|NND / YT (subbed)|
|English||Clockwork lullaby 4|
Kagamine Rin/Len (back-up)
|Release Date||October 1, 2009|
April 25, 2010 (PV)
|Series||Clockwork Lullaby Series|
|Preceded by||The Muzzle of Nemesis|
|Followed by||Master of the Graveyard|
- "Just before he died, a lonely man created a small, small theatre in the middle of the forest..."
Heartbeat Clocktower is a song released by Akuno-P on October 1, 2009 and later uploaded with a PV on April 25, 2010. It is the fifth song in the Clockwork Lullaby Series, describing the experiences of Gear in Evil's Theater.
The song concerns the guardian of the titular clocktower, whose role it is to keep the gears going to keep the Clockworker's Doll alive; he muses about the tower's previous master, the embodiment of Greed, had brought himself to ruin and left only the doll behind with burn marks. After the text describes the "Collector" who created a theater for his the "collectibles", Gear watches the Master of the Graveyard and the pretentious servant girl going about their daily activities; the PV notes how the tower seemed to come alive singing one day.
The bloodstained scissors and the purple sword remain dormant among the vessels of sin, Utopia still unable to be created. Realizing that the clock has broken down and that the Doll's time is running short, Gear takes out his heart and sacrifices himself to power the clocktower in fulfillment of his role. At the end of the PV, the text describes how the one who built the theater loved the Clockwork Doll the most, and that now someone else had the leading part.
KAITO's original VOCALOID voicebank is utilized, along with backing from Kagamine Rin and Len's VOCALOID2 voicebanks. Notable instruments used are piano, violin, bass guitar, electric guitar, French horn, and flute.
The song opens up with an instrumental, with the first verse beginning at 0.41. At 1.15, a brief instrumental plays, and cuts back to a second verse by 1.26. The first chorus begins at 1.50, and a variation of the opening instrumental plays at 2.11. The shortened third verse begins at 2.23, followed by the second chorus at 2.45. At 3.07, the bridge begins, followed by an extended instrumental at 3.19, accompanied by the "lu li la" melody. The final chorus begins at 3.42, followed by a variation of the opening instrumental at 4.10. The song ends abruptly at 4.32.
Handbeat Clocktower shares a similar melody and arrangement with Heartbeat Clocktower, as well as containing similar imagery.
Miniature Garden GirlEdit
Miniature Garden Girl details the events that occurred prior to Heartbeat Clocktower, describing the life and near-death of the Clockworker's Doll and the event that led to her gaining severe burns.
Master of the CourtEdit
Master of the Court recounts the goals of the Clockworker's Doll after the events of Heartbeat Clocktower, as well as her interactions with other members of the theater.
Master of the GraveyardEdit
Master of the Graveyard details the life and interactions of the Master of the Graveyard as alluded to by Gear in Heartbeat Clocktower.
Conceptualization and OriginEdit
- The song's title alludes to Gear's sacrifice of connecting his heart to the clocktower, letting his heartbeat power it and keep the Clockworker's Doll alive.
- During the song PV, the Seven Deadly Sins are represented by gears colored with the respective sin's color; the teal gear representing the Sloth spins at a slower pace than the others, while the one representing Wrath falls at the edge of the screen during the song's opening sequence.
- The song was rearranged by mothy to promote the The Daughter of Evil: Praefacio of Blue, titled Handbeat Clocktower; the song's PV also uses imagery of the gear.
- During the song's "Lu Li La" chorus, the images of the vessel owners followed by the Latin name for their respective sin appear translucent over Hänsel and Gretel; at the end of the sequence, the names of the Four Endings appear in the four corners of the song PV.
- The seven vessel owners' order of appearance in the PV follows the release order of their respective songs.
- Nicopedia - Song's article in Nicopedia (Japanese)