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Hello everyone reading this! This page is still being updated, but I made it public to hopefully boost some circles on Bandcamp Fridays. A lot of the descriptions are basic or just outright unfinished. If you enjoyed reading this, I hope you'll come back when I've written more.

There are some music styles I'm interested in which have had huge developments in the 2010s and has an underground following with artists all around the world. However, they're pretty much unknown by the Touhou music scene or fans, so I made this page to keep track of their appearances in Touhou music!

Since this page will likely be a lot of people's introduction to those genres, I'm going to write a description of the genres. Then, to show the vibrancy and creativity on display in the genre, I'll note some 2010s developments in the genre.

Oh yeah, I'll also talk about Chinese artists making that genre and Chinese labels where you can find the genre. Cuz let's face it lol, if you're reading this wiki for music info instead of the EN Touhou wiki or TouhouDB, you probably are interested in learning about the country's local music scene. I wanna shill some dope local music to weebs. Maybe we can both get something out of this.

The genre descriptions will necessarily have references and links to other genres and artists. For genre links, I'm linking to the corresponding genre page on the music database Rate Your Music where possible. I've been using that site to explore music for the past few years, and for the most part, the genre descriptions are well-written and researched. Artist links will go to music.

Footwork

"do NOT interrupt a man when he's 4th of july footwerking" - wayneradiotv, dancing to DJ Yung Tell'em's GOD Bless the U.S.A.

RYM genre pages on footwork

Footwork is an EDM subgenre that features chaotic and frantic rhythms made with sub-bass and percussion. It usually has a lot of sampling, and common instruments are snares, tom drums, and handclaps. The genre was developed in 1990s Chicago from juke, a subgenre of ghetto house that's fast and features syncopated rhythms unconventional for house music. Footwork extends juke by taking away the 4/4 kick, pushing away from its house music roots. While the focus on complex rhythmic percussions is similar to breaks-based genres like breakbeat and drum and bass, breaks are not necessary for this genre. The most notable producers in the early era are RP Boo, who is generally agreed to be the genre's creator, and DJ Rashad.

Footwork has become much more internationalized in the 2010s and mixed with a variety of genres, most notably with drum and bass, hardcore, and various post-club developments from the decade. One major subgenre of it is footwork jungle, which incorporates breaks by mixing it with drum and bass. This style was developed by artists in Poland and UK. Another major subgenre is footcore, which combine the genre with breakcore and its plunderphonics-oriented sibling genre mashcore. Notable producers of this include Pencil and Melt Unit. Footcore has gained a sizable audience in Japan, with various compilations on it. Another genre hybrid is footwork rap, with examples in English (another one), Japanese, Korean and Finnish.

There are lots of niche interesting takes on the genre. Artists like Jlin and Five Star Hotel created noisier and more industrial tracks, with the latter combining it with power noise and trap. Vapor musicians such as Vaperror and Acetantina has also created vaporwave-influenced footwork. There are also plenty of artists mixing folk and regional genres in footwork. For example, Japanese group Satanicpornocultshop combines it with East Asian folk music on The Shipboard Gardener, Indonesian-American producer Please combines it with gamelan and dangdut koplo on Bekerja Indo, and Moroccan producer Guedra Guedra combines it with North African music.

All this, and I haven't even mentioned what happens when Vocaloids get added to the mix! Here I very much have to give a shoutout to the producer voltex, whose albums feel like a robot catgirl singing and dancing in mid-air. (Which is to say that the music is quite atmospheric and surreal.)

Some Chinese artists making this style are Damacha (on the album Tuhaojin). You can also hear influences of this genre in albums from post-club labels such as Svbkvlt or Do Hits.

(This list has a bunch of juke tracks on it, consider it a bonus and not me being too lazy to differenciate between the two.)

