DDR TAGMIX -LAST DanceR-
DDR TAGMIX -LAST DanceR-
Artist: BEMANI Sound Team "TAG underground overlay UNLEASHED"
First Music Game Appearance: DanceDanceRevolution A20 PLUS
Other Music Game Appearances: None.
Song Connections / Remixes
- DDR TAGMIX -LAST DanceR- is a medley of various TAG songs featured in the DanceDanceRevolution series. The songs featured are:
- Another Phase (DanceDanceRevolution (2013)).
- roppongi EVOLVED (DanceDanceRevolution HOTTEST PARTY3 / DanceDanceRevolution X2 CS).
- SABER WING (DanceDanceRevolution X).
- Take A Step Forward and TSUBASA (DanceDanceRevolution II and DanceDanceRevolution (2014), respectively).
- Hopeful (DanceDanceRevolution A).
- Show me your moves (DanceDanceRevolution A).
- AWAKE (DanceDanceRevolution (2014)).
- PARANOiA Revolution (DanceDanceRevolution X3 VS 2ndMIX).
- POSSESSION (DanceDanceRevolution X2).
- The Replicant D-action voice soundbite from DanceDanceRevolution X2 can also be heard during this part.
- ACE FOR ACES (DanceDanceRevolution A).
- London EVOLVED ver.C (DanceDanceRevolution II).
- Over The “Period” (DanceDanceRevolution (2014)).
- Various sounds from DanceDanceRevolution (credits inserted, start, the DanceDanceRevolution 2ndMIX record scratching sound) can be heard in DDR TAGMIX -LAST DanceR- as well, during Show me your moves' part.
- The explosion sound effect heard at the end of DDR TAGMIX -LAST DanceR- was earlier used in PARANOIA EVOLUTION, from DanceDanceRevolution Solo BASS MIX.
- DDR TAGMIX -LAST DanceR- was one of the GOLDEN LEAGUER PLUS' PRIVILEGE rewards by having achieved GOLD CLASS (ゴールドクラス) in DanceDanceRevolution A20 PLUS' GOLDEN LEAGUE PLUS (ゴールデンリーグ) 13th Period. It could be played from February 16th, 2022.
- Since June 15th, 2022 in DanceDanceRevolution A3, it could be played by having achieved SILVER CLASS (シルバークラス) instead.
- Since November 2nd, 2022, it could be played by having achieved BRONZE CLASS (ブロンズクラス) instead.
- Since March 22nd, 2023, it is available for all players by default.
- DDR TAGMIX -LAST DanceR- marks Yasuhiro Taguchi's final song in the DanceDanceRevolution series.
- In a similar manner to PARANOiA Revolution's EXPERT charts, DDR TAGMIX -LAST DanceR-'s charts feature sections of past DanceDanceRevolution songs' charts, mainly songs composed and/or arranged by TAG, with all of the song's charts using the 180 BPM of PARANOiA Revolution's charts during the 100 BPM section in the middle of the song:
- Song comments for DDR TAGMIX -LAST DanceR- were posted on TAG's blog.
- TAG mentions that the title is a homage to DanceDanceRevolution's earlier sequel titles, such as 2ndMIX and 3rdMIX, as well as to his fictional version of a DanceDanceRevolution spinoff, DanceDanceRevolution TAGMIX.
- He wanted to include all of his songs from SABER WING all the way to his final new composition for beatmania IIDX, ILAYZA, akin to TЁЯRA's Dance Dance Revolution featuring TЁЯRA ～NON STOP MEGAMIX～ from their RЁVOLUTIФN album, but could not fit them all in a two minute song.
- DDR TAGMIX -LAST DanceR- is available in DanceDanceRevolution GRAND PRIX's GRAND PRIX mode from July 6th, 2023, by purchasing the BPL S2 music pack vol.4 (BPL S2楽曲パック vol.4).
Song Production Information
Since I was allowed to make one last song, I decided to do something I had wanted to do for a long time.
