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Now time to hope that I don't accidentally repost something.

It didn't happen often recently that I just casually looked for new music to listen to. Mostly sticked to what I already knew. Probably due to being lazy :SatoriStare:
Leaving the details out and making a somewhat long story short, I found some touhou synthwave music.

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been a while since i post have a Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy  

you know what day it is. mandatory post  

Not a fan of folk but by pure accident i found this and decided to post it here because i kind of like this one lmao      

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7 hours ago, Maden said:

Now time to hope that I don't accidentally repost something.

yes that's a repost

but not in this forum

and Violet Delta is easily one of the best Synthwave arranger

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and people said I'm gloomy
but i listen to hiphop and stuff

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yeah maybe, this a lofi hiphop

 

but not this one

 

 

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I actually "discovered" this channel a while back, but they posted something new literally today, so I guess you can say that's a discovery XD

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While I mentioned their channel briefly when going over people recreating Touhou 18 music and even waaayyy back to the Touhou X Undertale thread I made with their Undertale Keiki video, I've only really looked thoroughly at their channel now and have discovered a lot of Touhou style replication music, which I've been exclusively listening to the whole day lol.

 

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Aside from the catchy music, I really love how they have an illustration of the Touhou character mimicking the game where they come from.

 

As well, maybe this one's better suited for Drunken_Flower's "Odd Musical Discoveries" thread, but since I'm on the topic of this channel:

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I'm in the mood to post some ambient-leaning remixes today. I don't come across these genres too often, though I hesitate to say they are rare. I may do an active search for lofi at some point, since I really appreciate the one here.

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I hadn't seen that synthwave remix before, and I really appreciate its posting. After Stranger Things came out, most synthwave remixes I've come across have been extremely simplistic and disappointing. This is the kind of arrangement I'd expect the genre capable of, contrasting a patient melody with a steady formulaic beat. I should look more into Violet Delta; they're on Bandcamp, but for some reason I haven't really paid attention to them.

BTW, CarrotWine has removed all his Touhou stuff from Bandcamp (hence the Charisma Lash uploads). Don't know if this matters to anyone other than me, but just in case . . .

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I'm sure I have something for this occasion.

. . .

Ah, yes! Perfect!

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For once, I'm not sure if this has been posted here before. But it's worth bringing up regardless.

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I will continue the swika chain

 

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For St. Patrick's Day, I had planned to post some Celtic folk arrangements; with the current thread trend, it was easy to decide on what theme to look for. Floating Cloud's Broken Moon is more Oriental folk, so I'm including his Demystify Feast instead (that's Suika related, right?).

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9 hours ago, Ken Hisuag said:

that's Suika related

correct. it is swika

i've found some suika music for st patrick's day as well. 

 

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please ignore this one

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you know what day it is.

mandatory post

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LET'S SING OUR OFFICIAL ANTHEM

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ありがとう ありがとう
博く麗しい人間と
妖怪の物語から 夢を
あなたが教えてくれた 幻想は
私たちの心で輝いた
おめでとう おめでとう
あなたの幸せを願って
贈ります お祝いの言葉を

Arigatou arigatou
Hiroku uruwashi ningen to
Youkai no monogatari kara Yume o
Anata ga hoshietekureta Gensou wa
Watashitachi no kokoro de kagayaita

Omedetou omedetou
Anata no shiawase o negatte
Okurimasu oiwai no kotoba o

 

and community approved anthem
(no transliterated lyrics, sadness)

 

this one with the original lyrics

 

MORE
NOT ENOUGH
DEVOTE TODAY TO LISTEN ONLY INNOCENT TREASURES
FOR THE WHOLE DAY

 

 

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On 3/17/2021 at 6:38 PM, Drunken_Flower said:

you know what day it is.

I had planned to post something, but it looks like you've got it covered. 😉

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I finally played some of Adventures in Scarlet Curiosity, and with the recent Hachimitsu-Lemon post I figure now is a good time to feature the music (beyond the two pieces already circulated here). The styles are somewhat varied, which makes it difficult to sum up the whole. For the most part, though, I'd say it leans toward hybrid-orchestra, with the "hybrid" ranging from folk to symphonic.

A Note: This soundtrack is amazing! But I personally found the game boring, to a point that it began to detract from the music's quality. Whether others have had a similar experience or not, I would suggest the soundtrack should be listened to on its own at least once.

