Lightning Returns in the Recording Studio

February 16th, 2013 by Tony Garsow

Mitsuto Suzuki is one of the triumvirate of composers that has been responsible for the music of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, along with Masashi Hamauzu and Naoshi Mizuta. His body of work thus far has been arrangement and sound programming for Square Enix, but only in the last few years has he begin to cut his teeth for composing for the company’s games.

Suzuki was responsible for the new music that appeared in The 3rd Birthday alongside Yoko Shimomura’s re-arranged pieces; he was also an arranger and performer for The World Ends with You and other albums in the Square Enix Music portfolio as a synthesizer. Previous to Square Enix, he was involved as an arranger for Konami’s Zone of the Ender series.

In the video above, he performs with Masashi Hamazu and Mina (a vocalist in many Final Fantasy XIII trilogy pieces) as part of IMERUAT. Do you think that “Binded by Light 2012″ performance rings a familiar bell from a recent Lightning Returns trailer? I sure do! More on IMERUAT’s music via this link.

This week, Suzuki is in the recording studio at Nishi-Azabu for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. In the images below from Square Enix Music blog for which he writes a weekly message, he is seen recording with drummer Saeko Suzuki for the game’s soundtrack.

Each of the three composers in Lightning Returns will be responsible for the music of a different continent — so it’s a safe bet that each one will represent each composer’s style and take on the environment.

What are some of your favorite tracks from Mitsuto Suzuki and the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy? What about each of these composers’ style to you appreciate? (Please avoid YouTube hyperlinks to avoid being flagged for spam!) Leave us a comment with your thoughts!

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  • Steven

    The composer I like best out of those three is Naoshi Mizuta.

  • AnimaMagna

    I can’t really pick a truly favorite track from the FFXIII games, since I like so many. But I think the tracks which I really like to listen to are Lake Bresha and Blinded by Light from the first game and…oh…maybe Eternal Fight and Paradigm Shift from the second. I’ll have to wait and see for the third game.

  • Rhen

    hope that means ORIGA again *0*

  • AgitoXIII

    I like Blinded By Light. It’s at first an odd tune, but it REALLY grows on you. I love how it begins…

    Naota Mizuta kicks alllllllllllllllllllll kinds of tale tho. FFXI has an extrodanary (can’t spell that word) soundtrack.

  • hutch

    Can’t stand the FF13 games, but the music is pretty interesting a lot of the time. Won’t buy the game, but will purchase the OST. That looked like a great live performance.