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  • polymetrica 9:53 pm on January 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Vocaloid, YOSHITSUGI   

    【Illustrator/PV Animator】吉田ドンドリアン / ヨシツギ (YOSHIDA Dondorian / YOSHITSUGI) 

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    Hatsune Miku from Crypton's Character Vocal Series. (Click for the larger full version.) Original line art for this available at illustrator's Pixiv.

    吉田ドンドリアン (YOSHIDA Dondorian), also known professionally under ヨシツギ (YOSHITSUGI), is an up-and-coming illustrator best known on Pixiv for her distinctive and abstract watercolour style. She has also forayed into illustrating and compiling videos for Vocaloid songs on niconico, the most recent of which was for river’s アン・イノセンス (Un-Innocence). In addition to illustrating for leisure, she has also drawn artwork professionally for various publications, such as Kodansha’s Faust magazine and Megami Creators, and has made a website, done art direction, drawn artwork, and done CD jacket design for two of Voltage of Imagination’s CDs’ sites. Yoshida’s birthday is on December 21st, resides in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, likes to paint and illustrate with analog tools and techniques, and when working digitally, uses Adobe Photoshop CS3 on Windows Vista.

    Yoshida’s style is of a relatively abstract and watercolour-like style that incorporates many vibrant colours, little to no shading and quite a bit of subtle and faded floral patterns. She almost exclusively draws female characters, but unlike most JPN illustrators, she gives little precedence on characters’ faces and expressions, and rather strives to create a spectacle with the entire picture as a whole, taking more priority in colour, composition, and theme. Her characters’ eyes are very round, and they typically sport only subdued or calm expressions. They are also drawn in static poses most of the time, with characters either standing, falling, or floating(?), but these types of arrangements really do add to the peaceful and calm atmosphere that most of her illustrations give off. The fact that Yoshida doesn’t employ traditional shading techniques is also a unique feature, and as a substitution to the absence of shading, she instead indicates depth by layering darker colours on the lighter ones and melding them together for a gradual and delicate effect. She also uses lightly coloured, sometimes faded lines to enhance this look.

    Macne Nana as depicted in 月ノ魚 (Tsuki no Sakana) by 一本勝負P(IpponshoubuP). (Click for the larger full version.)

    Other than the background-less, single-character style, Yoshida is also capable of producing another style where she often draws an undetailed character put against an near-abstract background splashed with solid colour. In this style, Yoshida usually combines deep, dark colours against vibrant, practically neon shades to make a statement, and in many cases she makes use of only one main colour and their respective shades. The highest recurring primary colour used in these works seems to be blue. Colour coordination is unique, but the contrast in colours may sometimes be a little too strong. As well, Yoshida makes a lot less use of the transparent qualities prominently seen in her character-focused artwork, but when she combines her two styles, the results are quite stunning (See the image above this paragraph).

    It is worthwhile to note that about half of Yoshida’s works are non-digitally done with colour ink, which is why there’s noticeable colour bleeding in most pictures, and why she also seems to have a good understanding of how to emulate the bleed and transparent effects in digital works as well. Moreover, Yoshida’s artwork may be slightly reminiscent of shimeko’s (しめ子 at Pixiv) style at first, but Yoshida’s are quite a bit more natural (in both analog and digital examples) as shimeko’s style has no bleed, more sharp, clean lines, and everything is much softer and blurred – all of which are small clues that hint at the digitality of shimeko’s illustrations. (For two digital examples, Yoshida | shimeko. Note the points at which the soft colours fade into white – Yoshida’s has more spread and dark edges at the end before becoming white.)

    Lastly, Yoshida’s PV style is as creative and sometimes as abstract as her illustrations, but they mostly employ basic animation effects and a high number of static illustrations. Despite the supposed and deceiving simplicity of execution, the PV for Un-Innocence is perhaps one of the most artistic and original Vocaloid PVs out there. Please take a look.

    Essential Works – PV:
    1. アン・イノセンス (Un-Innocence) (niconico link) **Highly Recommended**
    2. Colchicum! (niconico link)
    3. 月ノ魚 (Tsuki no Sakana/Fish of the Moon) (niconico link)

    Website: http://sekitou.sub.jp
    Blog: http://bye.sekitou.sub.jp
    Pixiv: http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=251864
    Piapro: http://piapro.jp/yoshi_nba
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/Hello_World_

    • Smankh 2:11 pm on January 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yoshitsugi did the artworks for the booklet of the C71 Voltage of Imagination album “The Borderline of Morning Glow” (vgmdb link : http://vgmdb.net/album/8348). Songs are performed by Chata. I recommend that particular track り・あ・るるる (please listen to the entirety of the track).

