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  • polymetrica 9:52 pm on December 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Vocaloid Composer】れるりり (rerulili) 

    れるりり (rerulili) is a very new composer in the Vocaloid scene, with only three original songs posted on niconico, where the first one, いつもより泣き虫な空 (Itsumo yori Nakimushi na Sora/A Sky Who’s Being a Bigger Crybaby Than Usual), was posted in September 2009. However, his first song is of extremely high quality, and is one of the best examples of Vocaloid vocal tuning done right. rerulili is also known as 当社比P (ToushahiP/”Compared to this company’s older products”P) since in the description for NakiSora, he wrote that it was 「初音ミク至高のバラード(当社比)です。」/”This is a Hatsune Miku Surpreme Ballad (compared to this company’s older products)”. His videos are also sometimes tagged with 至高の人 (Shikou no Hito/The Surpreme Person) in reference to that line. rerulili resides in Tokyo, Japan, used to be the bassist for a band called LaBluzu (PV on Youtube), and mainly records songs with a live piano, guitar, and bass, and a synthesized drum. “rerulili” is his own romanization for his username.

    rerulili’s quite versatile, as he tackles different genres with each song he produces. So far, he has forayed into making a ballad (いつもより泣き虫な空/NakiSora), Funk (なんで?/Nande?), pop (朝が来て/Asa ga Kite), and many other genres are covered in the songs currently posted exclusively at Piapro. His work also has a pretty authentic sound when compared to other composers’ songs, and by that I mean that the intrumentals sound a little more natural and real, and this is mostly due to the fact that he actually uses real intruments, rather than synthesizing a whole “band” with midi like most one-man producers. (To be honest, though, the drums sounded pretty real to me, and I can’t usually tell the difference.) Most notable, however, is how he tunes the vocals for each Vocaloid. They all sound extremely natural and has little rigidity, if at all, and it’s this point that makes his work stand out the most, as he can even make the Kagamine twins sing naturally and flexibly, despite the fact that they are usually quite hard to properly tune. He seems to have a large repertoire of Vocaloid2 software, and has so far used all the ones from Crypton – Miku, Rin and Len, and Luka. In addition to letting Vocaloids sing his songs, he also does self covers where he quite skillfully sings them himself. I found his version of Asa ga Kite to be better than the original Miku version, and I hope that he does more covers of his own songs.

    In addition to posting on niconico, he also posts new original songs quite frequently on Piapro, and he has more songs on there than on niconico, since he hopes to recruit artists to provide high quality artwork for all of his videos. He also starts project pages on Piapro enlisting help with drawing artwork and putting together videos for each of his songs. The ongoing one right now is for “JOY RIDE”.

    Essential Works:
    1. いつもより泣き虫な空 (Itsumo yori Nakimushi na Sora/A Sky Who’s Being a Bigger Crybaby Than Usual) niconico link / rerulili self cover niconico link **1st and Representative Work**
    2. スカイペインター (Sky Painter) Piapro link
    3. 朝が来て (Asa ga Kite/Morning Arrives) niconico link / rerulili self cover niconico link

    Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/16274546
    Piapro: http://piapro.jp/rerulili
    Blog: http://ameblo.jp/rerulili
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/rerulili
    Audioleaf: http://www.audioleaf.com/rerulili (Self-covers as a solo artist)

  • polymetrica 8:45 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Vocaloid Composer】buzzG 

    From the PV for AGAINST. Click to enlarge. (Image: meola)

    buzzG is a Vocaloid composer who is pretty new to the scene, with his first niconico submission being from July 31, 2009. His best known works are AGAINST, Flashback, 赤い雨 (Akai Ame/Red Rain) and name of memory. His most popular work so far is AGAINST, a GUMI song with a PV done by artist meola, with 2,900+ Mylists. buzzG resides in Tokyo, Japan, and made his first song within only one month of learning how to use midi and Vocaloid.

    buzzG composes mostly rock songs and occasionally ballads, and as a result his songs always have an electric guitar and bass playing significant parts. All his songs sound high quality since there’s a quite a lot of depth with all the intruments playing different parts at once, but is well arranged in that it doesn’t sound messy. The flow of his songs are usually relatively predictable, but don’t sound boring as there are enough twists, and the main melody isn’t repeated over and over. buzzG’s Vocaloid tuning is quite impeccable in that even his first work with Vocaloid is easy to listen to and don’t sound rigid and robotic. In AGAINST, his latest song, GUMI’s vocal tuning sounds so natural and well-done that a lot of commenters on niconico say that it sounds nearly human.

