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Jun Senoue (瀬上純 Senoue Jun) (born 2 August 1970 in Matsushima, Miyagi, Miyagi Prefecture, Tōhoku, Japan) is a video game composer and musician from Wavemaster, well known for some of his contributions in many Sonic the Hedgehog games. Currently he lives in San Francisco, California, USA along with Sonic Team USA.

History

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Senoue with his custom Sonic guitar in the development of Sonic Adventure

He started playing the piano at the age of 3, but when he picked up the electric guitar at the age of 15, he began to enter the rock world. He joined and created bands in Japan. In 1993, after graduating from college, he joined Sega as a video game composer, doing sound works for games such as Sonic the Hedgehog 3. His first game he composed was for the Genesis version of Sonic 3D Blast. He is most well known for his compositions and songs in Sonic Adventure, in which some tunes are recycled from his first work. For example, one portion of the Windy Valley zone uses music from Sonic 3D Blast's Green Grove Zone. He has worked the most with Johnny Gioeli, and both are currently in a band entitled Crush 40.

Senoue continued to compose in-game music and theme songs for the 3D Sonic games such as Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes and Shadow the Hedgehog featuring music contributed by his band Crush 40. The band itself has also done work for games such as Sega Rally 2 and Formula 1: Beyond the Limit. Jun and Crush 40 contributed a cover version of Magna Fi's "All Hail Shadow" for the next-gen Sonic the Hedgehog game, as well as an alternative version of the main theme "His World" (featured as a bonus track on the games official soundtrack), and the LB vs. JS remix of "Dreams of an Absolution", Silver the Hedgehog's theme. Most recently Senoue helped compose some of the music and program all of the sound effects for Sonic Team USA's latest (and final) game, Nights: Journey of Dreams.

In 2005, Jun released an EP with Japanese voice actress Junko Noda entitled "Ready!". The project goes under the name JxJ (Jun x Junko) and is only available in Japan, though copies have made their way stateside through the Jun Senoue fan page.

In 2007, Jun provided three new arrangements for the Japanese console release of Outrun 2 SP, including covers of series staples "Splash Wave" and "Rush a Difficulty", and new original track entitled "Lift You Up!". The songs are also available on the "Outrun 20th Anniversary" box CD set. He is also one of 38 composers for the Wii game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, having contributed an arrangement of the Angel Island Zone theme from Sonic the Hedgehog 3, as well as the original version of "Live and Learn".

Jun Senoue also served as sound director and remixed a number of songs, including the Modern versions of the Classic era stages, in Sonic Generations.

Trivia

  • One of Jun's influences was the UK rock band Duran Duran.
  • Jun is in a band with former Magna-Fi member C.J. Szuter called Bubblicious Blvd.

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