曲目信息
Rigid Footwork
Rigid Footwork (2012-10-07)
社团:荒御灵
曲目信息
borderline(梶迫小道具店)
Adventures in The Box (Kouki Izumi Remix)
borderline(梶迫小道具店) (2012-12-30)
社团:梶迫小道具店
编曲:和泉幸奇, 梶迫迅八
演唱:Atori
作词:chi-se
原曲:向こう側の月
M33
Transformation in Footwork [04:17]
M33 (2013-12-30)
社团:梶迫小道具店
编曲:T.B.S.A.
原曲:佐渡の二ッ岩
Bakapilation
bakajuke ft. AYA [02:36]
Bakapilation (2014-09-09)
社团:Synthikate
编曲:Stepic
原曲:おてんば恋娘
[ Quadrants of the Scarlet ]
- II - Eyes of Instability [04:02]
[ Quadrants of the Scarlet ] (2016-10-12)
社团:Ecriss
编曲:Ecriss
原曲:U.N.オーエンは彼女なのか?
mixed with artcore
Faith Manufacturer
Ashinaga Footwork
Faith Manufacturer (2016-10-30)
社团:StudioMonoLite
编曲:goma
原曲:明日ハレの日、ケの昨日
東方幻鍵音3 -END OF ILLUSION-
Junction...Passed! [02:11]
東方幻鍵音3 -END OF ILLUSION- (2017-05-07)
社团:Glassy:oceaN
编曲:Yuun
原曲:デザイアドライブ
Incorporeal TOHO Juke trax
Incorporeal TOHO Juke trax (2017-07-09)
社团:デシマルツクモ
メイド ニーソ Footwork remixes a denpa song and adds future bass wubs to it. Shadow Deeper. throws juke beats over a repetitive guided relaxation sample.
GOODS!!
I don't want you that night
GOODS!! (2017-10-15)
社团:Echoes Construction
编曲:Oversleep
原曲:万年置き傘にご注意を
Insane Rabbits EP
三月兎(Juke Remix)
Insane Rabbits EP (2018-03-26)
社团:CHAOS MIXER
编曲:goma
原曲:お宇佐さまの素い幡
GET TO THE STAGE
puzzled [03:07]
GET TO THE STAGE (2018-05-06)
社团:Echoes Construction
编曲:Oversleep
原曲:砕月
[ Dualism ]
Withering and Flowering [05:06]
[ Dualism ] (2018-05-20)
社团:Ecriss
编曲:Ecriss
原曲:古の冥界寺
PATCHOULI KNOWLEDGE RACERS (Direct Audio)
Argyle (Juke Remix by Musicarus) [04:26]
PATCHOULI KNOWLEDGE RACERS (Direct Audio) (2018-12-30)
社团:flap+frog
编曲:イワクラコマキ, Musicarus
原曲:千年幻想郷 ~ History of the Moon
東方双奏音 -RETURN OF PHANTASM-
freaky anchor [02:06]
東方双奏音 -RETURN OF PHANTASM- (2019-05-05)
社团:Glassy:oceaN
编曲:Oversleep
原曲:幽霊客船の時空を越えた旅
或 EP
Two Shoes
或 EP (2019-05-11)
社团:EnigmaStar
编曲:Steiner
原曲:クレイジーバックダンサーズ
TouWHO??
This Room Will Seal Your Fate [03:22]
TouWHO?? (2019-11-29)
社团:Grazepoint
编曲:DeBisco
原曲:いざ、倒れ逝くその時まで
ANIMA
Ceramik Dancefloor
ANIMA (2020-10-11)
社团:Asomosphere
编曲:HAGISOPH
原曲:セラミックスの杖刀人
footcore
touhou speed 2
lol heian gaylien [01:56]
touhou speed 2 (2021-03-22)
社团:808sndmindbreak
编曲:808sndmindbreak
原曲:平安のエイリアン
footcore
蓬莱絵 ~ HŌRAI-E Soundscape
Highspeed Cherryblossom [03:31]
蓬莱絵 ~ HŌRAI-E Soundscape (2021-07-04)
社团:ごんばこんなか
编曲:とらっしゅ
原曲:桜花之恋塚 ~ Flower of Japan
異聞見聞録 上
異聞見聞録 上 (2021-10-30)
社团:miso-nicomi records
Wow damn the Touhou footcore scene is really popping off this year. And in a compilation by a notable Japanese breakcore label too. Going by the crossfade here but the relevant tracks are 2 (Microsecond at the atmosphere), 5 (盛るな) and 6 (FootCoreの未来宇宙). Popular footcore producer pencil is on this but seems to be making breakcore this time.
Kuso AKA Kx $ 0 the Mixtape: "God of Darkness, breathing clouds in the fantasy landscape, etc."
Kuso AKA Kx $ 0 the Mixtape: "God of Darkness, breathing clouds in the fantasy landscape, etc." (2021-12-22)
社团:Yung Aether
Cold, lo-fi cloud rap/trap with footwork instrumentals on tracks 2-4, 10 and 14.

