Announcements: Vocaloid Paradise Extra Edition, Atelier Fes, and Faraway Asterism

This is something I’ve been planning for a very long time now, but: I will be participating, in person, in the Vocaloid Paradise Extra Edition (VOCALOID PARADISE 番外編) event at the Nagoya Congress Center on May 19, 2019.

Yes, it’s an event in Japan. Yes, I’m an American. I did say I’ve been planning this for a long time, right?…

Well, the truth of the matter is, tabling has been something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time, but as it is now, such a thing is not exactly very easy when you’re in my position. Tabling with music is already somewhat of an impossibility in the West, where events like Comiket and M3 don’t exist, and anime convention Artist Alleys only have a market for a very limited type of product. Combine that with the fact my specialty is “folk music primarily with Vocaloids MEIKO and KAITO,” and you get something that has effectively no market at any sort of event here. It’s not that I’m adverse to tabling here in principle, but reserving a table for something where I’d be lucky to even sell a single copy would be a rather horrible embarrassment.

Vocaloid Paradise Extra Edition is home to KAITO Paradise and MEIKO Paradise and, this year, has started KaiMei Paradise for those with products featuring both. As such, it’s the one place where a product like the ones I make actually stands a chance of getting any reception. Moreover, it’s a precious chance to meet other creators and fans in one place. And although I haven’t been able to directly table at an event before, I’ve already participated in multiple works that were made for events, so it’s not like I’m a complete stranger to the concept. All I needed was to be bold enough to make the trip to Japan for it. Unfortunately, I tend to have a rather reckless personality, and so one thing led to another…

(That said, it’s not like I’m the best at Japanese, and my ability to speak is even worse, so I pray that I won’t become a burden on everyone…)

In preparation for this, I’ve been hard at work preparing what I hope to release as my first solo album, which I plan to release at the event. I’ll also be bringing extra remainder copies of the MEIKO compilation album Dark Chocolate and Maraschino Cherry for those who missed out on the Kickstarter (although there won’t be any bonus merch attached to it). In addition, accompanying me will be hyoujisama, who will be bringing a horde of KAITO-centric art products, so please look forward to those too (*^▽^*)

This brings us to our second order of business, which is that I have joined the Atelier doujinshi circle Faraway Asterism. The Atelier series is one that’s been particularly important to me for quite a long time now, especially in terms of its music — I first played Atelier Ayesha at the end of 2015, and became so enamored with it that the song I released shortly after, “anoi isál yu mlál“, drew heavy influences from its music. From there I started playing the other games in the series and completely fell in love with the music and atmosphere and characters. However, as a musician who was never much good at visual art, I never felt that there were many opportunities for me to provide something in terms of creative tribute, and I’m very happy that I’ll be able to start doing so with the cooperation of the circle.

Faraway Asterism’s first project is a fan book bringing together compiled creative work from overseas Atelier fans and giving them an outlet to express their love for the series, so I will be participating in it (although the details of how will be kept a secret for now!). The circle leaders, Fiora and Miri, will be bringing the book to this year’s Atelier Fes (アトリエフェス) doujinshi event on May 26, 2019. And by complete miracle happenstance, this year’s VoPara-Ex and Atelier Fes are within the same week, so while I will leave the primary handling of the table to Fiora and Miri, it would be silly of me to not drop by…and for the sake of the occasion, you might see something else from me besides just the book. (But details about that will have to remain a secret for now.)

I hope those of you who are able to attend either of the events can look forward to these, and if not, these things will be released for overseas purchase after the event, so please support us even then! In the end, because I am an American young adult, making trips to Japan is not something I can easily do at leisure, and I would not be surprised if I’m never able to attend another Japanese event in my life. But as someone who takes quite a bit of pride in being a Western creator, I am very much at peace with this, and once all this has passed I would like to focus my efforts more domestically in advocating for music-selling culture in the West, while also of course continuing to send my work abroad when the opportunities come. Music and art are things I firmly believe should cross all kinds of international boundaries.

Well, there’s a lot of work ahead of me, so wish me luck…!

CC2 song comments

COSMOCRYSTAL II side red has finally been released! (゚∀゚) Congratulations!! It was a long road, but I’m so happy to finally see it released!

