Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Weekly Vocaloid Ranking #246

[Reigan] Translations done! Sorry for the wait!



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

V3 Gackpoid Releases July 13th


The announced Vocaloid3 extension for Gackpoid (Kamui Gakupo) now has a release date - 13th July 2012.

Translated Shizen no Teki-P (Jin) Interview

ASCII.jpg editors had just interviewed Vocaloid producer & novel author Jin (Shizen no Teki-P) and I decide to translate this out of love! lol Please note that My Japanese is bad (really bad) and my English is bad too (really bad too). If there's any wrong translations do notify me! Thanks for reading :3

Jin (Shizen no Teki-P)



Born in the Heisei era, the shocking debut of a Vocaloid producer and author of Kagerou Days

Only my parents came to my live performance


Editor: Let's start the interview session, where were you born?


Jin: I was born in Hokkaido, Rishiri Island.

Editor: That's an amazing place. When did you started getting into music?

Jin: I started around 2nd year of my elementary school. I started learning the keyboard(piano). My teacher was a very kind person, said I could come over just to play the keyboard even though I don't have any lessons that day.

Editor: Oh you started music at a very young age, not only that you also formed bands at a very young age too.

Jin: Well, the population at my area back then was very small......There were only 12 students in the whole elementary school. And it's a miracle that there were 4 people who're learning music. This means that 1/3 of the students are in a band. But, when I entered high school I moved to a more populated area and I formed my band for the first time there. We did covers of NUMBER GIRL and THE BACK HORN.

Editor: Have you done live performances before?

Jin: We did have some at live houses. Around 2 places. It was a small live performance,  the customers all left before a crowd gathered.

Editor: How little was the crowd?

Jin: 2 people.

Editor: 2 people....

Jin: And it was my parents.

Editor: You were lonely back then, but you continued to make music.

Jin: I majored in recording course when I entered university. I had a friend who's into fashion course, He asked me to make BGM music for fashion shows or make some  music that's similar to Kasabian's

Editor: Your music style was very different back then. What about your band in university?

Jin: We were an instrumental band though, there's keyboard, guitar and sometimes vocals. As for the vocals, they were something like "Ahh~". It's something like Shiratama (?) and choir music.

Editor: So it was like post rock, how many people came for your performances?

Jin: Around 13 people.

Editor: Was 13 people considered a lot?

Jin: Quite a lot, this time my parents weren't present.

Editor: I see. So it was quite an amount of people.

Jin: But, when I was in university, I had these thougts such as "Which equipment is better for PA purposes?" or "I better look for a place for employment".

Editor: Since you had interest in recordings, did you had any intention of becoming a musician?

Jin: In my heart I thought that if I strike something good then maybe I'll manage to earn some decent income, but then, no one came for the live performances. "This won't sell! This won't do!!", back then I had these thoughts.

My friend's brother is a Vocaloid P

Editor: I'm assuming that 2007~2010, you were at high school or university, wasn't that NicoNico Douga's golden age? We haven't seen nor heard you back then.

Jin: Yeah, I knew NicoNico Douga about 2 years back.

Editor: I'm curious as to how you're interested in becoming a Vocaloid P (producer).

Jin: Actually, my coursemate said to me one day "My brother uses Vocaloid too"

Editor: Your friend's brother is a Vocaloid P!

Jin: His name is Kamoshika-san. When I went to my friend's house, his brother said to me "I made the song with this" and showed me his computer. "Oh, Hatsune Miku produces these sounds, interesting!", was what I thought.

Editor: It can sing rock, post rock, any kind of rock. And that is Hatsune Miku's anime-like-voice's selling point.

Jin: In terms of synthesizer technology, it was very interesting. Although it can't pronounce nuances perfectly, but it can speak in a very fast speed. And this is impossible to achieve when compared to humans.

Editor: I see. It's amazing that you view this calmly.

Jin: And just when I decided to try out Vocaloid, I had secured a job.

Editor: Oh congratulations.

Jin: And during that time I had forgotten about Hatsune Miku.

Editor: That....doesn't seem to be good.


Jin: I received a message from Kamoshika-san, "How's the song coming along?" and I suddenly remembered about it. But, I didn't know how to upload it.

Editor: You didn't know how to upload it.

Jin: I asked Kamoshika-san to help me on this. I asked him to upload using my NND account and type the uploader comments with a text I prepared. I asked for an illustration, and then decided to make it a video with a only a fixed background. I was taught that after you upload, you can enter the lyrics using the comments.

