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The BEMANI 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.This is 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.
A key part of the GITADORA series, 96 also appears as guitarist in songs which were not composed by him. He has one album, called BLACK ALBUM.
Goroawase Number: 96 is read as "kuro". As well as being the first part of Kurosawa, it sounds like the character 黒 (black). Leads to a Lost in Translation moment of brilliance when you consider the name of his album, BLACK ALBUM.
Debuting in jubeat saucer, little is known about him.
Altum Videtur: His solo releases, if not titled in Japanese, are always titled in Latin.
Dude Looks Like a Lady: In Private Bemani Academy, he has a rather feminine appearance. Yoshihiko Koezuka, latching onto this, wears a blond wig and Guyliner in the PV.
A rock/metal musician, known prominently for his works in the GITADORA series. He has produced two albums, Shinkyoku and Tentei.
all lowercase letters: His name is rendered as "asaki", in lowercase, in English-language games. Some of his songs ("uo hi ni nobori kagayoite") get this treatment too.
Epic Rocking: The full version of "Tentei" lasts over 10 minutes. It was cut down to a more manageable 2 minutes for its Reflec Beat appearance.
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 Rice is tasty!"
Long Title: "Okome no oishii takikata, soshite okome wo taberu koto ni yoru sono kouka." Meaning "how to cook delicious rice, and the effect of eating rice".
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 - in particular, Asaki's is a Caucasian male who (presumably) looks nothing at all like him.
かめりあ (Camellia) — Masaya Oya
A member of Alstroemeria Records, he has joined beatnation RHYZE.
Final Boss: His song "Bangin' Burst" was first unveiled at the final round of the Sound Voltex championships at KAC 2013. It is considered one of the two hardest songs in the game.
Spiritual Successor / X Meets Y: 猫叉Master (self-described as having remarkably similar sound) meets Sota Fujimori (similar genre tendencies, being mainly electronic with a tendency to fade into Dubstep on occasion). He was Sota's pick to join beatnation RHYZE.
One Steve Limit: Averted with Osamu Kubota, who also has composed for IIDX and pop'n music.
A member of HARDCORE TANO*C, he has contributed to the most recent beatmania IIDX games.
Ascended Fan: Absolutely. He is a brilliant IIDX player himself, having achieved Full Combos on both ICARUS [黒] and 卑弥呼 [黒]. He says he was first inspired to compose music by hearing legendary That One Boss 冥.
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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 produced songs exclusively for IIDX, although he has not been seen since beatmania IIDX 19 Lincle in 2012.He has an album, I AM NOT A DJ.
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.
"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 Noriken — Kento Oizumi
More info and tropes to come.
dj TAKA — Takayuki Ishikawa
Also known as: D.J. Amuro, Lion MUSASHI, 金獅子 (Kinjishi)
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 (2013).
In MILITARY SPLASH, he along with other artists took up an alias based on an animal-related mech boss. TAKA's was - you guessed it - Lion.
Final Boss / True Final Boss: Several of his songs are One More Extra Stage songs in IIDX, as well as the final unlock in some cross-series BEMANI events. Considering that he was a sound director for IIDX for much of the series' history, it makes sense. Specific examples:
"Kakumei" in 7th Style, as a collaboration with Naoki.
"quasar" in 9th Style, as a collaboration with TaQ.
"One More Lovely" in 10th Style.
"Mei" in Happy Sky, as a collaboration with Tatsh.
"Nageki no Ki" in DistorteD's CARDINAL GATE Extra Stage system, under his Kinjishi alias.
"Tenkuu no Yoake" in Lincle's Lincle Kingdom Extra Stage system.
"Elemental Creation" in the multi-series Private BEMANI Academy event, as a collaboration with DJ YOSHITAKA.
"IX" in the multi-series Nettou! BEMANI Stadium event, as a collaboration with DJ TOTTO.
"Broken Sword" in PENDUAL's "Chrono Seeker" event, under his Kinjishi alias, this time with an artist known as Kirin.
Public Domain Soundtrack: "V" is a remix of part of "Winter" from The Four Seasons. Doesn't stop it from being one of the most loved tracks in BEMANI (and the series' original That One Boss, by virtue of being the first 12).
Also known as: DJ Totoriott, 兎々 (Totto), 二代目朱雀 (Nidaime Suzaku)
Announced as the composer of the final boss of Reflec Beat colette -Winter- in 2013, he later joined the Reflec Beat staff. He leads the "next generation" beatnation records label, beatnation RHYZE.
Ascended Fan: He plays IIDX himself and on Single Player he is at Kaiden rank, the highest dan rank in the game.
Final Boss: of several Reflec Beat events. "Valanga" and "Chaplet" are two examples. He also produced "IX" with dj TAKA in the multi-series "Nettou! BEMANI Stadium" event.
Spiritual Successor: To DJ YOSHITAKA. He is a sound director of Reflec Beat, as Yoshitaka was, he took on the Suzaku alias from him (二代目朱雀 meaning "Second-Generation Suzaku"), and was chosen as part of beatnation RHYZE by Yoshitaka himself. He's even taken up the slack in terms of producing boss songs for the series.
