Tobby’s Freestyle Rap Practice Compilation 3

When my youngest brother saw that face of mine, which you can see in the video thumbnail, he giggled and said “Kuya, angry!”

Also, yes, this is shorter than the previous two compilations. My reasoning for that is a mix of “testing the waters” and “in a slump.”

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Tobby’s Freestyle Rap Practice Compilation 2

And here are some more cuts of me trying to sharpen my freestyling, all of them recorded with my phone again one early school day morning and then edited and compiled during the following days. It also features a Kingdom Hearts reference.

As for the next compilation, I shall try to do it with video recordings as well.

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

Tobby’s Freestyle Rap Practice Compilation

I’ve heard that the freestyling skill is a very important rapper skill, so here are cuts of my recent and rookie attempts at practicing that skill, spun up and spat out (and also re-spun and spat out again when my brain and mouth have a tangle, which happened a lot) without writing them down, recorded with my phone’s audio recorder feature, edited and compiled with Audacity, and accompanied by (what I hope is) a humorous text animation video made with AviUtl.

Now that I think about it some more, though, maybe there would be more fun if I did video recordings of those practice sessions…I didn’t think it was a good idea for a while after trying to do that during class hours, but hey, I guess my personal rooms can be good enough recording spots.

Oh, and there will be more, alright. The next video will be like this as well, though the compilations after that will probably have cuts of me and my moving face along with some goofy text animations.

And of course, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated, yo.

Ruins – Vocal Arrange Cover

It’s been a while since I last put lyrics and vocals over an originally instrumental track. Not like I lost interest in doing such a thing, though, but making stuff like this takes a lot of effort, you know? That, and this sort of thing is something that’s extracurricular compared to other things in my to-do list. All those constraints I consider blessings now, though, because I think harder about what sort of content I’m making and how I’m making them.

So yeah, about this track, it’s originally by TRISTN, a peep whom I first encountered through twenty one pilots instrumental covers. And I guess I decided to put this on queue for vocal arrange covering because I wanted to show off…which is probably ironic, considering the lyrics. Also, production really took a while, considering that I asked for permission to use this track around 5 months ago. How I still remember something as obscure as this probably says something about my shifting musical interests and TRISTN’s potential as a musician as well.

As for the production, well…I struggled with this for a while. The second verse wasn’t really a rap at first, the choruses didn’t feel genuine, and the second shot at the chorus only went once, with some awkward attempt at a dramatic couplet afterward. I then rerecorded with revised lyrics, changing my vocal melody for the chorus and upping the song’s overall level of melancholy as well.

Oh, and as expected, rapping dries the throat fast. Also, there’s my tongue kinda messing up saying “fools” in the second verse. Still, after listening to the whole thing a bunch of times, I feel like I improved. Of course, I still need your honest constructive feedback, dear listeners. I also don’t mind rerecording this track sometime, considering how I’ve noticed a bunch of points in my rapping and singing that I can improve on.

As for audio engineering, I’m getting more used to adding a little more amplification to my vocal tracks for good measure. And as for video effects and editing, I played around with AviUtl some more. I find the resulting video impressive, though, making me consider the possibility of me being more like Monthly Girls’ Nozaki‘s Mikoto Mikoshiba in terms of visual art skills. Still, again, honest constructive feedback from the audience is important. That, and I think I should do more with the text effects.

Oh, and better not forget Ms. Biwa. She did the illustration for the cover video, and although it’s somewhat different from what I expected, I’m still pretty impressed by it! Like, check the character design and the background, yo!

And now, here’s a link to the mp3 of this cover, and here’s a link to this cover’s lyrics sheet. Do give proper credit and linking if you’d like to use my lyrics, okay?

And again, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated. ^_^

Bishoujo Kengi — TOB English Rap Arrange Cover

So…yeah…This is that one cover I’ve been thinking twice about for a long while…and even now, I’m still thinking twice about it.

See, the lyrics in the cover are pretty much like the stuff of certain love letters I made and sent to a certain girl during my past years as Tobby. Though this time, I’m more aware of how creepy this stuff is, and I’m also thinking that my lyrics here really are as creepy as the original lyrics of this song. Even the beat, which I find catchy, makes them even creepier!

With that, the uploading of this thing here definitely says something about myself, alright.

