Category Archives: Music

Touhou Music Tue… Thursday: Buta-Otome

Welcome back to Neko Arrange, so named because music is the only thing that gets posted here! Flash Koma…? Art…? What’s that?

Anyway, today’s feature is my favorite Touhou circle, Buta-Otome. I like them for a lot of reasons but one of those reasons is because the singer, Ranko, doesn’t sing in a high-pitched fake-y voice. She actually sings really low for a female Japanese singer and it’s awesome! The two songs I’m posting today are actually completely different from the ones I’d originally planned (Panorama Girl and My Awaited Won’t Come). Both of these songs are pretty upbeat but also a little sad and that tends to be pretty common in Buta-Otome songs. Although a lot of their songs are much sadder than these two… The first is Waving Paper Picture Show, a song featuring Suika! Yay Suika! This song is actually one of my favorite Buta-Otome songs. The second is Blue Regrets, Blue Tears, a Cirno song with a much more obvious theme. I’ll be honest. I mostly picked it because the video game references amused me. It’s actually a very sweet video with a bit of a sad ending, but the implication, as it usually is when Cirno and Letty are involved, is that they’ll see each other again next Winter so it’s not all sad. So, as before, if you like what you hear go check out some more Buta-Otome music! Just be prepared to cry a bit if you can understand the lyrics (or are reading the translated lyrics).

Also, pro-tip: these videos have the lyrics translated into Spanish and English if you turn them on.

Obscure Music Monday: Bastion

Oh, hey, I didn’t make a post this week. Oops. Well, guess it’s just more music for now then.

Actually, I don’t even know if this counts since Bastion is one of the more popular Indie titles out there, but it’s my site so I guess it counts if I say it does. So I say it does. This is the ending theme, by the way so spoilers I suppose if you ever plan on playing it. The ending theme is actually a hauntingly beautiful combination of Zia’s theme (a sort’ve folk song called “Build that Wall”) and Zulf’s theme (an eerie little introspective piece called “Mother I’m here”). I actually haven’t played Bastion so I have to admit this is quite a powerful piece to stand apart of the game so well. Kinda makes me want to play the game so I can get the full impact the song is supposed to bring. Anyway, that’s all for now. Please enjoy!

Obscure Music Monday: Dysfunctional Systems

Remember when I used to post videos? Yeah, neither do I. But I do listen to a lot of independent music so I thought why not highlight some of the lesser known artists and hobbyists out there. Not like I’m gonna get them the recognition they deserve or anything but maybe you’ll learn about someone you didn’t know you liked.

Anyway, today is about CombatPlayer. CombatPlayer is an artist. That makes music. The two songs above are from his work on the music for the graphic novel Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos (which admittedly I half bought for the soundtrack). The first track is the theme for episode one while the second one is the theme for Dysfunctional Systems in general I suppose? Not sure, but it’s the one they use in the promotional video, so that’s what I’m going with. These two pieces move me greatly. I love them to bits. So if you like what you hear, check out some more of his work or support Dischan and get the graphic novel. I’ve played through one path so far and it’s pretty quality.

Calm Triumph

What’s this, a song that isn’t related to pastel-colored marshmallow ponies?! Yes, I do that to. I used Neko Arrange’s new banner even though the song is only marginally related. I’m not really sure what to say about this one except that I like it a lot less now than when I first made it. I guess time does that to you, but oh well. I guess I could also say that I made this a long time before I posted it, but I waited until long after I put the other songs on youtube to post them here so I guess it all evens out in the end.

Also, new Western Roses ruleset is still incoming. First actual game was supposed to be today, but due to homework I wasn’t able to get everything ready in time. New schedule is for next Thursday which means I need to make final changes to the rules this weekend, so expect the version then (not that it makes much difference to anyone who comes to this site, but at least it shows I’m actually doing something).

Lunar Solitude – Second Phase

A little while back I posted a WIP for a song called Lunar Solitude for a game that I ended up not getting done in time for the contest I was making it for because, as I discovered, I hate graphics. Anyway, it was a fairly nice little piece even though it was pretty simple and repetitive. I wanted to make the original sound like it would be at home in a 16-bit game, since that’s what it was going to be used for, but when I decided I wanted to add it to my Youtube I thought I mine as well make an orchestral song out of it. So I redid it. Nothing has really changed much except that it doesn’t sound all synth-y now. This is also the first song that I made with soundfonts rather than preset instruments, and the first song that I’m not completely embarassed to say I made, even if it still isn’t very good.

Also, dear Suwako centering text like I’ve been doing looks terrible. Why did I always do that?!

Never Invite a DJ to an Orchestra

Well, ended up getting caught up in Christmas celebration and clean-up and not posting for a few days even though I still have stuff to post. Don’t worry though, I’m not letting Neko Arrange die again that easily.

Anyway, storytiem. I ended up being dragged into an on-the-spot two-hour composition the first day I joined My Little remix, and this was the end result. Storytiem over. It was made shortly after Dawn of the Final Day and also used almost nothing but presets in LMMS, so it’s also relatively terrible. Still, I made it so it gets posted here. Um… yeah, don’t really have anything else to say about this piece.

Dawn of the Final Day

Sort of ironic I’m making my first content post after returning this song considering the title. Still, I wanted to post the earliest (read: worst) stuff first, so here you are!

In case you didn’t know, I’ve been working on music a lot recently and this is the first finished piece I actually put out (the Random piece from last year doesn’t count since it was made of audio loops from Garageband). I originally meant this to be a piece about Nightmare Moon, but the similarities to the music from the final day in Majora’s Mask became very apparent very quickly. And I kind of liked it so I decided to run with it making it about the night before Nightmare Moon’s return instead. It’s obviously not very good as it was the first fully finished piece I did, buteveryponyhas to start somewhere. My start just happened to involve pastel-colored marshmallow ponies and Majora’s Mask.

In site-related news I did some much needed house-cleaning with categories and blog links today. More changes to come, but small steps at a time.

Music WIP: Lunar Solitude

Have a taste of some music I’ve been working on for a current project. It’s supposed to be a 8/16/what-have-you-bit sounding song that begins sounding sad and lonely and moves on to sounding creepy. I think it still sounds a little too ‘actiony’ towards the middle, and the base melody seems to have a little too much life in it. Still, it’s coming along pretty nicely.

Music WIP: World’s End Dancehall

I’ve been working on a cover of World’s End Dancehall. Not for any particular reason aside from practice and because I like the song, but it’s still fun to work on. It still needs a lot of work too, though. Aside from being unfinished, the instruments don’t really work together. Also I accidentally gave the singing part to one of the instruments, but oh well. It’s not much, but please enjoy!

Teto Popcom

I’ve been messing around with LMMS and running some tutorials. I combined the song I ended up with with UTAU and got what you hear above, Teto singing her name to Popcorn! So, Popcom, because Teto is a computer program! Yep, that’s it. I am very easily amused.

EDIT: Now it actually works! Uploaded it as a wav file instead of ogg. No clue why the ogg wasn’t working properly, possibly something to do with audacity which I created it with. This is going to take some experimenting.