One of BEMANI's most prominent staff 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. His most well-known songs include the "HARD RENAISSANCE" and "TRANCE CORE" series of songs from jubeat and ''REFLEC BEAT.Currently, he the head producer for beatmania IIDX, pop'n music, REFLEC BEAT, SOUND VOLTEX, and BeatStream. On top of that, he's also the director for REFLEC BEAT. He even plays REFLEC BEAT himself, with a player ID of 1.Despite his heavy involvement with the BEMANI lineup, Yoshitaka has not produced any albums, with the half-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.
Flanderization: Although he used to compose a variety of tracks—from hip hop to high speed boss song pieces—nowadays the only tracks he seems to compose anymore are the "Hard Renaissance" and "Trance Core" series of songs, and once in a long while, "happy" songs under his Lucky Vacuum alias.
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.
"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. His successor, DJ TOTTO, also uses it when composing songs under his "Second-Generation Suzaku" alias.
Signature Style: Several of his "hard dance" songs have very similar chord progressions.
Theme Naming: He seems to name a lot of his more hardcore tracks after Biblical beings. "GALGALIM", "DOMINION" and "EXUSIA" all refer to ranks of angels, and "THE FALLEN" can also be taken to mean the Fallen Angels, among whom is Satan. "NEPHILIM DELTA" refers to the proto-humans who existed before the Flood.
Mr.T — Tomoyuki Uchida
Also known as: ucchie
More info and tropes to come.
Also known as: 泉 陸奥彦
One of the all-time greats of BEMANI composition, he mainly contributes to GITADORA and jubeat. He has been around since the first Guitar Freaks title, making him the longest running active BEMANI artist.
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.NAOKI no longer works for Konami, and now works with Namco on another rhythm game, CROSS×BEATS.
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.
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, Backdrops, Sayonara Sekai, and Crevice.In addition to his work on the BEMANI series, he has also composed music for Elebits.
OSTER project is a prominent Vocaloid artist who has also joined the beatnation RHYZE team.
Ambiguous Gender: Known as FutanariP in her early days and refused to reveal her gender in order to be taken seriously from the beginning.
Ascended Fan: She herself plays IIDX and credits the series for influencing her early music career.
Smurfette Principle: The only female member of the beatnation RHYZE team, and only the second prominent female BEMANI composer, after jun. She only became one of the regulars after jun left.
PHQUASE — Takahiro Fukase
Known in Sound Voltex for producing charts and effects for the best known boss songs in the game. He produces his own songs too.
Final Boss: In a strange sort of way. He wrote the charts for both Max Burning!! and For UltraPlayers. Composed his own final boss song, "onslaught", in Reflec Beat.
Qrispy Joybox / MAX MAXIMIZER
Qrispy Joybox / MAX MAXIMIZER — Tatsuya Iyama
Current sound director for the Reflec Beat series. His two main aliases could not be any more different: Qrispy Joybox produces light and fuzzy tracks, whereas MAX MAXIMIZER is known for hardcore, aggressive music.
Altum Videtur: MAX MAXIMIZER songs "STULTI", "HAERETICUS", "ARACHNE" and "CLAMARE".
Boss Fight / Final Boss: MAX MAXIMIZER songs all have Hard 10+ charts on Reflec Beat. "CLAMARE" is the final boss of Colette -All Seasons-, and has the hardest difficulty spread in the game (6/9/10+). It is also the ending song of Reflec Beat's REFLEC DOJO final course.
Call Back: "BLUE DRAGON(雷龍REMIX)" contains samples used in most of the major 青龍 and 雷龍 songs up to that point ("waxing and wanding", "Time to Air", "3y3s" and "Thunderbolt").
Contest Winner Cameo: His first BEMANI song, "starmine", appeared in IIDX 4th style as this, along with kors k's debut.
Dragons Up the Yin Yang: Naturally, if your name starts with Ryu, you're going to base a lot of your motifs around Eastern dragons. His main alternative alias, 青龍, is one of The Four Gods, no less. The jacket for "中華急行" ("China Express") also contains this.
Got his start in GITADORA, but is now the sound director of jubeat.
Ascended Extra: Started out playing backing instruments for the unloved licensed covers in GITADORA. He's now the sound director of one of the better liked BEMANI series, and appears in many other series too.
S.S.D. — Arata Iiyoshi
More info and tropes to come.
Also known as: V.C.O., world sequence
A long term contributor to pop'n music, Seiya Murai has produced two albums: plug+program, and 0/1 ANGEL (with ALT).
Synthetic Voice Actor: Regular "contributor" ALT is more or less a synthetic vocal track. Fittingly, Seiya Murai was the first in-house BEMANI artist to use Vocaloids in his work.
He himself was voiced by a computer in the Private Bemani Academy PV.
SLAKE — Takehiko Fujii
Also known as: SPARKER, CALF, DEPROGRAM MAN
One of the earliest composers in beatmania, he left in 2004.
Boss Fight: His song "SCREAM SQUAD" was the extra stage song in IIDX HAPPY SKY. Yes, that does make it the song you play immediately before legendary That One Boss 冥.
