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TrojanHorse711

Back to where it all began...

I figured it was fitting that I end this week off with the very first stage theme from the very first game: Highly Responsive to Prayers...which actually isn't a shmup! If you've never played it, it's a weird, experimental, Arkanoid-like game where you have to guide a ball around an arena to clear stages and beat bosses. Because it's the first in the entire franchise, it's very, VERY far removed from what Touhou would later become, and it didn't even have Reimu's counterpart, Marisa (she wouldn't debut until Story of Eastern Wonderland). However, one thing that hasn't changed is ZUN's musical skill, which is why I'm covering this track, as I think it holds up even to this day.

Now, regarding downloads, I'd normally have it up by now, but I decided to do a little something extra...
-Trojan

Music originally composed by ZUN
Touhou © 1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice

The calm before the storm.

Hands down, this is my favorite final stage theme in any Touhou game. The sheer, raw emotion from its simplistic main melody and chords, combined with the quiet, peaceful synth-piano notes at the beginning, also combined with the waves and sounds you'd expect from an empty ocean, all brought together by the way the level it's used in is designed make the buildup to Junko one of the best I've seen in any shmup. It's for this reason I think Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom, despite all the issues I have with it and despite how brutally difficult it is, is one of my favorites in the series.

As for the cover, I wanted to experiment with twinkling notes across all-channels to make it seem more bright, combined with blank instruments in the lead melodies having sweeping volume. I also snuck in a bit of Pure Furies, which I think is fair because the main melody of THIS track was also used for Junko's boss theme.
-Trojan

Music originally composed by ZUN
Touhou © 1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice

The theme for the ever-popular vengeful spirit who's appeared in every game!


*sob*

Debuting as far back as Highly Responsive to Prayers, but not getting her own theme until Story of Eastern Wonderland is Mima, that one character a lot of fans want to see return! Complete Darkness was effectively her own first theme (seeing as she shared a boss theme with Yuugen Magan), and I wanted to at least try to cover it during Touhou week. There's already a Famitracker cover using the MIDI version that's floating around out there, so I went with the PC-98 original for this cover. I really hope you like square instruments because that's pretty much what the backing harmonies are for this track.
-Trojan

Music originally composed by ZUN
Touhou © 1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice

An extraordinary theme for an ordinary magician.

A while ago, before mirroring my YouTube videos on Bitchute, I did a cover of Dream Battle ~ Maiden's Capriccio, aka Reimu's theme from Imperishable Night, due to Touhou's 20th anniversary being that day. However, there was another Stage 4 boss theme that I really wanted to do, and it's only fitting that Day 4 features Love-Colored Master Spark, aka Marisa's boss theme from the same game and stage. Marisa hasn't quite been my favorite character (I honestly prefer Reimu over her), but that does nothing to detract from her. She's likable, she's an underdog, she's fast, she's hard-working, she has a giant fucking laser, AND her music is outstanding, hence why I knew I wanted to do this track.

Also, I couldn't decide to go with just her Imperishable Night incarnation, or the original version from Touhou 2: Story of Eastern Wonderland (Love-Colored Magic), so I went with a mixture of both. I decided to use the Touhou 2 pitch because I felt like the D#-minor pitch fit parts of this song better. Speaking of Eastern Wonderland...
-Trojan

P.S.: I'm aware of a peculiar bug regarding the DPCM Master Spark when played in VirtuaNES. Have not tested it on console by virtue of not having a flashcard OR a Famicom to test it on, so there may also be issues there.

Music originally composed by ZUN
Touhou © 1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice

Shh! No danmaku battles in the library!

What would Touhou week be without the obligatory cover of a theme from Embodiment of Scarlet Devil? That being said, I had a little trouble deciding between this and Shanghai Alice of Meiji. Ultimately went with this because:
A) I wanted to mess around with 3/4 time signatures and regal-sounding instrumentation.
B) I noticed it got the shaft in terms of Famitracker covers, but not in the way of GXSCC covers...
C) I'm trying to keep a balance between stage and boss themes.
D) Hong Meiling was sleeping on the job.
Like with Pierrot of the Star-Spangled Banner, I used the sawtooth channel to make the VRC6 instrumentation seem more alive for the bulk of the track. This was the plan from before I started working on it, but I wasn't sure if it would work at first because it's supposed to be a piano lead. Overall, this is an underrated song that I had a blast covering. Of course, I think the library itself smells of rats, which brings me to...
-Trojan

Music originally composed by ZUN
Touhou © 1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice

“What? This here's s'posedta' be MY territory!”

