Square Enix Asks Composers To Remix The Best Tunes For One Music CD

By Spencer . June 30, 2013 . 9:28am

imageSquare Enix Music has a compilation called Square Enix Composers Best – Black Disc – which will have songs handpicked by Square Enix composers. Nine composers that worked on mostly modern games like Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Sengoku IXA will select songs to remix for the 50 minute CD.


With so many titles released over three decades I wonder which songs will be on the CD. Will we see any  pre-merger "Enix" titles like Dragon Quest or Valkyrie Profile? Will someone dare to pick a song from an Eidos game? We’ll find out when the Square Enix Composers Best – Black Disc – comes out on September 11 for 2,100 yen.


Here are the nine composers chosen for the task:


Keiji Kawamori

The Chase of the Highway from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Last Order – Crisis Mix from Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII


Hidenori Iwasaki

Skydive from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
Guild War from Monster x Dragon
Sekigahara from Sengoku IXA


Naoshi Mizuta

Steel Sings, Blades Dance from Final Fantasy XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan
Ragnarok [HD version] from Final Fantasy XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan


Takeharu Ishimoto

We Have Arrived from Final Fantasy Type-0
Twister Original version from The World Ends With You


Yasuhiro Yamanaka

Sword Sparks from The Last Remnant
Reversal! (Bench Mark Edit) from The Last Remnant
Press to Victory from The Last Remnant
Out of Control from The Last Remnant
Beat the Odds from The Last Remnant
Nisus (Intro) from The Last Remnant


Tsuyoshi Sekito

Relics Keeper from Musashi: Samurai Legend
Savior from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Desperation from The 3rd Birthday

Ryo Yamazaki

Battle I from Unlimited SaGa
Blinded by Light from Final Fantasy XIII
Beyond the Horizon from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
Battlefield from Monster x Dragon


Hirosata Noda

Prelude from Final Fantasy X
Cyber Sound Orchestra from Hanjuku Hero 4

Mitsuto Suzuki

Sazanamu Dream from Sigma Harmonics
Defiers of Fate from Final Fantasy XIII
Queen from The 3rd Birthday
Saturn Remix from Demons Score
Historia Crux from Final Fantasy XIII-2

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  • Takeharu Ishimoto’s work on the Crisis Core soundtrack was fantastic, and I hope he’s gonna arrange some tracks from that game for this CD.
    I still catch myself humming his tunes to this day…

  • It would be great if they picked some new songs, I think there is enough music compilations out there that have all those ‘old’ great tunes :)

  • DesmaX

    Oh, I liked Yasuhiro Yamanaka work in Last Remnant.

    I want to listen to some now

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Mah boy Tsuyoshi Sekitooooooo

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      I would love another OST by him… Brave Fencer Musashi is still one of my favorites by him. His arranges on the FFII OST are also very good.

  • Ethan_Twain

    I kinda hope they break out and look beyond just another JRPG music album. Square Enix is and has been more than that. In particular I would point to Deus Ex: Human Revolution or maybe even Einhander.

    Or Rad Racer, if they were gonna be REALLY awesome.

  • As a producer myself, this excites me =^_^=

    • I think you meant pro-ducer eh? *nudge nudge*

  • imaguni

    I’m excited to see what Mitsuto Suzuki will do with Queen, that was one of my favorite tracks from The 3rd Birthday!

  • Shady Shariest

    Death Sounds of FF I-III DUBSTEP REMIX!
    Edit: And the closest we will get to FF Type-0 :(

  • Curan_Altea

    Really excited to see what Takeharu Ishimoto does. I’ve loved all of his music.
    Looking forqard to buying this.

  • Romored

    Wasn’t Tsuyoshi Sekito the main composer of The Last Remnant? All the Yamanaka’s songs here were composed by Sekito, he was just the arranger, I believe.

  • H_Floyd

    The list of works is a bit misleading. Ryo Yamazaki, for example, did *not* compose FFXIII’s battle theme Blinded by Light. He co-arranged it along with Masashi Hamauzu, the composer.

    Ryo Yamazaki also neither composed nor arranged Battle I from Unlimited: SaGa, which was entirely Hamauzu’s work. Yamazaki however was the synthesizer manipulator for the soundtrack. Still, he only added small things to Hamauzu’s tracks here and there. I have no idea why Battle I was singled out on SE’s website.

    Mitsuto Suzuki did *not* compose Defiers of Fate from FFXIII or the Sigma Harmonics track. Both are Hamauzu compositions. Suzuki acted as arranger.

  • Hmm Type-0 has better songs than that choice

  • Tom_Phoenix

    “Nine composers that worked on mostly modern games like Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children…”

    I remember that game. It had terrible gameplay. All you did most of the time was watch cutscenes. The only actions you could do is shift your position in your seat, yawn and grab some popcorn. And on top of that, you could finish it in less than 2 hours and it had no replay value! The Director’s Cut Edition did add some extra content, though.

    It was still better than Heavy Rain, but it makes you wonder why they didn’t just make it a movie or something…

    • DesmaX

      Yeah, and that Director Cut version didn’t fix anything!

