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~

Okayu Nekomata – Mogu Mogu YUMMY! – TOB English Cover

Going through the original lyrics of this song and remembering who wrote it, I was like “Yup, this is definitely Pinocchio-P stuff.” Meanwhile, looking through my lyrics again, I think my Gothic senses combined with my English dub trashiness emphasized the darker parts. And I think my vocals are a more obvious scare compared to Okayu’s laidback vocals that served as a big factor in how this song got stuck in my head this much. So yeah, I don’t think I should be surprised at all if families have very horrified reactions to this.

And hey, sending big thanks again to Shigeru, who just came back from a break! Also, it’s been over a year since I first worked with him! Really quite an honor to have worked with him so much!

And now, this cover’s mp3 and this cover’s lyrics sheet. Please credit and link me if you’re going to use my horrifying stuff here. And of course, honest constructive feedback, please~

Towa Tokoyami – FACT – TOB English Cover

I think I made and sung translyrics that are more forward and aggressive than the original, alright. Combine that with my voice, and you get the ultimate threat to multiversal security. And yes, I be feeling myself a lot again. Should help you remember that the original singer is way more decent than me, though.

Also, I am now more sure that bass boosting is essential to mixing my vocals. Thanks very much again for helping me figure that out, too, Leanna~

Now, here’s this cover’s mp3, and here’s this cover’s lyrics sheet. Please credit and link me if you want to show the world that you’re more charming than me with my stuff so that y’all can give me more concentrated fire guaranteed to keep me canceled forever. I still encourage honest constructive feedback, though.

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.

Suisei Hoshimachi – Her Trail on the Celestial Sphere – TOB English Cover

Working on covering Suisei’s second original song seems to have gotten me more conscious about expressing emotion through my vocals. Like, I think I was trying to be more yelling or something about it, but then I found myself also having more fun going with what I think’s a softer voice from me. As for the lyrics, they sure help make the song quite a complementary contrast to “comet,” no?

Also, DarkHole makes a comeback with that wonderfully grainy audio engineering! Thinking about his style some more, it sounds like something my younger self would’ve thought he could do easily. Unfortunately, stuff like engineering is not my strong suit…probably unless it’s social engineering, more unfortunately.

Anyway, I guess I got nothing else to say now other than here’s the mp3, here’s the lyrics sheet, please credit and link me if you’re using my stuff, and please give me honest constructive feedback~

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!

Suisei Hoshimachi – comet – TOB English Cover

Singing Suisei Hoshimachi’s first original song is tougher than it sounds, if you ask me, especially with that softer voice she used in the original, and I guess the fact that I’m a guy with a guy voice factors in a lot there. Anyway, I think *Luna’s lyrics and Suisei’s performance deliver a more connecting vibe, while mine’s more into that self-assertion, an aspect I can imagine Suisei working well with, especially considering “Stellar Stellar.”

As for the audio engineering in this thing, MegaMat’s back, and I’m very impressed by how he managed to make the cover pack a wonderful punch with his sense of loudness especially. I hope my borderline wheezing vocals weren’t too much for you to edit, though! X”D

All that said, here’s this cover’s mp3, and here’s this cover’s lyrics sheet. Again, please credit and link me if you’re going to use my stuff, and of course, please give me honest constructive feedback!

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!