Editor: So you debuted in the Internet world. How did you feel?

Jin: I was happy. There's numbers to show how many people listened to my song. I was not clear as to what's Mylist was back then, but I was told that it's something that shows people like my songs, there were hundreds of people who entered my song into their Mylist. I was so happy.

Editor: And previously it was only 13 people.

Jin: Yes. My working pace is quite slow, but then when I saw a lot of people listening to my song, I decided to work on my second song.

Kagerou Days was Mami-san

Editor: Even though you said you'd be going at a fast pace, it took about 5 months until you released Kagerou Days. Did you encountered any problems when producing your 3rd work?

Jin: Nope, my 2nd work had a lot more positive feedbacks compared to back then, and this happy feeling lingered in me for about 5 months. I was like "They listened to my song! Ohh! I did it!!!", and 5 months passed by.



Editor: That was long. your music style changed a lot if you compare your 1st and 2nd work, did you record the guitar parts?

Jin: Kagerou Days is somehow a summer-like song, it was difficult to express summer using DAW. I wanted to produce this impatient summer feeling. I had the songs written one after another, I wanted to write songs depicting a story from the start. I wanted to create suspense in each song so that they would be interested in my next work.

Editor: I see. So you already had this idea in mind to write a story when you first started.

Jin: I wanted to write a heavier song for my 3rd song, I wanted to have everything jump start from here.  I uploaded the song in the morning, and after that I went to work. I had plans to stay over at a Vocaloid P's place, and it(the song) suddenly became a hot topic. The number of views were very different from before.

Editor: There's about 1.6 million views now.

Jin: It was at 3rd place in the daily rankings. Previously my highest was 23rd, so I was happy, or so I thought, I had this uncomfortable feeling and I was scared....

Editor: Eh?!

Jin: The next day, I went to the hospital and discovered that there's a hole in my lungs.

Editor: EEH?!

Jin: It seems I had pneumothorax. I was told to take a break from my job and have at least a week's rest. But during that week, the song hit 1st place and the feeling of happiness was unmatchable. "This is it, this can't be compared to my second work", was what I thought.

Editor: I actually hoped that it won't become such a famous song. I just thought that if Kagerou was so famous, won't you have any problems writing your next song?

Jin: Well, the story is important, but I don't want it end. Something like "Mami-san was eaten!" or so.

Editor: I see. Instead of "Vocaloid post rock", it had this different and unique feeling to it.

Major debut and NicoNico Douga debut feels the same

Editor: And, Kagerou Days went famous, and now there's even a novel.

Jin: I was contact through twitter, and I thought that "It's definitely this person,  if its him, then I can rely on him!"('Him' referring to a writer) I collaborated with him to write the plot for the story. But then now I have another project to worry about.  I had this rough image of writing a novel, but I don't know how to do it.

Editor: How does it feel to work on linking the music with the novel?

Jin: It feels like working on the storyboard and the music for a play.

Editor: That's a new way to describe it.

Jin: It's somehow like "To show the feelings of the protagonist, the guitar has to be played this way in this scene!" Or "There's an enemy in this scene so the music should be like this!". In a scene where a couple breaks up, there should be only 1 guitar with some vocals, or something like that. The recording was done live, it made me remember back my experiences of working in a band.

Editor: Despite that, you faced these with a very calm and collected mind. Are you a person who can handle huge pressure?

Jin: I didn't feel much pressure. 3am in the middle of the night, I called to the office staff to talk about my troubles, somehow, like a yandere girlfriend.

Editor: That doesn't sound good.....


Jin: I changed my style to pop for my 5th song( Souzou Forest), I thought I'd be doomed back then for changing my style....

               Staff:  But, once it's released and if there's positive feedback, come to me and say "I told you so, it is a nice song!"

Jin: Even when I feel depressed, I listened to my own songs, I felt that 'Ahh, it is good!". Having thoughts that what you wrote was good is also a good way to relieve yourself from depression.

Editor: You had pressures when writing songs, but other than that there's no any other pressure right?

Jin: The thought of having to do everything by yourself is scary, but then it'll be a surprise to all the listeners.

Editor: I see. Come to think of it, is the feeling of debuting almost the same as the feeling of 'debuting' in NicoNico Douga? And maybe that's why you don't have the feeling of 'major debut'

Jin: It's true that it feels the same. There are times when it feels scary, but maybe if the novel has great reviews and maybe I could just get that feeling of "Didn't I told you it was great!". And also my debut doesn't mean that the ending is near, it's like a turning point for me.

