Sota Fujimori

Sota Fujimori

Sota Fujimori (born November 10 in Tokyo) has been a staff composer for the Konami Corporation in Japan since 1998. Sota spent some of his childhood in the London area, where he said was inspired by various English funk bands as well as the synthpop bands of the time. He finished High School in the New York City suburb Manhasset, with a loving family. He later attended the Berklee College of Music in the US majoring in synthesis.

He specializes in aggressive electronica but occasionally does an orchestral song or two for a game. He is most widely known as a Konami original artist making several songs for the Dance Dance Revolution series, and also the beatmania IIDX series, where he mostly produces trance music and house music. More recently he has been dabbling into more mainstream J-Pop. His first album, "Synthesized" was released on August 29, 2008.

He is also something of a synthesizer expert and enthusiast in Japanese tech-culture and regularly does inteviews about various new and vintage synthesizers in the Japanese magazine DTM (desk top musician). He is said himself to own at least 50 hardware synthesizers (consisting of new and vintage synths) and many software synths as well. Fact|date=February 2007

ota's synthesizers

Below is a list of synthesizers that Sota owns. The list was originally on Sota's fansite (now down). Fact|date=July 2007

*Alesis ANDROMEDA A6
*ARP Odyssey (Rev.3)
*Clavia nordrack2
*Emu Ultra Proteus
*KORG MS20
*KORG Trinity plus
*KORG TR-Rack
*KORG triton rack

*Novation Super BassStationRack
*Novation A-Station
*Novation Supernova2

*Oberheim Matrix 1000
*Oberheim OBMX

*Roland SH-101
*Roland TB-303
*Roland JUNO106S
*Roland JD-990
*Roland XV-5080

*Sequential Circuits Prophet5 (Rev.3)
*Sequential Circuits Prophet600

*Studio Electronics MIDIMINI (minimoog rack)
*Studio Electronics SE1
*Studio Electronics ATC1

*YAMAHA KX5
*YAMAHA TX81Z
*YAMAHA SY99
*YAMAHA EX5S
*YAMAHA MOTIF ES7

Pseudonyms

* .3k
* SOTA
* System SF
* SySF.
* CLI-MAX S.
* OKUYATOS
* Supa Fova
* SFMP (Sota Fujimori Music Productions)
* Vision F

Known BEMANI Works

Dance Dance Revolution

* Do It Right - [Dance Dance Revolution 5th Mix CS, with Ebony Fay as vocalist]
* Look To The Sky - [Dance Dance Revolution 5th Mix CS, with Anna Quinn as vocalist]
* Kind Lady - [DDRMAX -Dance Dance Revolution 6th Mix- CS, with Erica Ash as vocalist]
* DROP THE BOMB (SySF Mix) - [DDRMAX USA originally by U1/Scotty D.]
* Do It Right (Harmonized 2Step Mix) - [DDRMAX USA]
* DYNAMITE RAVE (Down Bird SOTA Mix) - [DDRMAX USA, originally by NAOKI]
* Look To The Sky (True Color Mix) - [DDRMAX USA]
* Do It Right (80's Electro Mix) - [DDRMAX2 -Dance Dance Revolution 7th Mix- CS]
* Kind Lady (interlude) - [DDRMAX2 -Dance Dance Revolution 7th Mix- CS]
* Look To The Sky (Trance Mix) - [DDRMAX2 -Dance Dance Revolution 7th Mix- CS]
* Feelings Won't Fade - [DDRMAX2 -Dance Dance Revolution 7th Mix- CS BGM]
* I Need You - [DDRMAX2 USA, with Jennifer Freeman as vocalist]
* Try 2 Luv.U - [DDRMAX2 USA]
* Forever Sunshine [DDRMAX2 USA] [Composed by Michiru Yamane, with Erica Ash as vocalist]
* Midnite Blaze (SySF Mix) - [Dance Dance Revolution Extreme CS BGM, originally by U1]
* To Step - [Dance Dance Revolution Extreme CS BGM]
* Can Be Real - [Dance Dance Revolution Party Collection]
* I Need You (Insideout Door Mix) - [Dance Dance Revolution Party Collection]
* PARANOiA ~Respect~ - [Dance Dance Revolution Party Collection, featuring NAOKI]
* Bamboo Village1 - [Dance Dance Revolution Party Collection BGM]
* Bamboo Village2 - [Dance Dance Revolution Party Collection BGM]
* Little Princess - [Dance Dance Revolution Party Collection BGM]
* Mirror Ball Hop - [Dance Dance Revolution Party Collection BGM]
* Laid Back Hop - [Dance Dance Revolution Party Collection BGM]
* Funk Boogie - [Dance Dance Revolution Extreme USA]
* MAXIMIZER - [Dance Dance Revolution Extreme USA]
* Saturday Night Love - [Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2, with Brenda Vaughn as vocalist]
* Star Gate Heaven - [Dance Dance Revolution SUPERNOVA, with Donna Burke as vocalist]
* Star Gate Heaven (FUTURE LOVE Mix) - [Dance Dance Revolution SUPERNOVA CS, with Donna Burke as vocalist]
* Feelings Won't Fade (Extend Trance Mix) *as a playable song* - [Dance Dance Revolution SUPERNOVA CS]

