This is the title screen theme.
This title song conjures up the same images as previous games.
I feel it's more fantastical, but it's very Gensokyo.
Does "fantastical" really convey "Gensokyo-like"?
Well, as far as title themes go, this is one of my favorites.
This is the Stage 1 theme.
In a way, I think it's a jazzy little number. But,
while it's pretty upbeat, it is somewhat dark.
But Imperishable Night is about night and youkai, so it's dark, too.
This song is part of "Ghostly Field Club," so many of you might know it.
The darkness in Stage 1 doesn't bode very well.
This is Wriggle Nightbug's theme.
It always feels so explosively Eastern.
I created it with the innocence of an expressive child mixed
with the images of night and insects. 40 small, wriggling insects.
All the MIDI versions are extras, not just this song. Please listen
to the WAV if possible. There's an element of fantasy that just isn't in the MIDI.
This is the stage 2 theme.
It peaks quickly, but the franticness leaves a lingering little something.
That's how I wanted this song to feel.
It was meant to be my ultimate blend of Japanese and Western styles.
On an unrelated note, there's nothing wrong with the Gensokyo girls.
They just enjoy living dangerously...
This is Mystia Lorelei's theme.
She's just the Stage 2 boss, but this song makes her sound badass.
It's a departure from all the songs about mystery
and birds and night and all that weird junk. This one just conveys
cute and badass.
It's sort of laid back and doesn't make her seem too evil.
This is the Stage 3 theme.
This one is so nostalgic... I'm sure those who are familiar with Touhou will
recognize it, but it sounds like a song I did a few years ago.
I made it the same way, so it's very nostalgic, but what good
is it if it's only nostalgic to me? (Haha)
This theme is a bit out of place. It has some of my 80s flavor in it.
This is Keine Kamishirasawa's theme.
It's both serious and mysterious.
I really like the striking melodious feeling conveyed
by the piano in the intro.
To me, Japanese culture is sort of a natural progression in East Asia.
So Japanese-English music certainly shouldn't be reduced to fluff.
Stage 4 theme
永夜の報い ～ Imperishable Night
Retribution for the Eternal Night ~ Imperishable Night
This is the Stage 4 theme.
This song is an arrangement of the game's title
screen theme. It has a nice short tempo.
For the end, I put in a laughing sound, like that of a youkai.
However, it's unnatural to hear it in such a mundane way. Altogether, the rhythm is odd.
I feel there's a hint of madness in it.
This is Reimu Hakurei's theme.
If you're wondering why this theme is nostalgic, it's an arrangement
of an older song. It's an arranged version of Reimu's Stage 4 boss
theme from the fourth game, Lotus Land Story. The pattern in
Stage 4 closely resembles that of Lotus Land Story, so
I thought I'd do a similar song and give some people deja vu.
The other theme for this game is "An Old Memory Called Illusion".
This is Marisa Kirisame's Theme.
At this point, this song isn't all nostalgic and stuff.
Wonderland was my 2nd shot at arranging this particular tune.
I was wondering if this theme still suited Marisa, and what shocked
me is that it totally did. It's rare to see someone so unchanged.
Marisa has 5 themes, but I think this one suits her best.
This is the Stage 5 theme.
Asian, Western, old, new-- This song isn't one or the other.
The boss seems that way, too, but the stage itself is based in Japanese horror.
Each song has a theme, but the theme of this one is simply Kagome Kagome.
This song was created with no particular arrangement of theme.
I didn't want to get caged in on a theme for this one.
This is Reisen Udongein Inaba's theme.
When you think of the final boss of Touhou, this is what comes to mind. Guess
some things never change. (Haha)
After the wild intro, there's a mournful melody in the middle
that exudes delicate beauty.
Everyone seems to like it.
This is the Stage 6 theme.
The 20th century voyager--
The Noah's Ark of the 20th century flew into space, carrying with it hopes and fears.
And yet, were its hopes left behind on the moon?
Here in the "future", in the 21st century, only fears and a handful of illusions
seem to be all that were brought back.
This is Eirin Yagokoro's theme.
Impossible courage, ferocity, and vigor--
This theme combines all of those, making for a ridiculously upbeat song.
All the upbeat goofiness culminates in the final boss, (Really?)
so shooting to a song like this gets downright insane.
I didn't want to get caged in on a theme for this one.
This is Kaguya Houraisan's theme.
Smooth, huh? (Haha) This song brings out a feeling of aloofness.
I don't express emotions through songs, I make songs with emotions.
And really, the game makes the songs.
They're not very cool and modern, are they? (Haha)
I'll admit I'm no pro.
This is the Last Spell theme.
All it inspires is a frantic feeling. It's seriously fast.
It's the constant repetition of a short phrase that makes it so fast.
Man, I'd hate to wake up that way. (Haha)
Of course, it is fast, but it also has a mysterious kind of nostalgia.
This is the Extra Stage theme.
Kinda laid back for an extra, huh?
Sorta feels like a test of my courage not to scare anybody. (Not)
I'm actually a little unsure about it, but
I extended it.
I took Extend and extended it.
This is Fujiwara no Mokou's theme.
I tried to bring out a bit of creepiness, to present a restrained
sense of power and overwhelming cool. And even if the song isn't
a little dubious, the character certainly is.
I always like kicking it old school for the Extra Boss song.
This time around I'm really going to kick it old school.
This is the Last Word theme.
I wanted it to invoke feelings that deviate from the frame of the story.
I'm not trying for coolness.
I'm not trying for cuteness.
I'm not even trying for creepiness.
It may come across that way, but it's really not my intent.