hololive English -Council- – Rise – RingNin and TOB Vocal Cover

So here’s the big one I was talking about posting on the Sunday before today, my birthday. Just so happened that I started showing some symptoms of the Rona last Thursday, and hopefully, I’ll be fully recovered today or sometime soon, but anyway, that had this release slowing down, especially with my video work for this. But hey, at the very least, I got some sort of break, and I even learned some more about using AviUtl, my top highlight there being the use of curve movement for the camera control! And of course, this upload’s on my birthday! I feel like the most intense song cover I’ve made so far in terms of the production process should be posted on such a time, you know?

Talking more about how intense this is, this is a duet cover, and I haven’t done a collab cover for over six years already. And this cover singer who’s now more focused on VTuber songs, especially holo ones, had the honor of doing a cover of holoCouncil’s Rise with RingNin, whom I think I first encountered while looking through Shigeru’s mix commissions info again. Remembering the well-contrasted vocal combo in the epicness that is holoCouncil’s first original and my eager listening to the fluffiness that is Nin’s singing voice, well, I ended up wanting to cover this song with her, and I’m very humbled by her work! And it seems like this is her first song cover in English, too!

Leanna also made a smart move in putting Nin’s vocals in front and mine in the back. I mean, why have a voice as cute as Nin’s in the back? And I tend to blast my dude voice, so yeah. Add the warmth Leanna managed to add in a revision, and we got this epicness here! Also, it seems like Leanna and I share a birthday? Well, whenever her birthday actually is, I’d like to greet her a happy birthday!

And last but not least, Nin and I got help from Syd for our avatars and the background in the cover MV! The designs match the members with the individual lines we covered, with me having Kronii’s and Bae’s and Nin having Mumei’s, Fauna’s, and Sana’s. Other references include Fire Emblem Engage’s Alear (who was also designed by Bae’s character designer, OG-level artist Mika Pikazo), and The World Ends With You’s Neku Sakuraba for this take on my avatar, while the titular Cardcaptor Sakura served as a reference for this take on Nin’s avatar. And I feel like purple is the hard-carrying color in our avatars here. As for the background, it makes me think of Syd as even more of a badass with how detailed and complementary it is! And speaking of Syd’s awesomeness, check out their official work for Elaine of KoMETA’s second original Nakaukit too!

Also, how much have I been watching holoCouncil recently? Well, like with the rest of the girls of holoPro, I feel like I’ve come to watch them more than I did before thanks to HOLOSTARS and their brand of classiness humbling and grounding me. As for specific members I’ve been tuning into, the most I have so far might be Fauna if we’re talking solo streams, Kronii and Bae for collab streams, and Fauna, Bae, and Mumei in terms of music. Surprisingly, overall, Fauna is at the top of my fave Council member ranking right now. I guess it’s the fluffy voice and the horror writing.

With all that said, here’s an mp3 copy of the cover~ And as always, I’d like to ask for honest constructive feedback!

Tempus Fugit

Tempus Fugit

a hololive fanfiction by The Overlord Bear

beta-read by Adri Mars

Summary: Four men forming a heroes’ guild, stumped about what to call themselves, call upon a Warden for guidance, and she who calls herself Perfection answers.


Continue reading “Tempus Fugit”

Calliope Mori – Kamouflage – TOB Vocal Cover

So Calli along with holoMyth and holoEN is going two years, and this cover of a track from Calli’s first major-label EP, SHINIGAMI NOTE, is pretty much my commemorative upload for it. And yes, I decided to use the presence of the lyric “‘Play the role of ‘bad girl”” as a way for my take on this to be sassier on top of manlier, because hey, that is how I look at Calli at the very least: a crudely badass woman I’d like to spend my time fancily bullying into further improvement. Of course, it’s fine if she doesn’t notice my stuff. I’d even call it a miracle, since she seems to have a tendency to fixate on worthless feedback, which I think my feedback usually is, even and especially with how I tend to write like a wannabe reviewer, which is a double whammy because I heard that reviewers are supposed to be snobs.

And speaking of snobbery, yes, I did do some censoring on my cover here. I’d also like to say that I am a firm believer in sounding more insulting without using textbook curses. Still, this song is my favorite off the EP, which, along with “MERA MERA” being my second favorite, definitely is also saying something about how I perceive the quality of the whole thing (Hint: It also has me down bad at best). Not like having alfonsomusic remake the groovy instrumental, myself work these intricate vocals, and Shig do the effect-heavy audio engineering weren’t a fun challenge to me, though. I mean, what is an ordinary Tobby day without him plotting to outdo the Grim Reaper’s First Apprentice? And I like to think that I’m styling on her with my finer vocal control and wider emotional range. She still has me beat at emotional power and audio engineering quality, though.

Now, before I go TMI some more, here’s a link to this cover’s mp3. Also, again, I’d love some honest constructive feedback from you folks. You might find yourself with more range than you think here, too.

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.

