Junko Ozawa

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Junko Ozawa
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Local 小澤 純子 (おざわ じゅんこ)
Born June 8, 1959?
Birth Place Soka, Saitama, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases Zunko Odawa, Bebe Ozashiki, ずんこ (Zunko), ずんちゃん (Zun-Chan), フローレンスずん (Florence Zun), ずん (Zun), Zun, ずんちゃん (Zun-chan)

Junko Ozawa is a Japanese composer, sound designer, and sound programmer. She started working for Namco around 1984, writing music and sound effects for their arcade titles. Later, when Namco entered the home console market, she not only wrote music and sound effects for most of the platforms they worked on, but also started programming audio drivers for them as well. Some of Ozawa's notable works include The Tower of Druaga, Sky Kid, and Rolling Thunder. Junko quit Namco around 2008.

Music Development

ARC

Junko said, specifically for Rolling Thunder, that she wrote the music in assembly on the MC6809 CPU.

She used Namco's FM sound driver by Junichi Mizutari.

NES

Junko's arcade music was originally ported to the NES by Nobuyuki Ohnogi, but when Nobuyuki left Namco, Junko had to port her own music. This was a wise choice on Namco's end because it guaranteed better accuracy to the arcade music. She originally wrote the music in assembly using a sound driver by Nobuyuki and Fukashi Ohmorita. Later she learned NES programming and modified Ohmorita and Ohnogi's sound driver.

SNES

Junko said that because there was no MIDI to work with, she programmed her own sound driver and wrote the music in assembly. Unlike Namco's first driver by Shinya Yamada, which was based off of Nintendo's Kankichi-kun driver, Ozawa's sound driver is original.

Her driver allowed users to make their own instrument samples, but Junko sampled instruments from her Ensoniq keyboards she owned at the time.

Gameography

Released Title Sample Notes
1984-??-?? Gaplus (ARC)
1984-??-?? The Tower of Druaga (ARC) (ドルアーガの塔)
1985-??-?? Dig Dug II (ARC)
1985-??-?? Sky Kid (ARC) (スカイキッド)
1985-08-06 The Tower of Druaga (FC)
1985-09-09 Battle City (FC) (バトルシティ)
1996-04-18 Dig Dug II: Trouble in Paradise (NES) (ディグダグⅡ)
1986-??-?? The Return of Ishtar (ARC) (ザ・リターン・オブ・イシュタル)
1986-??-?? Rolling Thunder (ARC) (ローリングサンダー)
Arranged by Atsuko Iwanaga.
1986-??-?? Sky Kid Deluxe (ARC) (スカイキッドデラックス)
1986-??-?? Toypop (ARC)
1986-08-22 Sky Kid (NES)
1987-??-?? Pac-Mania (ARC)
1987-??-?? Quester (ARC) Sound Driver
1987-04-02 Sanma no Meitantei (FC) (さんまの名探偵) Music Assistant
1987-04-24 Family Jockey (FC) (ファミリージョッキー)
1987-12-11 Family Tennis (FC) (ファミリーテニス)
1987-12-22 Pro Yakyuu: Family Stadium '87 (FC) (プロ野球ファミリースタジアム'87)
1988-07-22 The Quest of Ki (FC) (カイの冒険)
1988-12-20 Pro Yakyuu: Family Stadium '88 - Nendoban (FC) (プロ野球ファミリースタジアム'88 年度版)
1989-??-?? Four Trax (ARC)
1989-??-?? Rolling Thunder (C64) Composer
1989-??-?? Rolling Thunder (NES) Composer
1989-06-23 La Salle Ishii no Child's Quest (FC) (ラサール石井のチャイルズクエスト)
1989-07-28 Famista '89 (FC) (ファミスタ '89: 開幕 版!!)
1989-12-19 Famista '90 (FC) (ファミスタ '90)
1990-??-?? R.B.I. Baseball 2 (NES)
1990-08-31 Dig Dug II (FDS)
1990-12-21 Famista '91 (FC) (ファミスタ '91)
1992-10-22 Top Striker (FC) (トップストライカー)
1992-12-22 Famista '93 (FC) (ファミスタ '93) Voice
1994-??-?? Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures (GEN)
1994-03-25 The Blue Crystal Rod (SFC) (ザ ブルークリスタルロッド)
1994-08-05 J.League Soccer: Prime Goal 2 (SFC) (Jリーグサッカープライムゴール2) Sound Driver
1994-10-21 Super Family Circuit (SFC) (スーパーファミリーサーキット)
Sound Driver
1994-12-16 Wagyan Paradise (SFC) (ワギャンパラダイス) Sound Driver
1994-12-22 Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Special Edition (SFC) (幽☆遊☆白書 特別版) Sound Program
1995-03-03 Super Famista 4 (SFC) (スーパーファミスタ4) With Takaki Horigome and Koji Nakagawa.
1996-02-29 Super Famista 5 (SFC) (スーパーファミスタ5) Sound Driver
1998-02-01 Super Family Gerende (SFC) (スーパーファミリーゲレンデ) Sound Driver
1999-08-?? Pac-Man: Special Color Edition (GBC)
2003-12-05 The Tower of Druaga (GC)
2003-12-12 Donkey Konga (GC)
2004-07-01 Donkey Konga 2 (GC)
2005-03-17 Donkey Konga 3: Tabehōdai! Haru Mogitate 50 Kyoku (GC)

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