franchise is perhaps one of Konami's most expansive franchises. As a Rhythm Game
franchise with over one hundred
games (and that's without counting ports!) across thirteen
different series, eight of which are currently active, it's no surprise that Konami's had to call upon not only licensed music to make their games succeed, but also commissioned and in-house talent.
As such, we've taken the time to detail a page dedicated just to the groups and composers who provide the BEMANI series with original music. Not only do these musicians produce plenty of original tracks for the franchise, but some of these have gone on to produce their own albums, albums that contain not just long or full versions of songs from BEMANI games, but in some cases, original songs that have never appeared in a BEMANI title before.
To gush about BEMANI music you like, see the corresponding Awesome Music page
and its subpages.
A more thorough list can be found on RemyWiki here
Entries are in alphabetical order of each artist's most commonly-used stage name, with their real name (if known) after the hyphen.
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A rock/metal musician, known prominently for his works in the GITADORA
series. He has produced two albums, Shinkyoku
- Large Ham: In the refrain for "Okome no oishii takikata...", he screams about rice and its nutritous benefits, before concluding with a subdued "Okome oishii!TL "
- Reclusive Artist: He does not appear to be fond of public appearances. There are very few photos of him in circulation, and he does not show up at BEMANI-related events. He doesn't even reveal his full name. In Private BEMANI Academy, he and his collaboration partner 96 are the only two participating musicians who use stand-ins rather than their actual faces.
DJ Mass MAD Izm*
DJ Mass MAD Izm*
A DJ infamous for producing scratch-heavy songs. He began composing for the series in the late 2000's, starting in beatmania IIDX 14 GOLD
. He produces songs exclusively for IIDX
, although he also has an album, I AM NOT A DJ
- Gimmick Level:
- His songs are notorious for having copious amounts of scratches, not just in the tracks themselves but also in their IIDX charts. "Shakunetsu Beach Side Bunny", the One More Extra Stage of beatmania IIDX 18 Resort Anthem, is one of the most infamous examples; of the 1719 notes in its another chart, scratches make up 667 of these notes.
- In REFLEC BEAT, the aforementioned "Shakunetsu Beach Side Bunny" uses a large quantity of TOP notes; of the 843 notes on Hard, 325 of them are TOP notes.
- Sampling: One of his other schticks.
- Sequel Song: "Watch Out Pt.2", a collaboration between Izm* and DJ YOSHITAKA. It is significantly faster than the original "Watch Out!!".
- Signature Style: Scratches. Lots and lots of scratches. See Gimmick Level above for what this leads to when his songs appear in BEMANI games.
dj nagureo — Reo Nagumo
Also known as: tiger YAMATO, reo nagumo
One of BEMANI's earliest talents. He composed a handful of songs for beatmania
, and some others for IIDX
. He left Konami in 2006, after composing his final song for the franchise, "tiger YAMATO".
- Meaningful Name: "20,november" refers to his birthday.
- Sequel Song:
- "19,November" to "20,november", although that was composed by good-cool.
- "5.8.8.", to "5.1.1."
- The "R" series: "R3", "R5", "R10k", "R2".
dj TAKA — Takayuki Ishikawa
Also known as: D.J. Amuro, Lion MUSASHI
A longtime composer for the BEMANI series, dj TAKA composed songs for 5-key beatmania
starting with beatmania 4thMIX
and for beatmania IIDX
since its beginning. He is particularly well-known for his extensive use of piano melodies in his songs.
He has produced two albums, milestone
(2007) and True Blue
DJ YOSHITAKA — Yoshitaka Nishimura
Also known as:
Lucky Vacuum, 朱雀 (Suzaku
One of BEMANI's most prominent musicans in recent years. He became part of BEMANI staff in the mid-2000's, and started out by producing a variety of songs for the beatmania IIDX
series. Currently, he is a sound director for SOUND VOLTEX
and the director for REFLEC BEAT
. He even plays REFLEC BEAT
himself, with a player ID of 1.
Despite his heavy involvement with the BEMAMI lineup, Yoshitaka has not produced any albums, with the possible exception of ZEUS
(as part of his involvement with VENUS).
- Arc Number: Yoshitaka seems rather fond of making songs with a tempo of 185 BPM.
- Boss Battle: A large majority of his songs get Level 10 charts in jubeat and Level 10+ charts in REFLEC BEAT.
- Guyliner: In his more recent appearances, he tends to wear eyeliner.
- Required Spinoff Crossover: Either he or someone at Konami is really fond of putting "FLOWER" or some arrangement thereof in every single BEMANI series.
- Sequel Song:
- "VALLIS-NERIA", to "JOMANDA". The IIDX video to the former confirms this.
- "Lisa-RICCIA" to "VALLIS-NERIA".
- Signature Sound Effect: All of the songs under the Suzaku alias contain a distinct overdriven guitar note.