Like, really, I can remember how much I didn’t want to consider myself creepy back when I wrote those creepy love letters, particularly when I remember having told a friend that my version’s less creepy than the original version. Now, I guess I’m looking at a manifestation of my struggles with lust and such, particularly with me on the losing side. Really, I think it’s more dangerous when doing something like this feels like something I should do. I can feel its potential to snowball…and I guess I’m desperate. Maybe for help, maybe for more wildness, or maybe it’s a mix of both.

Still, my thanks goes to the peeps who don’t mind having my back for this, even if I have some disbelief at having such support given to me with something like this. And if you’ll ever consider this something you wanna forget about me…hmm, maybe you shouldn’t try to forget this, then. After all, the good within being idolized is something I’ve been having more and more doubts about lately…though I guess the way I’m putting this also screams me being hypocritical, since I could’ve just resisted letting myself upload this.

…Hm, though I guess this also shows how much I think about the thoughts of others. Maybe it’s too much? Well, I guess I should consult the trustworthy peeps in my life, then…

Anyway, this still stays up…maybe particularly for the sake of knowing a part of me that you won’t like. I do have parts that I know you would like, but I want to let you know that I’m not really perfect as well. So yeah, you can care for me, but please don’t worship me.

Also, Biwa drew the illustration for this cover. I would also like to take some time express my admiration for her dedication and because although she had to help me express my more complex drawing directions in Japanese, along with me bothering her multiple times with me changing my mind about uploading this cover, she still worked up what I requested and let me keep on doing what I want with it, even sharing the Niconico upload of this cover. And with that, I would like to apologize again for the trouble I caused as well.

Oh, and special thanks also goes to Gabby Cruz, a close friend of mine. I think he understands a lot about being in the gray zones, yo.

And now, here’s a link to this cover’s mp3, and here’s a link to the cover lyrics sheet. On the off-chance that you would like to try covering this song with my lyrics, then please do credit me and link to me as well, okay?

Tobby tried to arrange and sing “Rokuchounen to Ichiya Monogatari”

This arrange cover’s actually something I made during my earlier attempts at producing with LMMS. I set it aside after feeling like it was too difficult for me at that time, but after some more time with building experience and all, I managed to gain confidence to work on this some more and get it uploaded with a video. kemu’s stunning return to Vocaloid is also a major factor in the production and release of this, I guess, considering how my focus in terms of music have been shifting to more pop sounds recently, particularly K-Pop. Still, Vocaloid music like kemu’s hold a special place in my heart as inspirations for my own attempts at creating music and all that.

Well, that, and there’s me trying to do worthwhile stuff while on vacation. I really need to soften my rigidity with things like this and care for my body better, though…even if I have to deal with slow processing when it comes to working with AviUtl in my comp…

And speaking of AviUtl, I’ve been trying out some more new things, like the flares. It may be hard to preview my video while producing it, but seeing stuff work well with smooth playback is still something that I enjoy! Also, my Japanese online friend named Biwa drew for me again! As usual, she did well, if you ask me!

And I better not forget Vocaloid producer Tenshi~Akari! Freaking nuts, it’s been a while since I last communicated with her…Anyway, this arrange cover, particularly during its early stages, was something I showed to her for feedback. I think she sent me a melody line track as a guide as well? Ah, my memories of that are blurry now, honestly…but still, I’m certain that she had helped me enough to deserve special mention! So yeah, thanks very much, yo!

By the way, this song is still my top favorite kemu song (which the presence of my previous attempt can probably attest to). I feel good about this arrange, yeah, but the original arrange is still something I like more than mine. The fast beat, hard guitars, delicate synths, and the way they mix and shift to present the song’s heart-rending story all really get me more than my high-speed acoustic parade, you know?

So yeah, that aside, here’s this cover’s mp3. Also, here are the instrumentals (-3 key and original key) for those who want to make covers with it. Of course, you better credit me properly! Like, mention my online alias and link to my YouTube Channel, Niconico MyList, and the like in your upload description, yo!

And again, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated! \(^o^)

Stigma -Acoustic Arrange ver.- — Tobby’s Vocal Cover

Okay, due to my likely unavailability during the coming weekend, I decided to upload something already from my queue of works that are ready for upload. First off is this!

So yeah, say hello to my high notes and my Korean. I have more confidence in the former than the latter, but I do want to improve the latter as well!

Also, if you haven’t noticed it or forgotten about it, then I’d like to tell you that hey, I’m an A.R.M.Y. BTS has definitely become a part of my major inspirations, yo! And my bias? Well, there’s V…and Jin…and J-Hope…and the rest of the seven…Yeah, I find them that awesome. ^_^

And hey, Happy 4th Anniversary, BTS! I wish you more strength for more worthwhile stuff, too!

