November 29th, 2010

(peony) the secret weapon

Weekly Roundup


What a week! A slew of good songs, an astounding new video and track from DECO, and AVTechNo has retired, removing anything short of a collab or utattemita mixing job from nicovideo. Not much reason given, though he did recently float the idea of retiring, taking a break, then starting fresh - the assumption is that that's exactly what's happening, though I have to admit I always find it a little churlish when someone ups and takes away all their work in a sweep of their arm... see here.

Descriptions may be a bit lacking this week as I am writing them from the goddamn arctic cold that is the UK. Temperatures of -10C are not supposed to happen in this country in November. What the hell! As ever, recently-speaking at least, the rest of the tags will get dunked on later today.


Once Upon A Me (DECO*27, Miku, Pop)
What is there to even say? DECO's latest song, done as the theme track for the mikumix comics, is a traditional pop affair with much of DECO's usual style and grace. It's not as immediately catchy as some of his other recent stuff, but it's still an excellent listen with a hook that'll grab you immediately. Where this song really shines, though, is in the lyrics and in the video, both of which are immensely heart-warming affairs, a sort of Miku-Does-Scott-Pilgrim of learning how to take life's knocks and come out (and help others come out) on top, because it's okay in the end. Brilliant.

【巡音ルカ GUMI】 ハッピーシンセサイザ 【オリジナル曲】

Happy Synthesizer (BETTI, Gumi + Luka, Electro Dance Pop)
I have to admit, this track slightly confuses me. Not the music itself: It's pure, blue-blood Easypop through and through, a jumpy, energetic dance track that just skims the line into pop. Nothing new here, and it's a genre I'm always extremely happy to link, but... this song in particular shot up to #1 on the charts, holding steady against even Deco's new track for a couple days. I'm trying to figure out what stood it apart from the rest of Easypop's work.

鏡音レン・鏡音リンオリジナル曲 「廃都アトリエスタにて」

In the Ateliesta Ruins (cosMo, Rin + Len, Pop)
Can it be - a cosMo track without distortion, lacking in massive angst, deficient in weird chiptune or tempo changes, and generally pleasant to listen to? Absolutely, but more than that it's utterly adorable and a great track to bop along to. cosMo does very well tuning the twins to sing in concert, and though the track is perhaps a little lacking in places it's one of the best this week.

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because red suits you best

re: AVTechNo's "retirement" and KAT-TUN plagiarizing DYE.

For those of you not in the know, AVTechNo deleted all of his works from NND just yesterday, with the exception of collaborations and mixing jobs (though songs were still available on his YT account and other places).

People speculated that this was in relation to a comment he made in a live about wanting a "fresh start". However Treow just tweeted this link and it would appear we have official word on why the sudden mass deletion this is actually unrelated to the deletion!

I'm too sleepy to do a full translation, but the gist is that he is very sorry for deleting things all of a sudden, that he feels bad for doing this to the people who have supported him and his songs all this time. However, he wanted to share a story. Apparently there were some comments on DYE (which was first uploaded in February of this year) about how the song was very similar to KAT-TUN's NEVER x OVER. So he went, looked up the song and found this:

EDIT: The YT has been now privatized, but have a link to a mashup of both songs here. KAT-TUN can be heard on the left speaker and Luka on the right.

He was, of course, incredibly shocked. He does not know about any of the details behind this, but he would like those familiar with DYE to give the song a listen and compare.

Here's a YT mirror of DYE, for reference.

ETA: To clarify, KAT-TUN's song was released on November 17th of this year, while DYE was released back on February 1st.

SON OF THE ETA: From treow's Twitter: Apparently the plagiarism issue has nothing to do with the mass deletion, since apparently he only found out after the fact. Sorry for the misunderstanding!

REVENGE OF THE SON OF THE ETA: More from treow's Twitter, regarding AV's future at Nico.

RETURN OF THE REVEN OF THE SON OF THE ETA: Kitajima Shizuka from ELECTROCUTICA asks people to please refrain from pointing fingers at innocent parties.


Even if all of his works have been deleted from Nicovideo, it is still possible to keep supporting AVTechNo and buy his music through both iTunes and Amazon.



- ← DYE | NEVER x OVER → DYE panned 70% to left, NEVER x OVER panned 70% to right with Audacity project view and other stuff, pw is souzou!

- NEVER x OVER instrumental with DYE vocals and viceversa. Also available on YT.