Editor: This project has just started though.

Jin: Our fight has just begun.

Editor: It'll seem like it's going to end if you put it that way. Thank you for the interesting talk. I look forward to your future works.


Source from : http://ascii.jp/elem/000/000/693/693213/

Weekly Vocaloid Ranking #245

[Jhan] Mitchie M.'s new song at #2, and Ren'ai Philosophia dropped to #9. *sadface*
And Senbonzakura is one damn clingy song to still be in the Top 20.

[Reigan] Mitchie M.-samaaaaaaa *sadface too*




Saturday, June 9, 2012

Producer Spotlight | Eshijyanai Kei / 絵師じゃないKEI

Konbanha! This week's Producer Spotlight is on Eshijyanai KEI, or also known as Hayashi KEI. The usual drill, my favourite song from KEI-san :)

Hello Worker, Megurine Luka.




KEI-san mostly produces rock songs, and if you browse through his Mylist, you'll notice that he has been around the Vocaloid community for quite some time, he has been uploading songs since the year 2008!

Here's one of KEI's older hit song.

Tower, Megurine Luka




If you noticed, KEI's has quite his own style when tuning the Vocaloids, whenever I listen to his songs, I just noticed that his vibratoes are just beautiful! It has depth and it usually executes immediately. And IMO, this is where KEI-san develops his own unique style, not to mention he writes great songs too!


Currently he uses Megurine Luka, Hatsune Miku, Gumi, Kagamine Len and VY1. Let's have a look at his VY1 work!

Invitation, feat. VY1.


KEI currently has 4 albums, "Echo Echo Me", "HELIOCENTRISM", "Horror For Holiday Shoppers" and his latest album released at VoM@s20, "Universe and Stupidity".

KEI is also a vocalist and guitarist in a band named NO LEAF CLOVER.

Mylist: mylist/5113852
Official Website: http://homingecho.com/
Twitter : @homing_echo
Blog : http://homingecho.blog84.fc2.com/
NO LEAF CLOVER Official Website : http://nlc.nobody.jp/

That's all for this week :) I better get back to studying......Oh and Today's AFAMY! Do drop by our booth and challenge yourself to our Song Trivia ^_^

Friday, June 8, 2012

M.V.P Booth at AFAMY!

Hello hello! I know it's sudden but I just felt I have to post it! :3

Malaysia Vocaloid Party (M.V.P) will be having our own booth at AFAMY!

AFA MY will be held at PWTC on Saturday and Sunday (9th of June - 10th of June). Do drop by us for a visit!

Comrades setting up our booth ^_^ We have lovely Xuet as our cover girl! XD





It's a huge step for MVP since we started off just a group of friends who share a common interest. We hope to bring in more members into our 'family'! :D

We will be showcasing Vocaloid artwork and doujin works done by Malaysian artists. Not only that, we do also have photography works from renowned Malaysian photographers! (not naming them now, check it out tomorrow XD) There will also be Vocaloid figurine displays so figurine collectors might wanna drop by and look at some of our MVP members' collection!

And our booth's highlight! We are having Vocaloid song trivia! If you manage to answer our quizzes, you can get a chocolate Hatsune Miku! Its made using the Snow Miku 2011 ice tray, there's only 30 of it, so grab it while its still available ^_^ As for the difficulty of the song trivia, I label it as hardcore according to Malaysian standards, well, as long as you keep track of the Weekly Vocaloid Rankings then you might find it easy ^_^. The song choices are done by me, JHan and Lero. Since it's the three of us who made it...be prepared haha!


And these are the chocolate Hatsune Miku! 

Do keep a close lookout at our fanpage/twitter for more updates from time to time!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Weekly Vocaloid Ranking #244

[Reigan]This week's Vocaran up~! I see many classics battling with new songs eh?





Naho's Opening Statement

Good morning, its time for Vocaran!
We're entering the month of June, a change of fashion into summer clothings!
And also, me and Vocaran has changed to the new Zero version format!

Thanks to the Zero Version, there are new features in our weekly Vocaran.
The two new main features are...?

The rankings will start from 30th place as usual.
But before that, let's have a look at this.

