Creator: Nobuo Uematsu
Influences:The Carpenters, Deep Purple, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Elton John, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, YesNobuo Uematsu is one of the most important composers of Video Game music to date. Ever since starting his career at 1985, he has worked on the soundtracks of over forty games. His best known work is with the Final Fantasy series, whose main installments all had completely Uematsu-made songs up until the tenth part. However, he returned to the series to compose for Final Fantasy XIV.Since leaving Square Enix in 2004, Uematsu has worked as a freelancer, composing for such projects as Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He also had a rock band, called The Black Mages, which played heavy rock covers of his Final Fantasy songs, as well as another band called Earthbound Papas (no relation to the game). For the past decade, Uematsu has also been arranging his work for orchestras. He personally travels with the Distant Worlds concert tour, directed and conducted by fellow game-composer Arnie Roth.He reunited with Hironobu Sakaguchi for The Last Story.Has his own Crowning Music of Awesome page.Currently, he and his band have lent their music score to Compile Heart's game called Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory. He is also the primary composer for Terra Battle.He considers the soundtrack of Final Fantasy IX to be his favorite.