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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Song of the Week! 16 January 2016

It's time to take a look at the last uncovered song from independent composer bermei.inazawa on Taiko gaming. Quite ironically, it's also his first solo composing work for the series!

 Kurukuru Kurokkuru (クルクルクロックル)
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 Taiko 0 S, Taiko PSP DX, Taiko Wii U 2

Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX's very last new song (added as a piece of DLC), Kurukuru Kurokkuru is a bouncy-sounding track that jumps around the concept of the time's flowwith an array of onomatopoeic-sounding lyrics mimicking the movement of a clock's hands ticking. While we have already briefly talked about bermei.inazawa in our past Amanda SotW feature, let's shed some light to the lyricist/singer's backstory instead!

Born in Tokyo on May 23, Chie Fukami (深水チエ) is a member of the Little Lounge*Little Twinkle band, who started playing the classical piano since the age of 3, with personal musical preferences to the baroque style. Before joining the aforementioned unit in 2014, she started composing music as a freelancer since her music college years, with some of her works appearing in the videogames FLOWERS and AMNESIA World.

Fukami also had some of their songs featured in selected albums for other gaming franchises/composers, such as the Monster Hunter 10th Anniversary Compilation and for one of Tomosuke Funaki (舟木智介)'s albums of the "The Epic of Zektbach" album series with a song called 'The Sealer'. For the 20th pop'n music game (20 fantasia), Tomosuke Funaki re-arranged Fukami's song as The Sealer ~A Milia to Milia no Tami~, in order to be playable both in the aforementioned game and in the REFLEC BEAT series later on. Chie Fukami has its own website and Twitter profile, for those who are looking for further informations on her musical works.

With its Oni mode's first half hosting more canon-spaced note clusters, Kurkuru Kurokkuru's major distinguishing point is the blend of slow-paced 1/12 and 1/24 clusters, escalating to the ending portion with a double portion of an 8 beat stanzas-long section with many irregular patterns showing up, making it not for an overall hard song to Full Combo, but a serious Donder-Full Combo breaker section to be mastered by good pattern-play interpretation.

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