Z.O.E (gamelan minimal mix)

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Z.O.E (gamelan minimal mix)

Song Information

Artist: Macky
Composition/Arrangement: Maki Kirioka
Vocals: Maiko Horisawa
BPM: 160
Length: 1:34
Movie: ?
First Music Game Appearance: beatmania APPEND GOTTAMIX2 ~Going Global~
Other Music Game Appearances: None.



Ah 一人 さよならを越える勇気抱いて


Song Connections / Remixes

  • Z.O.E (gamelan minimal mix) is a remix of Anubis (impossible), the final boss battle theme of ZONE OF THE ENDERS.
    • The vocals in Anubis (impossible), and, to a greater extent, Z.O.E. (gamelan minimal mix), are taken from flowing destiny, the normal ending theme of ZONE OF THE ENDERS, but played backwards. This is noted by Maki Kirioka on the song's production information.


  • Z.O.E (gamelan minimal mix) marks Maki Kirioka's only contribution to the beatmania series.
  • Z.O.E (gamelan minimal mix) marks Maiko Horisawa's first appearance in BEMANI.

Song Production Information


This is a version of a song I made for the final boss fight in Zone of the Enders (Z.O.E.), then arranged for beatmania GOTTAMIX2.

Given that the production concepts for beatmania GOTTAMIX2 were "World" and "Wide," sound producer Togo-chef ordered me to create a song themed around one of the countries that was missing, Bali. This is the song I came up with.

In terms of the gameplay, the notechart is very hard (obviously not something the actual creator could play). Every time I watch someone play this difficult song, I can't help but imagine the painstaking efforts Ryoji Makimura went through to plot out the notes and put it into the game. (Actually, just the other day Ryoji Makimura protested the artist name, saying "I'm Macky too!" You'll forgive me since we were both involved in its production, right?)

As for the song's vocals, I often get asked, "What language is that? Balinese?" Just between us (?), I created them by altering the vocals from the main melody in Z.O.E.'s ending theme.

The vocals were sung by soprano opera singer Maiko Horisawa, who is apparently set to release a solo album in December this year and perform in concert in New York. Her unique singing techniques are used here to great effect, and even when altered brim with a tasteful, mysterious air. For those of you who want to hear the original song, I urge you to buy Z.O.E. and listen to the ending staff roll (PR: Maki Kirioka). That's all for now, hope you'll listen again soon.


Additional Notes:
The word "Gamelan" in the genre's name "Gamelan Minimal" refers to traditional Javanese folk music from the island of Bali. It's a peculiar and energetic ensemble centered around metal percussion instruments. Given its traditional composition of strong minimalistic elements, I thought that maybe it would work well with techno. Also, the strange "Cha cha, cha cha" voices that show up mid-song is called Kecak. This is another form of Balinese folk music (and dance?).

It's like a call-and-response performed by groups of men, consisting of complex polyrhythms. I also used it in a song with the genre "Asian Traditional," which is included in beatmania YebisuMIX.

If you take a trip to the island of Bali, it's worth watching!

Video Production Information


Difficulty & Notecounts

beatmania difficulty rated from 1 to 9. (Ratings and notecounts obtained from KANI KANI CRAB.)

Game SP Difficulty DP Difficulty
Normal Hard Another Normal Hard Another
Notecounts 502 - - 521 - -
beatmania APPEND GOTTAMIX2 6 - - 6 - -