IRyS – Sparks of Joy – TOB Vocal Cover

Yeah, I’ve been waiting for an IRyS English original, alright. Also, this cover would’ve been uploaded at a later date, but today’s planned upload got delayed, and Shigeru was more of an efficiency monster than usual (Like, seriously, the freaking awesome mix here is the first version he showed me), giving me this opportunity to also go even more speed monster with this release.

As for my more detailed thoughts on the song, well, I love the happy grooviness and the scenery descriptions. And I think IRyS has more chic and charming vocals compared to my goofy and headfirst vocals. I wish she were in a casual outfit for the MV, though. And maybe it should have a turtleneck? And before I forget, I’d like to mention that steep drop from the bridge to the final chorus. That’s one tricky-ass part, alright.

Oh, and it may be a few months since the last one like this, but I feel like it’s been a while since I uploaded a vocal cover with just an mp3, hahaha~ Anyway, I’m looking for them honest constructive feedback like usual, yo!

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.

IRyS – Caesura of Despair – TOB English Cover

So as I was prepping for this cover, the buzzG sound in the ||:Caesura of Despair EP’s title track got me thinking about “Shiwa” again and trying to sing it a bunch of times, with most of the attempts involving me breaking into tears in the middle of singing. This IRyS track doesn’t hit me as hard as that, but still, I can feel the emotions in buzzG’s songwriting and Coch’s arrangement, with IRyS’s vocals wonderfully amplifying them along with the song’s fantasy vibes (And the attaca version by Yuyoyuppe, who’s going by the DJ’TEKINA//SOMETHIG alias here, is no slouch either with its booming electronic sound).

And out of the three tracks of the ||:Caesura of Despair EP, I think this song is the easiest for me to sing, with “diorama” and “HERE COMES HOPE” following with increasing difficulty in that order, which now has me wondering if the production for the EP had such thoughts in mind while deciding the order of the tracklist and how to better present IRyS’s vocal abilities and character lore through that. As for working up the translyrics here, I guess I also made the tone a bit more active and, well, down-to-earth…which I also guess is pretty much a running thing in my English covers of the ||:Caesura of Despair EP tracks, and yes, I’ve covered all three of the EP’s tracks in English. If you want to check out the previous covers, then here’s a link to the one for “diorama,” and here’s a link to the one for “HERE COMES HOPE.”

Now, furthermore about this particular cover, I’m glad I asked Shigeru to cut the bass and boost the treble on my main vocal, and I’d also like to thank him very much for nailing those parts real well! As for the visuals, the official MV features just a short version of the track, so I had to produce an original MV. And I’d like to say that I feel very honored to have ArkFord as this cover’s illustrator! Like, y’all should see how beautifully he draws the ladies of hololive as well. So yeah, big thanks to him as well!

As for more about the fact that I’ve made English covers out of the whole ||:Caesura of Despair EP, I’d like to say that it was more fun than I expected, especially in terms of working up all those fantasy vibes along with the personal edges. There was some scuff, yeah, especially considering how these covers are among my more impulse productions, but I think I’ve been learning from that as well, though I also wish for more audience feedback to support that even further. And I’ve grown more of an appreciation for the soda-loving neph girl next door named IRyS, especially as a singer. I’d also like to reiterate my interest in hearing her sing full English originals, and I’d also like to note that while I’d love to write lyrics for at least one of those, I’ve come to realize that it would probably be harder for me to whip up lyrics from scratch than from what’s already there. Though I think I’d prefer writing original lyrics than translyrics, because while I like to think that there’s some improvement in my translation skills, I still don’t feel that confident in them, hahaha… X”D

With all that said, here’s the mp3, and here’s the lyrics sheet. Of course, please remember to credit and link me if you’re gonna use my stuff, and again, I’d like to ask for some honest constructive feedback!

IRyS – HERE COMES HOPE – TOB English Cover

So, working up my vocals for this song got me having more appreciation for IRyS’s vocal abilities. I mean, if I didn’t know better, I’d have thought her voice wouldn’t work well with a song like this. Her singing is already pretty impressive in the other two songs of the Caesura of Despair EP, but her performance here makes her and the EP stand out even further. So yeah, I’d like to describe her voice as silky steel now! 😀

Still, I’d love to sing this song with a rougher and more aggressive approach sometime instead of the cold booming I settled for here. The former approach is definitely gonna be more taxing on my throat and my mic, but I think it’ll make a more fitting vocal performance from me. Like, to be frank, I’d really love to try making the lyrics (or how I understand the lyrics) further sound as insane as they seem.

Also, it’s the return of Shigeru in my works! I’d like to send big thanks to him and his efficiency once again, alright! Special mention also goes to how he managed to make my cold booming here sound sharp!

And again, with encouragement to outdo me some more, here’s the mp3, here’s the lyrics sheet, please don’t forget to credit and link me if you’re gonna use my stuff, and please give me some honest constructive feedback!

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.