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  • polymetrica 9:29 pm on January 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ClariS, Music,   

    【Singers】 ClariS / Alice☆Clara (アリス☆クララ) 

    ClariS is a musical unit consisting of two singers, Alice and Clara. They are most well-known for their first major debut song “irony”, which was used as the opening theme to the anime adaptation of Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない). ClariS is also notable in that both members of the unit are still middle school students and also that Alice and Clara never show their faces, instead being represented by illustrations from various artists such as redjuice, Aoki Ume, and Kanzaki Hiro. According to theirofficial bio, ClariS means “bright, clean, and brilliant” in Latin, and Alice and Clara’s old website also reveals some other interesting facts – Alice’s hobby is dancing, her special ability is swimming, and her favourite subject is English, while Clara’s special ability is playing the piano, her favourite subject is music, and if she was stranded on a deserted island, she would choose to bring her cell phone.

    Before making their major debut as ClariS, Alice and Clara posted covers of songs under the unit name of Alice☆Clara (アリス☆クララ) on niconico. Their most popular cover is of “only my railgun”, which has more than 1,400 Mylists as of this post. However, the majority of their works are not niconico chart-toppers at all, with many of their submissions gathering under 200 Mylists. Despite this, Alice and Clara caught the eye of the staff at anime music magazine LisAni! and were chosen to be the vocalists of two exclusive original songs, Drop and Kimi no Yume wo Miyou (君の夢を見よう). Both songs were composed by kz (livetune) with illustrations from redjuice.

    ClariS’s sound reflects the meaning of their unit name quite well – both Alice and Clara consistently sing in bright and clear voices. Although their voices are admittedly not very unique, they fit in very well with the pop genre, and to sum up ClariS’s current works, their songs are comfortable and easy to listen to. Despite being in the “musical comfort zone” for now, one of ClariS’s most attractive characteristics right now is their potential, as kz of livetune observed.

    Essential Works:
    1. irony
    2. Drop
    3. only my railgun (niconico link)

    ClariS Official Website: http://www.clarismusic.jp/index.html
    Alice☆Clara Website: http://x82.peps.jp/alicekurara
    Alice☆Clara’s Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/15308474
    ClariS at SonyMusic: http://www.sonymusic.co.jp/Music/Arch/SMER/claris
    LisAni! on ClariS: http://asianbeat.com/ja/feature/issue_music/claris/lisani.html
    kz(livetune) on ClariS: http://asianbeat.com/ja/feature/issue_music/claris/kz.html

    • lelangir 6:16 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Holy crap middle schoolers? Insane. Congrats to them!

    • minoru 9:24 am on January 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Love their voices! Now they’re working with ryo too in Nisemonogatari ED

  • polymetrica 1:56 am on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Things You Are Excited About】supercell 2nd Single “Sayonara Memories” Details Revealed 

    This is a translation (and more) for the Oricon Style article that disclosed further details of the single.

    Jacket picture for supercell's "Sayonara Memories", to be released on February 10th. (Illust: redjuice)

    Article title: supercell, a big favourite for 2010’s sakura/graduation song!

    Article translation: Suddenly debuting at 4th in the charts with their first album “supercell” on March 1st, 2009, doing it again with their first single “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” in August, and making it certain that they had made a vivid debut from the internet scene to the major commercial scene, supercell is a creator group headed by ryo. After “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” first appeared on the charts at 5th, it had continued to be in the Top 20 for 6 weeks, and with long sales, it is now a hit with over 80,000 copies sold.

    A 2nd single from supercell, to be released on Feb 10th and titled “Sayonara Memories”, has arrived. Along with composer ryo’s immensely heartrending lyrics and an impressionable melody, the vocals are will again be by nagi from the group’s previous work. ryo brilliantly shows his depiction of the anxious, bittersweet world view that is characteristic of adolescence. Also, the music video will be by MIKI Takahiro, who will make his debut in the coming spring as a film producer with the notable movie “SORANIN” (Starring MIYAZAKI Aoi), and will utilize a projector to feature fantasy-type content, making this a video a subject to be taken note of.

    As the jacket and artist picture was illustrated by supercell member and noteworthy illustrator redjuice, the jacket has gathered as much attention as the music itself.

    With “Sayonara Memories” having a big hold on being 2010’s huge sakura/graduation song favourite, the formerly internet-based, attention-garnering creator group supercell looks like they would again be of great acclaim in 2010.

    Artist picture drawn by illustrator redjuice.