      Yes the same Chata that sang Dango Daikazoku.

    • Orcinus 7:11 pm on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like I’ll have to start experimenting with neon paints and inks. I’m excited; got a week off tomorrow.

  • polymetrica 7:39 pm on December 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , peperonP, Vocaloid   

    【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.

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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 12:36 am on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Vocaloid   

    【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)

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    • 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 9:44 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , shiuka, Vocaloid   

    【Illustrator】しうか (shiuka) 

    Image used in the video for PutinP's きみに、わたしに。(Kimi ni, watashi ni./To you, To me.). Features Hatsune Miku.

    しうか (shiuka) is an illustrator best known for his(?) illustrations for various Vocaloid songs on niconico. His most significant contributions are for doing the artwork and videos to most of プーチンP (PutinP)’s songs, most notably for きえないひとみ。(Kienai Hitomi./Unvanishing Eyes.), and also for this piece of artwork done for mothy’s 悪ノ召使 (Aku no Meshitsukai/Servant of Evil) video. His works are mostly Vocaloid-centered, and especially heavily feature Kagamine Rin and Len. shiuka likes a strong and tough Len (“Ikeren”) the most, and just adores Rin in general. He also uses a computer (without an LCD monitor) running Windows XP, draws with a Wacom Intuos 3, and uses SAI for drawing and Adobe Photoshop 7.0 for further image editing. His blood type is A.

    shiuka generally has two different styles. The first one is quite anime-like, with huge eyes, bright, pastel colours, sharp and minimal shading, and undetailed hair. They also usually feature light-hearted content. This style is most prevalent in his older illustrations. As for his second style, it looks very solemn and serious, with almost no smiling characters, muted, cold, and dark colour themes, and quite a few usages of grungy textures in the background. In this style, shiuka also draws strands of hair, uses illuminating highlights, and sometimes even details actual noses and lips. He also sometimes has a mix between his two styles to a very aesthetic effect.

    Image used in the video for PutinP's ねむりたいのに!(Nemuritai no ni!/Even though I want to sleep!). Features Kagamine Rin.

    Of course, being a collaborator with PutinP certainly means that nothing is ever what it seems, and the best examples of shiuka’s serious style have been from gravely hilarious and near-classic (Please click on this) pieces of art. He also designed the now relatively-well-known Russian Rin (Nicknamed プーリン/Purin as a joke to プーチン/Putin) who is always the subject of PutinP’s videos. He also designed Russian(?) Luka and Miku McDonald, both of which are used in PutinP’s songs as well.

    In addition to illustration, shiuka has also helped out some niconico producers with putting together videos and has even uploaded a 51 second song (niconico link only) where he personally tuned an UTAU Vocaloid, 欲音ルコ (Kokune Ruko) to skillfully sing Silent Night in English.

    In conclusion, shiuka is a very good artist (with other talents!) who is only getting better and better, as can be seen from his older to newer works, but has already established his own slick and definable style. I personally just can’t get enough of his serious style.

    Website: http://agatek.web.fc2.com/
    Blog: http://agatek.blog27.fc2.com/
    Pixiv: http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=92560
    Piapro: http://piapro.jp/agatek
    Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/5959414
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/shiuka

    • HappyGoLucky 7:05 pm on November 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      fffff did I mention I love you? <3 lovely blog

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

    【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
    Tags: , , Niou Tachi, Vocaloid   

    【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.

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    • 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 5:27 pm on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AVTechNO, , , Vocaloid   

    【Lyrics】 I Love Loop 

    This song’s title is absolutely not a misnomer. Also makes great background music.

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

    I love Loop

    Lyrics: AVTechNO
    Compose: AVTechNO
    Arrange: AVTechNO
    Vocals: Megurine Luka (I Love Loop) / Hatsune Miku (i love loop 単調)

    I Love Loop feat. Megurine Luka
    Nico | Youtube
    MP3 | Instrumental

    i love loop 単調 (Tanchou/Monotone) feat. Hatsune Miku
    Nico | Youtube

    Artwork drawn specially for i love loop 単調. (Illust: 和音)

    Description: Original version (I Love Loop) is sung by Megurine Luka, and a slightly remixed cover sung by Hatsune Miku (i love loop 単調/Tanchou/Monotone) was released to be distributed through iTunes under KarenT in Piapro. Both versions have the exact same lyrics.

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