zts – Doujin Music Composer

Umineko no Naku Koro ni うみねこのなく頃に

A week ago, when I was playing/reading the first episode of Umineko no Naku Koro ni visual novel, the background music had a really strong impact on me. Sometimes it scared the hell out of me and gave me the creeps. Each song fitted well in the actual scene and they were the main reason why I was scared so much. Though, it was even multiplied by the fact that I played it at night in pitch black room. But if it wasn’t for the music, nobody would get scared by reading it I guess. The text alone is not enough to make one feel anxious.

After I finished the game, I downloaded the background music. I could have copied it from the game folder into my music folder, I like to have all my music in one place, but I would have to rename all the files and insert ID3 tags. Furthermore, all the tracks were in .ogg so I would have to convert them into .mp3 or .aac so that I could add them to my iPod. Therefore, it was much easier to download them from some site.

There weren’t any songs I didn’t like, but there were some songs I really loved. What they had in common was that most of them had written “zts” in artist line. I really liked those compositions so I decided to look for some details about that zts. After wandering through some sites that were found by Google, I found a link that led me here, to zts’ homepage.

Zts is a person who leads a doujin circle called CODE ZTS LABEL. Although I said “leads”, zts is the only one in that circle, but sometimes cooperates with some guests. He has released over 15 albums that contain his own works and also remixes of musical pieces from various games, for example Kanon or Clannad. In addition to his own albums, he composed music for Ryuukishi07’s visual novels, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai and Umineko no Naku Koro ni, which is obvious from what I’ve said above. His musical pieces are usually trance, but he is capable of making almost anything, heartwarming music, creepy music, easing music and some of his compositions are very hard to describe with a single adjective. My favorites are probably his eerie tunes, such as ‘stupefaction’ or ‘witch in gold’.

The best way to introduce you to zts’ music is to let you listen to some of his compositions, so try listening to some that I have put here.

The four links are songs from Umineko.



witch in gold(cembalo)

“>Worldend dominator

And now something from his other works. Following videos are his remixes of songs from some games.

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