Sep. 1st, 2011

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Kikuo / きくお

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Kikuo is a freelance track-maker and is often regarded for his high sense of music arrangement/composition as well as for his talent in producing songs of different styles. You might have known him from his highest-viewed Vocaloid song, Boku wo Sonna Me de Minai de, which I translated here.

While Kikuo's recent works might seem a bit similar when it comes to themes or presentation, his list of works is a large repertoire of various genre, ranging from pop to RnB to jazz. He also started his Vocaloid career with a pop-ish song, then slowly bridged pop and techno, then techno and ethnic, then techno and jazz and as of recent, jazz and pop. This is why his music is hard to define by genre alone, since he has the ability to make use of various "instruments" and come up with a different style each time. One specific characteristic of his songs, however, is the so-called high sense of style. Simply put, it is the meticulous overlapping of various sounds and make them sound good together. In each of his songs, you can hear piano music, electronic music, a rare guitar/ethnic background melody, as well as a variety of sounds which sound from chopping stuff to grinding sand to...well, anything you can imagine. One good example of his dexterity in expressing music is in Tsuki no Youkai, which starts off as an ethnic/ambient song and then slowly becomes techno and then back to ambient and so on, without apparent breaks in melody or lyrics.

His songs are often controversial because of their themes and lyrics. Kikuo's songs are always catchy, with a repetitive and cute rhythm. However, the words comprising the song are the complete opposite. Disguised in elaborate, flowery metaphors and descriptions, his songs often speak of tragedy, mostly in children. There's talk of violent deaths, murder, psychological issues, etc. Hence, his songs are often called "dark fairytales" for they sound like innocent cheerful nursery rhymes but actually tells morbidly sad tales. His songs are also a bit non-specific and vague, meaning the listeners can interpret his metaphors in his songs as they like. This is why you'll often see a lot of questions marks and "ehhhhh?!" and "I don't know what's happening D:" in his songs in NND ^^;.

Kikuo has only used Hatsune Miku in his Vocaloid works, and she is always tuned high and solid, possibly to bring out the "cute child-like" aura of the song. She is often made to sing in fast syllables with surprising clarity. Kikuo also makes her "hum" a lot in his songs, creating either a creepy feeling or a cheerful aura in the song.

His earlier PVs were all made by him, from the illustrations to the animation, and most of them are cutely grotesque in a way. Recently, though, he has found a good partner in si_tu, who did the PVs for his latest works. Si-tu also has the marvelous talent of presenting the morbidity of Kikuo's songs in a cute, colorful way.

As a person with extreme talent, Kikuo doesn't confine his work in Vocaloid. He is a freelance composer after all. He has composed for Touhou music, as well as games and even for idol songs. He has also two CDs, the first being sold out a long time ago, and the second one "Kikuomiku", to be released in Internet shops soon. You can watch an interesting crossfade of Kikuomiku here.

sample songs
Boku wo Wasureta Kuusou Kikou (The Journal of My Forgotten Fantasies)
Tsuki no Youkai (Monster in the Moon)
Warui Koto wa Shichaikenai (I must not do bad things)
Hajimari to Owari no Uta (The song of Beginning and End)
Tengoku he Ikou (Let's Go to Heaven)

nikki says
Kikuo has become one of my favorite VocaloidPs, not only because his songs are "interesting" in a sense, but because I'm amazed at how far he can take his music. His samples in his websites are all wonderful. I am also a sucker for songs with many little sound effects in them, which is what Kikuo's songs are. I admit, I got hooked to his music first with Boku wo Sonna Me de Minaide, but the rest of his mylist is a pleasure to listen to. That is if you don't think much of the meanings of the songs ^^;. But, creepy factor aside, it is also nice knowing the lyrics of his songs and trying to figure out what he really wants to say through them. His album seems to have new songs so I'm very much looking forward to more brain breakage enjoying it ^o^.
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TakanonP / タカノンP

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TakanonP is a fairly new producer, having started uploading songs only around November 2010. In less than a year, he has composed 7 songs, three of which have given him the popularity that he has started to possess reccently.

TakanonP's songs are always full of love. All of them are songs talking about different facets of love. As he's just starting with his collection, he has not solidified his specific music genre and dabbles in both pop and rock. Recently, though, he has seem to find his comfort zone in rock ballads. As such, he uses a lot of guitars and drums in his works. His guitars are often echoey but not sharp to the ears, while his drums are always snappy. His songs are pretty straightforward, without much elaborate sounds or added instrumentation, but that makes his songs charmingly honest.

GUMI is TakanonP's only Vocaloid at the moment. At first, he tuned her really low and a bit shaky, but later on he has shifted to making her sing a bit higher with ringing solidity. It is a good thing, though, since most of his songs have fast lyrics and his tuning made GUMI sing them clearly.

He hasn't released any Vocaloid albums but TakanonP's Kimi Omoi Kataomoi is part of EXIT TUNES Presents GUMItive.

sample songs
talk to oneself
Tabidatsu Tame ni (For the Sake of a Trip)
Kimi ga Suki de (I like you)
Kimi Omoi, Kataomoi (My One-Sided Thoughts of You)
Tsugi Saku Hana no Iro Ha (The Colors of the Next Blossoms)

nikki says
I first encountered TakanonP in his upload "Kimi ga Suki de" last May. I liked the song because I thought it sounded really pure/honest. His last two songs eventually appeared in the Vocaran, and I realized I like his style of keeping his music simple and the lyrics straightforward. His guitars are also very impressive, as well as his GUMI tuning, especially in "Kimi Omoi Kataomoi". I think my favorite of his works, though, is "Tsugi Saku..." He's one of the new VocaloidPs which I think have a great potential of making hits later on, either with GUMI or other Vocaloids.


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