Since both sides are finally out, I would like to talk about the songs I made for CC2, as I’ve been rather quiet about them so far…

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COSMOCRYSTAL II – clalliss re leat, maya re pat – EIHOU-BOUSYOKU

ARM (A Reyvateil’s Melody) will be releasing its new Ar tonelico fan album, COSMOCRYSTAL II – clalliss re leat, maya re pat – EIHOU-BOUSYOKU!

(“EIHOU-BOUSYOKU” = 映放紡色 = “Liberated Reflections, Woven Colors”, among other possible readings)

I worked on the composition for the fifth track, “solstine=brille.EXFLOW_cls.UNREDEMPTION::CHRYSOSKONI=LABYRINTHIA/.”.

The album will be sold at this year’s Winter Comiket event (C95, day 2, December 30, 2018) at Tokyo Big Sight, East Side (東地区) booth “ニ”26b. You can also place a preorder for mail delivery at BOOTH (for Japanese residents) or Isukado (for overseas customers). This is a continuation of last year’s “side blue” album, so there will also be a combined version of both at BOOTH (for Japanese residents) and Isukado (for overseas customers).

It’s been a very long time in development, but it’s truly amazing to finally see the CC2 project reach completion. I will be continuing to work with ARM in the future, and ARM as a circle will be both continuing the story of CC2 and pursuing other projects, so please look forward to it m(_ _)m

Fragrance

This song is a little different from my usual. I started this about a year and a half ago, but repeatedly got furstrated because I felt like my abilities at the time were insufficient for what I wanted to make…ah, well, I hope I was able to do it in the end. Don’t worry, this isn’t meant to be a permanent shift in style or anything, I just wanted to experiment once in a while ^^;;

As you can probably see, this is my first song using V5. It’s taken a while to get used to, but ultimately the difference between English transitions between V4 and V5 is pretty incredible…Since I expect the majority of my songs from here on out to be in English, this is a huge help for me.

The art is by Krystal, who put a lot of care into the difficult request I gave her — thank you very much!

The VPR and .wav file are out on Patreon as well, so please take a look!

I don’t think I will be able to upload another song this year despite my best efforts, but CC2 side red is still on schedule to be released during Winter Comiket, so please look forward to that! Otherwise, let’s meet again on KAITO’s birthday next year!

Love Butterfly

I wrote lyrics for two of the tracks on maya‘s new album Love Butterfly!

1. Pride Deadlock
7. wisteria

The album will be sold at Comiket 94 (Day 1/August 10, 2018) at Tokyo Big Sight, circle “asanagi” at table 西と03b. It was an honor to work on it, so please check it out if you’re interested! You can also preorder it on Toranoana or Melonbooks (Animate will be added later).

In addition, although it’s not a new album, copies of COSMOCRYSTAL II side blue will be sold on the same day at the ARM (A Reyvateil’s Melody) booth, table 西ぬ16b.

As for personal work, I’ve been working on a new Vocaloid song since last month…I decided to experiment a bit with a departure from my usual style, so it’s quite challenging and taking quite a bit longer than usual ( ´ ▽ ` ) That said, I’m now completely in the middle of moving, and so it’s forced me to put all musical activities on hold…in addition, ARM is currently planning on making a release for this year’s Winter Comiket, so I’m going to have to subsequently shift my efforts there for a while.

But I definitely want to finish a solo Vocaloid song soon, since I ended up not being able to make one for several months due to my health, so I’d like to aim for getting the new one up sometime in September if possible. As I’ve largely recovered I’ve started to solidify plans for some projects later this and next year, so please look forward to that!

Adult life is hard, but every day I would like to strive to deliver the best music I can (*^▽^*)

Welcome to the Tricolor World

This is the song I made for Decagon, which we released in commemoration of UTAU’s 10th anniversary at Minna no UTAU 2018. (You can still get a digital copy if you like!)

I had a lot of thoughts behind this song in particular…because this was a song made in respect to UTAU’s anniversary, I thought I’d make a song in respect to the feelings and impressions I had when I first encountered UTAU in 2009. The “tricolor” in the title refers to the Defoko, Teto, and Momo’s three colors of purple, red, and pink (related to some of the early planning ideas we had for Decagon‘s overall theme), but in essence it’s about the title as a whole, which is the feeling of the new and mysterious “world” that UTAU seemed like for a newcomer like me at the time.