    All in all, buzzG composes some consistently well-done songs with very good vocal tuning. Looking forward to hearing more works from him!

    Essential Works:
    1. AGAINST (niconico link)
    2. LAST YEAR (niconico link) **First Work**
    3. name of memory (niconico link)

    Blog: http://buzzg.blog84.fc2.com/
    Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/13954828
    Piapro: http://piapro.jp/buzzg
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/buzz_g

  • polymetrica 12:30 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Vocaloid Composer】DATEKEN 

    Artwork drawn specially for Tsumugi Uta. Click to enlarge.(Illust: ホルダー@Piapro)

    DATEKEN is a relatively well-known Vocaloid composer who submitted his first song onto niconico in October 2008, and prior to that he had experience in composing instrumental songs since 2005, which he uploaded onto his muzie account. DATEKEN’s most well-known song is 紡唄 -つむぎうた- (Tsumugi Uta/Spinning Song), which currently has over 11,000+ mylists and 190,000+ views. DATEKEN is actually a graduate student from Hokkaido and his hobbies include playing the piano, doing karate, and reciting poems.

    DATEKEN uses only Kagamine Rin and Len to sing his songs, and at this point has not used any of the other Vocaloids yet. Each of his Vocaloid songs have a different genre assigned to them, ranging from ethnic (Jutenija), technopop (Ur-Style), R&B (イマジネイション/Imagination), and even waltz (schwarz waltz), which really show his high level of versatility as a composer. However, most of his songs generally belong to the electronic music genre, such as techno, trance, 2-step, and house. All his songs are extremely high quality, and give a really good representation of their respective genres. Song themes are really varied, which makes all of them impressionable and easy to remember, and the large majority of songs are quite catchy. His vocal tuning for the Kagamine twins are also impeccable, and in my opinion ranks among the best as they are consistently natural and easy to listen to. (Definitely not a small feat considering that Kagamine Rin and Len are among the harder Vocaloids to tune.) He also changes their voices according to the song, and as a result they always sound fitting and different. As a one-man composer, DATEKEN does everything himself: writes and arranges the song, writes the lyrics, and makes his own videos, which are usually well-subtitled and with a nice static layout and picture, the latter of which he borrows from royalty-free artists on Piapro.

    In addition to composing Vocaloid songs, he has also composed intrumental tracks also to the theme of widely varying genres, and has also released a Touhou arrange doujin album called 当方暇軍団 under the circle name of 暇軍団. He creates songs with a keyboard controller for the most part.

    All in all, super-good and incredible composer. Please listen to all his songs! I especially recommend his works if you want to explore different musical genres.

    Essential Works:
    1. 紡唄 -つむぎうた- + ENG Subs (Tsumugi Uta/Spinning Song) (niconico link)
    2. Never! + ENG Subs (niconico link) **Especially Recommended**
    3. なまえのないうた (Namae no Nai Uta/A Song without a Name) (niconico link)

    Website: http://www14.plala.or.jp/dateken/
    Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/10109173
    Piapro: http://piapro.jp/dateken
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/dateken
    muzie: http://www.muzie.co.jp/artist/a014791/
    Blog: http://blog.livedoor.jp/vit_dat/
    Youtube Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=896975BF8D8151E4&search_query=dateken
    DATE tunes (digital album) page: http://piapro.jp/karent/?view=album&id=43

  • polymetrica 12:27 am on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Vocaloid Composer/Illustrator/DJ】鼻そうめんP (HanaSoumenP)/かんざきひろ (KANZAKI hiro)/Hiroyuki ODA 

    Image used for YOUTHFUL DAYS' GRAFFITI. Click to enlarge.