This was first appeared in V-RARE SOUNDTRACK 5 of DDRMAX 2 for the Japanese PS2 of the same title, and also exactly the same track used in the ending of DDR Party Collection.

* Electrified - Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA 2

beatmania IIDX

* Back Into The Light - [beatmania IIDX 10th Style]
* Rise'n Beauty - [beatmania IIDX 10th Style]
* ANDROMEDA - [beatmania IIDX 11 IIDX RED]
* The Hope of Tomorrow - [beatmania IIDX 11 IIDX RED, with Cyborg Akemi as vocalist]
* 100% minimoo-G - [beatmania IIDX 12 HAPPY SKY]
* PLASMA - [beatmania IIDX 12 HAPPY SKY]
* Look To The Sky (cyber True Color) - [beatmania IIDX 13 DistorteD]
* Winning Eleven 9 Main Theme (IIDX EDITION) - [beatmania IIDX 13 DistorteD]
* with you... - [beatmania IIDX 13 DistorteD]
* Just A Little Smile - [beatmania IIDX 12 HAPPY SKY CS]
* ANDROMEDA II - [beatmania IIDX 14 GOLD]
* Cyber Force - [beatmania IIDX 14 GOLD, with Cyborg Akemi as vocalist]
* Hybrid Landscape - [beatmania IIDX 13 DistorteD CS]
* Go Beyond!! - [beatmania IIDX 13 DistorteD CS, collaboration with Ryu☆]
* beatonic nation - [beatmania IIDX 15 DJ TROOPERS]
* State Of The Art - [beatmania IIDX 15 DJ TROOPERS, with Cyborg Akemi as vocalist]
* The Story Begins - [beatmania IIDX 14 GOLD CS, collaboration with SADA]

pop'n music

* Spring Comes Around - [pop'n music 13 Carnival, with yoshiko as vocalist]
* ランブルメドレー *Rumble Medley* - [pop'n music 13 Carnival]

This is medley featuring 3 songs of the Konami's Game Rumble Roses, those are: Look To The Sky (Japanese Version) *arranged by Sota Fujimori with Yoshiko as vocalist*, The Bitter Road *arranged by Des-ROW* & Benikage -Crimson Shadow- *arranged by dj TAKA with Maria as vocalist*.

* Psyche Planet-V - [pop'n music 14 FEVER!]
The extended version of the track appeared in DTM Magazine, with a little change in the beginning (a little sound was added)

* together 4ever [pop'n music 15 ADVENTURE, with yoshiko as vocalist]
* Run to You [pop'n music 16 PARTY, with Runa as vocalist]