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But wait, we had a theme going this week didn't we?

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And, because I can, Innocent Treasures for DF's megapost!

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I might buy this soundtrack at some point, it's that good.

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I never played Scarlet Curiosity because I wasn't interested in the game's premise and definitely not because I don't play many fan games in general, but wow, that is some good music. The Broken Moon one actually made me laugh a bit the first time it transitioned to Septette. It had me thinking something like:

Remilia: This is mine now.

What's the original for the second song though? The closest thing I could link it to was Mystic Oriental Love Consultation, but I really can't tell.

Also, I'm very happy you posted Onigashima in the Fairyland, because I almost NEVER hear arrangements of that song, and I really like the original. As great as Broken Moon is, I've always thought more of Onigashima in the Fairyland ~ Missing Power as Suika's theme. However whenever I click on a remix with Suika in the thumbnail - always Broken Moon or Oriental Memory.

Since I'm on the topic of fan games, linking back to that post Garison made with Suika's theme in the Komajou Densetsu OST, that's a fan game I have played - both the first and second one. Although they aren't actually Touhou arrangements, they have some great music in their soundtracks too.

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@buskerdog The track in question is meant to be a remix of Curious Old Shanghai Tile, the theme of Rinnosuke Morichika, and plays in his shop (or so I gather; I was not motivated to play the game long enough to find out for myself). Even being familiar with the theme, I'll admit I can only barely pick up on the similar elements.

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Ironically, I already had a Missing Power remix planned for this Saturday. I personally think it and Broken Moon depict two separate aspects of Suika's character; the one is powerfully assertive and mysterious, as befitting an oni of the Four, while the other is lighthearted and fun, in keeping with her "drunk as I like" nature. I guess this technically makes sense, being that the personality-filled piece is her conversation theme and the strength-influenced piece is her battle music. Ideally, both styles could be melded into an arrangement, and I believe it could be done well with Missing Power. So far, though, I haven't really found a piece that quite meets my expectations. The closest I've come to is, ironically, Akiyama's arrangement.

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With all the focus on the Touhou 18 trial, I think most people missed the extra stage update to Infinite Blade Pavilion. But I didn't, so I'm sharing one of the tracks here!

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As of tomorrow, this thread is officially a year old! The first post featured the circle Paradise of Boundaries, which does remixes in the styles of the individual Touhou games. I've had these two songs on my "to-post" list for a while, and now I'm posting them in commemoration. Luckily one of them happens to be a Suika theme, though I personally think the second feature fits the occasion best.

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I cannot hope to hold a candle to the genius of today's postings. April Fool's is truly the Internet's holiday.

For the sake of participation, I will submit my meager offerings here, and begin planning for next year.

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It was overwhelmingly apparent as of Thursday that I would have to feature the Len'en Project here this week; I've considered posting from it several times over the past year, and kept putting it off in hopes of a more fitting time. That time has obviously come.

However, in my attempts to narrow down a few themes to represent the series, I decided that such a task could not be appropriately handled in a single post. So now, I am announcing Len'en Month! Each week I'll feature one of the four currently released games.

The first game (technically) is Len'en 1 ~ Evanescent Existence, and right off the bat newcomers are introduced to Jynx's signature style with the menu theme, To the Village That Isn't Real ~ chain link? Though essentially a simple motif structure, the song stands out for its instrumentation contrast of piano and overhead synth, and a nifty audio effect for its loop.

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Next is In This World ~ Monochrome eye, essentially the U.N. Owen was Her? of Len'en. Widely acknowledged to the best (or at least most infamous) piece in the series, with a strong motif and complimentary instrumentation, it's rather fitting that this should be the theme of the series' signature character.
. . . or is it?

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Rounding off is the game's "final" boss. Being that this is a Touhou-inspired series, obviously there's an extra stage boss which may or may not prove to be the true final boss, but nonetheless Empire Power ~ Eternal Force technically holds the distinction of first final-boss-theme in the series. It doesn't get as much appreciation as it deserves, imo; the motif is perfect for the purpose, preserving the ominous confrontation sound that a good boss theme should have. Not to mention that bass . . .

