I seriously respect this guy. He is the only composer I know that has created music that makes me want to break down and start sobbing.

The Chrono Cross soundtrack is one of the most beautiful soundtracks things I have ever heard in my entire life.

In particular, the tracks "Radical Dreamers", "Fragments of Dreams" and "Dreams of the Shore Border" are especially good.

In addition to the soundtracks mentioned above, he has also been involved in "Front Mission: Gun Hazard", "Tobal #1", "Mario Party" and "Mario Party 2".

光田康典

Yasunori Mitsuda is a Japanese composer most well-known for his work as a composer of video game music for Square.

Mitsuda was born 21 January 1972 in Tokuyama, Yamaguchi, and raised in Kumage-city, moving to Tokyo to study composing and arranging in a junior college of music.

In April 1992, he was hired by Square, where his first job was as a sound engineer. Games he worked on in this capacity include Hanjuku Hero: Aa, Sekaiyo Hanjukunare (1992), Final Fantasy V (1992), Secret of Mana (1993), and Romancing SaGa 2 (1993).

His first chance to compose music for Square came in 1995, when he was assigned to Chrono Trigger, followed by Radical Dreamers and a collaboration with Nobuo Uematsu on Gun Hazard (1996). Mitsuda's debut as a producer was on the first Square game for the Playstation, Tobal No. 1 (1996).

Xenogears (1998) was Mitsuda's final project as a Square employee.

Since then he has been involved in some capacity with the following projects:

Mitsuda's homepage is at: http://www.procyon-studio.com/


Partial Discography

1995 Mar - Chrono Trigger Original Sound Version

1995 Jun - The Brink of Time: Chrono Trigger Arranged Version

1996 Feb - Gun Hazard Original Soundtrack

1996 Aug - Tobal No. 1 Original Soundtrack

1998 Mar - Xenogears Original Soundtrack

1998 Apr - Creid - Yasunori Mitsuda & Millennial Fair: Xenogears Arranged Version

1998 Jul - Street Fighter EX 2 Arrange Album - (2 tracks)

1999 Jan - Street Fighter Zero 3 Drama Album

1999 Mar - Biohazard 2 Drama Album: ~Chisana Tobosha Sherry~

1999 Apr - Biohazard 2 Drama Album: ~Ikiteita Onna Spy Ada~

1999 Apr - 2197 - (1 track)

1999 Oct - Ten Plants 2 - (1 track)

1999 Dec - Chrono Trigger Original Soundtrack - (Playstation version)

1999 Dec - Chrono Cross Original Soundtrack

2000 May - Fumina Hara - Naite Ii yo / Negai ga Kanau Basho - (producer)

2000 Dec - Junko Kudo - Heijitsu Matinee - (producer, 4 tracks)

2001 Mar - Fumina Hara - Koi o Hajimemasho / Aozora to Taiyo to Kaze no naka - (producer)

2001 Jun - Square Vocal Collection - (3 tracks)

2001 Jul - Shadow Hearts Original Soundtrack plus 1 - (7 tracks)

2001 Dec - an cinniuint - ("Tsugunai" Original Soundtrack)

2002 Feb - Joanne Hogg - Kokoro: Theme from "Xenosaga Episode 1"

2002 Mar - Xenosaga Original Soundtrack


Sources:
http://www.procyon-studio.com/
http://altpop.com/stc/
http://ign.com/
http://rpgamer.com/
... and whatever else I forgot in the four hours spent double-checking all this stuff. Do you know how long it took me to find out that "Kumage" is the preferred spelling of the town, not "Kumake" as spelled on Mitsuda's website? And I fret over E2 Japanese Conventions...

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