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Since this month is kind of special for me, I'll play biases and post about my favorite composers/utaite who haven't been featured before. :)

kous

mylist | piapro | site | karenT page

Kous is a very prolific Vocaloid producer, having uploaded more than 30 songs in Nico Nico Douga. He started uploading songs in 2008 and is still very much active. Because of his composing/uploading speed, he has earned the dub "shoukan kous" (weekly kous) among listeners. His first pen name was actually "kou". However, due to multiple people with the same name, he decided to change his name to "kous" to make it more distinct.

Kous's music is a bit hard to define, as it seems to be within boundaries of many genres. Most of the time, it's labeled as rock, yet it is quite different from most rock songs. For this spotlight, I preferred describing his songs as easy-listening electronica, with ambient, progressive rock and jazz influences. Most of his songs have emphasized electronic beats, reminiscent of Sasakure.UK. However, he also uses a somewhat orchestraic backdrop within his melody, creating a multitude of sounds which fills the ears, in a good way, which is kind of similar to whoo's style. He also used to be a member of a band as a drummer, which is probably why his songs are intensive on repetitive beats and rhythms. Unlike other producers, kous's songs are distinct and can be identified to his name once you hear them. Unique in his songs are his way of using drum-like electronic beats to make repetitive, quirky rhythms as well as the heavy use of echoing bass melody. The lyrics of his songs are almost always melancholy reflections on different emotions.

He almost exclusively uses Hatsune Miku in his songs, although he has also made songs using Megurine Luka and the Kagamines. His Miku is tuned solid and high, but not too high to hurt the ears. She's also very flexible with tones and can shift from high to low pitches without apparent breaks or lilts. His Luka is also tuned higher than she is usually made to sing, a little shakier than Miku, probably because the high notes make her a bit whispery. He rarely uses the Kagamines, but they are tuned high, too.

Most of the time, Kous collaborates with artist/video-maker hie in his uploads. He has also collaborated with various utaite and other producers in other projects. A few of his utaite collaborations involve ShoshinshaF (unit name is "in focus") and Ef. He also released a split album with monaca:factory called Monokuro Sekai no Tsumiki Asobi

He has released a number of albums/singles like 01, SIGH-Ep, Ii ko, Warui ko, etc. , and has contributed to a number of compilation albums like mighty works, Sequence, Vocarock Collection II, etc. Last June, he has released his major debut album Kikai no Hana Laboratory under the U/M/A/A label. It has a twin CD released during Vom@s 16 called Kikai no Hana Sanatorium. Involved in his major debut project are singers Ef and Lasah, as well as Vocaloid producers DECO*27 and Sasakure.UK who remixed some of his songs.

sample songs
A. Vocaloid originals:
Toki no Owari / The End of Time (Hatsune Miku)
Yuuyake Sunset (Kagamine Rin and Len)
Ii ko, Warui Ko / Good Child, Bad Child (Megurine Luka)
Nakimushi to Hanataba/ A Crybaby and a Bouquet of Flowers (Hatsune Miku)
Gypsy (Megurine Luka)
○+● / Truth and Lies (Hatsune Miku)

B: Utaite Collaborations
Hitokage, Kasaneru (feat. ShoshinshaF)
Tsubaki (feat. ef) [comm-only]


nikki says
If you've been reading a lot of my spotlights, you'd realize that I'm biased towards rock songs, specifically folk and progressive rock. Which is probably why I'm drawn to Kous's music the first time I heard his works. Surprisingly enough, the first song from him that I heard is his only Kagamine work in NND ^^;. Eventually, I ended up listening to Nakimushi to Hanataba and fell in love from there. I like most of his works because they're easy on the ears despite the various sounds. His Vocaloids also do not sound shrill or hard-edged. Unfortunately, I don't have most of his earlier albums/singles he released sometime 2009/2010, but his major album is really beautiful (along with the twin Vomas release). These albums contain not only his recent works but his earlier ones (remastered) as well. It's like a collection of the musical styles he has developed over time and is a good way to get acquainted with his music.

PS: It was so hard thinking of songs to put in the sample list ;;. I wanted to put a lot, like Sakana and Shiro to Kuro and...yeah, a lot.
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As you might remember, I posted the midyear special ranking sometime in July, where the songs included were those uploaded from December 2009 to June 2010. This is the LATTER PART of that ranking, where the top songs from June 15 to December 14, 2010 are uploaded.

The video has 80 songs, but the mylist has 200 songs O_O;. A-anyway, I've included them all in the list. As with the previous mid-year ranking and all the other rankings which aren't weekly, this is written in reverse for more suspense :D.

Since all of them are Miku songs, I'll just type the song, composer and additional Vocaloids used if there are any :).

nicovideo link 1
nicovideo link 2

list under the cut! )


The last few are so predictable XD;. Anyway, I'll be doing the rest of the rankings, too (how many more to go? D: ) so please wait for them! /o/

...The tags...I...will do them later orz.
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I apologize for the lateness in the rankings. The weekend has been quite busy, riajuu time, if I might say ^^;. Anyway, typing this up at work so I can't view the videos. If there are any notable videos in the list, feel free to spazz in the comments! This week has tons of new videos you will barely notice the old ones.

↑# - 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's Vocaranking has a lot of remains of last week's but that doesn't mean it's not a good week. The new songs are really nice, and in various genres, too.

↑# - 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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↑# - 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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There are a lot of MMDs this week because of the upcoming MMD 5th cup, which I learned from [livejournal.com profile] singing_robots. Aside from the MMD ones, there are quite few new uploads but that doesn't mean this ranking lacks awesome stuff. There's a couple of keeps in the rank, a lot of movement and some returners, all of them pulled up by either covers or new uploads from the same producer.