    鼻そうめんP (HanaSoumenP) is a popular Vocaloid composer best known for songs such as インカーネイション (Incarnation) and YOUTHFUL DAYS’ GRAFFITI. In addition to being HanaSoumenP (whom I will now refer to as HSP), he is also a professional illustrator and animator known as かんざきひろ (KANZAKI hiro), which is his real name and actual profession. As well, he is a trance producer by the name of Hiroyuki ODA, and has garnered international recognition due to being acknowledged by famous Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren. HSP’s birthday is on May 5th, 1978, had wanted to play H-games before he turned 18, uses a Mac, and the only thing on his desk besides his computer are a set of speakers.

    Note: I will refer to him with each of his three names depending on the subject, but keep in mind that HSP (Vocaloid composer) = kanzaki hiro (Illustrator/Animator) = Hiroyuki ODA (Trance producer).

    In keeping with his DJ works, HSP’s Vocaloid music is also of the trance genre, although he has also forayed into the Eurobeat genre with YOUTHFUL DAYS’ GRAFFITI. His work is characterized by long intros, self-drawn illustrations of Miku for his songs’ videos, and generally long song length (most songs are 7+ minutes long). Despite composing songs with such strong synths and background intrumentals, Miku’s voice is not always vocoded, and the tuning for her voice is quite impeccable, an example being プラグアウト (Plug Out). Also, HSP’s P name comes from a comment he wrote on his video description after getting 4th in the niconico Rankings for the day, in which he said “うわああ気がついたら総合4位、ありがとうございます。思わず鼻からそうめん出ました。” (Uwaaa Just noticed that this got 4th overall, thank you. I couldn’t keep the white noodles from coming out of my nose.) Therefore, HanaSoumenP’s name translates literally to “NoseNoodlesP”.

    Image used for Incarnation. Click to enlarge.

    kanzaki hiro’s illustration style is completely of the currently popular moe-style, with huge eyes, bright colours, and ver very cute expressions. What is distinctive about kanzaki hiro’s style is that his characters have pretty big, featureless mouths, extremely lively, cheerful, and energetic poses and expressions, and simple and round eyes. As well, colours are usually very vibrant, and the black outlines are very clean and thin. (Brush size for outlines is about 4-5px, usually.) His representative illustration work is for the light novel 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない (Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawai Wake ga Nai/My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute). In addition to being an illustrator, his full-time job is actually working as an animator for studio BONES.

    Hiroyuki ODA is a Trance/Progressive producer, and is known internationally to a lot of Trance music fans due to having his song “Transmigration” be named “Tune of the Week” on Armin van Buuren‘s radio show “A State of Trance“. What actually happened was that after Hiroyuki ODA posted his song on his website to share, Sevensenses recordings’ DJ Matsunaga heard it and asked him if he would play at his house. DJ Matsunaga then put Hiroyuki ODA’s song on a CD to give to Armin van Buuren while he was on tour in Japan, and that’s how van Buuren came into contact with Hiroyuki ODA’s works. Hiroyuki ODA, being one of the very few Japanese Trance producers at the time, became popular and armada music (van Buuren’s label) released Hiroyuki ODA’s tracks on a vinyl record and sold it on the web. His tracks can also be purchased through iTunes. A funny thing about the vinyl is that Hiroyuki ODA’s parents bought themselves a copy as they found it through searching his name on the internet.

    Some other facts you probably don’t care about include that HSP uses Ableton Live 8, was first exposed to Eurobeat when he was at a field trip to hot springs in elementary school, and his music interests went from Eurobeat (late 80’s to early 90’s), Techno (Late 90’s), and then Trance and House music (Y2K to Current).

