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Song Information

NORTH's pop'n music banner.

Artist: WALL5
Composition/Arrangement: HEIGO TANI
BPM: 138
Length: 1:43
Genre: CELTRANCE (ケルトランス)
Movie: ? (beatmania), VJ GYO (illustrations by GOLI) (beatmania IIDX)
pop'n music Character: fili [16]
pop'n CG designer: shio (new colors and animations)
First Music Game Appearance: beatmania APPEND GOTTAMIX2 ~Going Global~
Other Music Game Appearances:



Song Connections / Remixes

  • A long version of NORTH, titled NORTH (Original), appears on the beatmania APPEND GOTTAMIX2 ~Going Global~ Original Soundtracks and INTERSTATE ROCK albums (where it's simply titled NORTH).
    • The long version of NORTH is slowed down compared to the original, from 138 BPM to 127 BPM, and is also in a lower key (E minor) compared to the original (F# minor).
  • A sequel to NORTH, titled south, appears in DanceDanceRevolution (2013).


  • According to TOMOSUKE's staff comments, NORTH is his favorite beatmania APPEND GOTTAMIX2 ~Going Global~ song.
  • NORTH's overlays were not retained when the song was revived in beatmania IIDX 11 IIDX RED.
  • NORTH is one of the hidden songs pop'n music 16 PARTY♪, unlockable from April 9th, 2008. To unlock it, clear クラゲータ with the 上下さかさま (Jogesakasama) Ojama. NORTH will be available in the SECRET category for your next Stage.
    • As of April 23rd, 2008, it is available by default.
  • NORTH's EX chart in pop'n music is based on its beatmania IIDX Double HYPER chart.
  • Most of fili's animations were recycled from Caring Dance. However, fili received new WIN and LOSE animations, which alongside NORTH's background, are references to NORTH's beatmania APPEND GOTTAMIX2 ~Going Global~ animations.
  • NORTH was one of the new songs from pop'n music 16 PARTY♪ that was cut on the next pop'n music title, along with 20,november and Mighty Guy.
  • NORTH has never been on a CS release of pop'n music.

Music Comment

Irish winds perform a beautiful melody, while the Celtic DNA creates intricate beats, forming a supreme epic trance song.

Song Production Information



This version of beatmania was a compilation of ethnic music, so I was put in charge of Celtic music. I struggled a lot to create the melody, as Celtic music refers to music created by Irish people, with there being various kinds.
I also tried to combine a Celtic-style melody with the currently popular genre of trance, as well as breakbeats to make the beats complex.
Don't get flustered by these complex beats, just do your best to stay on rhythm and succeed at the game.

beatmania IIDX


HEIGO TANI, also known as WALL5, is a popular techno creator and a famous member of the breakbeats unit "CO-FUSION", which is currently attracting attention worldwide, and is an artist I'm personally interested in.
This "CELTRANCE" genre is created by fusing Celtic melodies with trance, which is different from the Goa trance that I (L.E.D.LIGHT) often use (although I think the roots are similar). It's a genre commonly known as Euro trance or epic trance.

It's inspired by elements of German trance and characterized by glittering synth chord sequences and "sweet" melodies, and often includes dreamy female choruses.
Epic (Euro) trance has primarily been popular in Europe from the previous year to this year, but it seems to recently become standardized in clubs on Ibiza, Spain, a famous resort island.
Epic (Euro) trance parties are also held at several clubs in Japan, and they've become very popular.

I highly recommend Epic trance parties for those intending to visit a club for the first time.
I'm sure the easy-to-understand melodies, synth riffs, and dramatic patterns are guaranteed to get the crowd going.
Furthermore, I think it'll be even more exciting if you can possibly visit as a couple.
Eh, but how about me? Of course we both went together... with my male friend (tears).

pop'n music


Hello. wac here somehow.
I wanted to ask L.E.D. (who's currently accepting reservations for Denjin K), to comment on this song since he was associated with it, but anyways, L.E.D.-GGGGG is very busy with Denjin K currently in production, so I'll comment for now.
By the way, NORTH is a song by WALL5 and not L.E.D., so it's not included in "Denjin K". Please be careful. But please buy it.

I didn't work much in pop'n 16 PARTY, but I remember interrupting a meeting to decide the unlock conditions and said "North is opposite the South Pole" and left without saying anything else, this left a good impression that I will pass down.
Well about NORTH, it first appeared in GOTTA2, which I played a lot later, but wac first played this song in beatmania IIDX 4th style, which he was involved in, and I remember being shocked while saying "wow, there's trance like this!". From the nostalgia, I went to look at the official website back then, and I was also there, so I somehow felt very embarrassed. That's why this song is wac's flesh and blood, who was practicing hard at IIDX back then.

These notecharts are based on the Double Play notecharts of that time. The button sounds are mainly drums, which reminded me of the limited space way back then, and makes me feel like a nostalgic old man.
I want to play the interacting harpsichord and strings in the middle section! I thought that, but perhaps you also want the opportunity to play them! So, if you have IIDX data from L.E.D. (who's currently accepting reservations for Denjin K), please tell me! I asked Kondo, who's in charge of the home version (currently accepting reservations for CSIIDXGOLD), where the data was.
Well, he told me the song was from around eight years ago after all, so there's no data.
That's right, I thought so.

