Pierrot

Playing catch up on my blog here! Sorry its been so long , i regularly keep posting videos on my youtube but not here since writing takes time and too much life keeps getting in the way. So I have since improved since I uploaded this but I still enjoy this cover none of the less.

Pierrot is actually a french word describing a specific clown in the early 19th century I believe. i am such a history nerd I love useless facts like this.

 

I sang this beautiful song called Pierrot for my fellow youtaite friend named Kazu. This is one of his favourite songs in the whole world. I was going to sing it in Japanese but someone named Panda wrote these amazing translyrics which I thought fit my friend perfectly. I would always try and cheer him up when he felt down and I thought these lyrics really represented that! So I just hope he understood that message LOL.

Kei is an amazing producer he writes great pop rock songs.

So I remember recording this song because it was quite difficult to do and I had lot of takes to do it. I am actually impressed my voice didn’t die while recording it since I was belting consecutively for so long.  The middle section in the musical interlude was done in one breath that was super hard to do , I kid you not , I am so glad I had some of that vocal training back in school to help me do that. My harmonies were hit and  miss but its all another step in the learning process. Learning through trial and error I guess^^.

But I really love any and all versions of this song , it just has so much passion in the music and lyrics so i love hearing covers  of it. Also the pv that was made for Senka’s cover was so heartbreaking and the art was beautiful!

Anyways vacation time soon I hope to update more , I have like 8 million covers to finish and upload. Enjoy the cover today and look forward to more! Thanks for reading guys.

 

 

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Starduster

Hello my blog readers. It has been another long time since I updated. I feel like I disappoint you all when I say I am going to post more often but don’t. I am very sorry but you know when life gets busy you do what you have to do and some things like a blog get put on hold.

But on to more pressing matters! This week’s post I am writing to you from a cafe , since I just finished my class for today. Busy Busy i tell you!

So the cover I am writing about is called Starduster. Its one of JimmythumbP’s most beautiful sogngs and yes its vocaloid.^^ You expected no less I know. I seriously love JimmythumbP’s music. He has such an intersting and almost surreal feel to a lot of his music. Quite dream like. The song itself is about loving someone even if your far away in space or so I gather ahahahaha.

This is one of my all time favourite songs so when i finally decided to cover it I was extremely happy. I first heard this song at a vocaloid movie screening I went to at a con last year. All we did was watch a dvd of taped concert from japanbut it was worth seeing miku on a giant screen with a bunch of other vocaloid fans out there.

There is another story associated with this song for me and that at school during lunch one day last semester my friend was like “have you heard the song starduster?”. I immediately replied yes and bam on the weekend I decided to do this cover. I had been practicing this song forever but never actually got around to

Do You Want To Build A Snowman

Long time no write again. Sorry blog followers , I keep saying I will post more regularly but man I keep being so lazy when I’m not busy dealing with work and school. I have so much I want to create but no time and when I do I just want to sit down and watch movies or anime.

But anyways on to the task at hand. I’ll try and keep this post short! At the time when frozen was its peak I was on a mission to sing all the songs. I got around to most of them except for Olaf’s song , I should of done it but yeah I don’t want to hear frozen songs for at least a year now ahahahaha.

This was a really fun song to try and do. Since I had to sing/act as Anna while growing up. Its really hard to manipulate your voice to fit different ages but I somehow i managed to pull it off. I have to middle school aged Anna was easiest cause she was the boyish sounding one and I natural have a boyish toned voice. Little Anna was the hardest cause I don’t know how to be so cute and high sounding. That’s probably the highest voice tone I have ever sung in LOL.

I even did the speaking part for Elsa (one line ahaha) and I was surprised when i played this song after the mix was done because I really can’t believe this is my voice.

The beautiful mix was done was my friend 4@4 , he is so talented and I was hoping to work with him again but he’s so busy which makes me sad cause our voices blend really well together. But hopefully one day we will sing together again!

Anyways there isn’t much else to say , I hope you enjoy the cover and like my attempt voice acting/singing.

I hope next post won’t be so far away and by the way to any fellow Canadians reading this , happy Canada day! Have a wonderful day/night everyone^^

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Palette Redo : 1 Years Improvement

Wow how long has it been since I updated , it feels like its been forever but it probably hasn’t been that long LOL. Anyways I’ll be adding another post to this blog about being another cover , surprise surprise. One of these days I will post something else , on what I have no idea but it’ll happen!

So I have officially been a youtaite for a year now and as a celebration I thought it would be fun to redo the first song I ever covered!

I uploaded on Jan.12, 2013 a cover of rock vocaloid song called Palette. This song is originally sung by Luka Megurine and was composed by Yuyoyupee. I remember hearing the utaite Hanatan’s version and falling in love with her voice and the song instantly. I also a fan of the piano version made by the popular fandubber Amanda Lee on youtube. though Hanatan outshines her in vocal power , she outdoes me as well.
Needless to say , this was like the 3rd song I ever learned in Japanese and so learning this song and being able to hit the high notes was a big deal for me. Also it was first attempt at mixing something so it was my first step into the youtaite community.

By the way this song is so loud , its impossible to hit the high notes without power so you have to be loud.
I really also like the idea of this song , describing life through colours so to speak.

This is the old version.

The mix was so bad , the vocals were loud in places and the and the instrumental was too loud. The harmonies were okay but competed with the main vocal line in volume balance. The use of effects though was really good. My vocals were really weak as well. I had barely managed to hit the notes.