NAOKI — Naoki Maeda
NAOKI is one of the series' longest-standing talents, and perhaps the best-known amongst DanceDanceRevolution
players. His countless contributes to DDR have made him the face of the series; in fact, he was the sound director for DDR for four years. He would later go on to step down from DDR to work on Dance Masters
- Boss Battle: Produced a lot of boss songs for the series—most of the PARANOiA series and the MAX series, just to name a few examples.
- I Have Many Names: Go here and just count how many alias he uses, not counting his "feat. <singer>" aliases.
- Obsession Song: "DESTINY" featuring Paula Terry.
- Sequel Song: "Brilliant 2U" -> "B4U"
- Significant Anagram: "NAOKI M" is an anagram for "KONAMI".
猫叉Master (Nekomata Master) — Naoyuki Sato
Also known as: 猫叉Master+
A musician known for producing songs with "worldly" themes to them. However, he's open to produce darker, more traditional electronica, which he often composes under the 猫叉Master+ alias.
He is currently a sound director for beatmania IIDX
, alongside L.E.D.
Nekomata has done four albums: Rain drops
, Sayonara Sekai
, and Crevice
In addition to his work on the BEMANI series, he has also composed music for Elebits
Sota Fujimori — Sota Fujimori
Also known as: dj MAX STEROID, SystemSF/SySF
A composer who is best known for his talents with synthesizers. He has been with Konami since the late 90's, having composed tracks for games such as Castlevania Chronicles
, and made his BEMANI debut in 2001 in the PS1 port of DanceDanceRevolution 5thMIX
. Most of his works have been for the IIDX and DDR series, though he's also composed songs for other BEMANI games.
Sota has produced four albums, all of which are part of the SYNTHESIZED
- Ascended Fan: Gradius is his favorite game, and is what inspired him to start composing music. Taken to its conclusion when he produced "GRADIUS 2012", a medley of tracks from the original Gradius.
- Dubstep: Becoming increasingly common. "WOBBLE IMPACT" and his tricoro menu BGM are two such examples.
- Synth Pop
- Uncommon Time: "100% minimoo-G" has no time signature.
TAG — Yasuhiro Taguchi
Also known as: SUPER STAR -満- MITSURU, CAPACITY GATE, TAG Underground
The current sound director for Dance Dance Revolution
He is perhaps better known for his gig as SUPER STAR -満- MITSURU, a campy, over-the-top dancer wearing white and a pair of sunglasses.
TAG has one album under his SUPER STAR MITSURU alias, ONLY ONE ACT
- Department of Redundancy Department: "満" is simply read as "Mitsuru".
- Ending Theme: Composed the ending theme for beatmania IIDX 16 EMPRESS, "THANK YOU FOR PLAYING", which is also a playable song, complete with EMPRESS's credits in the video.
- Grand Finale: "SA.YO.NA.RA SUPER STAR". As the title (and its genre, "ONLY ONE FINALE"), imply, it is his last song under the SUPER STAR MITSURU alias.
- Gratuitous Chinese: In The Stinger of "SA.YO.NA.RA SUPER STAR".
- Large Ham
- Signature Line: "She is...my wife!"
- Silly Love Songs: "She is my wife" seems to start off as one, but as he drops the title, the song doubles in tempo and turns into a high-speed dance piece.
- Theme Naming: In IIDX, his MITSURU songs all carry the "ONLY ONE ____" genre format.
- With Lyrics: "Diamond Dust" and "UNLIMITED FIRE" have vocal versions sung by DJ YOSHITAKA. Amusingly, both songs are credited to "TAG rejected by DJ YOSHITAKA".
wac — Jun Wakita
Also known as: DJ. W, 少年ラジオ, virkato, among others...
wac is a regular contributor to and a sound director of the pop'n music
series, though he also produces songs for other series. He composes songs in a wide variety of genres.
Be For U
BeForUA J-pop unit formed by Naoki Maeda in 2001, out of four contest winners: Riyu Kosaka, Noria Shiraishi, Yoma Komatsu, and Shiyuna Maehaea. Unfortunately, the group had some troubles along the way, necessiating the need for two group reboots and eventual retirement of the group.
TĖЯRAA duet group consisting of NAOKI who composes the music and Junko Karashima who does vocals. Their music appears in all of Konami's music sims and is generally of the rock and J-Pop genres. Following how their name is stylized, most of their English titled tracks are often stylized in a similar manner.
A duet consisting of DJ YOSHITAKA and Sota Fujimori, the former doing vocals and the latter composing the track. They are perhaps best known for their songs' album art, which tend to have Homoerotic Subtext
, as well as the songs themselves, which tend to come off as romance songs.
Their songs debut in REFLEC BEAT
, with the exception of "Brand New World", which debuted in pop'n music
instead. Furthermore, in pop'n
, there is a character (duo) based off of VENUS.
In addition to original songs, they also cover a few licensed songs.
VENUS released their first mini-album
, on October 23, 2013, alongside volume 2 of the REFLEC BEAT colette
original soundtrack. It includes extended versions of their original songs, instrumental versions of those and their cover of "1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou".