Wandering Weiss – Chapter 9

Wandering Weiss

a RWBY fanfiction by The Overlord Bear

Summary: Were it not for a wandering musician’s cynical words, Weiss Schnee would have continued on the path to becoming a Huntress. Now, a disinherited Weiss lives as a wandering singer, trying to be a hero in a different manner, with that wandering musician named Jaune Arc as a companion…


Previous Chapter: Remembering Boundaries

First Chapter: A Change of Path


Chapter 9: Refreshing Rain


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Milestones, Turning Points, and Activity Updates – January 2017

So, I just realized that I failed to make this sort of update post on time, so yeah, better late than never, and I feel like I’m putting myself down if I don’t take some time to review and summarize the stuff I’ve done in a month, reflect on said stuff, and then talk about plans for the future.

Now, as for my thoughts about the past month, well, I guess school occupied my mind a lot at that month, considering how it’s the month of the start of my latest semester. That, and I guess impulse carried me away towards working on stuff, particularly music, a little too much. Again, it makes me think about how I manage my time and how prioritize stuff in my life. Really, I think I’m having that irritating mindset of my younger self, specifically the mindset which lusts for fame. Perhaps that’s why I have a hard time thinking about explaining to my family and my friends about stuff like my recent impulses, and perhaps that’s why I check out other artists’ works as much as I do lately. With that, I guess I can say that I’ve been messing up caring for myself again by focusing on working Tobby stuff and all that too much.

And to be honest, there’s this nagging desire for working up all those music and writing and art and connections and all in me even now. Though I wish that people would shake me out of it, letting myself be carried away by that excessive desire would make it harder for me to follow the people I want to get help from. I also find it hard to shift my mindset, but pain comes with resistance, so yeah, either I work enough or I don’t.

Now, before I go get more serious with trying to get some really needed rest, here are the stuff that I posted during January, including reblogs and that one post which also involved an upload during December 31 of the previous year:

Honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated, yo. 🙂

Tobby tried to arrange and sing “Haiboku no Shounen”

Comparing this arrange to the original makes me feel like I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go when it comes to making worthwhile music, but hey, the journey of an artist requires an audience and their honest constructive feedback, so yeah. 🙂

Also, I’d like to express how I felt good about working on this, particularly on the instrumental. The LMMS samples aren’t really high-tier, as far as I’ve observed, and I’ll need a lot more in-depth technical knowledge when it comes to instrumental arrangement and audio engineering, but I enjoy the way the instruments blend with each other. The piano feels like it has a nice rhythm, particularly in the hooks/choruses. The violin, the electric guitar, and the percussion sound like they add an emotional rock feel when they blend in. The eighth-note bass guitar strumming…now that got me valuing bass instruments even more!

Regarding recording the vocals, I feel like I’ve been managing to add emotion into my main vocal singing some more. I think I need some more practice when it comes to working up harmonies, though…

As for working on the vocal mix and the audio mastering, I utilized the Echo effect in Audacity some more, I appreciated boosting most of the bass and cutting most of the treble in my main vocal track some more, I did some attempts at subtle Reverb and Harmonic Enhancer use on the main vocal track, I tried to turn the harmony tracks into Reverbed and Delayed ghosts again, and the Hard Limiter use happens again during my attempts at mastering. Oh, and I don’t think I’ve told you about my recent attempts at working audio panning and stereo imagery, so yeah, there.

And yeah, though I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go, I feel like I’m progressing!

And, uh…this was uploaded while I’m in the middle of recovering from a cold…which probably seems more like a very difficult idea, considering how I manage my time lately. That, and the vocal recording + vocal mixing + audio mastering happened some days before that, so…yeah, time to get some rest for some time.

And now, here’s this arrangement + vocal cover’s mp3. And if you wanna try singing with my instrumental arrangement, then here’s the offvocal.

Honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated, yo! \(^o^)

Ghost Rule – TOB Tagalog Cover

May bagong Tagalog cover na naman ako, yo! Ah, at ang nakaraang Tagalog cover ay noong mga walong buwan na nakaraan…

Anyway, ang kanta ngayon ay isang kanta ni DECO*27, at…hmm…naaalala ko kung paano ko tinatrato ang sarili ko noong kamakailan lang…tulad nga ng sabi ko sa description ng mga video uploads ng cover na ito: Parang masyadong dedicated ako dito, ah?