    Essential Works – Vocaloid:
    1. インカーネイション (Incarnation) (niconico link)
    2. YOUTHFUL DAYS’ GRAFFITI (niconico link)
    3. プラグアウト (Plugout) (niconico link) **Recommended**

    Blog: http://nekomimi.tabgraphics.under.jp/ (Japanese)
    Pixiv: http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=27557
    Piapro: http://piapro.jp/tabg
    HanaSoumenP’s Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/9594806
    Youtube Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=0E33AF2DF358D083
    Interview with ASCII.jp: http://ascii.jp/elem/000/000/413/413221/ (Japanese)
    Hiroyuki ODA Discogs.com entry: http://www.discogs.com/artist/Hiroyuki+Oda

    • Aizawa Kuzuki 3:51 am on January 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome pieces of songs!

  • polymetrica 7:50 pm on September 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Vocaloid Composer】 livetune (kz) 

    Part 3 of the “Vocaloid Composers We Probably Know Already” series.

    livetunes logo

    livetune is a semi-professional Vocaloid-based music unit consisting of kz, Hatsune Miku, and previously, かじゅきP (kajyukiP), who left the group in February 2009. They started as an amateur group who uploaded ther songs onto niconico and provided free MP3 downloads, but after releasing two commercial albums, livetune has not uploaded any non-commercial songs onto niconico. livetune is the first Vocaloid group ever to go mainstream. Also, I’d like to note that although livetune is synonymous with kz in almost all cases, kz has also done work outside of the group.

    livetune’s representative works include Packaged (their debut song), Light Song, ストロボナイツ (Strobonights), and Last Night, Good Night, and is very popular on niconico, with Packaged being 43rd on the all-time Music rankings in terms of views. Due to livetune’s popularity, they have released two commercial albums, Re:package and Re:MIKUS, under Victor Entertainment.

    Re:MIKUS album cover artwork. Click for full size. (Illust: redjuice)

    Re:package is a commercial distribution version of their C73 album, and is notable as it consists of entirely original songs, was 5th on the Oricon Weekly rankings and 21st on the Monthly rankings, and was even praised by well-known mangaka ゆうきまさみ (Yuuki Masami) on his blog. livetune’s second album, Re:MIKUS, is a compilation of remixes by livetune of other artists’ songs and by other artists of livetune’s songs. Notable guest artists include baker, Hiroyuki ODA, and ryo (from supercell). Re:MIKUS got 18th on the Weekly Oricon rankings at the time. In addition, livetune’s music has been included in other compilation albums such as EXIT TUNES PRESENTS Vocarythm, and also in the PSP game Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA-. Two original songs, Far Away and Star Story, were written specially for the latter.

    livetune’s music style is strongly of the electropop genre, more specifically house music and electro music, with a lot of vocoded vocals, upbeat tempos, strong bass beats, and highly synthesized sounds. Unlike most other Vocaloid groups, livetune also doesn’t create a new image of Miku for every song, and it is only in Last Night, Good Night that a distinct character design is created. In terms of art direction, livetune works closely with redjuice, who provided illustrations for livetune’s two albums, and also made the video and drew the artwork for Last Night, Good Night.

    kz (also sometimes known as ダイソンP (DAISONP), derived from the misheard phrase “Light Song” in that song) is a DJ as well as a composer, which might be part of a reason why livetune’s music is so synth-based. Some details that you probably don’t care about are that kz uses Auto-Tune to edit Hatsune Miku’s vocals and uses a sequencer software called Ableton Live to manage and make his sound files, and due to this, livetune’s earlier videos always included the Ableton Live logo in them.

    Outside of livetune, kz has also released another Vocaloid album, called Crosslight, in collaboration with the previously mentioned mangaka Yuuki Masami. kz wrote the music for the album while Yuuki provided original character designs associated with each song in the album. Crosslight also marks the first time that kz used a Vocaloid other than Hatsune Miku, as he used Megpoid/GUMI to do the vocals in COSMiCA, a track he also uploaded to niconico to promote the album.

    Essential Works:
    1. Packaged (niconico link)
    2. Last Night, Good Night (niconico link)
    3. Light Song (niconico link)

    Website: http://livetune.syncl.jp/ (Japanese)
    Old blog: http://livetune.dtiblog.com/ (Japanese)
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/kz_lt (Japanese)
    MP3 downloads: http://www.muzie.co.jp/artist/a058429/ (Provided by kz)
    kz’s Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/3091300
    kz playlist at Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=7A9F61871444552B
    Yuuki Masami’s blog entry on livetune: http://bit.ly/vLs8T (Japanese)

  • polymetrica 1:41 pm on September 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Vocaloid Composer/Musician】 Nem 

    Even if you have no interest in this post whatsoever, if you have ANY appreciation for good, cool, and lovely music, please give this song a listen. Please.