    • Neophoton

      Only good thing were the graphics.

    • AlexanderPappas

      The battle system also took a lot of control away from the player, and it wasn’t very fleshed out.

  • DFM

    Yasunori Mitsuda. Chrono Cross. ‘Nuff said.

    • Fairlee

      and here I was thinking “WHERE’S CHRONO CROSS”
      I love Chrono Cross’s Soundtrack better than FF ones.

  • Wappuli

    Hopefully there will be some really good remixes again.
    Personally wishing for something in similar style as how “Clash on the Big Bridge” was on Final Fantasy Tribute ~Thanks~ album.

  • Monterossa

    The Last Remnant = Very underrated game.

    • Warboss Aohd

      yes it iz.

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      It’s underrated, but after how the 360 version turned out can you blame them? The game could drop to single digit framerates depending on the battle.

      Thankfully the PC version runs silky smooth on most gaming PC’s (My GTX 460 can run it on 1080p60 a good chunk of the time), it looks amazing and it’s fully playable with mouse and keyboard.

      • Alestaos

        I agree though i have yet to find the pc version. I thought LR was a good game, shame they didnt bother with the game enough to turn it into a series, with maybe a different battle system

        • Juan Andrés Valencia

          It’s on Steam, Gamersgate, Green Man Gaming and many other sites. You can even change which keyboard layout you are using (From spanish, to japanese, etc.).

          • Alestaos

            One of the many reasons i need to open a steam account. I meant actual physical edition lol But thanks ill check then out and get it dled

  • TheExile285

    sooooo….. chances of this hitting NA?

  • Oh… it’s modern Square Enix. So I guess we won’t see anything by the likes of Uematsu, Mitsuda, Sakimoto or Shimomura then.

  • Keytotruth

    No love for Yoko Shimomura. How disappointing.

    • Neophoton

      She must’ve been too awesome to be called in for the job. :P

  • Farid Belkacemi

    The world needs more Yasuhiro Yamanaka IMO ! His work on The Last Remnant is really, really good :)

  • NightzeroAX


    • Andar

      My thoughts exactly. I’ve become rather partial to his work recently.

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    Yay, six tracks from The Last Remnant! :D

  • Alestaos

    Wheres the Star Ocean games. There made by square right? I loved the music in 3/4

    • Ferrick

      nope, those are by Tri-Ace

      • Alestaos

        Makes sense i was sure i saw SE on one of the boxes though, properly wrong. Did tri-ace make Infinite Undiscovery since thats a great game track wise too.

        • Ferrick

          you got it

          • Alestaos

            Ah thanks for the info. I always thought Infinite Undiscovery was underrated and could of been a great series. It was similar to Tales of games but had its own charm. Shame games like Infinite Undiscovery/Lost Odyssey/LastRemenat didnt get follow ups.

            Any news on a new Star Ocean yet?

          • Ferrick

            i actually liked infinite undiscovery but never got to play it because i don’t own 360… oh well

            no idea on the new star ocean yet, they haven’t announced anything yet

          • Alestaos

            If you manage to come across it somehow and have a friend who has 360 its definatley worth a shot. I loved it. And i cant recommend lost odyssey enough its like an old school FF but this gen, great story, combat etc. Cant recommend LO higher, alot of FF lovers stated LO is what they expected 13 to be like. Both great games imo. And IU is unexpected brilliance too…as well as Magna Carta 2 lol
            Shame no word on a Star Ocean 5 loved 3 the most and tracking down 4 on ps3 since my 360 broke. Hoping they make follow ups…..for the PS4/Vita!

        • Andar

          Square Enix is a pretty big publisher now, so you will see their logo on a whole lot of games these days (and other media as well, like manga).

          It looks like they’re only doing tracks from works that SE actually developed, so anything they were a publisher only on probably won’t be an option.

    • Andar

      You’re looking for Motoi Sakuraba’s work then. In which case I highly recommend trying some tracks from Valkyrie Profile 2.

      • Alestaos

        Awesome thanks :)

  • badadada

    Where’s Nier?

  • Pau Rawr

    I honestly hope that they’re gonna put a bonus track in or something cause you know…


    … please? Q u Q

  • Neophoton

    Lack of Shimomura is disappointing, overall it’s looking pretty solid. T3B over PE1 or 2 is a bit puzzling, but ah well.

  • MiniTaurus

    They already left the company..? (Legend of Mana, Chrono Cross, FF 9, have best music imo)
    Not sure, just doing some quick googling

  • Guest

    If someone picks a theme from Tomb Raider, I sincerely hope it’s Venice Violins :D


  • ElAbuelo69

    Steel Sings, Blades Dance is from Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin not Final Fantasy XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan.

  • H_Floyd

    For those wondering why certain composers (like Mitsuda, Shimomura, etc.) aren’t here, only *current* internal Square composers are working on the album.

  • Beat

    Yay for Takeharu Ishimoto and Twister, but I don’t get why Nobuo Uetmatsu isn’t on the list?

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