To quote ZUN on this: “I think this theme turned out particularly video-gamey”. With that in mind, you'd expect there to already be a number of 8-bit covers of this, but to my surprise there weren't any to be found, either on YouTube OR NND! There was one Genesis/Mega Drive remix of it, but that's it. With that knowledge in mind, I decided to try and cover it for Touhou Week. Not quite sure I hit the mark, but I'd like to think I did alright. Also don't worry, there will be more than just HSiFS covers this week!

Incidentally, I passed up doing Bad Apple so I could do this, not just to avoid giving the PC-98 too much representation (as you'll see here in a bit), but because I'd already technically done it and felt I could put off a proper cover until later. Also because of sheer coincidence, Touhou 16.5 happened to launch today at Comiket, and it has both Aunn Komano (whose stage theme I covered) and Nemuno Sakata (the owner of this theme) return as bosses, so although I'd already scheduled the first two tracks ahead of time I found it a little funny that it happened this way.
-Trojan

Music originally composed by ZUN
Touhou © 1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice

SPRING IS HERE!

Disclaimer: A MIDI from ShinkoNet was used as reference in the making of this track.

Starting off, we have 'Swimming in a Sakura-Colored Sea', by far my favorite level theme in Touhou 16. As you probably are already aware, Hidden Star in Four Seasons is the first Touhou game to make it onto Steam, and I figured I'd get it and try to beat it before 2018. Needless to say, that didn't happen, but I was eventually able to 1cc it as every character by the 20th of June. After playing though this game so many times there were bound to be a couple of tracks that got stuck in my head, and this happened to be the most memorable of the bunch (that wasn't the final boss theme). I initially toyed with the idea of taking a riff from Battletoads 'Wookie Hole', because I thought they sounded kinda similar...? I quickly abandoned that idea when I realized that no, it wouldn't be appropriate for this album. Maybe another day...
-Trojan

Music originally composed by ZUN
Touhou © 1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice

Even if I prefer gameplay to supplementary stuff in a video game, I'll be the first to admit that the main draw to Touhou is its music, and while I hardly think ZUN slouched in the gameplay department (most of the time), there's so many remixes and covers of Touhou music that it's a little hard to keep track of them all. Of course, as a chiptune artist, there's so many of these that I so badly want to do, but I also want to post other stuff at the same time. As it happens, this week is usually around the time ZUN publishes new official entries in the Touhou series (and as such, it's technically an anniversary). Therefore, I decided to dedicate the next seven days to posting nothing but Touhou covers.

Starting tomorrow and ending on the 15th, I'm going to be posting one Touhou cover of my choosing in VRC6 every morning at around 8:30 AM PT. This unfortunately means that downloads won't become available until everything's been posted. This has been in the works for a few months now, and I've honestly been trying NOT to slack off to make this happen, but if you end up liking it, I'll see about doing it again next year.
-Trojan

All music composed by ZUN
Touhou Project (C) 1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice
Playlist here: (soon)

A rematch awaits you in the labyrinth of stars.

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I've wanted to do this one for a while, but lack of inspiration, real life commitment and specifically the way I schedule these tracks got in the way. To give you an idea of how long I prepare some of these tracks in advance, I've had at least three tracks prepared back in May, and this one is only being posted now. I know I could just post them all at once and have more content NOW, but I do these weekly videos because of my commitment to actually having a schedule and a video buffer.

As for this video, this was a remnant from when I wanted to try and theme every cover in July after celestial motifs. Pierrot of the Star-Spangled Banner initially wasn't this (it was more of a 4th of July cover than anything), but I tentatively decided to throw it in. I eventually gave up on it because I really wanted to do Moonlight Densetsu, and I could not for the life of me commit to that. That being said, I'm glad I finally got around to doing this. This was super fun to work on, and I'll gladly take any excuse I can get to have that fancy techno backing.

Also speaking of stuff I've planned in advance, there's something else I've been working on that I'm finally ready to post next week. Unfortunately this will probably eat up most of August, meaning I won't be doing much else this month. I'll be going into more detail on Wednesday, so stay tuned!
-Trojan

P.S.: For the record, the other two tracks were 'Pierrot of the Star-Spangled Banner' and a standalone track that's not coming out until October.

