The Fate of the Music for Touhou Tenkijou and Muse Genkaroku

Touhou Tenkijou and Muse Genkaroku are the two former names of a project on what is now Tenrai Bakufu, whose GameJolt and itch.io pages are expected to come in late May, just sly of one or two weeks for the Touhou 5: Mystic Square NES Demake is due to release. Late May will mark the release of a music album on Drillimation’s Bandcamp containing music from those two projects when they were in development.

Many songs that were composed for Touhou Tenkijou ended up being repurposed for Chuhou Joutai 3, and one of those songs, Three Nights of Scarlet Abscess, appears in the game’s teaser trailer (watch on YouTube). Most of the songs that were composed for Muse Genkaroku may end up being used in a future Drillimation project, maybe for an RPG starring Touhou Project character Rinnosuke Morichika (who will be named Kourin in-game) that will be published by Whitethorn Digital.

This marks the second time that development had to be restarted. It could take months or even years for this game to be released. Drillimation only had to cancel one project, White Javelin, which was intended to be an Arkanoid clone. That game’s World 1 theme was also going to be the stage 1 theme in Chuhou Joutai 3 before it got replaced by another song that was originally composed for Touhou 3: The Phantasmagoria of Dimensional Dreams NES Demake.

This album will be titled Susumu Takajima’s Memorial Works. It will contain all previous tracks that were composed for those two games. Many of these songs were PC-98 originals, but they were also a few FamiTracker originals. Some may ask why these songs may be repurposed for those projects. Drillimation Systems owns the complete copyright to these songs and not Akira Akagi Games. This means they had the right to use these songs in other projects, much in the same way that Spyro composer Stewart Copeland was able to reuse some of those tracks on The Amanda Show.

Drillimation Systems will continue to compose new music for Tenrai Bakufu and is having high hopes that the game does not get canned a third time.

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