It wasn't because it was bothersome! That's my excuse.

Video Production Information


When I heard this song for the first time, nostalgic feelings began welling up in my mind.
Somehow, it reminded me of a sunset when I was a boy.
Celtic and trance (just like that).
It's good. It's a good song.
I won't say much about the animations.
I should've drawn a more beautiful 16-color sky.
I wanted it to be more Celtic-inspired.
I have nothing but regrets about this animation.
Please refer to the animation in GOTTA2 when you play this song.
That version is a masterpiece. I'm going to run away.

Character Information

This music that people call trance, it's not bad at all...


This masterpiece has arrived~. It's nostalgic, yet new.

I searched for the GOTTA MIX 2 page link~, but it seems the homepage has disappeared... pfft, it's gone. If many people know about this, they'll be blessed with pop crossovers.

The animations are a bit nostalgic and sepia colored. And to those who enjoyed playing it in the original game, there's even more joy! And I included other win.lose actions. To those who enjoyed them, it's worth my effort. If you've seen the original movie, it's hard to miss. I also included a straw hat in the illustration.

Please play this song in the game and see the actions for yourself!
← The animation at the left is a special composite only available on our website.

Staff Comments


It's cool~! There are many wonderful crossovers that somehow couldn't be included until now!
I'm embarrassed that I didn't know these songs until they were included in pop'n, but they're many songs I really love.


CELTRANCE has a lovely atmosphere.
It's arrangement gives it a cool plus speedy feeling!
It feels refreshing and exciting to play in pop'n♪


He came up with a good idea for the unlock conditions.. I applaud the staff for coming up with this idea.
But playing with the Sakasama Ojama is difficult.
When I lowered the HI-SPEED to 0.5~1.0, it became quite easy to play.


The "Sakasama Ojama" is certainly difficult.
In such times, I recommend playing it in 5-Button MODE.
Let's try to play "NAN-KYOKU" with the "Jogesakasama Ojama" in 5-Button MODE.
If you can clear it, you can play CELTRANCE using the 5-Button and NORMAL notecharts.

Well... it's already available by default.


Even though this is trance, it's somewhat nostalgic... that's CELTRANCE!
When I thought about the unlock conditions, it's NORTH, so this song is related to directions! So, starting with NAN-KYOKU, I thought that playing PERCUSSIVE, WESTERN, TOKYO ROMAN, HYPER J-POP 2, and finally MFC was excessive, so I decided to use "NAN-KYOKU with Jogesakasama Ojama".
Playing it with the Jogesakasama Ojama is harder than it seems, so I did my best to lower the HI-SPEED and difficulty.
When I actually saw it being played, its conditions were very lovely, with SOUTH and the pop-kun going northward.
By the way, those who read "北上" as "kitakami", often travel on the Tohoku Shinkansen or are from Iwate prefecture.


Huh.. that's really all I can say.

I wonder if it sounds mysterious and somehow lonely? That's my impression of it, but the rapid sounds are cool!! That's what I think.

I had a score battle with TAMA on the NORMAL notechart.
It was difficult to find the timing in the middle section to somehow get COOL to appear!
That's the point!
You should try it too~


This is actually my favorite song from GOTTA MIX 2.
It's personally tied as a masterpiece with "Lovergirl In Summer" from GOTTA MIX.
I remember the final explosion sound being too loud when I adjusted the volume, that I surprised the entire team when they nearly finished development.
But, a boom like this! Isn't it better to sound like this? Is it not good? Is that so?

Difficulty & Notecounts

beatmania difficulty rated from 1 to 9.
beatmania IIDX difficulty rated from 1 to 7 in 4th style, 1 to 7+ from 5th through 9th style, 1 to 8 in 10th style, 1 to 8+ in 11 IIDX RED, and 1 to 12 from 12 HAPPY SKY onwards.
pop'n music difficulty rated from 1 to 43 through pop'n music 20 fantasia. (Ratings and notecounts obtained from KANI KANI CRAB and Pop'n Music Fever.)


Game SP Difficulty DP Difficulty
Normal Hard Another Normal Hard Another
Notecounts 464 - - 793 - -
beatmania APPEND GOTTAMIX2 5 - - 5 - -

beatmania IIDX

Game SP Difficulty DP Difficulty
Notecounts 230 305 466 - - 402 791 - -
beatmania IIDX 4th style - 4 5 - - 4 5 - -
beatmania IIDX 5th style - 4 5 - - ↑5 ↑7 - -
beatmania IIDX 9th style→11 IIDX RED - 4 5 - - 5 7 - -
beatmania IIDX 12 HAPPY SKY→15 DJ TROOPERS - 4 5 - - 5 ↑8 - -
beatmania IIDX 4th style CS - 4 5 - - 4 5 - -
beatmania IIDX 11 IIDX RED CS 3 4 5 - - 5 7 - -

pop'n music

Game Normal Mode Battle Mode
Notecounts 313 335 490 791 337 490
pop'n music 16 PARTY♪ 14 17 26 33 15 21