Taiko no Tatsujin 2023 Music open call!!

Taiko no Tatsujin 2023 Music open call!!



It has become an annual event! We are looking for songs to be used as Taiko no Tatsujin performance songs!
All genres are OK! Vocal songs (including voice synthesis software) and instrumental songs are all welcome.
From this time, in addition to the regular recruitment, we would like to introduce "a first recruitment round". The first recruitment round will actively choose among those whose applications have not been adopted before, and we plan to choose at least one song in this round.
We are looking forward to many applications, including those who are new to the event, so please check all the details below before applying.

Application period

July 1st (Saturday) 17:00 to August 8th (Tuesday) 18:00, 2023

Selection judges

Besides Taiko no Tatsujin Development Team, the following members will be judges:

[Development Producer / Director]
  • Eto
[Planner / Level Designer]
  • Sue P
[Sound Director]
  • Masubuchi (Sound Director / Manager)
  • Kawagen Kollagen (Sound Director)

As well as the development team members.

▼ Eto (Development Producer / Director)
Eto (Development Producer / Director)

It has become a tradition to hold a music recruitment for Taiko no Tatsujin every spring, but this year it will be held in summer!
In addition to the well-received "first recruitment round" from the previous year, this time we will have a special round to additionally recruit songs for the competition theme that was postponed due to the pandemic.

Nevertheless, we plan to focus on selecting songs that are fun to play with Taiko, that are exciting and enjoyable!
As a special round, we hope you pour your passionate creativity into it!
Don't let the summer heat stop you, please create and apply!
We are waiting for your applications!!

▼ Sue P (Planner / Level Designer)
Sue P (Planner / Level Designer)

Hello, I'm Sue P, in charge of Notes Designer!
Although it's already the fourth year since we started the public recruitment of Taiko no Tatsujin songs, I'm getting excited to see what kind of songs we will hear this year.
For creators who are participating for the first time, I believe that the unique and interesting aspects of their songs combined with Taiko no Tatsujin can create explosive charm. Please submit the work that you are most confident with!
For creators who were not chosen in the previous selections, reapplying might provide hints on how to get closer to being selected. Please give it another try!
For creators with a history of being chosen, please show us a song that surpasses your previous work!
I look forward to hearing everyone's unique songs. I'm waiting for your entries!

▼ Masubuchi (Sound Director / Manager)
Masubuchi (Sound Director)

Hello, hello! It's Masubuchi here!

The 'Sound Director' judge has kept you all waiting under the mysterious label 'to be announced at a later date,' but fear not, there's a delightful explanation behind it!

I apologize for getting personal, but with raising a 2-month-old and a 1-year-9-month-old, Masubuchi has been incredibly busy! I was like, "I might not be able to be a judge this time... but I really want to listen to everyone's new songs, hmm!" So, I threw a bit of a tantrum and got it put on hold. After some internal adjustments and asking various people for help with my work, it seems like things might just work out, so I'm here to announce my participation as a judge.

Okay, that was a long preamble, but seriously, it's so much fun to judge each time. From "flawless, polished songs" to "immature but full of strong and interesting vibes," I sometimes forget I'm a judge. So, show me your kiddos, everyone! (Phew, managed to tie that in smoothly.)

▼ Kawagen Kollagen (Sound Director)
Kawagen Kollagen (Sound Director)

Hey there, it's Kawagen Kollagen, the Sound Director. I've heard that there are tons of entries every year, so I'm already getting excited! I want to discover those unique and creative tracks that make me go, "I want to listen to more of their stuff!" Bring on your masterpieces, and I can't wait to see what you've got!

Application method

To apply, register as a creator with "NIPPON COLUMBIA CO., LTD.".
* If you have already registered as a creator, no need to re-register.

