Tobby tried to sing “Noushou Sakuretsu Girl”

Yeah, this is a somewhat off-schedule post. I’d complain, but I don’t think I have much right to do so, considering my laziness in more important IRL stuff, so yeah. I won’t deny that I’m feeling bugged out right now, though.

That aside, this song shot up my priority list as I found myself with a revived interest in rapping, which was also thanks to a friend named Hirochan, who once went by the name Arksh. I call this a warm-up for that, though the real rap records will actually be showing up way later than I first thought, as I feel like I should spend more time exercising my audio engineering skills first. I’ve been spending some time practicing rapping certain rewritten original lyrics I’ve found myself confident enough with, though.

Now, here’s the mp3 for this cover. And of course, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated.

Tobby tried to sing “Lost Time Memory”

Considering how my throat’s been acting up a lot after this one’s recording process, I feel like Persona 4‘s Teddie in that funny flattened form right now. Pat also pointed out how the messed-up instrumental sound quality gets in the way of my more or less good vocals, and I agree with her. But freaking nuts, I still managed to make a remotely listenable recorded performance with this song, something way better than the last time I tried!

Indeed, I’ve been loving this song more than I first expected. After all those college years, I found this truckload of feels a lot more fun to watch and listen to. Seriously, Shintaro’s growth never sunk into me that much until now. Praise and thanks be to God Almighty very much again!

Now, here’s the mp3. And again, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated!

Tobby’s Recommendation Yell: Mekakucity Days, Records, and Reload

Tobby’s Recommendation Yell: Mekakucity Days, Records, and Reload

edited by Pat/Burrito of Feels

The defining work of Jin, a.k.a. Shizen no Teki-P, is a big multimedia mess with beautiful Vocaloid music at its very core. Its light novels and manga are a stack of supplementary flashbacks pretending to be stories, while its anime is also a big and non-sexual piece of fanservice exclusive for the established follower, but the Vocaloid music is where the actual stories are, even making all those adaptations and supplements bearable for the imagination.


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Tobby tried to sing “Courage”

Listening to nostraightanswer’s SYNTECH 0 during my first job did a lot to me, yo. This one song didn’t stick to me that quickly, but when it did, it stuck hard. nostraightCircus is one freaking awesome musical combo, alright. Also, much like the song, Lupin’s voice is freaking beautiful~

As for producing this cover, Pat (It’s her birthday today, so y’all better greet her a Happy Birthday!) told me at first check that the mix was pretty good already, which I consider an achievement compared to previous times. I thought I’d never be able to sing this, too, but then I did a key change, and then I felt like going on fire with this. Though I’m kinda worried about whether I made my voices ring well enough, and I’m pretty sure that Pat and I still have a lot more to learn, so yeah, honest constructive feedback is still very very welcome~

Now, here’s the mp3. Also, I’m freaking happy about being on schedule yet again with my posts.

And again, I wish you all more strength and worthwhile times!

Tobby tried to sing “Chikyuu Saigo no Kokuhaku wo”

I have gotten myself a job recently. I’m also gonna have to wake up some time before the sun rises every weekday to catch a quick enough bus ride. There’s also the matter of some remaining required bureaucracy. Still, it’s a job I can handle, otherwise I wouldn’t be hired. So yeah, I gotta have faith. God Almighty keep on helping us all, and praise and thanks be to Him very much yet again for the strength and the challenges!

Anyway, before this holiday (National Heroes’ Day) ends and I go back to work and all that tomorrow, here’s something I cooked up during the past few weeks. I remember this song as a gruff close friend’s surprising favorite, and I think I understand what he means better now, too. For one, compared to other kemu songs, this feels very grown-up as much it feels very youthful.

Regarding the work on this cover, I have Pat to thank for help in getting the audio engineering right and Arikawa for noting my need to learn Japanese pronunciation better. And if there’s a part I particularly like, then it’s the last chorus.

Now, here’s the mp3.

