)
Composer of Rad Racer (NES) portion.
1990-04-27 Final Fantasy III (FC)
1990-12-27 Final Fantasy Legend II (GB)
1990-??-?? Rad Racer II (NES)
1991-07-19 Final Fantasy IV (SNES)
1992-12-06 Final Fantasy V (SNES)
1994-04-02 Final Fantasy VI (SNES)
1995-03-11 Chrono Trigger (SNES)
1996-01-27 Dynami Tracer (SNES)
1996-02-23 Front Mission: Gun Hazard (SNES)
1997-01-31 Final Fantasy VII (PS1)
1999-02-11 Final Fantasy VIII (PS1)
2000-07-07 Final Fantasy IX (PS1)
2001-07-19 Final Fantasy X (PS2)
2002-04-16 Final Fantasy XI (PS2)
2003-02-14 Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (GBA) One song only: "Main Theme"
2003-06-26 Hanjuku Hero Tai 3D (PS2)
2005-03-24 Egg Monster Hero (NDS)
2005-05-26 Hanjuku Hero 4 (PS2)
2006-03-16 Final Fantasy XII (PS2) One song only: "Kiss Me Good-Bye"
2006-12-07 Blue Dragon (X360)
2007-11-15 Anata o Yurusanai (PSP)
2007-12-06 Lost Odyssey (X360)
2008-01-31 Super Smash Bros. Brawl (WII) One song only: "Main Theme"
2008-06-17 Lord of Vermilion (ARC)
2008-09-04 Blue Dragon Plus (NDS)
2008-10-16 Away: Shuffle Dungeon (NDS)
2008-??-?? Cry On (X360) (Canceled)
2009-10-10 Lord of Vermilion II (ARC) One song only: "Opening Theme"
2009-11-05 Sakura Note (NDS)
2010-09-22 Final Fantasy XIV (W32)
2010-10-14 Lord of Arcana (PSP)
2011-01-27 The Last Story (WII)
2011-07-14 UnchainBlades ReXX (PSP) One song only
2012-12-27 Fantasy Life (3DS)
2013-09-19 Fairy Fencer F (PS3)
2013-10-22 Hometown Story (3DS)
2013-11-14 Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (IOS)
2013-12-17 Granblue Fantasy (IOS)
2014-??-?? Wonder Flick (WIIU)
2015-06-?? Project Phoenix (W32)
Unreleased Aliens (FDS)

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