Known BEMANI V-Rare/Others Works

* Look To The Sky -True Color Extended Mix- [DDRMAX -Dance Dance Revolution 6th Mix- V-Rare]
* Kind Lady -interlude rough instrumental- [DDRMAX -Dance Dance Revolution 6th Mix- V-Rare]
* Kind Lady (Funk Disco Extended Mix) [DDRMAX2 -Dance Dance Revolution 7th Mix- V-Rare]
* Do It Right (Harmonized 2Step Extended Mix) [DDRMAX2 -Dance Dance Revolution 7th Mix- V-Rare]
* Look To The Sky (Trance Extended Mix) [DDRMAX2 -Dance Dance Revolution 7th Mix- V-Rare]
* Feelings Won't Fade (Extended Trance Mix) [DDRMAX2 -Dance Dance Revolution 7th Mix- V-Rare]
* Kind Lady -FUTURE TRANCE MIX- [DDRMAX2 -Dance Dance Revolution 7th Mix- V-Rare]
* Midnight Blaze (SySF Mix) [DDRMAX2 -Dance Dance Revolution 7th Mix- V-Rare]
* i feel... (New Age Hope Mix) [DDRMAX2 -Dance Dance Revolution 7th Mix- V-Rare]
* I Need You (Insideout Door 3Mixes) [Dance Dance Revolution Extreme Premium CD]
* Do It Right (80's Electro Extended Mix) [Dance Dance Revolution Extreme Premium CD]
* Look To The Sky (True Color Extended Mix) [Dance Dance Revolution Extreme Premium CD]
* Love Is Eternity ~SF SYNTH TRANCE MIX~ [beatmania IIDX REMIX for 10th Success Anniversary]
* 蒼い衝動 *Aoi Shodou* ~SF Cyborg TRANCE Mix~ - [TËЯRA - RËVOLUTIØN]
* Baby Baby Gimme Your Love [Cyber Electronica R+B Mix] - [TËЯRA - RËVOLUTIØN]
* Star Gate Heaven (Fracus' Crazy Chill Mix) [Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA USA V-Rare]
* Star Gate Heaven (Extended Mix) [Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA OST]
* ANDROMEDA (Extended Mix) [cyber beatnation 1st Conclusion]
* Gradius Medley [GRADIUS ARCADE SOUNDTRACK]
* Spring Comes Around (Extended) [Pop'n Music 13 Carnival]
* Psyche Planet-V (Long ver) [Pop'n Music 14 FEVER!]
* together 4ever (Extended) [Pop'n Music 15 ADVENTURE]
* Back Into The Light -Ballad version- [from I-Revo]
* NuMetal [from Sota Fujimori's official blog]
* Heaven's Beat [from Sota Fujimori's official blog]
* ACID NRG [from Sota Fujimori's official blog]
* Nuclear [from Sota Fujimori's official blog]
* PLASMA (More synth extended) [beatmania IIDX12 HAPPY SKY]
* Rainbow Flyer -In The Dream Mix- [dj TAKA - milestone]
* Can Be Real (Soul House Extended) [DDR Party Collection]
* ANDROMEDA II (Extended Mix) [beatmania IIDX 14 GOLD]
* i-revolution [from Sota Fujimori's official blog]
* DENJIN AKATSUKINI TAORERU -SF PureAnalogSynth Mix- [L.E.D. - Denjin K]

Known DTM Magazine Works

* Next Generation Syn
* Tomorrow Wonderland *Appeared also in Winning Eleven 9, called Tomorrow Land (maybe for being shorter than the original version... THE NAME OF THE "SHORT" VERSION IS NOT CONFIRMED BUT IS THE SAME SONG)] *
* V-Synth cyborg Trance
* Psyche Planet-V *Appeared also in pop'n music 14 FEVER!*
* Drumoon Bass-V
* D50-V
* The Blue
* OCTOPUS [featuring Akira Yamaoka]
* 100% ProphetV
* 100% Analog Factory

Known Original Works for Games

* Castlevania Chronicles
* (with Akira Yamaoka)
* ELDER GATE
* Gungage
* Neo Contra
* Rumble Roses (with Various Artists, featuring from BEMANI Akira Yamaoka, Takayuki Ishikawa, Reo Nagumo, Yuichi Asami, Des-ROW and Mutsuhiko Izumi)
* Rumble Roses XX (for XBOX 360) (with Various Artists, featuring from BEMANI Akira Yamaoka, Takayuki Ishikawa and more Konami musicians like Norihiko Hibino and Michiru Yamane)
* Winning Eleven 7
* Winning Eleven 8 Liveware Evolution
* Winning Eleven 9
* World Soccer Winning Eleven 2008

ources

* [http://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,71848 Sota's Entry at Moby Games]
* [http://vjarmy.com/wiki/index.php/Sota_Fujimori Sota's Entry at REMYWIKI]
* [http://www.dtmm.co.jp/backnumber/0507.html Inteviews at DTM (in Japanese)]

Links

* [http://youtube.com/watch?v=sU5tCaUWGt0 Sota Fujimori in his studio on YouTube]
* [http://mp.i-revo.jp/user.php/sota/ Sota Fujimori's Official Blog (in Japanese only)]
* [http://beatrevolution.i-revo.jp/beatnation/artists06.html Sota's profile at Beatnation Records (Japanese)]
* [http://stream.i-revo.jp/meta/beatrevolution/taka_07.wvx interview with Sota (Japanese)]


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