    Description: Although it’s to be released on February 10th, preorders for both the regular and limited editions of the single have already started at various online retailers such as amazon.co.jp and cdjapan. The regular edition is retailing at 1,233 Yen while the limited edition, which includes a Region 2 DVD with music video, is priced at 1,575 Yen (1,338Y at Amazon.co.jp). The CD’s tracklist, from amazon.co.jp, is as follows:

    1. さよならメモリーズ (Sayonara Memories/Farewell, Memories)
    2. 教えてあげる (Oshiete Ageru/I’ll tell you)
    3. 約束をしよう (Yakusoku wo Shiyou/Let’s Promise)
    4. さよならメモリーズ -Instrumental-
    5. 教えてあげる -Instrumental-

    Further according to amazon.co.jp, the total time of the CD amounts to 25 minutes. In addition to having three wholly new songs on the single, the other noteworthy aspect of this would be redjuice’s illustrations, which were drawn in a style quite uncharacteristic of the illustrator’s regularly sleek, mechanical artwork. It’s surprising that a second illustration was drawn other than the jacket artwork, but what is even more interesting is that the second is being billed as an artist picture. What does that even mean? I’m guessing that it’s just a picture redjuice wanted to draw for the single on his own accord, maybe. Hopefully it’ll be used for a special limited edition add on, as the Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari single had an additional sticker with it. Furthermore, ryo wrote on the supercell member blog that there is more to the jacket illustration, and that the full version is even more stunning. Ideally the full, wider version will be released soon! I am also quite anxious to hear the demo tracks for the three new songs, and I’m personally happy that nagi is again providing the vocals for the single. Another notable thing is the curious, supposedly fantasy themed music video. I do hope that it will be more substantial than the “live action” Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari PV.

    Sayonara Memories Demo: http://www.supercell.jp/index.html
    supercell blog entry: http://www.supercell.sc/archives/2009/12/post-44.html (Japanese)
    Original text from Oricon Style: http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/music/71963/full (Japanese)
    Preorder at amazon.co.jp: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B002Y3DFDU/ (Limited Edition ver)
    Preorder at CDJapan: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=SRCL-7203 (Limited Edition ver)

    • Belindahhh 10:50 am on December 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I pre-ordered the CD! thanks for the heads up (: I can’t wait till feb now >w<

    • Kitsune 11:15 am on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I really like illustration by redjuice :)

    • Kevyn Legion 11:43 pm on January 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Supercell for me is the best band!!! like woah!!
      All there songs are wonderful!!! Excellent Job Ryo! that’s what you call melody >.<
      Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari is the first song I heard in the band I fell in love with it eventually!

    • The-O 10:02 am on January 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome! Thanks! Did you translate this yourself?

      • polymetrica 11:19 am on January 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        No problem, glad the info helped! Yes, I do all the translations posted on this blog.

  • polymetrica 7:39 pm on December 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Lyrics】アクアリウム・スカイ (Aquarium Sky) 

    Have been kind of disenchanted with new Vocaloid songs lately, but I just utterly fell in love with this song from just hearing first few seconds. Please give it a listen!

    1. Original lyrics
    2. Transliteration
    3. Translation

    アクアリウム・スカイ (Aquarium Sky)

    Lyrics: 虹原ぺぺろん (ぺぺろんP)
    Compose: 虹原ぺぺろん (ぺぺろんP)
    Arrange: 虹原ぺぺろん (ぺぺろんP)
    Vocals: Hatsune Miku

    Illustration & Video: 御厨わた (Mikuriya wata)

    Nico | Youtube



    Nijihara Peperon’s Comments:
    (From blog)
    This is a song that’s a bit different from all the other past peperonP songs. Please enjoy it.
    Since this is composed of only two different melodies, the biggest focus was actually on the lyrics.
    I think that in this world, the aquarium is the lowest tier of heaven, and the highest tier of hell.
    It’d be a pleasure to be given the chance of feeling something like the sadness within the depths of beauty.

    (From niconico)
    Made a song that reflects the image of an aquarium.
    A false sea. A “blue” that surpasses the unpleasant “blue”. What would I be thinking about if I were in this place…?
    This is a song where the lyrics are of the most importance, and is about the only song in the album that was made in one go.

    Image from the video for the song. (Illust: 御厨わた@Piapro)

    Description: A really relaxing and immersive song that completely exudes the underwater theme. The composition of the song is quite basic, with only two alternating lines of melody, but the arrangement is quite incredible, utilizing soft piano and strings in the background to give it a more mature and deep feel. Even though the same two melody keeps repeating, it doesn’t seem boring or repetitive at all. There seems to be at least 4 instruments playing at once (besides the vocals), which give it layers of depth, making it a great song to relisten to over and over since it’s hard to catch all the sounds used in the song on the first listen. Although there are deep, synthetic exhaling sound effects added in, it’s not at all jarring, and well enhances the underwater atmosphere. I especially enjoy the waterdrop sound effect. Lastly, the vocal tuning is very smooth and has the right tone (not too cutesy, slightly low-pitched), and although it may sound awkward at a few points, it’s well mixed, blending in quite well with the intrumentals.

    (More …)

  • 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 12:36 am on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Lyrics】シザーハンズ (Scissorhands/The Scissors) 

    An Original Composer-approved post. I think. Thanks again to Nem for all the input and willingness to communicate with me! It’s such an honour…!

