A picture of Nobuo Uematsu as seen from the Final Fantasy V OST liner notes

Nobuo Uematsu (植松 伸夫; Uematsu Nobuo, born March 21, 1959) is a Japanese composer of video game music, and one of the most well-known, prolific, and versatile in the field. He has composed music for many games produced by Squaresoft and Square Enix, including the Final Fantasy series of role playing games, and some pieces for Chrono Trigger.


For a more in-depth biography, consult his Wikipedia page

Born in Kochi City, Kochi prefecture, Japan, Uematsu began to play the piano when he was twelve years old (his greatest role model early in life was Elton John) and is a self-taught musician. After graduating from Kanagawa University, he composed music for commercials before joining Squaresoft (now Square Enix Co., Ltd.) in 1986. He went on to compose music for over thirty game titles, including the award-winning Final Fantasy series. In October 2004, Uematsu formed Smile Please Co., Ltd. and continues to compose for Square Enix along with several other companies. The style of his compositions range from stately classical-like pieces, to New Age, to hyper-percussive techno-electronica, similar in sound to some music by the band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, one of his stated influences. Uematsu is a renowned composer who has been touted as increasing the appreciation and awareness of video game music.

Final Fantasy XI tracks composed

  • Ronfaure
  • Prelude
  • Airship
  • Recollection
  • Anxiety
  • Hopelessness
  • Sorrow
  • Sometime, Somewhere
  • Despair (Memoro de la Ŝtono)
  • Repression (Memoro de la Ŝtono)
  • Dash de Chocobo - with Naoshi Mizuta
  • First Ode: Nocturne of the Gods - with Naoshi Mizuta
  • Second Ode: Distant Promises - with Naoshi Mizuta
  • Third Ode: Memoro de la Ŝtono - with Naoshi Mizuta
  • Distant Worlds - with Naoshi Mizuta and Izumi Masuda (also covered by The Black Mages on their third album)

External links

Music of Final Fantasy XI
Composers: Naoshi Mizuta | Nobuo Uematsu | Kumi Tanioka

Singers and Bands: Izumi Masuda | The Star Onions

Soundtracks: Original Soundtrack | Rise of the Zilart Original Soundtrack | Chains of Promathia Original Soundtrack | Treasures of Aht Urhgan Original Soundtrack | Wings of the Goddess Original Soundtrack | Unreleased Tracks | Memories of Dusk and Dawn
Albums Inspired by FFXI: Music from the Other Side of Vana'diel | Sanctuary | Piano Collections | Final Fantasy XI Piano Collections
Singles: Distant Worlds | Jeuno -Starlight Celebration-