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↑# - the song moved up from a previous top 30 rank
↓# - song moved down from a previous top 30 rank
- song is a re-entry to the top 30 rankings

Since there are changes in the UTAU/Vocaloid ranking system, this is just a temporary template until I find a better way of presentation or something.

original nicovideo link

Under the cut includes Vocaloid 1-30, UTAU 1-10, and pickups.

Vocaloid top 30 and UTAU top 5 under the cut )
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YonoP / よのP

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It's been a long time since I did a producer's spotlight, so I'm writing today about one of my favorite Yuzuki Yukari VocaloPs :). Note: As usual, I'm using "he" as a pronoun, but I'm not sure of their gender but I can't use "their" because I have to distinguish them as an individual.

YonoP debuted as a Vocaloid producer in 2009 with a song named "Kuusou no Machi". He was previously a member of a 2-member circle, but is currently working as an individual. In his nearly three years as a producer, he has released a fair amount of songs, with a few remakes using different vocaloids. He is also one of the few Ps who has so far retained their styles constantly throughout their careers. YonoP is mostly known for his song "Hotarubi" using Miku Dark, which was a remake of a previous release using Miku Append.

YonoP's genre is centered on old school guitar rock, similar to the styles of KuwagataP and possibly 40mP. Which is why in the sudden influx of fast, hard rock songs, YonoP's works are a nice break. His guitars are strong and is a big part of his songs; sometimes the intervals between stanzas are a long, melodious display of guitar skills. However, his guitars do not drown out the voices or the other instruments are are regulated well throughout the songs. His bass is usually echoey and flowing along the rhythm which makes it a distinct but welcome addition as opposed to distracting thumps. His drums are not very distinct but they create a nice effect during instrumentals and highlights of the refrain or chorus because they are played very fast. Sometimes, he also uses piano melody, usually high and skipping, making it a nice contrast to the strong guitars.

YonoP's main Vocaloid used to be Hatsune Miku (and Append) but lately, he's taken a liking to using Yuzuki Yukari. His Miku was initially tuned high and solid, but his use of Miku Append gave him a bit more variety to work on. His Yuzuki Yukari is beautifully tuned with a solid, rich voice with a controlled pitch. He has also used GUMI Whisper once, and it's a pity he didn't use her more because she sounded wonderful even in her spoken parts. The vocaloids might sound a bit boring at first because they weren't tuned in a way unique to YonoP alone (unlike other producers with a distinct way of tuning), but all of them are impressive in the sense that they sing without getting drowned under the load of instruments and that their voices are so well-guided that they sound natural and not awkward even when singing high notes.

YonoP has released one solo CD in 2011 and is part of a few compilations including twilight e.p., Shikisai Ongaku Irodority, and Shoujo Jihanki. He will also be releasing a solo album, Glider Record on Vocaloid Master 24.


sample works
Hotarubi (Miku Dark)
Piano (Miku Sweet)
Kuusou no Machi (Miku Append - remake)
Licorice no Tou (GUMI Whisper)
Risky (Yuzuki Yukari)
Sekai Saigo no Hikoushi


nikki says
As I like Yuzuki Yukari so much, I was constantly hunting for good songs sung by her. Last year, YonoP's Yukari song Crow Girl was such a hit, that I ended up checking if he would ever upload more Yukari songs, and I wasn't disappointed. I like his works because the voices do not sound forced or extreme. I think that also makes his songs quite singable and nice to the ears. Right now he's not very prolific although his latest work (Sekai Saigo no Hikoushi) is another wonderful release. I wish he'd use GUMi more, though, since his one GUMI song is the only one with a slightly different genre that his other works, not to mention he tuned GUMI beautifully there.
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↑# - the song moved up from a previous top 30 rank
↓# - song moved down from a previous top 30 rank
- song is a re-entry to the top 30 rankings

Since there are changes in the UTAU/Vocaloid ranking system, this is just a temporary template until I find a better way of presentation or something.

original nicovideo link

Under the cut includes Vocaloid 1-30, UTAU 1-10, and pickups.

Vocaloid top 30 and UTAU top 10 under the cut )
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Sorry for the lack of spotlights for the past months. It's been kinda hard since both Nikki and I are busy, but hopefully this year will be a better one. Most of the following spotlight was written by a ghost writer friend of mine. I added some of my own comments, but that's all! -Stephie

Phasma

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Phasma is a self-described electronic producer who first started uploading vocaloid works in 2008. Of his original songs, the upload with the highest view count is 20,000, so he is not one of the most popular or well-known producers, but his style is very unique and instantly recognizable; it's very soft, often using glitchy noise sounds as percussion, and warm, non-abrasive synths. His style is very far from dubstep, techno, and other "loud" areas, often creating soothing, ambient (but not droney) textures.