Music originally composed by Kazumi Totaka
Super Mario © 1981-20XX Nintendo

Tonight's chosen game is...Tamagotchi?

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If I'm being honest, this was done as a challenge, as someone else submitted a Famitracker cover of 'Pizza Time' from TMNT2 – Out of the Sewers in VRC7 to a certain stream where that's kind of relevant. I decided to do this as a sort of rebuttal, and so the majority of this was done in about thirty minutes. There was some time spent tuning it up afterward, but for the most part this is what I sent in the first time around. It also really helps that this song's catchy, so it had been stuck in my head for a while by that point.

Also, normally I'd list a composer in the .ftm/.nsf as well as the scrolling text, but I can't do that this time around because I don't know who made the music for this game. I've searched around, but unfortunately I can't find anything on this. If you happen to know who did, let me know in the comments so I can update both the files and the description!
-Trojan

Tamagotchi (C) 1996-20XX Bandai Namco

Let's hit the road, Jack!

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And here's the other song that's part of the .ftm and .nsf I didn't post! If I'm being honest I wasn't entirely satisfied doing just 'Left the Building', so I went ahead and did another The Runaway Five track the same night after working on it. Someone please stop me from using these arpeggios, it's driving me mad!
-Trojan

MOTHER © 1989-20XX Nintendo
Music originally composed by Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka

It cost about $10,000 to make this video, so, er....help a fella out?

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This track came about partly because I didn't have anything planned last weekend due to what I presumed were birthday shenanigans, but I felt bad because I informed those of you who follow me on Twitter, but not on YouTube. As a result, I cooked this up last night so I'd have at least something to make up for it, and, er, I think I had too much fun with arpeggios when making these instruments.

Also no, this TOTALLY isn't because a certain someone's doing a second let's play of Earthbound. No having idea what you talking about, boing!
-Trojan

MOTHER © 1989-20XX Nintendo
Music originally composed by Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka

'MURRICA, AW FU- (pichu~n)

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Believe it or not, while Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom isn't the first Touhou game I've beaten overall, it is the first game in the series I've gotten the good ending on. Sadly it's only due to point-device mode, and I got screwed out of beating the game twice the first time around, due to what might be a glitch that wipes your save when you resize the screen, but the fact I've gone through the most hellish stages about six or seven times now (half of which was with the other characters) speaks to how stubborn I can be about hard games. Probably the only reason I bothered was so I'd get some of the stuff from other games that I was struggling with before down pat. It's a dumb reason, but I'd like to think it actually worked, as I've since been able to 1cc a couple of the other Touhou games.

Speaking of hellish, Clownpiece. I like her as a character, and think that she's good competition for Cirno as the strongest fairy. However, she's annoying to fight as a boss, and I will freely admit I've tried going for a bombless run up until I reach her because of some of her spell cards being a pain in the ass to do. While she's probably the hardest boss out of one of the hardest games in the series, I actually was having fun with her by about the fourth or fifth playthrough. I dunno if it's because of Stockholm Syndrome or because I'm unusually attracted to insane difficulty, but something about her feels satisfying to fight (though it helps that she's nowhere near as poorly designed and uninteresting as Dr. Kahl's Robot). In any case, this song was stuck in my head after fighting her so many times, hence why I'm doing it.

...also I'm not going to lie, I also only did it because I wanted to do something for 4th of July.
-Trojan

Music originally composed by ZUN
Touhou © 1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice

Deja vu.

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Yesterday, I said this is the only track in the game that repeats. Well because of that I took a good look at the track, and decided for whatever reason I wanted to try and do a slower, more melancholy version in the style of David Wise's work on Donkey Kong Country. I think I did it because the sewer level felt slower-paced and that justified the slower remix of it, but I dunno. I don't think it turned out how I hoped, but I honestly like it regardless.
-Trojan

Music originally composed by David Wise
Battletoads © 1991-20XX Rare Ltd.

