Sunday, June 10, 2012

Where to find Touhou midi music: community service

Taken by: titus tscharntke. Source: Burningwell

Since about 1996 I have been collecting choice midi files and have just crossed the 1000 mark. I really like listening to them, especially when I'm doing boring stuff at the computer.

Through a circuitous route I recently came to realize how wonderful Touhou music is. In fact,
since the demise of the mighty midi contest (, wow, over a decade ago, I have not found so much great music.

If you do not know what Touhou is (I didn't), watch this:

As a community service, I decided to post in one place all the best links that I have found where you can download Touhou midi files; or close enough. I am leery about hotlinking, so you will have to scroll around a bit to find the files. Just a bit.


Probably the first stop should be the Touhou Midi Central which tries to cover as much ground from all the games as it can. Should that one fail, the original files from Touhou 6 to 8 are the most common. With some 9 included, you can find them here:
Scroll down to the last line in other audio

Much of the music of the earlier games can be found at Zun's webpage:
It's in japanese, so you'll have to translate it or guess around. Also, the files are *.lzh compressed


For some transcriptions, arrangements and possibly future fan uploads, there is Vgmusic

Some of the music here is in XG midi format which can sound poorly if your player doesn't support it (more on that on a later post- good stuff). For some reason I can no longer find here my first Tohou midi ever, Remilia_Scarlet_-_Septette_for_the_Dead_Princess_XG.mid. Do try to find it elsewhere.

For an extravaganza of notes do not miss this version of Necrofantasia

Touted to be the wildest midi ever, I can at least attest that the file is so packed that it is over four times as big in size as the previous title holder in my collection.

Update 10/13/15 Turns out there are even wilder whale-sized midis out there and most of them built on touhou music. However, in my estimate, none of these sound any good and they are probably unplayable anyway as the wiki owner notes.

Samidare's There is a link to a zip file of his music. Included is one of the very few medleys I've found

There's also
in which the available files are better than the usual fare

For sheet music and piano:

This one just came to my attention while looking for Link's "Molduga's battle".  A treasure trove worth not just for Touhou but for everything else.  I'm so new to it that I haven't mined its riches yet. Registration is required. I cherish Myut's 'Voile'

Managed to get a few mids from his old site and I've got to say that these are among the best renditions.  Unfortunately the composer isn't sharing at this time. Keep on checking for, who knows? he might make them all available again... Finally some medleys and music from the later games. Click on 'score'  to the left. Easier renditions. 80%+ of everything incl Cds by the looks of it. Menu at the left

For general information:


The niconicodouga medleys have some of the themes in there: Bad Apple: Tako8 has a really nice rendition of the shadow art Bad apple!! but doesn't sound right without his soundfont:

A better alternative which is based on Tako8's:
Download link in the description. Thanks PianoKid0051

Wanted *.mid:

Music from the more recent games
Medleys (there is evidence that these do exist. Well, mostly tantalizing dead links and YouTube videos, but still)
 Any good remixes
Orchestral Bad Apple
Quellatalo Nin's complete  (fire me up a message if you happen to see QN sharing. I'll thank you so much)

Quick notes:

Let us know of some other sources
To avoid Touhou poisoning, do not try to listen to all of them in one go
Matching the characters to their music themes makes the experience even better!


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Touhou Midi Central admin here, thanks for mentioning my site >///<

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