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

Tobby’s Recommendation Yell: Circus-P’s 715

Tobby’s Recommendation Yell: Circus-P’s 715

edited by Pat/Burrito of Feels

Independently released on July 15, 2017, his twenty-second birthday, and covered by Sleppu’s drawing of Glacier, a winter-equipped child in pastel colors, it’s as if he revealed that, yes, 715 is the birth of the true Circus-P in all his vengefully scheming ringmaster glory, though with a deceptive appearance looking way more harmless than his horned and fox-eyed “Patches” persona. And no, “revelation” doesn’t sound as fitting as “birth,” as the former can’t make him sound as crazy as the latter can. Not only that, 715 is also his first completely English full-length. Has anyone in the Vocaloid scene even released an entirely English full-length before 715?


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Tobby tried to sing KIRA’s “MONSTER”

Now with more vocal layers! *w*

Also, yes, it’s a song cover uploaded some time after officially accomplishing my thesis! I’m excited for graduation now, alright! Praise and thanks be to God very much yet again!

Anyway, more about this cover, well, aside from the added vocal stuff, I’ve been playing around with loudness in mixing and mastering. I feel like it’s a lot more me now in terms of sound quality, hahaha~

Also, if this were performed live by an actual human being, then how the heck can breathing well be done while shifting from the pre-chorus to the chorus? Then again, that question also comes from a guy whose girlfriend told him about how he needs to improve on his breathing technique for singing…

And that’s that. Again, I ask for honest constructive feedback! Also, here’s the mp3.

If You’re Not Well Grounded, Beware BTS

RM did tell peeps “Speak Yourself,” so…

The Drama Llama

Now this might seem like an odd post from me, considering that I have talked about BTS on this blog and in positive terms, and I’ve even been to a concert. I very much enjoy their music and parts of their message and still do! But note parts of their message. Not all of it. This is because I’m Catholic, and certain ideas expressed in some of their recent comebacks and the literary works these comebacks reference are antithetical to my beliefs.

190115_BTS_at_the_2019_Seoul_Music_Awards By TenAsia, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76464187

Specifically, Herman Hesse’s Demian and Carl Jung’s ideas.

I had only ever encountered a few Herman Hesse quotes (which I quite liked) before BTS came out with Wings and “Blood, Sweat & Tears” (herefrom BST). Once the teasers came out, everyone kept going on about Herman Hesse’s Demian, and so I decided to read it. I found it on Project Gutenberg or…

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Tobby tried to sing “Copycat”

I remember being both amazed and scared when I think about how my girlfriend reacted to this cover when I first had her listen to it. So yeah, here it is!

Also, I would’ve worked up vocal chops at the end, but the ad-lib vocal stack I ended up making sounded so good to my ears, so yeah, I kept it. I should stack recorded vocals more, alright.

Oh, and yes, English songs are up in priority in terms of songs I want to cover next. And so far, the list has some crazier songs high up there.

Now, here’s this cover’s mp3.

And of course, don’t forget that honest constructive feedback, yo~

Tobby tried to sing “Additional Memory”

The end of the current semester is nearing, and surprisingly, I managed to make this along the way. At the same time, it’s also surprising to have free time, so much that I end up feeling confused about what to do next when I do realize that I have free time. I guess that’s some sort of inertia, then? Well, at the very least, it’s another reason for me to thank God Almighty very much again, yo~

Now, I am also surprised that not only I have sung this KagePro song with an MV before another one with a music video makes it more outdated, I can also sing this song in the original key, way unlike most of the previous KagePro songs I’ve tried to sing so far. I thought I couldn’t at first, but that was actually because of a sore throat I had when the song and its MV first came out, so yeah.

Also, I think I’m managing to be more aware of how I mix audio. I’d like to thank Pat yet again very much as well because of that, otherwise y’all nuts would probably find yourself drowning deeper into my voice, so much that you’d forget that there was an instrumental in the first place. Gotta give a chance to that freaking awesome instrumental too, yo~

Oh, and working those harmonies and ornamentations sure has been going more fun for me lately. Pop songs be helping me appreciate all that more, too~

Anyway, here’s the mp3 for this song cover.

Now, I gotta go chill in further preparation for the big final weeks of this uni semester…and hey, gimme some honest constructive feedback, yo! \(*A* )

Ah, and by the way, Mekakucity Reload is freaking awesome~