Taku Sakakibara

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Taku Sakakibara

Taku Sakakibara

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Taku Sakakibara (born August 5th, 1975) is one of the biggest names in beatmania IIDX despite his long absence from the series. Friends with both dj TAKA and Osamu Kubota, his music is known for its full sound and more complex rhythms compared to some other beatmania IIDX artists. He stopped composing for beatmania IIDX in 2004 shortly after 10th style to focus on other musical endeavors outside of video game music, some of which are available to listen to on his website listed above. He did, however, provide two pop'n music songs with German lyrics after his departure.

Outside of BEMANI, Taku has provided music for the Korean MMO Granado Espada Rennaisance together with Osamu Kubota. Taku has done arrangements for the KINGDOM HEARTS series as well. He is also owner of the ongaq studio, recording studio used by onoken among other artists.

Trivia

  • TaQ is pronounced "TAH-ku".
  • Born in Germany, TaQ is notable for being fluent in German, as shown with his singing in Distress in German, as well as his lyrics for various pop'n music songs in German.
  • TaQ and dj TAKA have been friends since middle school.
  • TaQ was rumored to be in pop'n music Sunny Park, as his ongaq website notes "pop'n music 21" on the list of music he's worked on. However, no known song of his appears in the final version of the game.
  • TaQ appeared on Diverse System's RADIAL album with the track RADIAL; this is his first time using the TaQ alias for songwriting purposes in over a decade.

Aliases

BEMANI Songs

Song Artist Game Genre Composition Arrangement Lyrics Vocals
RELEASE YOUR MIND TaQ beatmania completeMIX 2 TRANCE - -
TetraQ TaQ beatmania completeMIX 2 ACID BEATS - -
Digital MinD (A/T Libra mix) TaQ beatmania IIDX 2nd style MINIMAL - -
Electro Tuned (the SubS mix) TaQ beatmania IIDX 2nd style BIG BEAT - -
Indigo Vision (full flavour hide around mix) TaQ beatmania IIDX 2nd style GOA TRANCE - -
era (nostalmix) TaQ beatmania IIDX 3rd style DRUM'N'BASS - -
era (step remix) TaQ beatmania IIDX 3rd style DRUM'N'BASS - - -
Holic TaQ beatmania IIDX 3rd style HARD TECHNO - -
Schlagwerk TaQ beatmania IIDX 3rd style BIG BEAT - -
Schlagwerk (Terror-mix) TaQ beatmania IIDX 3rd style BIG BEAT - - -
DXY! TaQ beatmania IIDX 4th style TECHNO - -
empathy TaQ beatmania IIDX 4th style DRUM'N'BASS - -
era (step mix) TaQ beatmania IIDX 4th style DRUM'N'BASS - - -
Voltage (feat. Hidemaru) TaQ beatmania IIDX 4th style BIG BEAT - -
QQQ TaQ beatmania IIDX 5th style TECHNO - -
Radical Faith TaQ beatmania IIDX 5th style BIG BEAT - -
still my words TaQ feat. Meg beatmania IIDX 5th style AMBIENT - -
sync OutPhase (TaQ/dj TAKA) beatmania IIDX 5th style TRANCE - -
Summer Vacation (CU mix) OutPhase beatmania IIDX 6th style TRIP HOP - -
Gravity TaQ beatmania IIDX 7th style BIG BEAT - -
stoic TaQ beatmania IIDX 7th style TECHNO - -
traces TaQ beatmania IIDX 7th style TRANCE - -
abstract TaQ beatmania IIDX 8th style BIG BEAT - -
symbolic TaQ beatmania IIDX 8th style TECHNO - -
Distress dj TAKA Remixed by TaQ beatmania IIDX 9th style MIXTURE -
Karma TaQ beatmania IIDX 9th style DRUM'N'BASS - -
quasar OutPhase beatmania IIDX 9th style TRANCE - -
Changes TaQ beatmania IIDX 10th style PSYCHEDELIC TRANCE - -
Innocent Walls TaQ beatmania IIDX 10th style TECHNO - -
sync (EXTREME version) OutPhase DanceDanceRevolution EXTREME - - - -
stoic (EXTREME version) TaQ DanceDanceRevolution EXTREME - - - -
Jack DesQ pop'n music 10 MIXTURE - -
Der Wald エレハモニカ pop'n music 13 カーニバル DARK OPERA - - -
Geiselhaus Sarastro pop'n music 17 THE MOVIE METALLIC OPERA - - -

Discography

Albums