Patreon and other things

Generally speaking, I hold a stance that the music I make is something to be shared as much as possible, and lately, I’ve been thinking about it and realizing that I’m a lot more closed up about my work than I would like to be.

That said, there are things that I ultimately end up fussing over. For one, I’m insistent that my work should be left more up to interpretation by the listener, and so I’m always worried that revealing too much would force one specific reading. On top of that, there’s a difficult balance between sharing your behind-the-scenes creative work and completely laying yourself bare; although there are times in the past I’ve openly shared completely unfinished things or rather personal data (such as fully tuned VSQx files for Vocaloid work, etc.), most of the time I’m not entirely comfortable putting out such things out for anyone and everyone to take…

But on the other hand, being too closed and shutting myself out entirely is not something I want to do, either. I want to open up anything that might be interesting or helpful to those who are looking for it, and as someone who was also helped by and inspired many people along the way, I feel like it’d be unfair to completely shut that out to others as well.

So in the interest of that, I started a Patreon. I don’t think it’s a perfect solution, but it seems like it at least satisfies some of my concerns, so if you’re interested, please do take a look.

I think the majority of the content distributed there will be things I normally wouldn’t have been comfortable with putting out otherwise, such as fully tuned VSQx files or such. I have no intention of locking what I do behind a paywall, so everything I was giving out earlier (vocal guides and instrumentals, etc.) will be open to everyone as usual.

In the interest of that, I think I would like talk more freely about my work in general, especially on this blog. It’s a bit difficult because every time I post something here I have to write it in three languages, but I’ll do my best ^^;; Thank you for your support in the future.

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!