Apr 162016
 

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Overview: STRLabel is a big electronic music label (doujin circle). It covers really various genres, from Disco, House and Progressive Trance to Drum’n’Bass, with many unique sounding composers. You can also find some instrumental tracks from sweez & Meine Meinung which are pretty famous for its Final Fantasy arranges and charming acoustic sound. Members: sweez, tigerlily, roop, DOT96, cybermiso, nini. Many other famous artists like Kenichi Chiba, satella, ag and Ryo Nakamura are also participating on STRLabel albums.

Official site, Bandcamp

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Jan 102016
 

Current version: 2.0-2.1.
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Overview: Big label, which works with well-known vocalists such as Haruka Shimotsuki, Chata, Katakiri Rekka, Aki Misawa, Chie Fukami, Noriko Mitose, Annabel and composers like onoken, bermei.inazawa, Hiroyuki Ooshima etc.
ACI, VAD, VAF are the series with mainly relaxing music. VAT series have lots of electronic tracks made by onoken. VOI is the main series, containing more poppish and rock music.
The latest works (in the 空想活劇 series) include tracks by various artists working in a wide range of genres (from kukui and butaotome to Rokugen Alice and beatmario). This label is also known for Higurashi no naku koro ni series songs.

Official site

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May 232015
 

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Current version: 1.0.
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Overview: Foxtail-Grass Studio is a doujin circle that focuses on instrumental/orchestral/folk/bossa nova arranges for touhou. The sound is refreshing and relaxing, but it can also get some rich and deep notes. ハム (ham) is the single member of the circle, doing most of the job. The discography also includes joint projects with Forest306 & みかん箱 (FMFT series) and みかん箱 (MBFG series). You should check it if you like 狐の工作室 and DDBY.
Official site.

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Apr 122015
 

Current version: 1.0.
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Overview: OrangeCoffee circle focuses on jazzy, bossa nova, house and electronic touhou arranges. And if you like DDBY, you will like this circle as well. How about a cup of morning coffee, an afternoon tea or maybe evening caffellatte set? Go get you some while listening to the circle’s relaxing sound.
Official site.

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Feb 182015
 

Current version: 1.0.
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Overview: WAVE is a doujin circle led by Morrigan, multi-skilled composer and arranger. Circle works include many arrange or thematic albums such as Touhou, TYPE-MOON, Key etc. In the early ages, Morrigan was more focused on electronic music (jungle, drum’n’bass, breakcore, experimental etc), but later switched to orchestral, rock, instrumental music, and so on. He works with many vocalists like Rekka Katakiri (片霧烈火), Haruka Shimotsuki (霜月はるか), Norico Mitose, Aki Misawa (三澤秋), Chata (茶太) and many more. 2011 became another turning point for the circle: a new, extremely talented vocalist Lily (リリィ) made her appearance and became a member of WAVE soon. She is a chorus and soprano singer in GUST‘s hymmnos style.
Official site

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Jan 182015
 


Current version: 1.0.
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Overview: GUST Sound Team is a term to decribe the musicians who work on music for GUST games: Atelier, Ar tonelico series, and the following Surge Concerto. They are known for their unique atmospheric soundtracks, which consist of infinite number of genres: folk, rock, electronic music, soprano-choir songs, jazz, and many many more. The main members of the team are Akira Tsuchiya (leader, the creator of Hymmnos language), Ken Nakagawa, and Daisuke Achiwa. The main vocalists for the soundtracks are: Haruka Shimotsuki, Akiko Shikata, and Noriko Mitose. This discography consists of Original Soundtracks for every game, vocal albums, main song singles, official arrange albums, and bonus audio CDs. Continue reading »

Oct 202014
 


Current version: 1.0

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Overview: DDBY is a doujin circle created by Bizen in 2008. “You can find nice musics here” is a slogan of the official DDBY site. And it’s actually accurate. DDBY is focused on thematic instrumental or electronic music and well-known for its chill off, relaxing, jazzy, lounge and bossa nova touhou arranges from Cafe de Touhou series (albeit they also have original, non touhou series like Kutsurogi time or RelaxTime). Apart from this, you can find classic piano, 8-bit arranges and many other. Recent albums consist of many artists, also “Iyashi no Kaze” compilation series was started together with Crest and other circles.

Official site

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Oct 202014
 


Current version: 1.0

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Overview: 狐の工作室 (Fox Factory, Fox Laboratory, Kitsune’s Workshop — whoever came up with all these translations) is a doujin circle that mainly focuses on orchestral arranges for touhou, kancolle and other games. Their music can contain either tranquil piano pieces or epic and aggressive leads.
Official site

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Jul 132014
 


Current version: 1.0

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Overview:  Akiko Shikata is an avant-garde folk artist. She has a very personal music style, basically a mix of ethnic folk and neoclassical darkwave, in which she likes to use her multi-faceted soprano voice as an instrument, among other oddities. Known for her eclecticism that can be confusing at times, she has covered many styles that go from experimental rock to jazz, symphonic metal, ambient, progressive pop, industrial and classical music, as well as many subgenres of folk, just to name a few. However, most of her songs have in common an ethnic vibe, a non-linear, progressive structure with stylistic, tone and rhythm changes, quirky dissociated choirs and/or layered vocals at some point or another, simultaneous use of low and high vocals, and a lot of them could be labeled as neoclassical ©last.fm. She’s well-known for her Hymmnos chorus songs that made wide appearance on GUST games (Ar Tonelico, Ciel nosurge) together with Shimotsuki Haruka. She’s also owning doujin circle called VAGRANCY that has a long history starting from 2001. Akiko Shikata releases her orgel music on the circle, but not only.
Akiko Shikata’s Official site, VAGRANCY official site.

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Jun 222014
 


Current version: 2.0

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Overview: Aki no Sora is a doujin circle created in 2008 by Aki Misawa (三澤秋). She’s singing and writing lyrics for all of her songs. She has connections with many circles such as Sound Online, Alstroemeria Records, ALiCE’s EMOTiON, WAVE and axsword. Thus, you can find that many songs were composed by onoken, Morrigan, Tsukasa and other well-known composers such as bermei.inazawa or naotyu-. Aki Misawa has gentle voice that fits very well not only with piano and instrumental music, but with electronic music as well. Four Seasons series is my favourite part of this discography, notable with its amazing instrumental tracks and touching lyrics.
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