    This post consists of four parts:
    1. Original lyrics
    2. Transliteration
    3. Translation
    4. Recommended Covers

    シザーハンズ (Scissorhands)

    Lyrics: Nem
    Compose: Nem
    Arrange: Nem
    Vocals: Hatsune Miku

    Illustrations: 九藤咲織 (KUDOU Saori)
    Video: Spica0350
    Guitar: KP (A “nice guy” from Nem’s old high school band club)

    Nico | Youtube
    MP3 + Instumental → http://nemiu.com/scissors.zip

    Nem’s comments:
    I composed this song as a homage to Tim Burton’s famous movie “Edward Scissorhands”, but the story in the song has nothing to do with the movie. I wanted to explain the growing mentality during boyhood instead. The scissors are a symbol of juvenile violence.

    Main image used in video. Click to enlarge. (Illust: 九藤咲織@Piapro)

    Description: A jazzy song with a very cool image of Miku with scissorhands. This is Nem’s first time using Miku for vocals (instead of the usual GUMI), and is his most Mylisted work to date. Good tuning and incredible lyrics and melody, but is a little tricky to sing along to due to the intro that you have to accurately count in. Oh, and the official English song title is The Scissors, while the Japanese title translates to “Scissorhands”.

    Also, Nem’s comments in English above was actually provided by Nem himself…and was originally in English! It’s pretty incredible that somebody can be this amazing. Please take a look at his other works too! (Linked to a previous post on this blog)

    (More …)

    • Alice 5:04 pm on January 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      umm there are a few mistakes:
      the 2nd line of aishite has 3 only not 4
      and you forgot the na in sore nano ni
      also its tatakatte and not takakatte i bet its a typo

      Other than that, thank you for the romaji

  • 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 1:25 am on November 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    【Lyrics】ココロノコリと浮遊 (Regret and Float) 

    The only newish Vocaloid song I’ve been continually listening to this past month. Recommended by 古川P (FurukawaP).

    This post consists of three parts:
    1. Original lyrics
    2. Transliteration
    3. Translation

    ココロノコリと浮遊 (KOKORONOKORI to Fuyuu / Regret and Float)

    Lyrics: ぽわぽわP(仁王立ち) (PowapowaP aka Niou Tachi)
    Compose: ぽわぽわP(仁王立ち)
    Arrange: ぽわぽわP(仁王立ち)
    Vocals: Hatsune Miku

    Nico | Youtube
    MP3 | MP3 (Luka ver.)


    Niou Tachi’s Comment:
    (From Piapro)
    This is a bereavement song. Trying it out just this one time.
    It’s a song with a feeling of suddenly remembering something you used to be afraid of.

    Artwork used in the video for the song. Click to enlarge. (Illust: つりざお@Piapro)

    Descrption: A requiem with a peaceful electronic twist and simple atmosphere. Great song to loop while reading or doing homework. Vocal tuning is good, but the whole mood of the song is quite moving and is the most notable. I recommend the Luka version over the Miku version.

    (More …)

    • Yi 1:41 am on November 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Adding this to my growing playlist of Vocaloid songs. I love the calming feel of the song.
      The lyrics and the artwork are rather appropriate too, as the song does sound a bit like light raindrops.

      Anyway, thanks for the translation and the song. ^ ^

    • NIngyo 12:09 pm on November 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps Miku’s consistent pitch is what makes her rather suited for moving, calming songs. Still, I go back to upbeat-ier songs like Koisuru Voc@loid when they start getting too bleak and melancholic ;-;

  • polymetrica 8:35 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Music, , Umemiya Hina   

    【Singer】梅宮雛 (UMEMIYA Hina) 

    梅宮雛 (UMEMIYA Hina) is a relatively well-known niconico singer best known for her rendition of wowaka’s 裏表ラバーズ (Uraomote Lovers/Love & Lovers). Her titles always start with “人知れず”, which means “secretly”. (So the whole template title translates to something like “Tried to Sing in secret / Umemiya Hina”). As well, she gets other people on niconico to help her with mixing her songs. Also, Umemiya Hina is most likely not her real name.

    Umemiya is capable of hitting extremely high notes without straining, wavering or straying from the note, and can sing in many different voices, though the usual one she uses is slightly cutesy but not at all annoying. Some of her “other voices” sound like Kagamine Len and even INOUE Marina. (See her rendition of Nanairo no NicoNico Douga). She also seems to have really good breath control since she can not only switch between voices quickly, but she can also keep singing a lot without gasping for breath (See her rendition of Uramote).

    Essential Works:
    1. 裏表ラバーズ (Uraomote Lovers/Love & Lovers) (niconico link) **Most Popular Work**
    2. 炉心融解 (Roshin Yuukai/Meltdown) (niconico link)
    3. いつもより泣き虫な空 (Itsumo Yori Nakimushi na Sora/A Sky Who’s Being More of a Crybaby Than Usual) (niconico link) **Recommended**

    Niconico Profile: http://www.nicovideo.jp/user/10862349
    Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/10657771

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