You might've seen that I've uploaded twice today. That's because, as one of the comments rightfully pointed out, I'd gotten the placement on a couple of the notes at the beginning wrong. I don't know how that happened, and the 'final' result sounded fine to me, but once it was pointed out to me it bugged me enough to want to re-record. Everything SHOULD be fine now. I'll try to not let it happen again, and you can rest assured that it won't happen in tomorrow's video. The original can be found in the playlist for archival purposes, but it's been unlisted for this reason, so keep that in mind.
-Trojan

Original Description follows:
You'd think that because frogs are aquatic animals that their water levels wouldn't be annoying as hell.

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Battletoads has two water stages, and in my opinion I would rather skip both if given the chance. Thankfully only one of them has the traditional “Mario” water physics...problem is, it's the one that's required to beat the game. In any case, they both share this track, making it the only stage song in the entire game that repeats. I wasn't gonna do this originally, but...remember when I said I wanted Phil to finally announce a new Battletoads? He actually delivered! ...albeit, we still know nothing about it other than its developer (Dlali Studios). In any case, I wanted to do another Battletoads track to celebrate.
-Trojan

Music originally composed by David Wise
Battletoads © 1991-20XX Rare Ltd.

Now for some up-beat jazz to go with your super fighting robots.

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Sometime in June, I saw another chiptune artist, TheStupidTriforce, release a cover of Quick Man in the salsa genre. While I loved the cover, I took that as the kick in the pants I needed to do a swing cover of Bubble Man. Why Bubble Man? Look, man, it's got the right key, the right bassline, and the right riffs. It was practically begging for a jazz cover! I also mainly did it because I'd recently finished up Clip Joint Calamity, and wanted to do something else with the knowledge gained from working on it, and since this is really short I decided to just do two tracks this weekend (something that I'll be repeating these next two weekends for...various reasons). I also limited myself to only Noise and Triangle for percussion, just like with the original, because I didn't want to rely on DPCM too much.

Music originally composed by Takeshi Tateishi
Mega Man © 1987-20XX Capcom

The rich men's fighting frogs.

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Bitchute Mirror: Soon

I AM AN IDIOT. A while back, I said I wasn't going to do Jump Up, Super Star because I thought big band music was annoying to cover. Turns out I was full of it – all I had to do was alternate between the F06 and F03 commands the whole time to get a funky swing beat. Once I realized this, I immediately set out to rectify it, by covering a song from Cuphead that utilized this swing beat to its advantage. I settled on Clip Joint Calamity because it was the only one that came to mind, and while certain parts of it were annoying to work on due to the frequent sax solos, it was a hell of a lot of fun to work on. I think now that my biggest issue is out of the way, I might do more Cuphead tracks in the future.

Also no, I didn't do this because of the DLC campaign being announced last week. The DLC being announced was just a very lucky coincidence.
-Trojan

Cuphead © Studio MDHR 1937-20XX

Normally I'd write something witty here but the joke I had in mind might be too big for this preamble.

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I was gonna upload something else this weekend, but here's the thing: I've been meaning to revisit this track for several months now. I have already done it several years back, but not only was it when I was still new to (and garbage at) Famitracker, there were several things about the song itself that I got completely wrong (for example, the time signature). I'm not proud of it, and I wanted to eventually redo it after working with Famitracker for so long. Ridley FINALLY making it onto the Smash roster gave me the boot in the ass I needed to actually do it.
-Trojan

Metroid © 1986-20XX Nintendo

Famitracker Bits - Lava Reef Zone (Sonic & Knuckles) [VRC6]

Oh no!

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Honestly I wanted to do another Sonic track, so I did one on stream just because. I really wanted to do Hard Times- I mean Ice Cap Zone, but since it's not Christmas yet I decided to hold off and do the polar opposite – that being a lava level. I also recently beat Sonic 3, and while I think it's a lot more coherent overall than Sonic Mania, I prefer the latter due to the amount of things Mania does right over Sonic 3 (namely, some of the bosses in Sonic 3 being a chore to fight).
-Trojan

So I bet you're wondering why I gathered you in this elevator today...

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Today marks the 27th anniversary of the original Battletoads for the NES, and even though I've already technically done a Battletoads track this year, I wanted to do a track to celebrate its birthday this year, just like in 2016 where I did the Revolution in VRC6. I went with Intruder Excluder specifically because its music was something I figured might be fun to try and cover, and it just so happens that this is my second favorite stage in the game (just under Revolution). Also this is one of two tracks I happened to do on stream over a month ago...I hope you don't mind if I made a few alterations due to what I think was an oversight on my part.