Bonus:

Post-Metal/Blackgaze/"Metalgaze"

Working on this.

(I might separate the two genres since there's actually a lot of developments I want to talk about. The gist is that post-metal is metal that focuses on atmosphere and texture over melody, technical playing or soloing, and blackgaze etc is metal with a hazy, ethereal, shoegaze-influenced sound. Shoegaze influences can also be added to death metal to make deathgaze, or post-metal to make doomgaze. There's also the term metalgaze which only weirdo PR guys use.)

Some Chinese bands making these genres: Dopamine, 虚症 (Asthenia), Reverie Noire, 虚极 (Bliss-Illusion). Deng from Dopamine is the owner of the label Pest Productions, which releases quite a few albums from blackgaze bands around the world.

this article on Weibo talks about other bands

曲目信息
Not Music
紅魔の夢 -Her Past-
Not Music (2009-03-08)
社团:人生の気だるさ日和
编曲:KAT
演唱:KAT, 小松菜
原曲:亡き王女の為のセプテット, U.N.オーエンは彼女なのか?
Listen to the midsection and you'll know why.
サングレイザー
サングレイザー (2013-12-30)
社团:denshūto
morningview
morningview (2014-12-29)
社团:the distant journey to you
post-rock/post-metal fusion
TOHO DUALITY
TOHO DUALITY (2015-08-14)
社团:denshūto, Hyperdimension!
denshūto side is post-metal
Snowdrop(アオイツキヲミテタ)
Snowdrop(アオイツキヲミテタ) (2016-04-02)
社团:アオイツキヲミテタ
the circle says that they make post-metal, but most of their works are post-rock with indie rock and j-screamo vocal influences.
Stargazing
Stargazing (2017-10-15)
社团:Karasu
first three tracks
OhDrearyWearyRedEyes
She is constantly having to guide me through the world [09:33]
OhDrearyWearyRedEyes (2017-12-31)
社团:Hyperdimension!
编曲:fumo
原曲:U.N.オーエンは彼女なのか?
post-metal with slight blackgaze influences
The Winter of My Heart
The Hardest Struggle [04:56]
The Winter of My Heart (2018-06-07)
社团:Akane
编曲:Akane
原曲:廃獄ララバイ
untitled split 3
untitled split 3 (2018-08-10)
社团:denshūto, Hyperdimension!, the distant journey to you
tracks 1 and 3
有形霧消の『 』
有形霧消の『 』 (2018-10-14)
社团:マッコ屋
M@coSAKi makes arrangements in more experimental genres, including artsy pop, electronics-heavy post-rock, IDM, and atmospheric breakcore. The music here is mostly a post-rock/post-metal mix. kinda hard to tell with the guitar tones but it's there.
Lunar War Chronicles Vol. 1
Lunar War Chronicles Vol. 1 (2021-04-30)
社团:GENSOKYOxDEFECATOR
doom metal with post-metal influences

Bonus:

  • One of the earliest Japanese blackgaze artists is つきしま, who is part of the Metaluna circle.
  • Brazilian blackgaze/post-rock/depressive breakcore artist F1D31 has a remix of Pierrot of the Star-Spangled Banner.
  • Scottish blackgaze/trip hop/EDM artist Magogaio has a remix of Tonight Stars An Easygoing Egoist. Their demo is on this wiki because of it, though for obvious reasons their more recent works aren't.
  • If you want to talk about Touhou hijacks, Russian blackgaze artist Justin Giger sampled Chirumiru on their 2010 album Akrasia. No, the year is not a typo.

