Regarding C. Cirocco Jones (aka Scirocco)
Artist: Michael Jackson
Sonic Cues – (levels 2 & 3)
Company: MJJ / Pebbles Music / Sega Corporation
Project: Sonic The Hedgehog – Game theme music cues
Role: Programmer, Additional Production by Cirocco and Arranger-Composer (with Brad Buxer)
1. He was hired by MJ. The line on top says who he worked for, not who he worked with.
2. He is specifically credited for arrangement and composition with Brad Buxer. It should be noted that:
-- a) The order of the two roles doesn't change, so he didn't necessarily arrange more than compose (although he has more arrangement roles than composition on this list)
-- b) He specifically made "Game theme music cues", which challenges his involvement in handling a Zone theme.
-- c) Buxer clearly has a primary involvement, as every MJ-related track revealed with specific information thus far has him in it.
3. As sonicthesnot said, he specifically credits "levels 2 & 3," not "Hydrocity Zone" and "Marble Garden Zone." I, however, believe that is what he meant.
4. Again, as sonicthesnot said, there is also the chance that these were replaced. Considering that Cirocco worked with Buxer and, more importantly, under MJ (or rather, as part of MJ's involvement with Sonic 3), that's more likely than not the case despite not being as common a colleague for MJ as the other five team members. By being involved with MJ, his contributions had to have been in the same collective pot, right? If S&KC left HC and MG as they were, then doesn't that mean Cirocco nor Buxer had nothing to do with the final version?
So then, who did HC? Well LOst, here's my best guess:
Sachio Ogawa, thanks to his work on The Hybrid Front.
Compare Other Forces Turn (Part 2 - Normal) to Hydrocity Act 1, and Other Forces Turn (Part 2 - Variation 1) to Hydrocity Act 2. They really do sound like each other at times.
I know I compared these to Give in to Me and Blood on the Dancefloor in the past, but hey, I was going for a complete package regardless of source, and these simply weren't replaced in S&KC.
I'd also like to note that for Act 2 Arrangements, it seems the original composer (Act 1) did both. It just seems easier, you know? Setsumaru appears to be limited to the misc. themes (like Senoue is), but mainly those composed by Drossin.
----III. Marble Garden----
As for Marble Garden, I stick with crediting one person to the S3 half (that's non-MJ) and one for the S&K half in accordance with their consistency (especially for S&K). Through process of elimination and some comparative work I've designated those to Masayuki Nagao and Tomonori Sawada, respectively.
Nagao comes from a) his use of the Boss theme in Sonic Drift 2, and b) his "lack of credit" in the 10th Anniversary CD. You see, Nagao left Sega before the CD was released, therefore they would exclude him from crediting (just as Maki Morrow wasn't credited when his Sonic the Fighters music was used in SGC and S&S All-Stars Racing). Because of this, there are at most two tracks that could be his, and if Sawada and Kashima confirm what's theirs from the three that remain and there's still uncredited tracks, they can only be his. I don't include Tokuhiko Uwabo (who also left before the CD) because, as I had always suspected, he composed nothing. All he did was arrange/coordinate the sound team. (Thank you Dissident93 for that break in the case).
Sawada's credit in Mario & Sonic atOWG (Wii) doesn't help, since the credit refers to this rearrangement (Senoue and Hataya also rearranged old themes for that version). Despite this, Sky Sanctuary is the most likely of the three remaining tracks on the CD to be composed by him based on his style.
----IV. Senoue and 1-Up----
Senoue doing S3's 1-Up has weaned from me recently. While he used it in Sonic 4, he did not use it for Generations. This is surely because Classic/numbered games are assigned to use the Classic/numbered jingle while Adventure and Modern are assigned to use the Chaos Emerald jingle. Meanwhile, the Game Over music (from the latest demo) is the same for Generations because no Adventure or Modern game had one, and the New Record jingle from Sonic Unleashed was the first of its kind, so it went unchallenged for Sonic 4. It's a matter of the existence of pre-existing material, so Senoue being the composer of S3 1-Up or the New Record jingle is not as likely as first perceived. I see that now, and I apologize to any and all I've consequently misled.
Senoue, however, did do the last of the three bonus stages (Slot Machine) thanks to the second (and now only) unused track from Sonic 3D (for a Bonus Stage that never was). You want 0:11-0:13. (Again, thank you Dissident)
Whoever said Senoue did all 3 was right on their mark.
----V. Soundtrack Shortcomings----
With regards to soundtrack releases for Sonic Generations, we are unfortunately left up the creek. The bonus CD soundtrack included with this special edition bundle is merely a combination of these two pre-order bonuses, and since they're in chronological, primary to secondary order by section (I.e. Numbered series/Classic, Rush, Adventure, Storybook, Modern), Sega Call is track 1, Angel Island Zone is track 2, and Mushroom Hill Zone is track 3, and all of them are credited to SEGA. Meanwhile, Splash Hill (track 4), Palmtree Panic (Present) (track 5) and Toxic Caves (track 6) are credited to Jun Senoue, Naofumi Hataya and Howard Drossin, respectively. Not even Midnight Greenhouse (aka Botanic Base) (track 8) is given any credit, as there is a blank line under Jun Senoue for Green Grove Zone for 3D Blast/Flickies' Island (track 7).
Here's the image (you'll need to squint to see the text at full size)
Unless the non-promotional Japanese version includes the information there's nothing to gain from them.
Truly Sonic 3 & Knuckles is our ordeal and ours alone.