Notice when applying

  • Please check all the terms of creator registration and the contents of this page, and apply only if you agree.
  • Please check the contents of the music production guide carefully before applying.  ★Click here for the music production guide.
  • In addition to the sound source mp3 (192kbps recommended), artist name, artist image (please use an image that does not infringe the rights of others), comments can also be uploaded for application.
  • The submitted sound source mp3, artist name, and artist image thumbnail will be published on the viewing page for a certain period of time (comments will not be published).
  • It may take some time from the song submission to the page release.
  • Once submitted, the sound source may not be able to respond to requests such as withdrawal or change from the viewing page.
  • In order to carry out the examination accurately, we may ask you to correct the sound source trouble or adjust the balance even before the adoption is confirmed.

Result announcement

Results will be posted on this page around September 2023.

About recruitment quota

  • Regular recruitment round
  • Taiko no Tatsujin first recruitment round * Newly established from this time

* The first recruitment round applies only to those whose applications have not been adopted as music for performance games by Taiko no Tatsujin.
When a song is produced by multiple people, if all of them do not meet the conditions of "first recruitment round", it will not be considered in the "first recruitment round".
* Even if the songs are not adopted, the judges may honor excellent songs as "honorable works".

Recruitment benefits

The song will be recorded as a music for performance games in "Taiko no Tatsujin" for amusement facilities. It also may be recorded by other Taiko no Tatsujin games. If your submission is adopted, we will pay the prescribed amount of money for transfer of rights.

Adoption benefits

It will be recorded as the theme music for performance games in "Taiko no Tatsujin”. It may also be recorded by Taiko no Tatsujin for other purposes. If your submission is chosen, we will pay the prescribed amount of money for the transfer of rights. In addition, the judges may evaluate excellent submissions as "honorable works" even if it is not chosen.

Adoption process

  • Production progress and direction will be conducted by Taiko no Tatsujin development team and MAKES (by "NIPPON COLUMBIA CO., LTD." )
  • After adoption, we will request the final delivery data after receiving support such as brushing up and correction if necessary.
  • Mixdown will be arranged separately after receiving the final delivery data.

[Final delivery data] 48khz 24bit wav
・2Mix / Instrument 2Mix
・Multitrack * Pro Tools session available
・Midi data (all sounds typed in)
・Chord notation / master rhythm, etc.
・Lyrics data
We may request various files.

About credits

After the final delivery, we will check the following credits etc.

  • Song title (In some cases, we may consult with you about changes).
  • Credits (composition, arrangement, lyrics, demonstrations (vocals, guitar, etc.), collaborators, etc.).

* Please include kana reading and foreign notation.

Reward / rights

For songs that are chosen and adopted, the copyright and master copy rights of the songs will be fully purchased at the amount set at that time, and the songs and master copyrights will be transferred to NIPPON COLUMBIA CO., LTD.. The adopted songs may be used in the Taiko no Tatsujin series, soundtracks, and other games. Remuneration might be paid in installments.

Other notes

  • Please apply with original music that does not infringe on the rights of third parties.
  • If you use voice synthesis softwares or cooperate on production with others, you may be asked to submit confirmations that the rights holders and cooperators of the software permit and agree to the application rules. Covering, sampling, quoting, etc. of other songs is prohibited
  • Those who have an exclusive contract with a specific company and those who are trust members of copyright management organizations cannot apply.
  • You can apply from stock, but only unpublished ones.
  • After the submission, the submitted music cannot be published or used (paid or free) until the results are announced.
  • It might take some time after your submission to page release.
  • We cannot respond to any inquiries regarding the selection process.

Precautions after acceptance

  • The final adjustment and mixing of the adopted songs may be done by the Taiko no Tatsujin development team. During that time, the performance and singing may be replaced if necessary. In addition, please note that there may be modifications and arrangements.
  • Depending on the voice synthesis software used, we may ask for another voice synthesis software.
  • We will consult with you regarding the final delivery schedule depending on the progress.
  • In case both parties cannot reach a satisfactory agreement regarding the compensation or work details, the adoption may be canceled.

Only those who have confirmed and agreed to all the information on this page should proceed to the entry.