    Nem is a male composer best known for his GUMI (Megpoid) songs, most notably スターマイン (Star Mine) and 宵闇のアウグスティン (Yoiyami no Augustin/Augustin of the Twilight). He also does music outside of the Vocaloid genre, and composes, writes, arranges, and produces music to either his own vocals or a female vocalist named 山崎彩 (YAMAZAKI Aya), who is part of his unit. As of now, he hopes to provide songs for major artists and is working towards that goal. Nem’s birthday is on January 2nd, was born in Kyoto, Japan, and can play the guitar.

    Main artwork for スターマイン/Star Mine. (Illust: UpRightLeftDownChuChuChu@Piapro)

    Nem’s vocaloid songs are very unique in that he is able to tune the vocals so well that even the normally artificial voice seems to evoke emotion. Nem’s GUMI sounds different in all his songs, but they’re always tuned to fit the song naturally. As for music composition, there is always a main melody, but unlike most other songs, it’s not repeated so many times that the song sounds long and dragged out, and has enough variation and progression to make it sound interesting even with repeated listens. Nem also doesn’t always stick to one genre, and his songs can go from sounding like it’s from a drama (スターマイン/Star Mine, 春のかけら/Haru no Kakera) to quite jazzy (夏、夢、蜃気楼/Natsu, Yume, Shinkirou) to something that can’t be neatly classified (Augustin). Nem himself says that his music “blurs the lines between reality and fairy tale”. At the time of this post, Nem has only used GUMI for his Vocaloid songs, though in his blog he says that he intends to use Hatsune Miku…someday.

    As for non-Vocaloid work, he either sings his own songs himself or gets his vocalist Aya (also known as きのこの食堂/Kinoko no Shokudou) to sing it. Both parties are extremely skilled. In 2008, Nem, with Aya’s vocal contribution, won NEXTMUSIC’s Peoples’ Choice award for the song 春のかけら (Haru no Kakera/Fragments of Spring).

    Vocaloid – Essential Works:
    1. スターマイン (Star Mine) {niconico link} **Note the breaths taken by GUMI**
    →Version with Aya’s vocals here.
    2. アリスにさよなら (ARISU ni Sayonara/Farewell to Alice) {niconico link} **Listen for the voice growth**
    3. 宵闇のアウグスティン (Yoiyami no Augustin/Augustin of the Twilight) {niconico link}
    →Augustin was one of Nem’s old songs with vocals originally done by Aya. One line of lyrics were changed. Original version {via.}

    Independent – Essential Works:
    1. 夏、夢、蜃気楼 (Natsu, Yume, Shinkirou/Summer, Dreams, Mirages, vocals by Aya) **Very Extremely Highly Recommended!!** {NEXTMUSIC link}
    2. 春のかけら (Haru no Kakera/Fragments of Spring) {NEXTMUSIC link}
    3. カノン (Canon, vocals by Nem) {niconico link}

    Website: http://nemiu.com/ (Japanese)
    Blog: http://nemiu.sblo.jp/ (Japanese)
    Nem’s Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/11859415
    NEXTMUSIC archive: http://bit.ly/vBhev  (Songs for dl uploaded by Nem)
    Aya’s blog: http://ameblo.jp/ayahhoo/ (Japanese)

    • lelangir 6:58 pm on September 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      the first you link provide is like an interesting blend of music from Banjo Kazooie and Aladdin.

  • polymetrica 10:00 pm on August 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Vocaloid Composer】supercell (ryo) 

    Long overdue post spotlighting this popular group. supercell is probably the most well-known Vocaloid-based group out there, and also the most successful in turning from amateur to professional. When ryo used 119’s illustration in his video for MELT in 2008, he borrowed it without asking, but when he later got permission to use the image, supercell was formed as a group. The group consists of ryo doing the lyric writing and song composing, and the other members, ranging from pros to amateurs, doing illustrations, website design, and package design. ryo is the creator and leader of the group.

