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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Song of the Week! 12 March 2016

So Lokamp has been out this week to give better attention real life commitments, so you will have to settle with me for the weekly column again, yay!

Perhaps it's a good time to tell all of you this: I start an insane amount of things around at the backstage of Taiko Time, but I also have a very hard time actually finishing stuff, so a lot of those just went into oblivion in the drafts. Today's pick was going to head a new Classical Song Series Showcase until I went and left 3 out the 4 songs unfinished.

 Fascinating Rhythm (魅惑のリズム)
Taiko PSP 1 x4 (148)x5 (219) x5 (339)x6 (420)
 Taiko PSP 1

George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 - July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist. His musical style has arguably halfway stepped into the contemporary zone than many of his counterparts with a deep jazz vibe. His works was famous for being widely used in other media like film and television up to modern times, as well as imposing important influences to the contemporary jazz scene.

Fascinating Rhythm was composed by Gershwin in 1924, predating the vastly more recognized Rhapsody in Blue, with lyrics written by lyricist and George's elder brother Ira Gershwin. The song, along with a handful other works by the Gershwins, was used in the Broadway musical production Lady, Be Good (and subsequent movie adaptations), which speaks of the happenings of a financially struck pair of siblings and the love matters that surround them.

Fascinating Rhythm is the first and currently only Gershwin composition in Taiko no Tatsujin with a vocal component. Taiko no Tatsujin's rendition of the song is a full-English one, but surprisingly uses a very different set of lyrics than the original. As of the writing of this, there hasn't been any sources deciphering the exact set of new lyrics.

The notechart features mostly 12th doubles to 5-hit clusters across a continuously varying BPM, and a more frenzied bridge featuring a much higher speed with more exciting 16ths. Unlike many other Classical notecharts with fluctuating BPM, the scroll speed has not been normalized to a relatively constant level, and can be troubling for some who are not used to seeing some innate sofuran. This is also one of the rare songs to use the PSP-exclusive bell note (spinning the analog sticks) in an Oni level notechart.

It is also speculated that this song is special with the rather obscure, randomly generated Continuous Play medley mode in PSP1: in any 10-song play, Fascinating Rhythm is reported to be consistently chosen as the 5th song.

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