Calliope Mori – Red (Lo-Fi Version) – TOB Vocal Cover

And so I’ve covered my other favorite Your Mori. track, and I covered it with the Lo-Fi Version because that arrangement fits my vocals better. And yes, I did make my singing vocals rougher and rougher every chorus. I really should appreciate my lower vocal range more. I’d like to thank dj-Jo for the added interlude as well, because hey, more room for me to yell like a banshee and almost drown in the middle of the musical vocal ocean. Also, points to Calli again for her voice being a big help in making her raps sound wise and strong in this song, because man, I think I sound like a nerd acting tough rather than a toughened nerd in the raps here, hahaha! X”D

Anyway, gotta send really big thanks to the great folks who helped me out here: Shigeru with the audio engineering, ArkFord with the illustration, and Venetian with the video! Again, I’m kinda at a loss for words about how Shigeru gets my voice so well now, and now I’m wondering about what sort of tougher challenge I should give him to further break his limits well. And Ark’s giving that elegance real good again, though I want to give him a dorkier order next time. As for Venetian, who I worked with for the first time, I love her simple and subtle work here, especially with the text.

And now, here’s this cover’s mp3. And again, I’d like to ask for honest constructive feedback~

Mumei Nanashi – A New Start – TOB Vocal Cover

Huh, what a coincidence: The last time I covered a song with Japanese lyrics in its original form, Calli was involved in it. And now here’s me covering another song with Calli involvement, which I also find funny thanks to Mumei’s horror inclinations. Anyway, glad to know more about Calli helping around there, alright.

Oh, and I feel like Mumei and I have similar vibes in terms of singing voices and horrifying craziness, but I think mine are way more unrefined and boorish. I’m also getting the feeling that bass boosting is essential to mixing my vocals, as it’s a very me thing to have my tenor voice all up in our ears, so yeah, also sending big thanks to Shigeru again for the help on that garbage dumping. X”D

And now, this cover’s mp3. Also, honest constructive feedback, please, though you’re free to flame me instead, considering the likely more numerous good reasons for that.

get up, harebrain – A TOB Remix of Calliope Mori’s “guh”

On the road to learning and doing good self-deprecation, there is the struggle to differentiate it from bad self-deprecation, a.k.a. self-loathing. As appreciative as I am of a certain rapper going by the name Calliope Mori striving to go down that road well, stumbles are to be expected here and there, and “guh,” her crazy groovy and somewhat profound track dedicated to self-deprecation, ignited an urge within me to do a riskier take on its themes, because for one, I’m pretty sure that truer self-deprecation is likelier to put a status like she has right now as a hololive VTuber in danger. And I think it’s likelier that she won’t bother with this, let alone notice it, for a variety of good reasons, but there’s also me on another part of my quest to better figure out and deal with these complicated feelings I have for this woman, and getting this out here the best I can right now is my minimum goal for this production. Besides, I think I’ve also found other ways to get those other things I want. I mean, there are the other covers I’ve been and I’ll be making, for example.

And I gotta send big thanks and apologies to my collaborators here. First is Joshua Hartshorn, who enthusiastically and wonderfully remade the complicated instrumental originally produced by teniwoha. With that said, I’d also like to recommend his groovy Faceless Entertainers EP, and I hope he isn’t too bothered by the lyrics that are playing with fire. Then there’s Shigeru, who definitely had to go through my stupid bars over and over as he worked on the audio engineering for my choking vocals and all that again. And then there’s Juanny Rese, my younger sister who drew the museum piece of an illustration in the MV. I don’t think she’s in the rabbit hole (yet, probably), and I had this chance to have her draw for me basically because I bought her a Seventeen album (a mini album, to be more exact, I think?) she wanted. So yeah, again, to all my collaborators here, thank you very much, I’m very sorry for dragging you all into this bonkers production of mine, and if you have to deal with flak over this, then I hope you get way less flak than I would.

Also, yes, I did use Comic Sans on the music video for extra pain. I was also going to add some commentary on the top left part of the video, but I decided not to in the end because I considered it likely to turn into TMI…or TTMI, if you think my lyrics here are already too much for you to handle.

Still, along with the mp3, here’s the lyrics sheet. If you want to, you can use the sheet to help you cover this cover on top of having something for your reading convenience, but of course, you gotta remember to credit and link me if you’re gonna do that! If you don’t, well, for one, you’ll be taking the very punishing justice that must come to me, hahaha!

And hey, honestly, I’d love it if Calli considers me a worthy opponent of hers. But hey, what do you think? Whether or not you think I’m worthy, I think y’all can give me honest constructive feedback, and again, I’d like to ask for that.

