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Motoi Sakuraba

Also Known As

  • M. Sakuraba
  • 桜庭 統

Game Credits


Mario Golf: Super Rush (2021)   (Music)
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (2019)   (Music Composers)
Dark Souls: Remastered (2018)   (Music Composer)
Dragon Star Varnir (2018)   (Main BGM/Battle BGM Design)
Mario Tennis Aces (2018)   (Music)
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom (2018)   (Composers/Arrangers)
Star Ocean: Anamnesis (2018)   (Music)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)   (Music Arrangement)
Mario Sports: Superstars (2017)   (Music)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope (2017)   (Music Composer)
Tales of the Rays (2017)   (Music)
Dark Souls III (2016)   (Composer)
Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 (2016)   (Music)
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness (2016)   (Music Composer)
Tales of Berseria (2016)   (Music)
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (2015)   (Composer)
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (2015)   (Music)
Tales of Zestiria (2015)   (Music)
Dark Souls II (2014)   (Composer)
Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming (2014)   (Musical Artists)
Mario Golf: World Tour (2014)   (Music)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (2014)   (Music Arrangement)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014)   (Music Arrangement)
Tales of Xillia 2 (2014)   (Music Composer)
Bravely Default (2013)   (Piano & Electronic Organ)
Tales of Hearts R (2013)   (Music Composer)
Tales of Xillia (2013)   (Music Composer)
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (2012)   (Music Composer)
Kid Icarus: Uprising (2012)   (Music Composition)
Mario Tennis Open (2012)   (Music)
Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor (2012)   (Theme Music Composer)
Dark Souls (2011)   (Music Composer)
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (2010)   (Music)
Resonance of Fate (2010)   (Music)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope - International (2010)   (Music Composer)
Half-Minute Hero (2009)   (Composers)
Infinite Undiscovery (2008)   (Music Composer)
Star Ocean: First Departure (2008)   (Music)
Star Ocean: Second Evolution (2008)   (Music Composer)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)   (Music Arrangement)
Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World (2008)   (Music Composers)
Tales of Vesperia (2008)   (Music Composers)
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume (2008)   (Music Composer)
Eternal Sonata (2007)   (Music by)
Baten Kaitos: Origins (2006)   (Music Composer)
Tales of the Tempest (2006)   (Music Composer)
Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria (2006)   (Music)
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth (2006)   (Music Composer)
Mario Tennis: Power Tour (2005)   (Music)
Radiata Stories (2005)   (Composed by)
Tales of the Abyss (2005)   (Music Composers)
Mario Golf: Advance Tour (2004)   (Music)
Mario Power Tennis (2004)   (Music Composition )
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (2004)   (Music Composer)
Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean (2003)   (Music Composer)
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (2003)   (Music )
Tales of Symphonia (2003)   (Sound/Music Engineers)
Golden Sun: The Lost Age (2002)   (Music Composition )
Golden Sun (2001)   (Music)
Mobile Golf (2001)   (Music Compose & Arrangement)
Star Ocean: Blue Sphere (2001)   (Sound)
Mario Tennis (2000)   (Music Composition / Arrangement)
Mario Tennis (2000)   (Music Composition / Arrangement)
Cybernetic Empire (1999)   (Music (音楽))
Mario Golf (1999)   (Music Composition & Arrangement)
Mario Golf (1999)   (Music Composition & Arrangement)
Valkyrie Profile (1999)   (Music Composer)
Star Ocean: The Second Story (1998)   (Music)
Hot Shots Golf (1997)   (Music Composer & Arranger)
Shining Force III (1997)   (All Music)
Tales of Destiny (1997)   (Music Composers)
Shining the Holy Ark (1996)   (Music)
Star Ocean (1996)   (Music)
Beyond the Beyond (1995)   (Music Compose, Arrange & Sound Effects)
Tales of Phantasia (1995)   (Music Composer )
Cosmic Fantasy 4: Ginga Shōnen Densetsu - To... (1994)   (Game Part Music (ゲームパート音楽))
Revenge of the Ninja (1994)   (Sound Producer)
Tenshi no Uta: Shiroki Tsubasa no Inori (1994)   (Music Compose)
Anett Futatabi (1993)   (Soundtrack (サウンドトラック))
Arcus I・II・III (1993)   (Sound Track (サウンド・トラック))
Devastator (1993)   (Composition)
Hiōden II (1993)   (Music (音楽))
Neugier: Umi to Kaze no Kōdō (1993)   (Sound Effects)
Aisle Lord (1992)   (Game Music Composer (ゲームミュージックコンポーズ))
Cobra Command (1992)   (Ending Music Compose by)
Road Blaster (1992)   (BGM Composer)
Seireishin Seiki Fhey Area (1992)   (Music Composer)
Time Gal (1992)   (Ending Music Composed by)
Arcus Odyssey (1991)   (Music)
Earnest Evans (1991)   (Music Composed by)
El Viento (1991)   (Music Composed by)
Zan: Yasha Enbukyoku (1991)   (Music)
Final Zone (1990)   (Music)
Granada (1990)   (Music)
Sol-Feace (1990)   (Music Composed by)
Mugen Senshi Valis II (1989)   (Composed & Arranged by (作曲/アレンジ))
Zan: Kagerō no Toki (1989)   (Music (音楽))