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As an added bonus, I'll include the extra boss theme as well. I have it on good authority that this is a very obscure theme that even some Len'en veterans aren't familiar with, so it's just as well that I help propagate it. The theme itself is something of a controlled chaos, and is an earlier example of Jynx's jazzier side.

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Not a fan of folk but by pure accident i found this and decided to post it here because i kind of like this one lmao

 

 

 

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@Dana Iclucia Definitely not your standard folk, but a very creative arrangement nonetheless.

It seem this was the perfect time for a Len'en themed month, with the next remix tournament around the corner. This week is game #2, although canonically I believe it takes place simultaneously with the first entry. This is personally my least favorite entry in the series thus far, simply because fewer motifs stand out to me. By far my favorite theme from Earthen Miraculous Sword is the menu theme, Repose That Detests Even Good Luck ~ Need umbrella! The confident entrance of the piece with a lengthy, repetitive intro to a expectedly simple motif bolstered by a many-layered accompaniment is, in my perception, a fitting representative theme for the series as a whole.

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After that it becomes more difficult to choose between tracks. I'll feature Prismic Accelerator for it's fast-paced presentation and featured ZUNpets; of all the themes thus far, this feels the most "Touhou"-like.

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Next will be Below a Deep Vanishing Cloud ~ Mow Down! This theme has a stronger motif and good progression, but is most noteworthy for being the longest theme Jynx had composed up to this point. I find it impressive (and possibly confusing) that his long themes don't feel unnecessarily stretched out, and in fact usually maintain good progression through to the loop (yet there are some shorter themes with lesser quality in this regard . . .).

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Finally, Mono Eye ~ Ironic FATE, the extra boss theme. Now might be a good time to mention that the titles rarely mean anything, except when they do. This piece has what is probably the best primary motif in the game, and does a great job presenting that motif without overusing it. The majority of Jynx's work is more chaotic and defiant of traditional music structure, while he saves themes like this one for late-game use. There may be a study to be had on that topic, but I'm not currently invested enough to attempt it.

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5 hours ago, Ken Hisuag said:

Definitely not your standard folk, but a very creative arrangement nonetheless.

glad you liked it!

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Len'en, week 3. Possibly my favorite in the series from a musically collective stand point.

First off, good ole' stage 1 Decayed Tranquility ~ be motivated, leading into its melody with an encouraging but leisurely pace that picked up only a tad bit by the loop point, just as a stage 1 theme should.

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Next up is boss 4.1, stage 4 having three different bosses depending on who you're playing as. 4.3 is a theme for the series' main characters, but Only in Beige, Only in Earnest does a better job at showcasing the variety of sound this game has to offer.

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BTW, the stage 4 theme is basically Len'en's Retribution for Eternal Night, as in it's a stage theme arrangement of Len'en's main theme. While it's far from one of the best tracks in the series (or even this game), you may want to give it a listen anyway: Each of Their Thoughts and Footprints.

For the third feature, I'm skipping ahead to the extra stage theme The Lost Road that Widens the Sky. At some point, Jynx developed a signature intro style in which he'd use an instrument unusual for a Touhou-style theme, and then not use it for the rest of the piece. This gives quite a few of his themes very recognizable entrances, which helps make them more memorable. Of course, the best themes follow up the intro with quality motifs.

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Finally, a jump back to the stage 5 boss theme. Len'en 3 technically has between three and four "final" bosses; the primary responsibility for the incident lies with this character, but at some point in production Jynx moved the boss up a stage to make room for a different character. Thus, there is a certain sense of finality to Moon Child ~ Homunculus Dream, in keeping with the original intention. Also noteworthy is that this piece doesn't loop in the normal way.

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I believe these four tracks do a fair job at representing the unique diversity of styles Jynx employed for this game's soundtrack. However, I can't pass this entry by without mentioning my favorite theme in the series, A Name Cast off from the Edge. Coincidentally, it also happens to be the longest piece in the series to date, and everything I said about the previous record holder from the previous game applies.

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Possibly a bit repetitive, but with spectacular progression!

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20 hours ago, Drunken_Flower said:

if anyone has Fragrant Plants or Dancing Water Spray or Ridiculous Game or Drunk as I Like or just ALL SWR arrangements
pls send

Ask and you shall receive.

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I know I have more somewhere, but I'm having trouble finding them at the moment so I'll have to get back to you.

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