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This page is for the Thomas Howard Lichtenstein song titled Circles. For the Busface feat. Madamoiselle EB song of the same title, please see Circles (Busface feat. Madamoiselle EB).


Song Information

Circles' jacket.

Artist: Thomas Howard Lichtenstein
Composition/Arrangement/Lyrics/Vocals/Chorus/Other Instruments & Programming: Thomas Howard Lichtenstein
Guitars: Hirayama Kunitsugu
Mixing: Mutsuhiko Izumi
Album: Even More Now (2006)
BPM: 120
Length: 1:43
Movie: もっちー (illustrations by 岩田幸之)
First Music Game Appearance: GuitarFreaks V3 & DrumMania V3
Other Music Game Appearances: None.


Feels like I'm going around in circles
Feels like I'm spinning upside down
Feels like I'm going around in circles
Feels like I'm spinning upside down

But I know... it's just you
Doing what you always do
And it's easy to see
What do you to me

Tell you I don't know why
Feels like I could touch the sky
And it's easy to see
What do you to me

Song Connections / Remixes



Circles' banner.
  • Circles is Thomas Howard Lichtenstein's first BEMANI song composed by himself.
  • Despite being a licensed song, Circles was sorted among KONAMI original songs in the GuitarFreaks & DrumMania series until GuitarFreaks V5 & DrumMania V5.

Song Production Information

Thomas Howard Lichtenstein

About the song "Circles":

I was walking home from the train station after work one night. It was dark and no one was around.
I found my self humming a bluesy kind of melody.
"What's that?" I wondered. I started adding words to it as I walked. "Feels like I'm going around in circles/ feels like I'm spinning upside down..."
The lyrics are about how a woman can make you feel crazy :-)

I liked the sound of it, so I came up with verse to go with the refrain.
Then I thought, hey... this melody would sound great with a 70's style soul/funk/M.O.R. groove.
So, when I got home I started playing around with keyboard parts and drumbeats on my computer until I came up with a groove that seemed to fit the song perfectly.
I worked on it until 6 in the morning!

Then I sent the track to my friend Hirayama Kunitsugu san and asked him to add some guitar parts.

I didn't think this was a typical track you would hear in GF or DM, because it's pretty laid back but I sent it to KONAMI anyway.
To my surprise they decided to include it in the games!

I want to especially thank Izumi Mutsuhiko san for his help with the mix and re-working the arrangement (length) on "Circles" so it would fit in the game format. He has a magic touch!

I hope you all have a lot of fun playing drums, guitar, and bass along with this song and its relaxed 70's feel. Thanks for playing!


Thomas Howard Lichtenstein composed and wrote Circles. I received the comments from Thomas himself! Of course, they're in English! But the English is simple enough for everyone to enjoy it in the game! You should read them!
In short, "after work I came up with a melody and lyrics that I like, all at once! Everyone, enjoy this song!" pretty much.... (Too short!?)

Video Production Information


Difficulty & Notecounts

GF/DM difficulty rated from 1 to 99. (Ratings obtained from BEMANIWiki 2nd.)

Game Drum Guitar Bass Open
Basic Advanced Extreme Basic Advanced Extreme Basic Advanced Extreme Basic Advanced Extreme
Notecounts 271 450 606 226 309 309 233 233 - 226 309 309
GF/DM V5→V8 23 39 44 23 30 47 20 25 - 24 30 48