Since I’ve written songs in conlang before, I suppose it might seem like this might be another one, but in actuality the words are intentionally made to be meaningless nonsense (kind of like scat) 。(*^▽^*)ゞ Overall I wanted to focus more on “sounds” and “feelings” rather than words, so I put my efforts into making effects with vocals and playful sounds to make it more like a song that felt like it was “alive”. Beyond that, I think the issue of “regardless of language”, while something I wasn’t consciously thinking of at the time of songwriting, ended up kind of oddly fitting…it’s easy to forget this in the modern era where multilanguage UTAU are everywhere, but back then it really was hard to do much as an English speaker! But in spite of that everyone was always working hard and doing their best and I think that’s what made everything so wonderful.

Incidentally, the last time I participated in Minna no UTAU was in 2013, where I also made another fairly experimental song, so I hope there’s some audible improvement ( ´ ▽ ` ) The Myriad circle was actually formed right out of the United Together Around UTAU project to begin with, so we’re very grateful for the opportunity to have participated again.

The mastering was by GHPZ, and the art by 遠影 (Tohkage). Thank you very much for all your help!

Decagon release info

As announced earlier, I’ll be participating as a member of the Myriad circle in an UTAU 10th anniversary commemoration album, Decagon! I made the fifth track, “Welcome to the Tricolor World”.

The album will debut at the Minna no UTAU event on April 8, 2018, and will be sold at booth D17 (ふしぎって何色なの?). In addition, we’ll be selling the album digitally and accepting preorders for a limited print run on our Bandcamp.

Please check out the album if you’re interested! I hope UTAU will continue to have many prosperous years ahead of it ( ´ ▽ ` )

Decagon

Along with the rest of the Myriad circle, I’ll be participating in an UTAU 10th anniversary album, Decagon! It’s scheduled to be distributed at the 2018 Minna no UTAU doujinshi event.

Further details will be posted as we get closer to the event. Please look forward to it! ☆

2017 year wrap-up

Happy end of 2017! A lot of things happened this year, so it’s fun to look back on what’s been going on. Initially I intended to only really use this site for updates related to my creative works, but lately I’ve gotten the feeling that I’ve been being a little too stiff in regards to things like this, so I thought maybe I should start talking about things in a little more of a relaxed fashion ( ´ ▽ ` )…

This year I wrote more detailed comments on each song I posted, so I don’t think I need to talk about the details again, but in short, I put out six Vocaloid songs (five self-made, one collab), and we finally released COSMOCRYSTAL II side blue! Overall, it was a very productive year and I’m satisfied with the work I’ve done for it.

I don’t know if it was because of Miku’s tenth birthday or what, but I ended up taking a lot of time to think about things…as of spring next year, it will have been six years since I started making music.

This year in particular, I got to meet a lot of new people, I had a lot of unforgettable experiences, and I’m truly thankful to the people who have supported my work and me, as a composer and Vocaloid producer.

As for next year…although it did end up in a good proliferation of work, I admit there were times I overworked myself a bit this year, so I’d like to take it a little easier. Moreover, I’d also like to put out a full album, so I think the number of uploads next year may be somewhat lower, but I’ll be continuing Vocaloid work with the same enthusiasm as before. Among those should be next year’s ABCD Project, naturally.

Other than that, I’ll also be continuing work on COSMOCRYSTAL II side red, along with some other potential projects unrelated to either Vocaloid or ARM, so please look forward to those!

In general, I would like to try different things on top of what I usually do and experiment…for the record, I recently upgraded my setup with a lot of new software for creative works (especially VSTs), but that’s not going to amount to anything if I don’t make proper use of it, right…? ( ´ ▽ ` )

Well, as always, there’s a lot of things I want to do, and never enough time to do it, especially with other real life obligations going on. But as always, I’m going to put all my effort into doing what I can, so cheers to the new year!

Loveless Last Dance

 

This is a work done by the Myriad circle for MIRIAM’s 13th anniversary album The Lady and the Silver Circle. Happy 13th, Miriam!

I composed the song and wrote the lyrics, while Xue did the arrangement and artist Lone did the illustration.

The theme is “someone who was tossed away”. I think overall the story going on with it should be fairly apparent, so I don’t think I have much to add; in any case, we hope you enjoy the song!