--Special Clip--
The new features of Vocaran
Zero:Resolution
Zero:Credit

Zero:Resolution
The new Vocaran is bigger than ever! The size of the video has been increased to support the new Zero Version!

Zero:Credit
Now, Vocarans will not only display the producer's name, but also other relevant persons such as the artist/PV director etc~!


30(30) :【GUMI・鏡音リン】 インビジブル 【オリジナル曲・PV付
29(New!!) :【初音ミク】 ナマポ芸人 【ほぼ日P】
28(71) :【初音ミク】 awake 【オリジナルPV】
27(--) :【初音ミクDark】 glow 【オリジナル】
26(28) :【初音ミク】 ダンスナンバーを共に 【オリジナル】
25(New!!) :【GUMI・ミク】運命ノ子【オリジナル】
24(--) :【初音ミク】カゲロウデイズ【オリジナルPV】
23(6) :【MV】 じん 「空想フォレスト」
22(New!!) : 回遊 (初音ミクAppend)
21(29) :【初音ミク+IA】コノハの世界事情【オリジナルPV
20(New!!) :【初音ミク】 さよならレシェノルティア 【オリジナル】
19(20) :【IA】六兆年と一夜物語【オリジナル曲・PV付】
18(35) :【初音ミク】メカクシコード【オリジナル】
17(26) :【IA】想像フォレスト【オリジナルPV】
16(4) :【初音ミク】 エンパス144 【オリジナル】
15(9) :【GUMI】カケヒキゲーム【オリジナル曲PV付き】
14(24) :【初音ミク】プラグアウト【オリジナル】
13(--) :【初音ミク/ 滲音かこい】RE-OVERDOSE (Full)【オリジナル】
12(12) :【GUMI】セツナトリップ【オリジナル】
11(3) :【初音ミク】お断りします REMIX【MOSAIC.WAV】

Pick Up :【GUMI】12345678【オリジナル曲PV】

10(19↑ ) :『初音ミク』千本桜『オリジナル曲PV』
9(New!!) :【初音ミク】 深層カルマ 【オリジナルPV】
8(New!!) :【GUMI】 ラムダ 【オリジナル!】
7(--) :【初音ミク】Unfragment【オリジナル】
6(New!!) :【VY2】エイは育ち、僕はプロポーズに鉄を曲げる【オリジナル曲】
5(2) :【初音ミクSoft】 アイロニ 【オリジナル曲PV付】
4(New!!) :【初音ミク】幸福な死を【オリジナル曲】

This week in history (Weekly Vocaran #192)
5 :【鏡音リン・レン】 静電気。【初音ミク】
4 :【鏡音レン】五番目のピエロ【オリジナル】
3 :【初音ミク】Hiatus【オリジナル曲PV付】
2 :【初音ミク】アストロノーツ【オリジナル】
1 :   天ノ弱/164 feat.GUMI

3(New!!) :【初音ミク】不思議のコハナサイチ【オリジナルPV
2(1) :IA】如月アテンション【オリジナルPV
1(New!!) :『初音ミク』恋愛フィロソフィア『オリジナル曲PV

Ending Song :GUMIMelody【オリジナル曲】

Naho's Closing Statement

And that was this week's 1st place~

What do you think about the new Vocaran?
There's not many big changes with Vocaran, its still the Vocaran that we know and used to.
And with that, yoroshiku onegaishimasu.

The new features are still not stable yet, just like the new Zero player, we will be improving it little by little...Please do leave a comment!

And here are the rest of the rankings.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Vocaloid Solo Singing Competition

Popular Malaysian 4G Mobile Internet Service Provider, YES, in collaboration with OffGamers and Rimasuri (RMS), recently announced that a Vocaloid Solo Singing Competition will be held as part of the upcoming YES Tech Gaming League.

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The competition will be held at Ground Floor Sungei Wang Plaza, Bukit Bintang, on the 23rd of June, 2012. Participants will stand a chance to win attractive prizes, and all that is needed from participants is to sing a Vocaloid original song on stage.

