Masayoshi Soken

Masayoshi Soken
Masayoshi Soken
Also known as Masayoshi Kikuchi
Sorbonne Soken
Luis Noma
Born January 10, 1975 (1975-01-10) (age 36)
Genres Rock, jazz
Occupations Composer, sound editor
Instruments Piano, guitar
Years active 2001–present
Labels DigiCube
Square Enix

Masayoshi Soken (祖堅正慶 Soken Masayoshi?, born January 10, 1975) is a Japanese video game composer and sound editor who has worked for Square Enix since 2001. He is best known for scoring the Nintendo DS game Mario Hoops 3-on-3. Throughout his musical career, Soken has also gone under the names "Masayoshi Kikuchi", "Sorbonne Soken", and "Luis Noma".



Born in Mexico, Masayoshi Soken joined Square (now Square Enix) in 2001,[1] where his first assignment was arranging two songs on the extended play feel/Go dream: Yuna & Tidus; he was credited as "Masayoshi Kikuchi".[2] His debut as a composer came with the Japan-exclusive sports games Nichibeikan Pro Baseball: Final League, in which he was the sole composer, and World Fantasista with synthesizer programmer Takeharu Ishimoto. Soken came into the public eye when he performed at the 2005 Square Enix Party event and was confirmed a sound editor for the company. His only known roles as a sound editor are for the 2005 titles Drakengard 2 and Front Mission 5: Scars of the War.[3]

In 2006, Soken composed and arranged the score to Mario Hoops 3-on-3 (known as Mario Slam Basketball in Europe),[4] a basketball game developed by Square Enix and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS, featuring both Mario and Final Fantasy characters.[5][6] Along with Kenji Ito and Tsuyoshi Sekito, he created the soundtrack to Dawn of Mana (known as "Seiken Densetsu 4" in Japan), with Academy Award-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto providing the main theme.[7] Soken also arranged a few tracks from previous Mana games, and performed the electric guitar for his arrangements. In 2007, he scored the online game Elebest with Ai Yamashita.[3]

Soken has also contributed to Square Enix advertisements; Front Mission 5: Scars of the War (2005) featured the sports commercial song "Blue Stream",[8] Soken's only composition in the game.[9] He also participated in a Square Enix advertisement for pencils where he got beaten up by two robots; the commercial featured music composed by him. Soken created the fanfare for Square Enix Music TV, a monthly video feature where new album releases are discussed and interviews with Square Enix composers are conducted.[3] For the iTunes-exclusive Square Enix Music Official Bootleg collection, Soken contributed the piece "Dog Street" for the first volume in 2006,[10] and "Languid Afternoon" for the third volume in 2007; he went under the alias "Sorbonne Soken" on the third volume.[11] In 2008, he composed the Japan-exclusive Nanashi no Game, this time under the pseudonym "Luis Noma".[12] In 2010, he composed another sports game for the Wii, Mario Sports Mix.


Video games
Year Title Role Collaborator(s)
2002 Nichibeikan Pro Baseball: Final League Composition
World Fantasista Composition Takeharu Ishimoto
2005 Drakengard 2 Sound editing
Front Mission 5: Scars of the War Sound editing/composition Hidenori Iwasaki, Kenichiro Fukui, and Yasuhiro Yamanaka
2006 Mario Hoops 3-on-3 Composition/arrangement
Dawn of Mana Composition/arrangement Kenji Ito, Tsuyoshi Sekito, and Ryuichi Sakamoto
2007 Elebest Composition Ai Yamashita
2008 Nanashi no Game Composition
2010 Mario Sports Mix Composition Kumi Tanioka
Other works
Year Title Role Collaborator(s)
2002 feel/Go dream: Yuna & Tidus Composition Masashi Hamauzu and Tsuyoshi Sekito
2006 Square Enix Music Official Bootleg Vol. 1 Composition several others
2007 Square Enix Music Official Bootleg Vol. 3 Composition several others


  1. ^ "Masayoshi Soken". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Final Fantasy X: feel / Go Dream". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  3. ^ a b c Chris. "Masayoshi Soken :: Biography". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  4. ^ "Mario Hoops 3 on 3 Tech Info". GameSpot.;summary. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  5. ^ Smith, Luke (2006-07-14). "Final Fantasy Characters Invade Mario Hoops". Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  6. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (2006-09-12). "Mario Hoops 3 on 3 Review". GameSpot.;read-review. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  7. ^ "Seiken Densetsu 4 Original Soundtrack -Sanctuary-". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  8. ^ Harry. "Front Mission 5 ~Scars of the War~ Original Soundtrack :: Review by Harry". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  9. ^ "Front Mission 5 ~Scars of the War~ Original Soundtrack". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  10. ^ Don. "Square Enix Music Official Bootleg Vol. 1 :: Review by Don". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  11. ^ Don. "Square Enix Music Official Bootleg Vol. 3 :: Review by Don". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  12. ^ Chris (2008-07-23). "Nanashi no Game EP Released". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 

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