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 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?

Blame It On The Boogie!

It’s been two years since Uri’s The Boogie Man was released, and in commemoration of the release anniversary, well, Wata Kujou, a friend of mine asked me to help her out in making an image song for Mr. Boogie! Taking Uri’s theme music genres for the games of the Strange Men Series into consideration, we ended up making a hiphop track, with me doing lyrics, rapping, singing, mixing (for the vocals only, though), and mastering, while Wata did the instrumental production. Also, Biwa did the illustration accompanying the track there!

Now, regarding my thoughts on the creation of the track, well…I’ve begun to understand more and more about how rapping can quickly dry the throat. Though on the other hand, I feel great about being able to flex and exercise my rap skills while under the scrutiny of a more public audience! Rapping’s something that I’ve been getting into more and more lately, and my confidence and interest there are kicked up by my awareness of my motor mouth tendencies and my interest in writing poetic lyrics, among other things, yo~

Still, I have some worries about my work on the track…like how easily listeners can comprehend what I’m spitting out, especially those who haven’t read the lyrics sheet yet. Aside from my enunciation, there’s also audio engineering influencing that, and I think I still need to learn a lot more technical stuff there, which I want to learn more formally sometime.

But hey, my struggles with all that still are quite a learning experience for me. For example, I feel confidence in having dared to do something unusual (Well, to me and my amateur audio engineering skills, that is) like putting some delay on my main vocals to add to the creepy feel of the track.

Also, I feel good about the positive reception the track’s been receiving lately, but hey, if you think there are things that can be improved on, then please do tell with full honesty, yo!

Oh, and to those who wanna know what the lyrics are, here’s a link to the lyrics sheet!

So yeah, here’s Mr. Dumont’s voice actor, going “Happy Release Anniversary, TBM!” and, of course, “Honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated!” \(^o^)

Chubyou Gekihatsu Boy — TOB English Cover

And now, another English cover of a Japanese song.

Also, Myo helped me out again! We took a while, though, considering our respective lives outside the Net, but I’m not that bothered by the slowness. I consider what we’re doing as extracurricular, see, and it would be a different story if this were professional work already.

Anyway, although my interest in Vocaloid lately isn’t as strong as it was back then, it still has a special place in my heart, considering how it was a gateway for my interest in music production as well. Also, I still find this song funny, and working on this had more of me goofing around, particularly during recording. Maybe I should share this with certain friends of mine too, considering how we are…

And speaking of my interest in Vocaloid music, it seems stuck to a bunch of producers who broke out before 2015. That, and I’m becoming more interested in working with human vocals, along with a wider range of music and a wider audience. I also honestly feel like I’ll stop uploading to NND eventually, and I also feel some sadness at the thought of that and anything further than that, especially since – as I’ve mentioned – Vocaloid music had a big hand in igniting my interest in music production.

But who knows, maybe I’d end up buying a Vocaloid engine and a voicebank (and it would be fun if IA ended up getting an English upgrade) like I strongly dreamed of back then. But there are more important things to deal with, like me needing to sharpen up my technical knowledge on music and audio, and, of course, finishing my Creative Writing course.

Also, there’s the part about money, which I’d need a lot of to buy some Vocaloid software, so yeah, I’m pretty much gonna be sticking with what I can afford so far. That, and get a proper job after graduating, of course.

Indeed, I’m growing up…

But hey, back to talk about this cover of a funny song about some nutty youths, here’s the mp3, and here’s the lyrics sheet. Do remember to mention me and Myo and link to my video upload and our respective Net zones if you’re gonna do stuff like using them lyrics for a song cover, ‘kay?

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

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^)