↑# - 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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Last weekend, the_desserter and I were talking about HoehoeP/Nanou and his singing skills and eventually, it kind of branched out to producers in the utattemita category. Hence, this post is born XD.

Producers are known in the Vocaloid part of Nico Nico Douga as the composers, lyricists and Vocaloid tuners. But not many people know that a lot of producers also sing (either in the utattemita section only or in the whole doujin scene). Sometimes they sing covers of their own songs (self-covers) or songs of other Vocaloid producers. You may know one producer who sings covers of songs, you know, Tourai (minato/RyuuseiP)? XD He's one of the few who uses a different name for his covers, but that was because he was named Tourai/Tolie/Turai even before he admitted that he's minato ^^;.

Here are some of the producers who also upload their songs. Most of them have rearranged versions of the songs they are covering, sometimes just accompanied by guitar (they sound awesome, btw XD). These are some that I know of, but there are a lot more producers who upload their own singing, so if you know of them, please do inform me in the comments :3. The songs I used are just samples, though. Please visit their mylists for more.

cut cut cut )
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Sorry for the late updates. I'm having so much fun in the "introduce yourself post" I kind of got lazy with the spotlights and updates, all of which I'm doing now! Also I'm trying to get a couple of friends into the fandom (again) and I'm still thinking of how to go about it. I suck at writing intro posts seriously XDD;.

Anyway, updates!

• It seems that there is a planned novelization of mothy's Aku no Musume/Meshitsukai series. There are no details released yet but here is some more info in Fujyoshinews (in Japanese), though.

• If you enjoyed the Utattemoratta CD 1 (theme: ikemen voices), you'll definitely love Utattemoratta CD 2 (theme: gender-defying voices). This is going to be released August 27 (clear's birthday lol) and will include Hitori, che:sakurai, vip-tenchou, Kogeinu and Lon. It's kind of stingy there are only two people in the cover though ;;.

• As I said in twitter, clear should take lessons on "how to pose for a CD cover" from Piko, who is to release his debut album. Limited edition has a DVD, too! Pretty face is pretty, I'm ashamed to be female, etc. While you're ordering why not order Irregular Voices by Ouzoku Band (y'know, the one with Tissue hime) feat. Sekihan, too XD. This was released last month so it's a bit older.

G.W. Nicolai website is updated with some info, art and demo of the seven singles they're releasing. Remember the ones having singles are ASK, Gero, Nodoame (lol lollipop art), Pokota, Yuge, Kogeinu and Makomakkou. You can view the crossfade demo in the "special" part of the site. And the tracklist at the "product" part. Here's a translation of what they are going to sing:

Gero: Kutabare PTA (NashimotoP) and From Y to Y (Jimmythumb)
ASK: Eh? Aa, Sou (papiyon) and d's (Kudou Yasumoto)
Kogeinu: Kusari no Shoujo (NoboruP) and Shinryoku no Kaze (Studio IMO)
Yuge: Dancing Samurai (mathru) and Neta Kiri Goukin Depenza (Don McCow/MML)
Pokota: Scissorhands (Nem) and Kuro no Kata Tsubasa (Studio IMO)
Nodoame: Migikata no Chou -Len ver.- (Noripy) and Spider Kiss (Ritsu Inoue)
Makomakkou: Spice! (minato) and Heaven's Door (Don McCow)

Some of them aren't Vocaloid songs :). At the moment, there is no way to buy the CDs aside from the shop but it might be available in Animate and other sites soon :).

• Usa Colony 4 has its site up with MP3 previews of the tracklist. It also has a crossfade demo in Nicovideo here. This will be released August 14, 2010 at Comiket.

• That kind of epic collab CD in a graceful sound has released a crossfade demo here. Remember this CD involves collaborations with producers 40mP, FullkawaP, Scop, ←P, KuwagataP and kous; and singers Tourai, Tabun Jibun, Erusi, Rumdarjun, Usa and F9.

• For those interested in BL games, "Nessa no Rakuen" has an OP teaser here (SLIgHTLY NSFW AND BL OF COURSE!) You might remember Dasoku is singing the opening song. Get your tissues ready.

• In case you missed it the first time I posted it, here is another page of the Utattemoratta 1 (clear, ASK, Dasoku, Pokota, Kettaro) CD interview. This one contains voice messages as well as handwritten ones (holy crap ASK's message D:).

• Before we get to the crazy part, have some random dancing by Pokota which is the reason why my brain broke last night.

• Now for the crazy part. Nico Nico Douga is actually holding an end-of-summer fest which involves a 27-hour marathon of guests from 18:00 TODAY up to 20:40 of the next day (Sunday). There is a list of guests here and they will only appear at certain times. In order to watch, just click the view tab in the site and you'll be seeing few ustream channels. The guests are singers, musicians, producers and gamers. I translated some of the guests' names (only the ones relevant to this comm) and the time they will appear under the cut. All of the time is in JPN time so please convert to your timezone~.

time table )


And that ends our update XD. I'll squeeze in some of the news later if something comes up~!
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Quite a predictable ranking this week. Not much is new, too ^^;. But still, the few new ones are really lovely, please do check them out.

↑# - 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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For a proper intro, please read the Miku ranking here. Luka has a lot of songs, too, a total of a hundred I think. I'll be including all of them below.

So far, this and the annual rankings are the only ones I type in reverse order (from 100-1) so that it'd be more exciting :). If you want me to do the midyear/annual rankings in the traditional way (the 1-xx order), just tell me :).

You might notice that some of the titles/P names are still in Japanese. It's because I'm not sure how to romanize them correctly.

nicovideo link

top 100-1 under the cut )

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