Listening to the new version , the vocals are so much more powerful and clear. My pronunication more crisp and clear. I have expanded my range a lot , I also think I have developed my tone a lot more. I’m getting more distinct in each cover. The harmonies were perfect in this. A good balance between low harmonies and high ones. It all flowed so nicely and the timing was on beat. As for the mix , you can definitely hear the improvement. The balance is so much better from the harmonies to the instrumental! Also that last high note , it blows me away that I had hit it with ease.

I really enjoy the combination of this half operatic sounding voice with epic rock music. Its an interesting combination.

Anyways if you want the mp3 mesage me and I will send it. I will definitely be back to update soon with another cover. As usual enjoy the singing , feel free to comment. Enjoy the rest of your day/night everyone.Write to you again soon!

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Let It Go

Finally updating the blog again instead of doing my homework and also eating soup. Hahaha random but yeah now you know exactly what I’m doing^^

So after seeing Frozen this song stood out as the best in the entire movie.

Everyone in the youtaite community had been covering this song so I jumped on the bandwagon and followed suit.

Idina Menzel being the amazing beltress that she is , made this song so passionate but so difficult to emulate.
The song starts out so low and ends so high.

I originally began singing this quite lower and sounded quite boy like and i didn’t really like that because it didn’t quite fit the character so I started using a lighter , higher tone. With the lower tone I hit the low notes better and was able to achieve a bit more emotion but the transitions to high notes was really hard and sounded very unnatural.
Singing higher made the high notes easier and the transition better but my character/emotion sounded flat because I was focusing so hard keeping the character voice.

Needless to say , this song was so hard. I had done at least 50 takes for this , no kidding. For some reason some parts would perfect in a take but the rest would not be so good.

Eventually I had sung this song enough I found a happy medium between the high and low and managed ti get some decent takes. I am also very sure no one in my house wants to hear me sing this song ever again.

So my friend 4@4 mixed this for as a favour I had asked of him. He did a great job making this sound so professional and I’m sure his ears died from listening to me belt so much.

I just want to point that for someone who doesn’t really know to belt , I did a pretty good job. All that time spent listening to Broadway music finally paid off XD

As far as acting goes , I tried to picture myself in Elsa’s (the character who sings this song) shoes. In a way I sort of understand this song this song as well. I can relate to it on a certain level. I mean we all have insecurities and this motivates you to open up and “let it go”.

Also I rewatched the sequence for this song so many times , because the animation is so pretty!

Hearing myself singing these songs just reminds me of how much I do not have a classically pretty princess type of singing voice. I tend to sound tomboyish and I like my voice it makes me unique but it also makes me wonder what would my covers sound like if i had a different tone.

So enough rambling , enjoy the song , I will keep making stuff and letting you guys hear it , I got some really good stuff coming and I hope you like it! Also I’m almost at 2oo subs on youtube what should I do to make it special?

Oh yeah and singing this song so much made me a little crazy so this happened.

https://soundcloud.com/annamibananami/let-it-go-opera-version

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Knot or Not

Sorry its been awhile since I last updated. Life is just keeps getting in the way. But I am trying to keep up with this blog , recording covers , doing my homework and working all the time.
I really need a new job by the way since they aren’t giving me the hours I requested. i said just give me weekends and yet I’m still working there days a week and its totaling 22 hours a week. I think I’m gonna fall over soon.

But anyways this cover I made a long time ago and never got around to mixing it till now.
I had originally asked someone to duet this with me but they never gave me a script nor practiced it. We kinda stopped talking as well. I’d still be willing to do it with them if they messaged me but I was kinda let down by them. I know they are busy but why’d you agree to do it , if you weren’t gonna go through it….

This song is so pretty. Its written by an english vocaloid producer named Aki Glancy. She goes by the name EmpathP. She uses English Miku so well. But yeah she is American and was the character designer for the English vocaloid Avanna. She is an amazing artist and musician. not only does she compose but she writes beautiful lyrics as well.

I literally fell in love with this song. Its so sad but so pretty. I also like how simple it is. I added some harmonies to it aswell. The instrumental just worked so well with the the 3 part harmony. My favourite part is the harmony at the end. It just sounds so full and balanced. Its also gives the song a nice climax as well.

I really enjoyed covering this and it fit my voice so well and utilized a lot of different parts of my voice.

Also this was my audition for a chorus. I was asked by the very nice Maria Lee to audition. The requirement was to sing a song in english and Japanese but this song has both so it was perfect and since I had it recorded already i thought why not.

I’m not sure if i’m in the chorus but I’ll update as soon as I know and I’ll post again later this week , with another cover since I have another to write about. Until then enjoy the cover!

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Deadline Circus Trio

Hello , Happy New Years Eve , I still another two posts to put up on here but I’ll wait a bit before doing them because I’m lazy and I have to work soon.

I was asked by two fellow youtaites to particiapte in a trio for Halloween. Though this didn’t get finished till after Halloween anyways hahaha.

We did Deadline Circus by Last Note. I actually have only heard a couple of Last Note songs but she makes really great fast and energetic songs , so this fun to do. Though it was a challenge. I got to do Len’s part which was fun. Yay for my male voice!

So I actually forgot about practicing this cause of real life stuff and when I asked to do this , it was months in advance, ooopps XD. So by the time came for me to record , I was getting sick and I had to learn this song in 3 days cause we wanted to get done by Halloween. So my part is a little rough in some places.

But yeah this was a fun to do and I really enjoyed working with these two lovely ladies , oh and duets/collaborations are my favourite things to do as a youtaite and I have a lot planned so stay tuned. Oh I have a lot of english covers coming up so look forward to that as well.

Enjoy the cover.

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