Dark Souls sound director to leave FromSoftware

Yuji Takenouchi (aka TECHNOuchi) announced today that he will retire from FromSoftware at the end of the month. As announced through his Facebook page, he has decided to leave the company for undisclosed personal reasons. He expresses gratitude to the company, his colleagues, and his fans for all their support.


During his time at FromSoftware, Takenouchi served as the sound director of Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls. Handling most sound design and overseeing the music production, Takenouchi helped define the dark, brutal tone of the series. In other roles, he showcased his lighter side as the composer of Monster Hunter’s Felyn spinoffs and organised the sound alliance GE-ON-DAN in his spare time. The artist recently wrapped up work on Dark Souls II, where he took a smaller role as a sound designer.

To learn more about him, please read our artist-approved biography and interview.

Posted on March 25, 2014 by Chris Greening. Last modified on March 26, 2014.

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3 Responses to Dark Souls sound director to leave FromSoftware

  1. datschge says:

    Unfortunate for the Souls series, he did some ace sound direction and his environmental sound design was fantastic. Also really like his (uncredited) character creation theme in Dark Souls 1. Unlike with Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls 1 he wasn’t the sole sound designer anymore in Dark Souls 2, and the result seems somewhat weaker.

    Wish him the best!

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  3. I noticed the credits difference on Dark Souls II, with Tsukasa Saitoh being credited for the lead role if I remember correctly. Hope that there are more opportunities for Hideyuki Eto in the future — comes from a very similar background to TECHNOuchi.

    Anyway, we will officially announce his new position officially next week. It seems like he will be continuing to compose and design sounds for video games.

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