Camelot have also been responsible for a huge series of Mario sports games, all scored by Sakuraba. No original score was not initially released, with fans having to wait all the way till 2004 to purchase the soundtrack in beautifully remastered form; however, the arranged album and drama CD Star Ocean Perfect Sound Collection was released soon after the game became available and set precedent for the release of further scores to the highly successful series and also provided initial confirmation of viewpoint that is now shared almost universally: the Star Ocean series features some of Sakuraba's most dramatic and refined works to date. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Download our mobile app now. However, none of these were released on to CD due to Telenet Japan's corporate policy. It was five years after Star Ocean The Second Story that the next major Star Ocean release came. It was here that Sakuraba joined vocalist and drummer Genta Kudo in founding the university's progressive rock group 'Clashed Ice' in 1984. (He has also worked on TV Asahi's Weekend Drama Series and the CG movie Blue Remains). The arrangements were subtle, inspired, and easily the most accomplished that Sakuraba had created up to that point, despite some of his Sergeant Wolf Band albums featuring small arranged sections, allowing Sakuraba to express himself more freely than many of his subsequent arranged albums, unimposed by many demands from producers. The Motoi Sakuraba Live Concert Star Ocean & Valkyrie Profile was simply musical bliss for Sakuraba's fans, with Sakuraba's supreme arrangement and keyboard performance being complemented perfectly by the performances of drummer Toshihiko Nakamura and bassist Atsushi Hasegawa, both of whom have prolonged solos on the "Theme of RENA" arrangement. In 1999, long-time Sakuraba sound designer and programmer Hiroya Hatsushiba, a former member of Wolf Team and tri-Ace, founded tri-Crescendo. As IGN describe, 'everything from the beat-happy and infectious combat themes to the subtle and melancholic tracks during the game's more dramatic moments draw the player deeper into the game world'. Following recording Gikyoku Onsou but prior to its release, Motoi Sakuraba made the biggest step of his career by joining the game company Wolf Team, which explains the origins of nearly all his major video game music works. Star Ocean: Anamnesis playable characters. The Baten Kaitos ~Eternal Wings and The Lost Ocean~ Original Soundtrack, deservedly named best soundtrack for a GameCube game in 2004 by IGN, was the first score to the series. Away from direct rock ensembles, Sakuraba often composes symphonic rock compositions, some of which integrate epic choruses and rasping orchestral cues reminiscent of cinematic composers, but his orchestral music isn't always full of pomp, with 'new age' vibes being evident in many of his works and others showing influences from romantic composers. Though all pieces were composed by Sakuraba, ex-'Déjà vu' member Ken Ishita and drummer Takeo Shimoda joined Sakuraba in the performance. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to (US). After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Perhaps most excitingly of all, however, a 2006 live concert might well occur, as indicated by continued expansion of the Valkyrie Profile and Baten Kaitos series. Still, his other scores for the company largely reflect quality and feature creativity throughout, with his first three arranged soundtracks particularly reflecting how Sakuraba's music had developed to become even more multifaceted and refined than his Sergeant Wolf Team contributions. Away from the Star Ocean scene, Sakuraba was also the face behind the musical score to Enix and tri-Ace's 1999 hit Valkyrie Profile. As Taru Kitahara recently remarked, his music has 'given birth to what could be called an original new genre, the Motoi Sakuraba Sound'. The games themselves has interesting origins, being developed by tri-Crescendo, though Monolith Software was responsible for the graphic and scenario work and Namco published the game. His eclectic style is continually expanding, however, and, as a result of Sakuraba's continual subtle and often successful attempts to introduce new ideas to his music, his music stands in a unique way against those from other progressive rock musicians, never being generic. In recent years he has made a serious effort toward expanding his style even further. Its enjoyable score featured Shinji Tamura and Motoi Sakuraba collaborating together on most tracks and was revamped for the PlayStation remake of the game in 1999. Camelot's currently untitled upcoming RPG, which will be made for a next-generation system, likely the Revolution, should also be scored by Sakuraba if his tradition with the company. His first three albums based on the company's games — the Beyond the Beyond Original Game Soundtrack, Shining the Holy Ark Original Soundtrack, and Shining Force III Original Soundtrack — were all inaccurately titled, as they were arranged works. The duo's most recent albums to the series, 2004's Tales of Rebirth Original Soundtrack and 2006's Tales of the Abyss Original Soundtrack, reflected considerable technological improvements, the latter being majorly streamed, allowing the composers to use their own audio equipment, doing wonders to the tracks' fidelity and timbres. With his expansive melodic development, intricate harmonies, and often polyphonic textures, Bach and other baroque composers' music is part of the theoretical basis behind his works. These, together with 2001's Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children Game Music Arrange Tracks with T's music's Tomoyuki Hamada and the aforementioned Famicom anniversary album, are the only available albums that show Sakuraba arranging other people's work. Sakuraba's love for music developed after he received piano lessons from the middle of preschool, and, despite quitting for a while, he revived his interest as he entered senior high school by buying a Tesco 110F synthesizer and joining a local band. Listen to your favorite songs from Motoi Sakuraba. Check out Motoi Sakuraba on Amazon Music. All works listed below were solely composed by Sakuraba unless otherwise noted. The other two soundtracks were dedicated to TV Tokyo's Star Ocean EX, which, together with the scores for TV Tokyo's Genso-Maden Saiyuki and Pluster World, TV Asahi's Atashi n' Chi, and Kids Station's Weißkreuz Glühen, are Sakuraba's main contributions to anime music. He is also known to be producing his second solo album, which he mentioned and provided a sample of on his personal web site, though it is unlikely to be finished soon though due to his heavy work schedule. Regardless of sound quality, their soundtracks are often considered the series' best, reflecting exactly what the Tales scores are about, being generally traditional and light-hearted, featuring less progressive rock than Sakuraba's other scores, and boasting a pleasant variety of tracks, while also having relatively few filler tracks compared to later soundtracks. The scores for the PlayStation games Tales of Destiny and Tales of Eternia (incorrectly renamed Tales of Destiny II in North America, even though it was not a direct sequel) were the first two albums released following Tales of Phantasia. In 1999, long-time Sakuraba sound designer and programmer Hiroya Hatsushiba, a former member of Wolf Team and tri-Ace, founded tri-Crescendo. Sakuraba's latest tri-Ace work is March 2006's PSP remake of Valkyrie Profile, Valkyrie Profile Lenneth, which will feature a remastered score from Sakuraba, the Valkyrie Profile Original Soundtrack -Complete Reprint-, and possibly some extra tracks.