Well, hanggang dito na muna ang usapan tungkol diyan. Parang may kulang sa akin kung pag-uusapan ko ng mas detalyado ang mga efforts ko sa paggawa ng cover na ito at iba pa habang sinasakripisyo ng matindi ang kalusugan ko at iba pang mga mas mahalagang bagay kasi. Kailangan ko na muna mag-isip ng mabuti at makipag-usap sa mga mabuti…

Ah, at heto na din ang mp3 ng cover na ito. Heto din ang link papunta sa lyrics sheet. Pakicredit ako, TOB/The Overlord Bear, kung gusto mong gamitin ang mga lirika ko, okay?

Beatitudes and Revolution

Here’s something that resonates with me and how I’ve been growing lately, yo.

Littlemore Tracts

4th Sunday of the Year

One of the recurrent challenges posed by non-believers to Christians , or even by believers struggling with their faith is how can one believe in a good creator God when there is so much evil in the world. I can appreciate the depth of this challenge to faith when it is reported that each year there are 45 million abortions worldwide. It is also understandable that even Christians may well question why God does not somehow intervene and put an end to this carnage. Even the Apostles asked Jesus in the boat when a storm came up and he was asleep, “Do you not care that we are perishing!” So anyone can honestly question why God tolerates such massive evils in His creation.

Now the response of the believing Christian when confronted with such massive evil has to begin from two firm beliefs based upon the…

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With the remake arrange, Tobby tried to sing “Torinoko City”

衝動と思案が交差する地点~

Yeah, I had a considerable amount of impulse in me when I decided to produce this. Perhaps there’s some good in making music uploads more regular, but there are some other stuff that I want to work on, like some stories of mine. Of course, school, chores, and other responsibilities are there as well. Better keep it balanced, yo.

Anyway, working on this song cover involved me trying to sate my curiosity about how to sing the above song better than my previous uploaded attempt. As most of those recent curiosity moments have resulted, I ended up singing the song better with the instrumental in a different key (one semitone higher than the original key, in this case). As for mixing, I’d like to mention my observation regarding how my voice sounds clearer to my ears when I cut down on the 500-600 Hz frequencies. That’s just one step and not all the steps, though. I had struggles with maintaining a balance between the volume of the instrumental track and the volume of the vocal tracks, and I wonder about whether or not I put a little too much bass boosting into the main vocal track. My attempts at mastering the cover mixdown, with said mastering attempts often involving the use of a hard limiter, probably dealt with that issue somewhat, though.

Also, considering how my nose was feeling somewhat runny during the production days of this cover, I think I’ll be lessening my singing time and increasing my sleep time in the near future. Being lazy is bad, yeah, but being too busy is also bad, yo.

And now, here’s this cover’s mp3. And of course, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated, yo~

Tobby tried to sing “Once I Leave”

As my next uni semester starts with them classes, here’s me with my first song cover for the year 2017!

Also, yeah, I know that it’s a pretty sad song. I guess I needed to vent some immature thoughts out with style, yo. Like, they’re not as frequent as they were when I was younger, but I do have thoughts about running away from my problems from time to time. That, and I wanted to try singing something with this sort of emotional feel. Really, the orchestral arrangement adds to the emotional impact, if you ask me!

By the way, I know that the above song is not as popular as most of the songs that I’ve covered before, but I like it enough to cover it, yo! If you’d like to check out Mcki’s other works, then here’s a link to her YouTube Channel, yo! \(^o^)

Oh, and yes, my voice broke at one point there. One part of me thinks it sucks, considering how bad breaking voices can be, while another part of me thinks it fits with the song and its sadness. Well, with that, I’m looking forward to your honest constructive feedback some more now, dear listeners!

And now, this song cover’s mp3. 🙂

Penman No. 233: A Ray of Filmic Sunshine

And now, my favorite professor’s thoughts on some local cinema developments.

Pinoy Penman 3.0

Sunday_Beauty_Queen_poster.jpgPenman for Monday, January 9, 2017

AS SOMEONE who wrote about 25 full-length screenplays for various film projects and directors in another life between the late 1970s and early 2000s, I really should be more interested in the remarkable developments that have taken place since in local cinema, especially on the indie scene.