Also known as: dj MAX STEROID, SystemSF/SySF, Expander
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 five albums, all of which are part of the SYNTHESIZED series.
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.
Sequel Song: "ANDROMEDA II" is a sequel to, pretty obviously, "ANDROMEDA".
Signature Style: Sota specializes in using synthesizers, to the point where he even makes this quip regarding "100% minimoo-G":
"I'm Sota, and I love synthesizers more than girls or having three meals a day♪"
Theme Naming: Two of his songs, "ANDROMEDA" and "100% minimoo-G", are named after the synthesisers they were recorded on (an Alesis Andromeda and a Mimimoog).
Uncommon Time: "100% minimoo-G"'s time signature is so ambiguous that IIDX doesn't bother to have measure lines for it.
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.
Lighter and Softer: Of "London EVOLVED"'s three versions, version C has an ending that is "happier" than the other two versions' and would not sound out of place in a song under his SUPER STAR MITSURU alias.
Darker and Edgier: In contrast, version B takes a darker turn, speeding up to 210 BPM and changing completely from a melodic standpoint.
Sampling: In Sound Voltex, "KHAMEN BREAK"'s (composed by TAG) INFINITE chart plays samples from TAG's "POSSESSION" and "She is my wife".
Theme Naming: In IIDX, his MITSURU songs all carry the "ONLY ONE ____" genre format.
With Lyrics: "Diamond Dust", "UNLIMITED FIRE", "Cosmic Hurricane", and "LIGHTNING THUNDERBOLT" have vocal versions – all sung by DJ YOSHITAKA, except the latter, which is sung by DJ TOTTO. Amusingly, all four songs are credited to "TAG rejected by DJ YOSHITAKA / DJ TOTTO".
Tatsh — Tatsuya Shimizu
Also known as: dj Killer, DJ MURASAME
Tatsh made his debut in IIDX 10th style, becoming one of the sound directors in IIDXRED. He left after DistorteD, citing health problems, but returned in 2010. He has produced one album, MATERIAL.Tatsh has his own doujin music circle, Tatsh Music Circle. Most of his works as part of the circle are Touhou arranges.
Gimmick Level: His IIDX songs under his DJ MURASAME alias are known for having multiple parts split by chart or play mode:
"Scripted Connection⇛" has three parts: the first was originally playable on Normal difficulty, the second on Hyper, and the third on Another. All three parts got their own full sets of charts in GOLD.
"ANTHEM LANDING", the Extra Stage of Resort Anthem, as well as "SHADE", the Extra Stage of Lincle, do the same. However, both songs have yet to be split into three different song entries.
"仮想空間の旅人たち" ("Kasoukuukan no tabibitotachi", officially translated as "The Travelers of Virtual Space") is split into two parts, the former half playable on Single Play and the latter half playable on Double Play.
Marathon Level: He has the only "long version" IIDX song in the entire series, "Scripted Connection⇒ long mix". It is the entire 5-minute 36-second song in one chart.
Sequel Song: "reunion" to "Xepher", and "24th Century BOY" to "RED ZONE".
Togo project — Hiroyuki Togo
Also known as: Togo-chef, Bongo Mango
More info and tropes to come.
TOMOSUKE — Tomosuke Funaki
Also known as: Zektbach, Orange Lounge, 黒猫ダンジョン (Kuroneko Dungeon), Dormir (with vocalist crimm)
TOMOSUKE has produced five albums, none of which use his primary alias (marble as Orange Lounge, three Epic of Zektbach albums, and Petit March as Dormir). He also leads the mixed-media HinaBitter (ひなビタ♪) project.
Catch Phrase: "Why do you need KONAMI original songs...?" (in English) as 2MB.
Final Boss / True Final Boss: As 2MB, he produced several boss songs for DDR, which players still dread to this day. In fact, "MAX. (period)" was initially intended to be the True Final Boss of the entire DDR series, and it holds up pretty well.
Hidden Track: At the end of the long version of "neu", the final track of wac's Ongaku album, if you wait about 30 seconds, the long version of "uen" will start.
I Don't Know Mortal Kombat: At JAEPO 2013, he played one of his own songs, "Ongaku", on pop'n's EX difficulty. "Ongaku" on EX is rated at level 50, the highest difficulty rating in pop'n music. His attempt ended in utter failure.
A collaboration between Ryu☆ and Starving Trancer. Some of their songs include "800nm" and "Fly you to the star".
Be For U
A 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.
A collaboration between L.E.D. and Mayumi Morinaga for producing happy hardcore songs with high-pitched vocals.
A 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, ZEUS, 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".
Wow Wow VENUS, bokutachi VENUS Wow Wow VENUS, kimitachi VENUS Wow Wow VENUS, hitori ja JESUS Wow Wow VENUS, futari de VENUS
Something Completely Different: While most VENUS songs are well-known for DJ YOSHITAKA's vocals, "Squeeze" is an instrumental song, with all of three lines, all of which are samples ("I don't know how to fly" from "HAERETICUS", "Yeah! Yeah!" from "Brand New World", and "VENUS!" from "Wow Wow VENUS").