    The current members are:
    ryo (music)
    三輪士郎 (MIWA Shirow) (illustration, logo – professional)
    huke (illustration – professional)
    redjuice (illustration, website design)
    SUGA (illustration)
    mac (illustration and videos)
    宇佐義大 (USA Yoshiki) at wooserdesign (package design, binding, printing)
    丙8郎 (hei8ro, support in illustration and photography)
    guitar (support in illustration)
    crow (support in ???)
    golv (support in ???)

    supercell’s first and most popular song is メルト (MELT), posted on nicovideo on December 7th in 2007, and has had more than 4 million hits and 144,000+ mylists since. It is 3rd in nicovideo’s all-time mylist rankings. supercell’s other songs, 恋は戦争 (Love is War), World is Mine, Black★Rock Shooter, and 初めての恋が終わる時 (The Time My First Love Ended) almost all have more than 1 million hits as well (the only exclusion being The Time My First Love Ended). As well, almost all these songs have remained on every iteration of the Weekly Vocaloid Rankings since they were posted on nicovideo.

    supercell 1st album cover. (Illust: 三輪士郎)

    After Black★Rock Shooter, they released an album with new, unposted songs at Comiket 74 in 2008 along with an included artbook that had many new and old illustrations based on the songs. They were also able to release the same album commercially on March 4th 2009 under Sony Music. This album reached 2nd on the Oricon daily charts and 4th on the weekly charts, and in June 2009 supercell’s album was awarded the monthly Gold Disc by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. The limited edition of the album came with the same artbook from their C74 release. The last song that supercell posted on nicovideo was The Time My First Love Ended, on December 12th 2008.

    supercell released their first major single on August 12th 2009, featuring the ending theme song from Bakemonogatari named 君の知らない物語 (The Story You Don’t Know), and got 5th place in the daily Oricon single rankings. This single also marked the first time that supercell did not use Hatsune Miku for vocals, and instead used a (human) vocalist named nagi, who was famous for her singing on nicovideo under the name of Gazelle. The single also included two songs done for the (upcoming) anime movie CENCOROLL.

    supercell’s music style is usually pop or rock with vocals done by Hatsune Miku (they haven’t used the other vocaloids for their songs yet), with the occasional techno. Piano solos a la MELT have become a characterstic of ryo’s compositions, and the main melody is usually repeated throughout. What makes supercell stand out the most, though, is that the personality and character design they create for Miku (or their songs’ protagonists) are always different, which makes it very easy to tell the songs apart and makes it much more memorable. In terms of lyrics, ryo says that he likes to write them according to his initial instincts and without hesitation, and doesn’t like to “add decorations” to make them less “embarassing” to sing. (This is from a section of the Japanese wikipedia entry, quoted from supercell’s interview with Oricon. Translated wiki excerpt is below this entry.)

    As of now, supercell can probably be classified as a professional group, as they have had increasingly more mainstream releases in not only music, but also figures and other anime-related things, the newest being the Black★Rock Shooter anime pilot DVD release (which may develop into a full series) being animated by Ordet and directed by YAMAMOTO Yutaka (aka Yamakan of Lucky☆Star fame).

    Official site: http://www.supercell.jp/
    supercell member blog: http://www.supercell.sc/index.html
    supercell interview at Oricon: http://rn.oricon.co.jp/special/20080805_02.html (Japanese)
    ryo’s nicovideo Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/3291521
    ryo playlist at Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=FF5DC29263C4C9C3
    ryo at Twitter: http://twitter.com/ryo_9987

    Wiki excerpt translation: On writing lyrics, ryo says that he “doesn’t edit” and “writes according to the first immediate ideas that float into his mind”, and when told that some people find this manner of writing odd, he says that because “when people sing, they usually think something like “Oh, these lyrics are too embarassing to sing, let’s go with some different ones instead” and end up putting in excess decorations in”, “and because a robot is singing my lyrics, I don’t think that it’s necessary to change my lyrics to make them less embarassing, and so I write them without a second thought.” (Original JPN Wiki entry)

