My First Set of GarageBand-Produced Tracks

I tried out GarageBand on my phone last month and produced the two above tracks, much to the annoyance of one visiting friend of mine whom I had invited for a birthday/Christmas hangout at my family’s house, as I had been focusing more on getting a better handle on the app and making “Hiphoppity” while he was sitting across me. That very likely also had something to do with him calling the track something that can be usually found in low-budget porn some time later when I showed it off to him and our other visiting friends as well.

Anyway, although I don’t think my technical and theoretical music skills are that sharp yet, how the tracks turned out makes me think that I may have more of an inclination towards music than I thought. With that, I’m missing playing an acoustic guitar even more…

So yeah, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated. 🙂

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Good Life – Beat by Eddie Kaba, Rap by The Overlord Bear

Mukhang mas naiintidihan ko na kung bakit madalas na may mga featured vocalist ang mga rapper…

Ah, at hello muli sa inyo! Natagpuan ko ‘tong beat na ‘to habang dinadaanan ko din ang ilang mga magagandang instrumental remake ng mga K-Pop na kanta, at gusto kong sabihin na ang astig talaga nito, astig hanggang sa punto na lumiyab ang aking pag-iisip papunta sa paggawa ng hooked rap para dito! Maraming salamat talaga sa kaasitgan na iyon, Mr. Eddie Kaba!

Ah, at saka natipo kong mag-Pinoy ako para sa mga lirika dito, kaya ‘yon. 🙂

Nga pala, gusto ko ding magbigay ng pasasalamat kay Pat (a.k.a. MeelkyWay sa Wattpad), ang gumuhit ng magandang drawing na nakikita n’yo sa video! Masaya din ako sa aking paglagay ng effects para sa video kasama ng drawing na iyon, yo~ ^_^

At ngayon, heto na ang mp3 at ang lyrics sheet. Magbigay din kayo ng prangka ngunit matulungin na mga komento, okay?

Tobby tried to arrange and sing “Seisou Bakuretsu Boy”

If the illustration hasn’t raised any of your alarm bells, then yes, MATURE CONTENT WARNING, YO.

So yes, I am back again with a new music cover. This is one production in which I utilized an acoustic guitar synthesizer as well, and so far, using it hasn’t given me too much trouble. Meanwhile, my guitar performance skills still need a lot more practice…and I miss my brother’s acoustic guitar, alright…

Also, I’d like to say that working the vocals for this song felt like a struggle, even with me finding a key I sound better in, particularly in terms of harmonizing.

As for the accompanying visuals…I’d like to say that the illustration I worked with is quite a surprise from Biwa-san, indeed…

Now, here’s the mp3 of this cover, the wav of the instrumental in my voice’s key, and the wav of the instrumental in the original key.

And of course, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated, yo~ \(^o^)

Tobby tried to sing “Hibikase”

And now, with more confidence in my singing and mixing skills, here’s me with a cover of a GigaReol song after a bunch of Jemstand videos!

Also, it’s been a while since I last covered a Vocaloid song. And speaking of Vocaloid, the recent stuff that caught my ears so far there have been works from Rerulili, strovi, and Neru.

Oh, and I discovered the power of the Paulstretch effect recently. I think it got me doing time-shifting on the tracks some more, though…

Now, here’s this cover’s mp3.

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

With an acoustic arrange, Tobby tried to sing “Eine Kleine”

After a bunch of song covers in English, I’m back with a Japanese one, yo!

So yeah, this is one heartrending song I want to sing, and Bikkuri’s acoustic arrange isn’t bad, too! Had to kick up the key to get better output from my voice, though.

Also, I have hard time thinking up what to say for these blog posts about stuff like this lately…and I think that says something about how I do my stuff as Tobby. Perhaps I should lessen my posting every two weeks or so…well, that, and/or just let the song and my singing do all the talking, along with me responding to worthwhile comments.

Anyway, here’s the mp3 of this cover! Also, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated!

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?