Blame It On The Boogie!

It’s been two years since Uri’s The Boogie Man was released, and in commemoration of the release anniversary, well, Wata Kujou, a friend of mine asked me to help her out in making an image song for Mr. Boogie! Taking Uri’s theme music genres for the games of the Strange Men Series into consideration, we ended up making a hiphop track, with me doing lyrics, rapping, singing, mixing (for the vocals only, though), and mastering, while Wata did the instrumental production. Also, Biwa did the illustration accompanying the track there!

Now, regarding my thoughts on the creation of the track, well…I’ve begun to understand more and more about how rapping can quickly dry the throat. Though on the other hand, I feel great about being able to flex and exercise my rap skills while under the scrutiny of a more public audience! Rapping’s something that I’ve been getting into more and more lately, and my confidence and interest there are kicked up by my awareness of my motor mouth tendencies and my interest in writing poetic lyrics, among other things, yo~

Still, I have some worries about my work on the track…like how easily listeners can comprehend what I’m spitting out, especially those who haven’t read the lyrics sheet yet. Aside from my enunciation, there’s also audio engineering influencing that, and I think I still need to learn a lot more technical stuff there, which I want to learn more formally sometime.

But hey, my struggles with all that still are quite a learning experience for me. For example, I feel confidence in having dared to do something unusual (Well, to me and my amateur audio engineering skills, that is) like putting some delay on my main vocals to add to the creepy feel of the track.

Also, I feel good about the positive reception the track’s been receiving lately, but hey, if you think there are things that can be improved on, then please do tell with full honesty, yo!

Oh, and to those who wanna know what the lyrics are, here’s a link to the lyrics sheet!

So yeah, here’s Mr. Dumont’s voice actor, going “Happy Release Anniversary, TBM!” and, of course, “Honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated!” \(^o^)

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Scramble of the Restless

After around 8 months, I’m back with an original song and an MV for it.

The production of the music pretty much involved me going spontaneous a lot. My judgments on how the composition and the arrangement were pieced together were mostly based on my gut and my experiences with my favorite music, too. You can say that I was experimenting a lot, I guess. Same goes for the audio engineering, which isn’t as meticulous as my recent attempts at it. And compared to making the instrumental track, the lyrics were easier to make, especially after making the instrumental track.

And hey, although I had finished the production of the audio several months ago, I still feel impressed by it. Not like I can’t do better, though.

Now, as for the lyrics, I drew a lot of inspiration from my time management habits and stuff. The rhythm of my daily routine back then, which is unfortunately similar to my current rhythm, often had me lacking sleep and wasting time. Yet, a struggle to change that rhythm existed and continues to exist. I wonder if you can feel my struggle, then?

And now, I’d like to thank Serene Harper, a friend of mine who drew the illustrations in the music video. I hope that my work with AviUtl made them worth looking at, too. Also, there was a sparkly version of a certain illustration, a version which I didn’t use because I felt like it wouldn’t be in line with the feel of the song. So yeah, I’d like to apologize for that.

Also, I’d like to thank Pamo, who gave me encouraging feedback regarding the song.

Oh, and hey, along with this song’s mp3, here’s the instrumental and the lyrics sheet as well. I feel confident enough about this song, yo~

Still, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated. 🙂

 

Some Composition and Arrangement Practice

Yo. I made some instrumental tracks recently. I tried to see if an animator would be okay with putting these tracks in an upcoming work of his, but he didn’t find them suitable. I’m feeling the need to do more music study and practice because of that. So yeah, as usual, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated. 🙂

Helpless

Here’s a song that I made surprisingly quickly recently with the help of Linux Multimedia Studio, or LMMS. It’s something that I made during this slump that I’ve been feeling lately. I’ve been feeling like my immature and lazy younger self again, and while I’m feeling like I’ve got nowhere good to vent but here or something, I made this song that’ll probably end up being annoying to most people. Rolo’s illustration for this song (Thank you very much again, Rolo) will probably be more breathtaking than the song it accompanies, I think. Still, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated. Also, self-reminder: Talk with family and friends more. You can do it, Tobby. You can improve, so keep on trying to improve.

Fantastic Family

It’s my mother’s birthday today, but this song isn’t just for my mother.

This song is for my dear family. Call ’em lame, but they’ve got awesome.

In terms of songwriting, arranging, and audio engineering, I’m pretty much an amateur, I think. This song sounds awkward at certain points, and I think that the rapping is the most awkward aspect. The visuals that accompany this song don’t have a lot of fancy stuff, and although I want to add such stuff, my drawing and video editing skills aren’t very sharp, and my resources are limited.

Still, I had fun with making this song, and I want to share this to my family. I also want to thank Rolo, a friend of mine, for drawing a hilariously cute illustration for this as well.

Now, I should show this to my family…

 

Some Instrumental Tracks that I Made with PxTone

So, I composed and arranged some tracks with help from a software called PxTone.

Now, about them tracks…

“Workshop Time” and “Critical Mind” were supposed to be songs, but after a long while of trying to make lyrics and vocals for them, I now think that they’re not good enough for lyrics and vocals. Still, I have some liking for them.

As for “Worthwhile Adventure,” I was trying to make a song, but I ended up making a BGM that sounds suitable in the World Map of an Eastern-style RPG.

And now, I’d like to ask for honest constructive feedback regarding these tracks of mine, dear nutshellcrackers, especially from peeps who have lots of experience in composing and arranging music. Also, I’ll probabaly upload an original song this month. 🙂

See you again in the den, nutshellcrackers! \(^o^)