Vapormusic

I wrote the following blurb in mid 2020 when I had a sudden interest in vaporwave and it's surrounding movement. Unfortunately I didn't really do anything with that. whooooops. But I listened to some nice stuff and learned what appeals to me and what doesn't, so it's fine. The movement did give birth to some of the most interesting ambient music and EDM of the 2010s, so I hope you have a lot of fun exploring it!

RYM genre pages on vaporwave (includes broken transmission and mallsoft), vapor (includes future funk, vaportrap, hardvapour and dreampunk. possibly brone/brobient in the future?)
Maybe it's because quarantine does weird things to the brain, but recently I've found the whole vaporwave phenomenon intriguing. It defined a significant part of the musical underground of the 2010s, but the public perception of it is so memetic that there's a lot of stereotypes.
For one, the genre isn't all based on nostalgia or a early Windows/90s Japanese Anime/old statues/glitch art aesthetic. (glad I was wrong on that one!)It's also no longer inherently a sampling-based genre as the genre developed (since like 2012, even).
Part of this, then, is to find out how the Touhou fanbase understand the genre, but also to document the growth of Touhou vapormusic, at least for stuff recorded on the wiki.

(This is where I'm supposed to talk about Chinese vaporwave producers, but the cryptic nature of the scene means that it's almost impossible to tell if an artist is from where their Bandcamp says they're from. So, you're better off searching on your own.)

曲目信息
水の流れるまちづくり
水の流れるまちづくり (2011-10-30)
社团:doublingworks
Not really vapormusic, but people might consider this utopian virtual.

So here's an oddity in the Touhou music world, released before the whole vaporwave genre blew up in 2012. The circle describes the music style as the type of music that was used in 90s educational videos about water purification plants. Of course, it's MIDI-sounding music. As the arrangements are focused on a very specific style of sound, rather than taking influences from 90s cheesy corporate/MIDI music in general, it's not really utopian virtual. But I feel like it's still important to mention.

Unfortunately the album was lost in The Great TDMD Booth Purge of 2019, but you can still listen to the crossfade.
曲目信息
Gensokyo Underground Funk
Gensokyo Underground Funk (2017-07-29)
社团:Zextillion
Dense and energetic future funk with influences from the Jet Set Radio soundtrack.
曲目信息
Mandala Retrowave Remixes
Mandala (Violet Delta's Vaporwave Edit) [05:02]
Mandala Retrowave Remixes (2017-11-05)
社团:Frozen Starfall
编曲:Frozen Starfall, Violet Delta
演唱:Sasi
作词:Sasi
原曲:東方封魔録 ~浄土曼荼羅
TouhouWave - 【Bad Dream Incident】
TouhouWave - 【Bad Dream Incident】 (2018-10-03)
社团:Stas Gavrik
Horror vaporwave? The track structures are mostly the originals played slowly, but the detuned notes and synth choices help establish the horror mood.
幻想郷深夜ドライブ Vol.1
幻想郷深夜ドライブ Vol.1 (2018-10-14)
社团:Violet Delta
Might have some dreampunk influences
Danmaku Luminary
Danmaku Luminary (2018-11-10)
社团:Camarena No Signal
Broken transmission. The samples are filtered in a way that sounds distant and barely warm. Most of the tracks feels like being at a party that's out of energy, and some tracks are edited to sound like ambient. And then there's Rabbit Authority, a track that only keeps the vocals from the original sampled song and makes it the focus of the track.
Function -TO-HO EDM ARRANGE PACKAGE-
航海1996 [04:59]
Function -TO-HO EDM ARRANGE PACKAGE- (2019-05-05)
社团:dat file records
编曲:outlogic
原曲:ヴォヤージュ1969
Absolute Zero: Perfect 9
My Darling Girl ~ The Frozen Lolita! (Vaporwave Version) [09:09]
Absolute Zero: Perfect 9 (2019-09-09)
社团:Violet Delta
编曲:Erica-Angelina Kanarska-Sabat
原曲:おてんば恋娘
little girls are hell
little girls are hell (2020-06-02)
社团:Dexid
The music here is more "sound collage using the original OST" than vapor but some of the manipulations feel pretty vaporwave-ish. Gets more experimental on the second half.
Are you sure you want to delete all feelings?
Are you sure you want to delete all feelings? (2020-08-09)
社团:ξ
I think とらっしゅ (torash) can be considered the most notable Touhou vaporwave producer. They've released mallsoft as their circle ごんばこんなか and makes music for the mallsoft collab circle 菫 レ Corp..


