When looking up PC-98 Touhou music, I found a cover called 'Le Fleur in Cage', a piano cover of Alice in Wonderland with wonderful French vocals. I then decided to look up the song it was based on, and I was struck by how beautiful it was. Then I realized the 20th anniversary of Mystic Square was coming up, put two and two together and streamed myself covering this song. This was intended to be the last song made for 2018, and it's still the last one I'm releasing this year, but unfortunately Melrode got in the way of those plans.
Covering the main melody wasn't the issue in this case. Rather, it was the backing instrumentation that caused me the biggest problems. At the time I was working on it, I completely forgot I could just look up the game's music room and take notes from there, but since I was streaming it I couldn't exactly record footage of it due to ZUN's guidelines for recording Touhou games. I also implemented alternating F0X commands to make some of the notes run better at ~140BPM, as doing it without made the timing a little off. Hopefully, with all of that, this track still turned out well.
And that will do it for 2018! I'll be taking a break on video uploads until January 25th, after which weekly uploads will resume. Happy New Year, and here's to a great 2019! -Trojan