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SasakureP / ささくれP

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Mostly known as Sasakure.UK, a name he had coined himself, SasakureP is a well-known Vocaloid producer as well as a Be-Music Script composer (the music scripts for rhythm games), who has been contributing hit after hit in the Vocaloid community since 2008. There's probably no one, even a new fan, in the Vocaloid community who doesn't know him, and that says something about the sheer popularity of all his songs.

SasakureP is known as a chiptune VocaloP, although that is only one facet of his music. His songs range from ambient to cutesy pop to progressive rock, almost all of them laced with a chiptunish pointilist beat similar to old school video games which had initially inspired him to pursue music. He has high music sense, evident in how his music are so varied yet so "him" at the same time. He is also known for being wildly unpredictable with his melody, for all the time his songs would have drastic but incredibly well-balanced rhythm changes. While his songs can be a bit rowdy, they aren't hard on the ears because they're all toned down to sound gentle, soft, and slightly muffled to the ears, with well-blended beats that make them extremely catchy.

There are many songs that can be attributed to SasakureP's fame, since his whole mylist has more than 50,000 views, some even reaching to more than a million. However, he is probably mostly known for his dystopian series "Vocaloid wa Shuumatsu no Tori wo Miru ka?" (Do Vocaloids Dream of Doomsday Bird?). This is a series of five songs (the last one being part of his album) which talks about the world's destruction because of an ongoing war. The title is a tribute of one of Philip K. Dick's novels "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?". All the songs in this series are chiptune intensive cutesy songs with minimal ochestraic BGM but with sad, nostalgic lyrics. The album of the same title, which have more songs and remixes related to the theme, is also SasakureP's major debut album.

SasakureP has used quite a number of Vocaloids although his most-used are Hatsune Miku and Kagamine Rin. He has used Luka a single time and recently, he has taken a liking to using GUMI. All of his Vocaloids are tuned thinly high (except for GUMI), but not screechy. Most of the time, they're given a whispery, breathy effect to match the aura of his songs. Despite the slightly distorted voices, his Vocaloids are tuned so dexterously that they always sing the words clearly.

Aside from composing and tuning, Sasakure's also pretty good at drawing and making videos. The first half of his songs have PVs all made by him. His art are either 2d old school game-ish or portraits with soft, gentle brushes of color.

Since his debut as a major artist, SasakureP has been releasing stuff under UMAA, sometimes in collaboration with fellow producers DECO*27 and kous (DEKOUS*UK). He has also worked in remixes/composing for professional release like Becca's album, Shimizu Ai's album and recently, for the NiER Gestalt's tribute album "NieR Tribute Album -echo-" and Seventh Dragon 2020's theme song. He has also released five doujin album releases. With his repertoire of popular and unique releases, SasakureP is considered one of the most popular Vocaloid producers and it has been must to introduce his songs to every new Vocaloid fan.

sample songs
A. Do Vocaloids Dream of Doomsday Bird Series
Shuumatsu ga Yattekuru! (Rin)
Bokura no 16-bit Sensou (GUMI)
The Wanderlast (Luka)
Hello Planet (Miku)

B. Others
Haru no Haruka (Miku)
Nijiiro Adventure (Miku)
Lost and Found (Miku)
Tiger Rampage (Rin)


nikki says
To be honest, I'm not a fan of chiptune, so I wasn't attached to SasakureP's works at first, probably also because I'm not fond of Miku's high voice. But it can't be denied that he's a wonderfully talented person and he can make a repetitive beat burst into a multitude of interesting sounds within just a few seconds into the songs. What got me into liking his works was "Wanderlast" and "Bokura no 16-bit Sensou" and from there, I found out that listening to his works over and over and in a certain order sometimes is quite pleasing. More than Vocaloid, I find myself attached to his indie/instrumental works only because I can hear him make something like acid jazz or songs with Celtic/traditional feel. One good example to show how good he is at composing songs in various genre is his instrumental track Jack-the-Ripper◆, which reminded me of Yuki Kajiura so much.
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Apologies for being so damn late.

Due to work issues, I haven't been able to do the Vocaran for this week. However, [personal profile] stephieku has kindly typed up the Vocaran writeup for the comm. The only thing lacking are the comments, since we both don't have the time right now to listen and comment properly on each song. But! Stephie has included everything else in the ranking. A big thanks to her!


↑# - 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 has a lot of new songs (and a lot of returners!) and is interesting because there are actually many producers in the ranking which you probably haven't seen before XD;. This ranking is worth your listen, I guarantee it, so let's get to it!

As always, thank you so much to Iori-san for adopting the ranking and taking the time to upload! Let's also hope that sippotan and his house/family are safe and are near recovery! That said, let's go on with the ranking.

↑# - 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 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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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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↑# - 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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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. The Kagamine twins has 184 songs in the ranking mylist, but I'm only tackling the top 100. Since there are technically two singers here (Rin and Len), I'll note who is singing which song.

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 90-1 under the cut )

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