The early DDR soundtracks were tied up with Dancemania, and Disc-1 was synonymous with the regular soundtrack and Disc-2 was a nonstop megamix.
I really liked this and thought that when the TAG album came out, I would make Disc-2 a nonstop megamix. As it turned out, said album never came out, but I thought I'd try to make this nonstop megamix into a two-minute song.
I wanted to include all of the TAG songs that debuted on DDR, but I couldn't fit them all in, so I put together a lineup that emphasized the composition of the songs, their connections, and my feelings about them.
When you hear the title DDR TAGMIX, you might think that it's a TAG version of DDR MEGAMIX. Yes, there is that nuance, but it has another meaning.
It's a fictional version of DDR featuring TAG.
In the early days, the version names were counted as a number + mix, such as 2ndMIX, 3rdMIX, and so on, and I took advantage of this and called it TAGMIX because it's TAG.
In this TAGMIX version, all the songs, system BGM, voices, etc. are made by TAG.
I thought of a storyline where the TAG album to be released later is an album by an individual artist, but it's also the soundtrack to the fictional game "DanceDanceRevolution TAGMIX", and since it's a DDR soundtrack, Disc-2 is a nonstop megamix.
In fact, if a TAG album was ever released, I was rather serious about naming it "DanceDanceRevolution TAGMIX Original Soundtrack".
Come to think of it, TЁЯRA also tied up with a fictitious version in the form of "Dance Dance Revolution featuring TЁЯRA ～NON STOP MEGAMIX～" on their first album, and what they did is the same as this.
I think that the title and artist names made the designers cry, but the origins of each are as follows:
First seen in roppongi EVOLVED. It came from the tradition of the Wii DDR games to add "underground" to the artist names of their boss songs.
After that, I decided to add this suffix whenever I made a hard song for a game.
First seen in Over The “Period”. At that time, there was a negative rumor that DDR would end its service upon the appearance of MAX.(period) in arcades, so I named it with the intention of overriding that rumor.
When I was working on this song, a new Gundam model was announced. Its name was "PG UNLEASHED 1/60 RX-78-2 GUNDAM". It's the culmination of PG (PERFECT GRADE), which is the highest grade.
UNLEASHED means "set free", and there was nothing more appropriate to express my current feelings.
In the first draft, I was going to put it in the title, but later I came up with the string "LAST DanceR", so I decided to put it in the artist name instead.
As mentioned above, it can mean two things: a TAG version of DDR MEGAMIX, or a fictional DDR version featuring TAG.
From the name of the ultimate aircraft in R-TYPE FINAL, the (then) final entry of the classic side-scrolling shooting series "R-TYPE". The name of the operation to protect the Earth from space threats, Operation Last Dance, was already an exciting development, but the name of the aircraft that would do it was very influential at the time.
It was named "LAST DanceR" because it was the last song to be provided to a dance game called DDR. It's a very simple reason, but I thought there was nothing better than this.
By the way, the mixed case letters in "DanceR" are borrowed from the name of Dance"DanceR"evolution, which is one of my favorite games.
Why do you need KONAMI ORIGINAL songs?
I ended my comment on Over The “Period” there because I wanted to leave it to your imagination without making any definite decision, since I'm sure that each reader would have their own interpretation and feelings about it.
If there are any words after that, I would continue it with "Because I love BEMANI and DDR".A story that begins with an "A" and ends with a "period".
Difficulty & Notecounts
DanceDanceRevolution difficulty rated from 1 to 20 from X onwards. (Notecounts obtained from BEMANIWiki 2nd.)
|Notecounts / Freeze Arrows / Shock Arrows||142 / 21||374 / 38||540 / 51||708 / 22||- / - / -||339 / 34||462 / 50||616 / 18||- / - / -|
|DanceDanceRevolution A20 PLUS||6||11||14||16||-||11||14||17||-|
|DanceDanceRevolution GRAND PRIX||6||11||14||17||-||11||14||17||-|