Calliope Mori – Ijimekko Bully – TOB Vocal Cover

Indeed, I’ve been longing to cover a Your Mori. track, and now here’s one after another cover of a Calli song! This song is also one of my two favorites from Calli’s second EP, the other favorite being “Red.” And I consider Your Mori. Calli’s best work so far, especially thanks to how she manages to elevate the character play into something profound with her own personality in it. With that said, what I particularly like about “Ijimekko Bully” is how engagingly serious she expresses being a functional self-loather, and then there’s how the lightness of her voice carrying those dark lyrics makes the song sound wonderfully unsettling as well. Oh, and if you’re wondering about how I got an instrumental for this track, I got help from alfonsomusic, who did it so freaking well and so freaking quickly! Big thanks to that guy, alright!

Now, as for my approach to performing this song, well, I went for the more visceral sort of unsettling, beastly vibes included. I found that harder to express through the double-time raps, while the slow vocals were easier work. I also added harmonies into the raps. And speaking of which, I’ve been starting to further think that I may be better at vocal performance than at writing lyrics.

But even then, I gotta have good sound quality along with my recorded vocals, and I’m not really good at that stuff, so yeah, I’d like to send big thanks to MegaMat for doing audio engineering here. Special mention goes to how he blended spectral vibes into the intoxicated and maniacal vibes. It also seems like he’s quite a Dead Beat, and that may have been a factor in how smoothly this work was done. And speaking of which, maybe I should try joining that one Dead Beat Discord server sometime?

As for the visual aspects of this production, I asked for ringgopan’s help again thanks to how she draws fancy stuff so well, and yeah, I’d like to send big thanks for those really flattering drawings of me. Like, gosh dang, I look so manly along with classy, I can’t believe it. And I put her on crunch time, too! I feel so freaking humbled as well there, alright.

I also aimed to have a color scheme of black, white, and blue to accompany my more visceral take on the song. I especially enjoyed learning more about the blue rose along the way, and now I’m more curious about that one Suisei song. And I figured out how to use Camera Control on AviUtl again. Still mostly feeling my way around all that video effects and editing stuff, though. But I feel particularly confident about my work on the second verse.

Now here’s an mp3 copy of this cover. And again, please give me honest constructive feedback.

Calliope Mori – end of a life – TOB Vocal Cover

Probably the first thing that motivated me to cover this song is the fact that it has an officially released instrumental (this one’s on iTunes, and this one’s on piapro), which is rare for a Calli track. Though if that really were the first thing, I don’t think I’d have tried as much as I did to sound emotional while recording my vocals for this cover.

And speaking of sounding emotional, I start to further think again about how I may really have acting talent, for better or worse. I mean, considering how more personal this song is to Calli than it is to me and my probably more normie ass, I feel like I’d also be scared if my performance here moves you to tears or something close to that. And again, I think about why I’d want to make my life out of stuff like singing and acting, especially considering the volume of horror stories I’ve come across about the scenes there and how I could just work this office-turned-home-based job for stuff like gaming achievement hunting and anime binge-watching. And then I remember how I’d rather live life like it’s one of the pieces of fiction I indulge in, but way better, whatever that’s supposed to be. I feel like I’m already living that life I want more and more, too. Praise and thanks be to God Almighty very much again, then, and may He keep on helping us all.

Also, I’d like to send big thanks to DarkHole for doing audio engineering on this cover. I particularly like the grainy feel put into the mix, and then there’s the wonderful work on my blended vocals.

And yes, I wrote and sang some translyrics based on Calli’s “Live Again.” Maybe it’s also a teaser for a future music upload.

Now, here’s an mp3 copy of this cover. And again, I’d like some honest constructive feedback.

I Shared a Kiss with Calliope Mori – A TOB English Remix

Happy First Anniversary to hololive English, holoMyth, and last but not least, Calliope Mori, the rapping Reaper who was also the very first to debut in holoEN and holoMyth. It’s a late greeting, but considering what I made, well, maybe the world’s lucky that this wasn’t posted on time, hahaha~ X”D

Anyway, I made a remix just for her, and it’s a remix of Mikito-P’s “Boku wa Hatsune Miku to Kiss wo Shita,” which is also known in English as “I Shared a Kiss with Hatsune Miku.” The original’s more wholesome than it sounds, and I’d like to say the same about my remix, but I feel like I’d be overconfident there, to be honest. Still, I wanna get this and more out there and see where all that stuff will go as far as I can.