But I have to confess, with some guilt and shame, that I haven’t kept up with what our younger, post-Brocka and post-Bernal directors have produced, except for the occasional viewing of a Brillante Mendoza or a Lav Diaz film, or outstanding documentaries such as last year’s Curiosity, Adventure and Love and An Open Door: Jewish Rescue in the Philippines. There are some personal reasons for this estrangement (not worth getting into at this time), but I do realize that I’ve missed out on a lot of good material while bingeing unpatriotically on Hollywood and Netflix.

I must…

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Tobby tried to sing “Yume no Mata Yume”

Forward past the border between 2016 and 2017, The Overlord Bear comes with a new song cover! It is that of Mafumafu’s “Yume no Mata Yume,” which is about a…certain summer’s end…but wait, it’s not summer right now, right? My response to that?

I LIVE IN A TROPICAL ZONE. IT FEELS LIKE SUMMER EVERYDAY HERE, YO.

Also, I’m amused by how the Niconico upload of this cover was posted hours ago in the last hours 2016, while the YouTube upload of this cover was posted in the early minutes of 2017 (though YouTube says that it was posted on 2016, so yeah, I guess I’m being nitpicky about that, but still, processing finished during 2017, so…okay, I guess I should shut up about this soon…) Thinking about that makes me think about the possibility of mystical nuttiness being involved in such a setup, hahaha…

Now, as for my thoughts on working on this cover…well, I honestly feel somewhat weirded out by my audio engineering here. Maybe I added too much reverb? Maybe I cut and boosted the wrong frequencies? Maybe there’s something I’m missing in the way I work with my mic during recording? Well, you can say that I’ve been experimenting there, and I really really want to get some honest constructive feedback on it, indeed, particularly from peeps who have a better grasp on audio engineering. That, and the doubt had been coming along with listening to audio engineering work by Mafumafu and other musicians who are at his level or higher when it comes to that aspect. Still, no point in rushing stuff, so yeah, better not go overboard with waiting for the feedback I need and all.

And now, I’d like to send special thanks to Myo, a.k.a. Forgetfulsubs, who had helped me out with translating the above song! I learned a bunch of new things about the Japanese language from her, alright! Also, as I want to encourage more support for the original uploads, I didn’t bother uploading a subtitled reprint of the “Yume no Mata Yume” MV with Mafu’s vocals in it. Oh, and I have a transcript up, too, by the way!

Now, here’s this cover’s mp3, yo~ And honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated as well, yo~

Milestones, Turning Points, and Activity Updates – December 2016 + 2016 in Review

Welp, it’s been quite a year, indeed. A bunch would say that it sucked, and a bunch would say that it rocked, but if you ask me, it both sucked and rocked, and since it rocked, I’d still keep on living, yo~

So yeah, I’ve been through a lot this year…like making some strange friendships with peeps at the Professor Arc Forum, managing to get through two semesters of uni, uploading a bunch of music stuff, starting a multi-chapter RWBY fanfic, getting my heart shaken by “Kimi no Na wa.”/”Your Name.,” writing stories, trying to hammer in a better routine into my head, attempting comedy vids, translating stuff from one language to another, starting this monthly update habit, and a bunch of other stuff that you’d learn more about if you’re that enthusiastic about knowing what the freaking nuts I was doing this year…but that sort of enthusiasm would probably creep me out, now that I think about it…

Anyway, what a year, indeed. As usual, I’m looking forward to good things in the coming year, and I’m gonna keep on doing my best!

Now, here are the posts that I managed to put up during December 2016:

Hmm…I’ve been doing a lot of music stuff lately during December 2016…but still, I wanna work on writing stories some more. Also, I’m going to focus on collab covers in the near future. That, and I’ll probably upload a solo arrangement + vocal cover and/or a solo original too.

And agh, I should really cut down on the impulsiveness, indeed…

Oh, and before I completely forget about it, I mixed another cover by Shiriru. He tried to sing Chouchou-P’s “Kokoronashi,” yo~ And hey, before that, I mixed a cover by Nyusan, who tried to sing Jin’s “Outer Science” with my instrumental arrangement of it!

And now, considering the time…well, Happy New Year, dear peeps! \(^o^)