    • lelangir 6:01 am on August 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      One thing I’m wondering is, do Ryo’s compositions get performed by real people or is it all through samples? I’d think Bakemonogatari’s ED is performed by real people, but I wouldn’t know for his other vocaloid songs. Composing drum music for a drum machine seems awfully difficult if you’re not a drummer. Is he a drummer? O_o

      • polymetrica 3:02 pm on August 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        This is an extremely good question, thanks for asking! From what I’ve looked up, the drums (and probably other intruments) in most of his songs are synthesized by a software instrument called Omnisphere that he uses. ryo is a pianist, so all the piano parts were performed by him. The bass and guitar in his songs on supercell’s first album were performed by real people, as are all the instruments used in Bakemonogatari’s ED.

        Composing music for an instrument you don’t play is probably pretty difficult indeed, so I’m thinking that he got help in some way with writing the parts for live players, especially since supercell is releasing a book of sheet music for bands to perform to. I’m not very familiar with how music is produced or composed, so this is all I can tell you.

  • polymetrica 1:30 am on August 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Composers, FurukawaP, , , , OSTER Project, sasakure.UK,   

    【Vocaloid Composer】baker 

    Okay, time to start introducing the basics of Vocaloid composers.

    baker (aka kisk baker, ウイイレP, FIFAP, real name is HATTORI Keisuke) is one of the most well-known Vocaloid composers/remixers, and is also a DJ. Incidentally, he is also my favourite Vocaloid composer/remixer. Random facts include that he lives in Kanagawa prefecture, his blood type is O, and because he likes the Winning Eleven games, he took on ウイイレ (JPN contraction of Winning Eleven) as his P name. (However, the tags for his P name now say FIFAP since he now likes FIFA09.) Also, some of his newer remixes have been labelled with “nitagamo” or its contration, “NTMG”, which literally means boiled egg.

    baker started composing songs using Vocaloid in 2007, and his first video was a short preliminary version of carol. His next song was celluloid, which is by far his most well-known song, even making it into the famous 10-minute 七色のニコニコ動画 medley in 2009. It currently has 459,000+ hits. After posting 3 more songs, サウンド (sound), カナリア (Canary), and carol (full-version), he posted celluloid retake in June 2008 and announced that he is retiring from composing Vocaloid songs.

    However, he still consistently makes remixes of a lot of other composers‘ songs and also has composed many original songs. He seems to work closely with はるよ, and has had her as a vocalist for his original song 旅人のうた (The Traveler’s Song), and baker personally mixed her renditions of his songs. He also has a few collaborations with OSTER Project, where they remixed each other‘s songs and baker made a PV for one of OSTER’s songs, つきうさぎ (Rabbit of the Moon). baker has also tried his hand at singing Vocaloid songs which are not exactly meant to be sung and mangling his own song with softbank’s Yukkuri text-to-voice program.

    Some of baker’s consistent characteristics is that the videos he uses for his PVs are all scenery videos shot by him with his cell phone (phone model is softbank911T, which is why it appears in his tags.), and that he really rarely depends on Hatsune Miku’s image and character to makes his songs unique. As well, he has proven to be quite versatile in genre in both composing and remixing, ranging from ballads to poppy techno(?). His tools of the trade include Vocaloid and KORG DS-10.

    His latest remixes include 恋は戦争 (Love is War) NTMG MIX for MIWA Shirow‘s Comiket76 release’s bonus CD, モバイリ:センセーション (Mobi Re: Sens@tion) NTMG MIX for sasakure.UK‘s C76 Album, and one of ピアノレッスン (Piano Lesson) for 古川P (FurukawaP), also for C76.

    Website: http://kisk55.web.fc2.com/
    Blog: http://kiskbaker.blogspot.com/
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/kisk_baker
    Nicovideo Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/2896283
    MP3 downloads: http://www.muzie.co.jp/artist/a049385/ (Provided by baker)

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