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~

teniwoha – villain – actual freaking trap remix

Why does this musical attempt at a Gothic horror story tinged with Shakespearean tragedy and weeb madness made out of a Ranpo-influenced LGBT+ anthem originally sung by an androgynous Vocaloid exist? Well, it’s because I’m a disgusting straight man who likes to spend his time trying to flex on everyone with his huge-ass upper head and his pinprick lower head. To further prove that, I’d like to say that one of my fetishes is the man with feminine physical beauty hiding toxic raging straightness.

So yeah, I gotta say that I’m still surprised that the likes of Shigeru, Amei Arts, and Jaey of PLVTINUM not only bothered to work on this piece of garbage but also went beyond my expectations of them. Makes me remember the Resurrection-happy God I’ve killed a myriad number of times already. As for why I remember Him, it’s because I’m one of those pieces of scum that call themselves Catholics.

What else do I have to say? Here’s the mp3, and here’s the lyrics sheet, my fellow filthy animals, and I’m sure you can remember to credit and link my inflated ego if you’re ever using my stuff. Also, please interact with this proud man more, preferably in ways that take and keep him down several notches.

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.

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.

teniwoha – Empress – TOB English Cover

This is not a cover of a VTuber original, but Calli has her own official version of this song, which is a physical edition bonus track in her Your Mori. EP. And as far as I can see, Calli’s version feels more like a reward sneak peek into teniwoha’s NO BOY album for those appreciating his production enough to buy a physical version of the Calli EP he produced, especially considering how more polished the Vocaloid version featuring Rin is.

Now, assuming that I got the translation right, I find “Empress” a freaking thing of beauty telling a tale about beauty. I very much love how it goes from “My ugly self is out of my beautiful crush’s league” to “We’re not perfect, so I’ll love us even better.” And I felt daunted enough translating this very profound piece to seek a translation checker again, with this case featuring notable VTuber clipper Neko Mikuri, who took the time to humor my bugging, somehow thought my translation decent, and bore witness to me committing a basic English blunder with the utmost confidence. I think it was all worth it, though, and if there are any translation errors here, they’re all on me. So yeah, thanks very much again for the help, Neko!

As for the vocal work on this, well, my recording session for this further got me feeling the weight of my recently increased use of my voice, making me think that if I have to more frequently record myself singing right now, I should record for one song a week at most. I mean, I think the vocals I recorded here got some good emotional weight, and I’d like to thank Shigeru very much for emphasizing that in yet another instance of him as my audio engineer, but I also think that I could’ve recorded less strained and more beautiful vocals if I cared for my voice better at the time. Funny how I’m fussing this much over vocals for a song fussing over beauty, hahaha… X”D

But hey, what do you think? If you need some more time to think, then get the mp3 and the lyrics sheet while you’re at it! And please credit and link me if you’re gonna use my stuff!

And of course, please make sure that your feedback’s honest and constructive!