Anyway, more about this cover and production, well, among the solo tracks in WINGS and You Never Walk Alone, V’s “Stigma” resonated with me the most. Finding the instrumental for RYUSERALOVER’s acoustic arrangement (which is an arrangement with a piano and a guitar, specifically) got me wanting to cover it even more, and I’m glad that his arrangement also goes by a different key that my range can handle. Oh, and his vocal cover of “Stigma” with said arrangement is also worth listening to, by the way!

And yes, my main vocal consists of two separate tracks, as I wanted to do the lyrics covered under that sustained high note cry moment right before the last chorus. So yeah, that was me wanting to sing all the lyrics while trying to show off the higher part of my vocal range.

As for the illustration and video, I did the video effects and all, while Biwa drew the illustration! She’s someone I met online sometime after Uri’s The Hanged Man got released, and, in particular, I think I met her because of her fanart for the Strange Men Series. She draws well, if you ask me! Other examples I’d like to show include this one Weiss drawing I requested from her, and then there’s her fanart of the character I voiced in The Boogie Man!

Also, I think I’m getting better with AviUtl…but it’s still hard to work with, considering my comp’s specs…Oh well, gotta work with what I have for now.

And now, here’s a link to the mp3 of this cover.

Honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated!

Tobby tried to sing “Ride”

Oh, I’ve been thinking too much, alright.

So yeah, hi. I’m back with a post here. And I have a song cover again, yay~

The audio had been recorded over a month ago, and the video production took a while, delayed mostly by some angsting of mine, which was also one of the reasons for my attempt at covering this song. Still, growing up’s tough, but thank God very much, for it can be manageable.

Also, I’d like to send my thanks to Alex Finn for letting me use his instrumental arrangement. I’d also like to send a shoutout to one of his songs: “Material.”

Oh, and I’mma leave this here: |-/

And I’d like to remind you peeps again: Honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated.

And now, I’mma go chill some more.

Loser’s Anthem – Vocal Arrangement Cover

It’s late at night right now, and as of this post’s writing, I’m currently at a friend’s house, hanging out with a bunch of friends. Although I don’t know how effective it’s being, I feel some relief in this hangout where I cut myself loose and go nuts with fellow nuts.

Anyway, yo, it’s me, The Overlord Bear, here to promote a cover I made with the help of ippotsk, who composed, arranged, mixed, and illustrated for the music I added lyrics and vocals to. Originally, the track was just an instrumental that was posted on her SoundCloud, and when I found it one day, I considered adding lyrics and vocals to it, and so I asked for permission to do so. I eventually got some enthusiastically given permission, and after some more time, I managed to whip up the lyrics and vocals. Then, after presenting an earlier version of my cover (which had a vocal mix that I worked on) to ippotsk, rearrangements and further mixing were done, and along the way, I also whipped up a video via AviUtl and the Advanced Editing plugin with an illustration by ippotsk herself as well! Oh, and finally, I managed to learn how to deal with that audio-video sync problem during encoding…though there’s the slowness problem with my comp trying to work with AviUtl, especially when certain effects are applied (for example, a certain blur effect I used)…Oh well, my comp’s the best I have right now and for a while, so I gotta deal with it for a while…Also, I’m enjoying how the video turned out! I’m certainly gonna use AviUtl more in the future, yo.

Now, more about the lyrics and vocals, well, I think they’re somewhat childish, and recently, I’ve been feeling like dissing, including self-deprecation, isn’t really my style. Still, at the same time, I’m glad that there are people, including and most especially the composer, who find it enjoyable, and I feel more relief along with being able to express my complex self. It’s quite strange, really, though it makes me want to live more and live better. Also, I really like ippotsk’s rearrangement and further mixing. The arrangement in the cover still has the melancholic feel, but with more grooviness, I think. I think that her mixing also made the vocals more emphasized while not being overpowering, too. Yeah, I’m fine with working with her again in the future, alright. 🙂

And hey, now that I think about it, I don’t have much more to say now, especially since I’m now feeling the need for sleep more. With that, I ask for honest constructive feedback from you peeps.

Now, see you again in the den, then, yo. And hopefully, I’ll be posting a fanfiction chapter or a short story or something in the near future…

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. 🙂