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Square Enix Music Online is a large officially endorsed web site dedicated to celebrating video game music. The site aims to cater to the needs of every video game enthusiast with its broad coverage of music from Square Enix and beyond. Although the current version of the site was released in December 2007, it is an expansion of the staff's long-term project initiated at the now independent store-based SquareSound. The self-trained webmaster of Square Enix Music Online has six years of experience at managing large sites, and his dedication to the site is always well balanced with his heavy educational pursuits.
The site's clear focus has allowed it to become the definitive Square Enix music resource. However, the site incorporates most other popular areas of both Eastern and Westen game music and its coverage of various major composers is second-to-none. It provides detailed and accurate information relating to composers, sheet music books, songs, and concerts. In addition, it features both condensed and expansive album reviews and news articles. Additional information is always being added to broaden what is featured and to provide visitors with as much relevant information as possible.
As of May, the site attracts 2,000 unique visitors and receives 60,000 hits each day. The site is regularly cited for its daily news articles, authoritative composer biographies, and massive compendium of detailed reviews. It engages in international relations with partners across the world, including foreign language media partners, and has achieved critical acclaim from famous composers, eminent producers, and industry sites. It continues to grow in popularity as of December 2010.
The site has interviewed the leading game composers in Japan (Nobuo Uematsu, Yasunori Mitsuda, Yoko Shimomura, Yuzo Koshiro, Noriyuki Iwadare, Ko Otani, Hisayoshi ogura), America (Garry Schyman, Tommy Tallarico, Frank Klepacki, Jason Graves, Jamie Christopherson, Alexander Brandon, John Kurlander), and Europe (Chris Huelsbeck, Tim Wright, James Hannigan, Jonne Valtonen, David Bergeaud, Grant Kirkhope, Marc Canham). It also works with Hitoshi Sakimoto's Basiscape, Norihiko Hibino's GEM Impact, Yuji Saito's Imagine, Shinji Hosoe's SuperSweep, Yuji Takenouchi's GE-ON-DAN, Tetsuya Shibata's Unique Note, Takuya Hanaoka's Salamander Factory, and Pierre Langer and Tilman Sillescu's Dynamedion to offer authoratitive coverage of their works.
The site is also highly regarded for its coverage of game music concerts. Representatives of the site have attended and reported on such concerts from across the world. In addition, the site maintains close communications with the producers of Video Games Live, Distant Worlds, A Night in Fantasia, Heroes of Imagination, Press Start -Symphony of Games-, PLAY! A Video Game Symphony, Back to the Future, and the Symphonic Game Music Concert series. It has been entrusted to release numerous exclusive articles on their behalf.
A large proportion of the site's success is due to the contributions of staff members and the site administration led by Chris and Don. Its staff include journalists from GameSpot and IGN, producers of the Eminence Symphony Orchestra and Video Game Orchestra, game designers at Capcom and Ubisoft, and graduates from the University of Oxford and Berklee College of Music. Although it is gradually outgrowing its Square Enix name, the staff of Square Enix Music Online intend to continuing providing cutting-edge coverage of game music for years to come.