He only uses Miku in his songs, although not all of his Miku songs have lyrics. His use of autotune is also very melodic, sort of reminiscent of how kz autotunes Miku.

Phasma has collaborated with other electronic producers, releasing songs on compilation albums through Ginga. He also does PV work. He also makes his own videos and PVs, despite their simplicity.

Sample Songs
Mori no Ongaku (Music of the Forest)
Heijitsu Fantasy (Weekday Fantasy)
Me no Mae ni Kimi (You Before My Eyes)

Stephie says
I have to admit, before my friend wrote this spotlight, I didn't know much about Phasma outside of his involvement with Ginga. His music quite different from what I usually listen to, yet still accessible and easy on the ears. Miku is used more like an instrument and often doesn't sing any words. She fits perfectly with all the pleasant tones and notes. His Miku sounds adorable when she does sing lyrics.

Phasma is also heavily involved with an "online label" or group called Bunkai-Kei records. It is headed by Go-qualia and Yako, and features artists of electronica, IDM, and ambient music. Phasma fits right in and one of his albums Mirage EP for free legal download.

Here's also a video interview with Phasma and Nyolfen about Gridplay and their music making process from Youtube.
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There are surprisingly a lot of returning songs this week for various reasons. Jin's songs still dominate the rankings, that it's probably necessary to have a separate ranking just for his songs, LOL. Also, I'm not making a good job of catching up, and I'm very sorry for that.

↑# - the song moved up from a previous top 30 rank
↓# - song moved down from a previous top 30 rank
- song is a re-entry to the top 30 rankings

original nicovideo link

Songs are arranged from 1-30.

top 30 under the cut )
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This week is pretty normal in terms of the ratio of new stuff and old retains. What's interesting in this ranking, however, is the number of Ps who have uploaded songs which are quite different from their usual genre/arrangements. It's quite a treat listening to the new songs and being surprised at the pleasant changes within some producers' works. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did XD.

↑# - the song moved up from a previous top 30 rank
↓# - song moved down from a previous top 30 rank
- song is a re-entry to the top 30 rankings

original nicovideo link

Songs are arranged from 1-30.

top 30 under the cut )
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This week still has a lot of old stuff, but the top 3 are all new songs, so please check them out. There are a couple of high-ranking Ps here that I don't know much about, but I hope you'll like listening to their works, too! By the way, our opening image is of CUL, it's about time XD;.

↑# - the song moved up from a previous top 30 rank
↓# - song moved down from a previous top 30 rank
- song is a re-entry to the top 30 rankings

original nicovideo link

Songs are arranged from 1-30.

top 30 under the cut )
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As I've previously said in the Utaran writeup, I apologize that this is so late. Anyway, this week doesn't have many new releases. In fact, the previous ranking songs kind of just got juggled and rearranged. There are quite a few songs worth checking out, though, especially the new number 1, which is also the new bandwagon song in the Utaran.

↑# - the song moved up from a previous top 30 rank
↓# - song moved down from a previous top 30 rank
- song is a re-entry to the top 30 rankings

original nicovideo link

Songs are arranged from 1-30.

top 30 under the cut )
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PeperonP / Nijihara Peperon (ぺぺろんP/虹原ぺぺろん)

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I've always wanted to write about this producer, but his very long history and vast repertoire took a lot of time to explore (yes, I listened to all of his works). I'm happy that I'm finally able to feature one of my favorite Ps. Apologies if this becomes very long-winded :D.

PeperonP is a long-time Vocaloid producer, starting from a young age in 2007 to upload songs with Miku, and continue on to this year with a vast selection of Vocaloids in tow. He has uploaded more than 80 songs in his VocaloP career, has used almost all Vocaloids in existence, and has tried many genres and instruments--making him one of the most prolific and flexible Vocaloid producers to grace our community. PeperonP got his name from one of his works Peperoncino☆Panic!!, although he has plans to formally change his name to NijiharaP recently.

PeperonP does all the work in his music: from composing, to setting of lyrics, to arranging, and sometimes even the art parts. When he started, he had a friend write the lyrics for him, but he eventually decided to take it upon himself to write his lyrics. He is also pretty obsessed with the meaning of his lyrics and likes seeing what people think of them. Most of the time, his lyrics are strongly emotional, with deeply rooted sentiments and internal conflicts, which is why his songs are always powerful and moving.

Melody-wise, PeperonP is known as the Intro god. That is basically because he has beautiful intro melodies that makes people want to listen to his songs. His intros are usually accelerandos rising to an instant climax (leading to a chorus), or melodies with strong rhythms that induces excited anticipation of the rest of the songs. While he has established a "fixed" reputation about his songs (some fans say they instantly know that a song is his work based on the intro XD), his songs are actually largely varied. He has covered ballads, electropop, traditional folk-sounding pop, jazz, rock, electronica, and others. Despite the variety, though, there is a certain quirk on his compositions that make his songs recognizable. He always starts off with a powerful chorus and has the middle of his songs rise into a climactic bridge towards the end. His songs are said to be largely influenced by anime and game songs, hence the distinct style.

