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Song Information

Artist: L.E.D. fw.堀澤麻衣子
Composition/Arrangement: Toshiyuki Kakuta
Lyrics: Maiko Horisawa, Koshuka
Vocals: Maiko Horisawa
BPM: 175
Length: 2:01
Genre: DRUM & BASS
Movie: Ta-k
First Music Game Appearance: beatmania IIDX 9th style CS
Other Music Game Appearances:


Open my mind, I look up a clear sky
Sun is shining, feeling new days coming

I'm still going, even the world comes to the end
(It) should work, cause I am believing in the truth

Even the world's filled with depression

So I'm coming to the world dreams are born
Taking you to the place with new dreams..

Open the door to tomorrow
Cause I am believing in the truth
Believing in the truth

Song Connections/Remixes

  • PHOTONGENIC shares the same genre and a similar style with the later song DAWN -THE NEXT ENDEAVOUR-, which is also sung by Maiko Horisawa. Both song titles also have a reference to light.
  • A long version of PHOTONGENIC appears on L.E.D.'s first album, 電人K.
    • A R&B remix of PHOTOGENIC by DJ YOSHITAKA, titled PHOTONGENIC -DJ YOSHITAKA Remix-, also appears on 電人K.


  • PHOTONGENIC marks the first appearance of Maiko Horisawa in beatmania IIDX.
  • PHOTONGENIC received an almost entirely new set of charts upon its arcade debut in beatmania IIDX 14 GOLD. Only its Single NORMAL chart carried over.
  • PHOTONGENIC is notoriously louder in volume over nearly every other song in beatmania IIDX 9th style CS. This was later adjusted on the beatmania IIDX 12 HAPPY SKY Original Soundtrack album.

Song Production Information


Surprisingly, the first song I made for beatmania was Drum & Bass.
Niatari helped with the production, while Maiko Horisawa participated with vocals.
I was eager to participate in this production with the opportunity before me.
To match the vocals with the style of the song, I asked Maiko Horisawa to sing, and she accepted the offer.
Mrs. Horisawa is a talented vocalist and singer, and has been active in many genres of music, such as opera.
I think many of you have heard Horisawa singing before.
The title "PHOTONGENIC" is a neologism I made up, combining the words photon, genetic, and photogenic.

Maiko Horisawa

I usually sing songs for other games, so this is the first time that I have sung in a Drum & Bass song by L.E.D.
I enjoyed this so much. We all are so thrilled to share this song to all the Bemani fans.
If you are pleased by the lyrics, you can leave a comment for me.
Also, if you have ZOE for the PS2, can someone help me, since I cannot sing the theme song (^ ^)

Video Production Information


Following 8th style, I was asked to work to make another movie for L.E.D. The impression of the song to me as well as the drum and bass sections and the feminine vocals made me feel as if in space. It was so cute.
On L.E.D.'s urging, I made the movie using the colors he suggested, but the methods of making the movie as well as the short timeline meant that the movie was rushed.
The last time, I finished the movie differently, I think.
Recently, I've noticed that I have been using a lot of blue in my movies.
I can tell that I like this color through my work, but I sometimes think that because of that, my video production is too uptight, I failed to use other colors, and I wasted too much time.

Difficulty & Notecounts

beatmania IIDX difficulty rated from 1 to 7+ in 9th style CS, and 1 to 12 from HAPPY SKY onwards, (Ratings and notecounts obtained from BEMANIWiki 2nd.)

Old Charts

Game SP Difficulty DP Difficulty
Notecounts - 701 1001 1163 - 761 1104 1413 -
beatmania IIDX 9th style CS - 6 7 7 - 7 7+ 7+ -

New Charts

Game SP Difficulty DP Difficulty
Notecounts 294 701 1002 1162 - 747 1086 1409 -
beatmania IIDX 14 GOLD→Present - ↑7 10 10 - 7 9 11 -
beatmania IIDX 14 GOLD CS 3 7 10 10 - 7 9 11 -