Happy new year, everyone! I’m happy to present my track for the “Minutes to Memories” album by Project Sonata! This became a bit of a personal song as I was writing it, but I think the lyrics can apply to many people and I hope it serves at least as a little bit of inspiration for tackling the new year. Here’s to a happier 2018!
The songs on the album were all inspired by randomly generated hex color codes. The code that my artist partner (KUREiiRO) and I received was #eeeeee!
It’s time for the Studio VOXYZ annual birthday collaboration!
This year, Mooncrafter and I decided to revisit an old cover from 2010: StargazeR by KotsubanP. It was the first collaboration we ever did and it was so much fun to see the improvement over the course of 7 years (even if real life got in the way of the video being as polished as it could be).
Not to mention it was nostalgic enough to work with an old YuraHonyaP UST… it even still had Mode1 settings!
I’m a little later than I would’ve liked in posting this, but I had an absolute blast at Anime Banzai and VOCAMERICA the weekend before last!
It was my first time in Utah, and my second time out West… other than attending Anime Expo back in 2014, I ‘d never traveled farther out than Arkansas! The area is absolutely GORGEOUS, I still can’t get over the mountains that surround Salt Lake City. They’re absolutely stunning. I wish I’d gotten the chance to take better photos, but this one will have to do.
My attendance was mostly thanks to Pandemic : doujin music collector extraordinaire and co-host of the Vocaloid Hangout Plug.dj room. I honestly can’t thank him enough for inviting me. I also was happy to have a third convention run-in with Agatechlo (resident LEON stan and Plug room manager) who gave us all nifty little LEON keychains, with art drawn by Untramen!
It hadn’t crossed my mind that Anime Banzai was the convention where Vocatone first debuted V3 Oliver years ago, so I certainly got a surprise when I ran into Chaofreak (now SCRAPxRABBiT), one of Vocatone’s former members. I was more familiar with him as voicer of Kurone Zanda, one of the first couple of overseas UTAU… EVER. It was a giant blast from the past to be able to meet him IRL, since he and Chii were basically the ones that brought UTAU to the US and outside of Japan in general. I had fun chatting with him and the rest of the Utah Vocaloid crowd, even unexpectedly meeting one of Lystrialle’s PV artists, Oxymoroff!
VOCAMERICA was fantastic, with a bunch of new songs added to the setlist (I’ll be linking the official Engloids.info writeup later!) Many thanks to Aki for including the special surprise of Aiko performing HIBIKASE, I’m extremely honored!!
All-in-all, this was easily one of my best convention experiences. I definitely hope to be back at Anime Banzai next year!
My next convention will be Yama-con in Pigeon Forge, TN from Dec 1st to 3rd, which will also feature a VOCAMERICA show! Hope to see y’all there!
Starting with the fixing and public release of my “SILENCE” UST, I’m going to be working on fixing up all my other UTAU-Synth-era USTs (as well as some of my REEEEALLY old ones) to make sure they’re up to date with voicebank compatibility, lyrics, and anything else I might have messed up!
Next on the list is “All Men Are Pigs” which was a highly-requested English UST. I’ve also finished “Aurora” (by ryuryu) and “Uzume Kagura” (by twinkle/U-taP) which will be up once I finish artwork for them.
Other unreleased USTs in the project:
• BALLOON (by Tiara)
• Ofuton-in! (by OyakataP)
• Feel So Moon (from Space Brothers)
• Gegege no Kitaro (OP from the 60s anime)
• Sousei no Aquarion
• The Fox (by Ylvis)
• Outer Science (by Jin; Len Arrange ver.)
• Tsuntsun-Gokko (by EZFG)