Details of the competition are as follows:

PRIZES
GRAND PRIZE – RM1,000 + YES Huddle XS + YES ID
1st Runner Up – RM500 +YES Huddle + YES ID
2nd Runner Up – RM200 + Go Starter Pack + RM50 reloads
And 17 Consolation Prizes – Go Starter Pack

HOW TO ENTER
1. No purchase or fee is required to enter this competition.
2. Each contestant must send their registration via email to rmscosplay@gmail.com – titled “Vocaloid Singing Competition” with the following information:

i. NAME: (As in I/C)
ii. NICKNAME: (Profile ID)
iii. CONTACT NUMBER:
iv. Email:
v. Song Title:
vi. Performed by (which Vocaloid):
vii. Reference image of Vocaloid:

3. The competition is open to the first 20 complete entries.
4. Registration will be closed as soon as the first 20 complete entries quota is met. In any case 1 of the first 
20 participants cannot make it, then the invitation to entry no. 21 will be given & so forth.
5. All contestants will be informed by email if you entry is successful.

RULES & REGULATIONS
1. This competition is open to all Malaysians above the age of 13. 
2. Participants under the age of 18 will require consent from a parent or guardian to enter the competition.
3. Song selection is only limited to Vocaloid performed songs.
4. Professional entertainers (union musicians or whose talent is a principle source of income) & those who have sung on a recording which is meant to be sold are NOT permitted to enter. 
5. All information furnished by the contestant to the organizer should be truthful to the best of knowledge of the contestant.
6. Organizers reserve the right to change the rules and regulations without prior notice.
7. The judges’ decision is final. No appeals will be entertained.

If you have a question concerning your eligibility, please contact rmscosplay@gmail.com

COMPETITION FORMAT
1. There will only be one (1) round for this competition.
2. The order of contestants will be determined by the drawing of lots.
3. Song duration must be no longer than 3 minutes.
4. A signal will be given to signify 2:30 minutes passed. Audio playback will be cut off at 3 minutes.
5. Audio playback format can be in CD (clearly labeled with your name & song title) or on mp3 format on a USB flash drive. We strongly suggest having both & even making an extra CD copy as back up.
6. All audio playback materials should be submitted when the contestants report themselves on the event day which is Saturday, 23rd June 2012 at 1pm.
7. After performance, the contestants are responsible to collect their playback materials from the audio console.
8. The organizers will not be held responsible for any misplacement of the audio play back material.

JUDGING CRITERIA

1. Contestants will be judged based on the following criteria:

i. Performance - Confidence, Posture, Facial expression, Stage presence
ii. Vocal Technique - Diction/Phrasing, Tone/Dynamics, Pitch
iii. Song SelectionAppropriate for voice, Level of difficulty, Interpretation
iv. Overall Presentation - Uniqueness, Character, Engaging, Appearance

2. A maximum of 5 points will be given for each category mention above (i. – iv.) which ads up to a maximum total of 20 points.
3. Contestants cosplaying the same vocaloid & same vocaloid version will receive more favour in scoring.
4. Contestants maybe required to perform their song again for the judges should it be requested upon. 

So Vocaloid fans of Malaysia, any of you dare to take up the challenge? If so, do send in your registration as soon as possible before the 20-participant quota is met!

Links:

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Producer Spotlight | kaoling

Hello Hello! The time has come again for this week's Producer Spotlight! Today's spotlight is on Vocaloid producer kaoling. Here's my pick from kaoling's wonderful mylist!

Kami no Namae ni Ochirumono, sung by Hatsune Miku.




kaoling is a producer who specializes in traditional/folk music, not only that, kaoling also writes trance songs! kaoling currently has Hatsune Miku, Gakupo, Gumi, Kaai Yuki, CUL, IA -ARIA ON THE PLANETES-, as for UTAUloids, kaoling is using Sorane Rana and Tsukishiro Hakupo.

Here's kaoling's most recent work, Ame no Niwa (Rain's Garden) sung by IA.


kaoling's works are filled with interesting sounds and it brings out the vocals beautifully. The moment I first heard Ame no Niwa, it just reminded me that how amazing kaoling is. She literally created a 'world' in this song.

Here's another traditional/folk song that I like.

FREJYA.sys, sung by CUL and Gumi


kaoling is definitely one of a kind producer, not many approach traditional/folk music in the Vocaloid community. Also, each of her songs uses a lot of voice parts, this makes the song sounds 'thick' and filled with harmony.

Currently kaoling has released one Vocaloid album, "Ochita Watashi no Te wo Hiite" Do support her by buying her album!

Mylist : mylist/14865214
Twitter : @OhkoshiKaori
Piapro : http://piapro.jp/xxx7xxx

That's all for this week! And I might be taking a break from Producer Spotlight next week due to exams. >_< I'll try my best to write next week's article if I manage to squeeze out some time :)