Uploaded on May 15, 2009
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A Re-arrangement of Septette For The Dead Princess
From the game Touhou Koumakyou - Embodiment of Scarlet Devil
Originally composed and arranged by ZUN
Rearrangement by ARPEGGIO (http://homepage3.nifty.com/LAS/)
Further Rearrangement and enhancements by Orochi Herman and Justus Johnston
Rendered in Roland SC-8850 and Korg Wavestation by Justus Johnston
Illustrations by kurokarasu (pixiv id: 360751) and aogiri (pixiv id: 292846)
Justus belongs to the OverClocked ReMix group, perhaps long before I met him in the Shrinemaiden Forums. I presented him with the MIDI file I enhanced from Arpeggio's original. What I edited here is that I extended some parts that played too briefly, and altered some of the tempo.
Little did I know then that the MIDI was rendered with Roland SC-8850, the same synthesizer class ZUN uses as well, encoded with the Roland GS extensions standard; regular MIDIs will not be able to read special expressions that it uses, except for my software synthesizer that time, which was a Yamaha S-YXG50 SoftSynthesizer. (Justus told me Yamaha recognizes some of the Roland GS stuff in its own implementation of MIDI extensions, their XG system).
Justus took a look at the MIDI and my then-sucky FL Studio render of it, and decided to render the MIDI in SoundCanvas to show to me how it was meant to sound. Surely, he found flaws in the original as well and decided to soup it up. The flaws include mistimed effects-- I had no idea that time if I mangled the MIDI or it was simply flawed (and in later comparison, I did not. Justus apparently traced the MIDI file too on his own and found its author, Arpeggio).
He then came back with an enhanced version of the music, this time, pulling all stops to make the music more epic than Arpeggio had in mind at that time-- only the tempo was a bit off.
After one more revision, this is now the music that you are listening to. It was rendered back in 2006, but why only now is it being exhibited? Blame real life for that. :P
I'd like to also acknowledge, most of all, Arpeggio, for creating one of the most epic arrangements of septette I've ever heard. MIDIs and SoundCanvas alone isn't enough to do justice on this fine symphony.
UPDATE: For those who wanted the MP3, grab it here: http://www.mediafire.com/file/z2zzfbz...