ξ is torash's other circle which is all about the didgeridoo instrument. This album mixes vaporwave into the circle's style, and the resulting style is called Didgeriwave.
東方無限の蒸気夢 ~ Sweet forgotten dream
東方無限の蒸気夢 ~ Sweet forgotten dream (2020-08-19)
社团:Soulvapor
vapor-chiptune
东方PORTSOFT
东方PORTSOFT (2020-10-11)
社团:ごんばこんなか
mallsoft
SATELLITE VIRTUAL PLAZA
SATELLITE VIRTUAL PLAZA (2020-11-22)
社团:菫 レ Corp.
mallsoft
魂のネキシー
魂のネキシー (2020-12-30)
社团:NEXUS⁶⁴
MOON BASE MALL
MOON BASE MALL (2020-02-05)
社团:ごんばこんなか
mallsoft
Three Fairies of Light
Three Fairies of Light (2021-07-03)
社团:Heaven Topology
Utopian virtual themed around the titular fairies of light. Each track is made up of mini-sections with lots of different moods. Also check out the artist's other albums!
Anaglywave 東方青赤波
Anaglywave 東方青赤波 (2021-08-28)
社团:ξ
More Didgeriwave, produced with chopped and screwed techniques. This one has a semi-subtle theme about playing a video game.
PERPETUAL永久の
PERPETUAL永久の (2021-10-01)
社团:ごんばこんなか
yeah there's a touhou vaporwave collab album now. we're living in the future baby


According to torash's Twitter comment, the compilation doesn't involve illegal sampling.
Omen(予兆)
Omen(予兆) (2021-11-03)
社团:2,418
Remix of a track from PERPETUAL永久の by 2,418 (which is a collab project between Torash and producer SHE) with some atmospheric drum and bass more atmosphere at the end
( ( (低) ) )
( ( (低) ) ) (2021-11-05)
社团:予報士`94
A broken transmission album (well, that's how it sounds to me. The artist calls it weathersoft/climatewave) by a mysterious producer 予報士`94. Listening to it feels like watching the weather channel while you're half awake. It even has an AI voice synthesizer doing announcements!
PERPETUAL☑☑☑
PERPETUAL☑☑☑ (2021-11-28)
社团:ごんばこんなか
remix album of PERPETUAL永久の
Unsealing a Better World
Unsealing a Better World (2022-01-10)
社团:ごんばこんなか
inspired by 猫 シ Corp. and t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者's dreampunk album Building a Better World
美的セプテントリオン (2022-01-10)
社团:ごんばこんなか
永恒循环
永恒循环 (2022-01-11)
社团:互动导游机器龙

Bonus:

  • この海外東方アレンジがすごい! is a doujinshi that talks about various overseas Touhou music artists. There's a column on vaporwave, as well as an interview with Zextillion by the writer 長久手 (長久手小牧場). This is also where the 水の流れるまちづくり to vaporwave connection came from and so I have to give credit to them.
    • Also, one of the artists mentioned in the book now makes video game music themed juke/footwork, with some Touhou-related titles. Not remixes, though.
  • Here are some lesser-known vapor artists that I recommend: Euglossine (glossy midi-wave), Yvyy (vapor-blackgaze), PcUniverse (future funk; this album has a spacesynth/tracker music sound), Lost Cascades (utopian virtual/imaginary video game soundtracks)
  • actually, check my RYM collection for stuff I like. I'm not interested in future funk but it looks like I listen to more vaportrap than expected...
  • actually actually, torash posts a lot of vaporwave recommendations on their Twitter, so go there instead.