Soulcalibur: Legends (2007)   (Namco Tales Studio Ltd.)

Developer Biography

Motoi Sakuraba (桜庭 統) has composed and performed music for various Japanese video games, anime series, and TV dramas as well as independent albums and concerts. He was born on 5th of August in 1965 in Akita Prefecture, attended the Meiji University in Tokyo from 1983 to 1985, is married to Yuko Sakuraba, and has a young daughter, Mio Sakuraba.

After graduating from the Meiji University in 1985 Sakuraba broke into the music scene as composer and keyboard player of the progressive rock band Deja-Vu, which released an album, Baroque in the Future, in 1988 and took part in many live and recording projects with progressive rock bands, one of the last being the effort good enough to see a live compilation, Crime Syndicate. The band disbanded in 1989 over a dispute about development of the second album which was in progress at that time. The same year, Sakuraba went to create the tribute album called Pazzo Fanfano di Musica. And with him he had several other artists from the same record company, Crime. Sakuraba went on to release a solo progressive rock album, Gikyoku Onsou, in 1990. During his work as video game composer he continued to produce heavily extended arrangements of his own video game compositions.

Late 1989, Sakuraba began work as main for Wolfteam, first as a member of the Sergeant Wolf band together with Masaaki Uno and Yasunori Shiono, and later together with Shinji Tamura. In 1994, Masaaki Uno, who was not only composer, but also director and producer at Wolfteam, left to Camelot Software Planning and worked as coordinator and sound director there, up to now employing Sakuraba as exclusive composer and arranger for all Camelot games developed for Sony, Sega and Nintendo. In 1995, Wolfteam developed the break through game Tales of Phantasia for Namco, starting the third most successful video game series in Japan behind Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. Wolfteam continued to develop games for Namco in the Tales series while keeping Sakuraba and the other Wolfteam composer Shinji Tamura as composers, until it morphed into the Namco Telenet joint subsidiary Namco Tales Studio in 2003. Meanwhile Tales of Phantasia writer and programmer Yoshiharu Gotanda, game designer Masaki Norimoto as well as former Wolfteam director and producer Joe Asanuma left Wolfteam and founded Tri-Ace with financial backing of Enix, creating the Star Ocean series as well as Valkyrie Profile and, again, employing Sakuraba as exclusive composer and arranger for all games. In 1999, long time Sakuraba sound designer and programmer Hiroya Hatsushiba, former member of Wolfteam and tri-Ace, founded Tri-Crescendo while continuing to contribute sound work to tri-Ace games. In 2001, tri-Crescendo started working on Baten Kaitos together with Monolith and with financial backing of Namco, Hatsushiba as director and main programmer and Sakuraba again as composer and arranger.

Other than these regular game works Sakuraba had also been contracted for composing works in other media like TV action and anime series as well as movies. Through the TEAM Entertainment company founded by Taku Kitahara in 1999 to promote and license the work of artists he is now also doing more guest arrangements of other composers video game music works. Furthermore he made several guest contributions to @MIDI.

During July 2003, Sakuraba held a live concert in Tokyo, Japan. He performed progressive rock interpretations of music from the PlayStation games Star Ocean 2 & 3 as well as Valkyrie Profile. He performed his live concert 2004 in August 2004 playing music from Star Ocean 3, Valkyrie Profile and Baten Kaitos.

Last updated: Dec 27, 2012

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