In other news, E3's coming up soon, and while I suspect nothing huge will come from Microsoft this year (beyond a potential update/expansion to Cuphead; I'll also settle for a Switch port even if that'll never happen due to legal reasons), I'm still holding out hope for a new Battletoads. I know all too well it'll probably be disappointing even if it does happen, but dammit, Phil Spencer teased it all too long ago, and I refuse to accept that all we're getting are cameos and a re-release.
-Trojan

Music originally composed by David Wise
Battletoads © 1991-20XX Rare Ltd.

Second Famitracker Bits LIVE stream. It was a lot more productive than the first, having gotten two songs under my belt. Also did some Pokemon Showdown, and got an unexpected visit...

2:55 - Pokemon Showdown
56:44 - Start of Famitracker Bits LIVE, Intruder Excluder
2:29:03 - Lava Reef Zone

I'll update this description as soon as these songs actually go live.

Famitracker Bits – Masked Dedede [VRC6]

The King takes his revenge!

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Remember when I said “a bunch of other things happened” when covering King Dedede's Theme? This was one of them. I ended up doing the initial Dedede theme, then I decided “screw it” and did the Masked Dedede theme since I knew I'd want to do it eventually. Then I thought it was too short and tried working the Star Allies version into this somehow, and then a guitar solo happened and I think I went completely overboard with this track. This track was so much fun to work on, that I'm surprised I didn't do it before.

Also as a reminder, this is the last track before I leave for a few...days. I grossly overestimated how long I'd be out of town for. I still won't update until the 1st of June, mainly because I'll be busy both with my other job, and I'll want to try and get a few tracks into a buffer to keep videos going in case stuff happens to prevent me from making any more.

-Trojan

Music originally composed by Jun Ishikawa and Hirokazu Ando
Kirby © 1992-20XX Nintendo

(insert overused Star Wars date joke here)

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Looking at all of the Star Wars video games, there have been plenty of great games (Battlefront 2) as well as several garbage ones (Battlefront 2). As I haven't actually played the JVC Star Wars game for NES, I can't reliably say whether it's the latter or the former, but one thing I will attest to is that Marshall Parker's soundtrack for this game is criminally underrated. As such, while I suspect other chiptune artists might go for songs from the films (probably The Last Jedi, as it's the most recent), I ultimately went with 'Death Star' from THIS game because it's one of the more original-sounding tracks from the soundtrack, and because it sounded like something I'd have more fun with than 'Space Battle + Han Solo and the Princess'. (It also helps that it probably won't get the video slapped with ads because it “includes copyrighted content”?)
-Trojan

Music originally composed by Marshall Parker
Star Wars © 1977-20XX Disney

I'm gonna get you, Kirby!

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I was gonna do something else for last week instead of that Touhou song, but I got lazy. Then this song got stuck in my head again, and I knew Kirby's 31st anniversary was coming up this week so I decided to cover it and adjust my schedule a bit, and got more success out of it. Then a bunch of other things happened and I think I added in the Star Allies version of it? I honestly was really bored a couple Sundays ago. I've also been on a Kirby craze recently, so that might also explain the Kirby tracks I've done lately (not sure if I'm counting the request or not). That being said, I'd like to think I'm proud of this cover. As you might expect, there's also a C-Minor version in the .nsf and .ftm files if you want to listen to that.
-Trojan

Music originally composed by Jun Ishikawa
Kirby © 1992-20XX Nintendo

I'm gonna get me, Kirby!

A soul as red as a ground cherry, and a title that's a little too long to fit into an .nsf file.

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Okay, I'll come clean. When someone asked me to do a track from EoSD for the 500 sub special, I mainly did this song for it because I knew I'd want to do it in full later down the line, and having something already there would make things easier. I also chose this track specifically because it's fun to listen to, and there aren't many straight NES covers of this song. There's the one for the EoSD NES demake that's in development hell, but that's about it as far as I remember.

Also fair warning, I'll be doing a Famitracker Bits stream today at around 4PM EST (1PM my time). I want to get a couple songs taken care of before I leave next month, and I figured since I'm overdue on a Famitracker Bits stream I'll get this done and over with.

-Trojan
Music originally composed by ZUN, you magnificent, kirin-drinking bastard.
Touhou (C) 1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice

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