Now, I’d like to send my thanks to the three people I commissioned to help with this production: Shigeru for the mix and mastering, Denyel for the illustrations, and Lance for the video. Also, I’d like to send you my apologies for any potential weird looks from others thanks to your involvement in my antics.

And yeah, I’m feeling kinda tight-lipped here, and I’d rather have my work speak for me more, so yeah, here’s the mp3, and here’s the lyrics sheet. Again, please credit and link me if you’re gonna use my stuff, and I’d love some honest constructive feedback. God Almighty keep on helping us all, too.

Rikka and Calliope Mori – spiral tones – TOB English Remix

Now that I think about it some more, Calli seems to be taking it easy in “spiral tones”…though maybe a bit too easy, if you ask me, especially about how she uses the “out with the old, in with the new” messaging. Maybe it’s an attempt to stick to the idol tradition some more, though I think she’s already pushing said tradition’s limits well with her own brand of gap moe, for one. And then there’s how she’s jokingly called a boomer and a dad. Thinking about it that way, I’m even more underwhelmed by this “actual boomer dad trying and failing to fit in with the kids” level of competition I’m facing here, especially after going through the work I and my commissioned folks have done for this remix production.

Still, I’m pretty sure that a considerable effort was made for the original, and I do quite enjoy Rikka’s powerful songwriting and performance along with Lefty’s groovy arrangement. And while I never really thought about Calli’s work in “spiral tones” that deeply until I started writing this blog post, I had already intended to work this lyrical remix into a clapback of sorts, mostly because of how I really want to prove myself to Calli some more and how I think doing that would have to involve challenging her as well. Yeah, I could’ve tried to be more brutal with my remix lyrics, but I honestly think it’s good that I didn’t think about the original lyrics that far until now. And I could’ve had Rikka added to the illustration, but with the way I’m hijacking the track, well, I think I would’ve been more brutal if I had his face added there, hahaha…But anyway, this is still a chance to outdo that one previous fanwork event attempt of mine, so yeah, here’s me taking it.

Now, while I’m more confident in my lyrics and performance this time, my confidence is even more boosted by the audio engineering work, with Jenn handling timing and tuning, while Leanna handled mixing and mastering again. It’s not the first time I’ve had their services, but it is the first time I’ve had the full duo themselves working on my stuff, as Leanna also handled timing and tuning for that previous work due to Jenn being too busy at the time. Again, I got some freaking impressive work here, especially with how loud and clear my vocals sound. So yeah, thank you very much, you two!

As for the illustration, I commissioned Genka, who drew for one of my Lisa the Tearer vids before. I was intending to have only my avatar drawn, but then I felt like I might look too focused on myself, so I decided to have him draw Calli as well in a split screen. Also, I’m appreciating his shading skills even more now, especially after having watched the corresponding timelapse vid he sent me. Special mention also goes to my avatar’s gold/yellow eye, which has me amused while it reminds me of Shadow Selves from the Persona games. With all that said, thank you very much for your work, bro!

As for the video, I have some strangely particular confidence in my Japanese attempts there. And I intended to have the Japanese not be accompanied by English translation at first, but after realizing that I might be able to reference “Dead Poets Society” in English translation under one Japanese attempt, I decided to try having some more fun and add English translations to the rest of the attempts.

And speaking of boosted confidence, I got enough to share an mp3 copy and the lyrics sheet! Don’t forget to credit and link me if you’re using my stuff, of course~

But hey, with all that boosted confidence, honest and constructive feedback is even more encouraged here! Besides, I’d be defeating my messaging in this remix if I don’t do my best to encourage and appreciate that stuff. So yeah, go for it, people!

UPDATE (August 16, 2021): I made it… TwT

Introducing Lisa the Tearer

Introducing Lisa the Tearer

some commentary on Lisa the Tearer by his manager, The Overlord Bear/Jem De Ocampo

He’s a creepy slasher of the Freddy Krueger kind, and he has the hots for a certain Reaper employed by hololive, but for some reason, he’s allowing me to roast him as he has me write stuff about him. Then again, with skin that burnt and passion that fiery, what’s a roast to him?


Continue reading “Introducing Lisa the Tearer”

Expanded: Death’s Most Wanted? (“失礼しますが、RIP♡” Remix)

So I made a remix of a remix I made, I guess? Well, if we’re talking about sound mixing, then I guess that’s accurate.

But seriously, I’m still surprised by my guts about this. I mean, maybe I’m just bored and horny again, you know?

That aside, here’s the mp3.

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