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Song Information

Artist: TaQ
Composition/Arrangement: Taku Sakakibara
BPM: 155
Length: 1:59
Movie: VJ GYO
First Music Game Appearance: beatmania IIDX 8th style
Other Music Game Appearances: None.



Song Connections/Remixes

  • symbolic is part of TaQ's "-ic" series of songs.
  • An extended live remix of symbolic appears on TaQ's bounce connected album.


  • symbolic is the only song part of the "-ic" series that has never appeared in a DanceDanceRevolution game.

Song Production Information


This song, representative of all that is concrete and symbolic, is the opposite of abstract. If it's meant to symbolize anything, I'd say it's definitely getting crazy out on the floor. This is the third and final "-ic" techno song.

Video Production Information


This is a really old story, but ... The thing that made the biggest impact on me around the time I started going to club parties was how everybody danced in totally different ways, even though they were all at the same event. The roar of the equipment and the vibrations it caused on everyone's skin was the same for everyone, but everyone interpreted it completely differently.

At rock and hard rock lives, your body would get hot, almost like you were taking a hot shower, and there was a shock like your body was being pulled up from above.

Then, there were some clubs, particularly where they played techno, it was a shock like if you'd just gotten into a cold bath, and your entire body would freeze from within. It was a different feeling, like your body was being pushed up from below.

To use that imagery, the ultimate techno would feel like a body of water with a temperature near absolute zero, but water that freezing cold would be dangerous. It's not like something someone would choose to be in ...

This song, "symbolic", is like a splash of water so absolutely cold that if it touches you, you feel like you have to dance, to move, or you'll die. It's incredibly cold, but not like a bunch of water - more like, so that it puts you in the mood that when you move about as much as you can, it feels so good.

The secret to being ice-free is in the sound. I think. If the rhythm is like ice water, the sounds of the synth are antifreeze. If it's too familiar, you'll freeze up. If it's too novel, the water temperature won't go down ...

Difficulty & Notecounts

beatmania IIDX difficulty rated from 1 to 7+ in 8th and 9th style, 1 to 8 in 10th style, 1 to 8+ in 11 IIDX RED, and 1 to 12 from 12 HAPPY SKY onward.

Game SP Difficulty DP Difficulty
Notecounts - 734 952 1138 - 936 1152 - -
beatmania IIDX 8th style→9th style - 6 7+ N/A - 7 7+ - -
beatmania IIDX 10th style→11 IIDX RED - 6 8 N/A - 7 8 - -
beatmania IIDX 12 HAPPY SKY→Present - 6 ↑9 10 - ↑8 ↑10 - -
beatmania IIDX 8th style CS - 6 7+ 7+ - 7 7+ - -
TaQ's "-ic" series of songs
Holic - stoic - symbolic