Mariko Nanba

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Mariko Nanba
Place of birth: Chiba prefecture, Japan
Date of birth: 1971-06-28 (age 48)
Company(ies): Sega of Japan
Role(s): Composer, Musician

Mariko Nanba (南波 真理子) is a composer for Sega best known for her work with the Sonic the Hedgehog series' music. Her interest in music started at age 4, when she began piano lessons. From there, she attended Tokyo Conservatoire Shobi (college of music) and in 1994, sent a demo tape to Sega. She was hired, and worked on her first game, Panic!, where she handled mastering (MA) duties in the sound department.

Nanba enjoys drinking coffee and beer and eating soba—one of her favorite hobbies is having a nice dinner ("to enjoy delicious foods!") Her favorite musician is Burt Bacharach, and some favorite games include Mother 2 (aka Earthbound), Kowloon's Gate, Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG and Space Channel 5.

Among the studio gear Nanba uses are Macintosh, Pro Tools, Studio Vision, Micro KORG, Recorder, etc.

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