Aside from the large variety in terms of musical styles, his songs are also played using tons of different instruments. As PeperonP is especially good in creating minor melodies, his songs are actually layer after layer after layer of instrument sounds piled on top of each other to create a majestic ensemble. He generously uses the piano, bass, drums, and electronic sounds.

PeperonP's Vocaloid history is very difficult to discuss because of the sheer massiveness of it XD;. He debuted using Hatsune Miku as his primary Vocaloid, but eventually, he moved on to use the Kagamines (especially Rin) in late 2007, Meiko in early 2008, Gakupo in mid-2008, Megurine Luka in early 2009, GUMI in mid-2009, miki in late 2009, Hiyama Kiyoteru and Kaai Yuki in 2010, Nekomura Iroha in late 2010, Lily in 2011, CUL and Tone Rion in late 2012, and IA in mid-2012. He has also created demo songs for both V3Lily and V3Gakupo.

Aside from his wonderful songs and majestic intros and deep, emotional lyrics, what sets PeperonP apart from all other VocaloidPs is his tuning prowess. If there is anyone who can skillfully tune ANY Vocaloid to sound humanlike, it would be PeperonP. All his tuned Vocaloids are considered to be masterpieces because of the intricate and detailed way they sing. Even hard-to-tune Vocaloids like Kaai Yuki and MEIKO sound amazing in his songs. He has no particular quirks in tuning as his Vocaloids sound different depending on the type of song they're singing (e.g., his GUMI sounds whispery in ballads but sounds solid and loud in rock songs).

PeperonP has released a number of doujin albums (as a solo producer or as a part of a doujin group) and has been invited to participate in other releases like EXIT TUNES GUMI and Gakupo albums, The Vocaloid Produced by Yamaha album, Happy Party (GUMI album), etc. You can see the long list here. Aside from that, he is also planning to release his debut album (finally!), a 2-disc CD called ReFraction-BEST of PeperonP-. You can watch a crossfade of the CD here.

On an unrelated note, PeperonP is high school buddies with another VocaloP, No.D. (famous for his song "Kasoukyoku"), and is only 23 years old (he's turning 24 this August). His favorite composers include Kajiura Yuki, Nobuo Uematsu, and Kazuya Takase.

The song list will be very long since I will include all the Vocaloids he has used.

Demo Songs
Lying and Lying - V3 Lily
Avenger - V3 Gakupo

Sample Songs
Mienai Namida wo Nagasu nara - Hatsune Miku
Shade Slide - Kagamine Rin
Ouji no Gaika - Kagamine Len
Suzume no Namida - MEIKO
Flamberge - Megurine Luka
Silver Bullet - GUMI
Satellite - miki
Guilty Verse - Hiyama Kiyoteru
Forgotten Girl - Kaai Yuki
Blessed Child - IA
Lost Memory - CUL
Anna ni Issho Deatta no ni -COVER- - Nekomura Iroha
Thousand Regrets - Tone Rion

Always and Forever - GUMI x Rin
Tooki Hi no Sakura he - Miku x Rin
Subliminal - Miku x Rin x MEIKO
Links to Render - Kagamine Rin x Len


nikki says

I think it should be pretty obvious that I love PeperonP's works, especially his GUMI ones! I first discovered him in the 12Stars CD, wherein his GUMI song "Liberty Heart" was included, I was immediately taken by his tuning and interesting melodies that I started looking him up. I then discovered his song "Guilty Verse", which remains my favorite Kiyoteru song of all time. And what followed was a lot of firsts for me. I am especially picky with tuning when it comes to new Vocaloids and he ALWAYs makes me change my mind about them (like with Miki and IA). I don't think I've come across a song of him that I do not like, and I always look forward to hearing new songs from him. My favorite songs by him are "Silver Bullet" (GUMI), "Always and Forever" (GUMI x Rin), Guilty Verse (Kiyoteru), Satellite (miki), and Blessed Child (IA).

I think that if you're into Vocaloid, you should never miss PeperonP's works, since they are actually one of the best you can hear. If you're hesitant about going through his massive mylist, I suggest listening to the ones included in his album (and buy the album, too!) since it mostly contains his most popular works. :) Okay, I think I've rambled enough XD;.
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This week has VERY few new songs, and tons of returning songs for different reasons (album release, covered by an awesome person, pulled up by new songs from the same P, etc.). Be prepared for some nostalgia :D.

↑# - the song moved up from a previous top 30 rank
↓# - song moved down from a previous top 30 rank
- song is a re-entry to the top 30 rankings

original nicovideo link

Songs are arranged from 1-30.

top 30 under the cut )

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