[Nier Automata] Possessed by a Disease Cover – Crystal Dennis – YouTube
Posted this cover last week. It’s been in the works for like, 2 months, and let me tell ya it’s probably the most intense cover I’ve done with a pre-existing backtrack. I adore Nier’s music, but the reason I tend to not cover things from it is the sheer amount of work that goes into doing so. The Chaos language is something you have to pick out by ear because there aren’t really any lyrics around, so it’s like learning a song in another language which, I always have to learn phrase by phrase. Luckily, this song is in Enka, which is a real language but still…same concept applied. I wanted to cover this song so much though, it’s my favorite piece of Nier music. So not only did I learn this one by ear, but I took the time to write out the phonetics of the song so I could get as close to the original as possible. Is it perfect? Nope! But it’s as close as I’m going to get with pronouncing the lyrics in this song so I’ll take it XD
The other troublesome thing with this one was mixing. I only have access to Audacity for mixing due to like, no other DAW being 100 percent accessible (get on the ball for PC some DAW come on) so the original mix of this was garbage, and I hated it so much. I hate not being able to use a more advanced DAW in general but I use what I can to the best of my ability and that’s another story for another post, but one of my friends offered to mix this one for me because of that. When I heard this mix, I was floored! It was just how I wanted it to sound, love how it came out.
The last step of releasing this one was the step I always debate over the most lol. The dumb video! In the end, I did a still image because I just wanted to release it and have been stressing out over what types of videos to make for eeeevery video and honestly, at this point, I’m starting to re-evaluate what style of video I want to make for my channel. I had this epiphany last night when I couldn’t sleep: I honestly don’t remember if recording myself on camera singing was something I wanted to do, or just did because everyone on YouTube forums and subreddits said I should do it to engage the audience more. Seeing my view counts for certain videos, I feel like that isn’t exactly the case for my channel: the highest views I have on any cover is close to 1000 views in a year, and that’s a still image video, same with the second video with the most views on my channel. I like the idea of giving back to the artist community in a way by commissioning artwork to use in videos, using animations of friends and acquaintances and things like that, and when I think about doing that for videos, I get excited to make things. When I think of recording myself on camera, I think of how much of a hassle it is to get everything set up, and that it’s ridiculous how much I’m stressing over it when I really care more about producing music.
I know I talk about this particular thing sooooo much on this blog so if you’re tired of hearing it, sorry XD I know I’m tired of thinking of it, so yeah! I’m not going to for sure say I’ll never record on cam again, but like I said I’m definitely going to re-evaluate what type of videos I want to predominantly feature on my channel, and make sure they’re videos I’ll 100 percent be alright with and proud of posting, regardless of what they are.
That being said, if you watch cover videos that use animations or still images, I’d love for you to describe the style they use to do so! I know some way bigger YouTubers use minimal art and animations for vids, so if you have a particular YouTuber you like that does this I’d love to hear why. It’s hard for me to figure out what style could work for me when I can’t see others videos XD
And I told myself I wouldn’t blog about this when I posted my tangent on facebook at 5 AM, oy…
Some Mini Music Updates, to finish off this post:
Piano Practice update: I haven’t done one of these in a while, but I hit a major landmark the other night! I’ve been struggling with playing and singing at the same time, but the other night while practicing, I was able to do so! I was so happy because that was something I was majorly struggling with, so just being able to do it was so cool. It’s weird how it doesn’t seem like you’re progressing in something, but then something like that happens and you go “Oh, guess I actually am improving”.
Original Music Update!: I’m working hard to churn through my backlog of melodies I’ve recorded and not finished. I finished up a simple piano and strings piece last night and really like how it turned out. It’s some more VGM inspired music (aka loopable music lol) so be on the lookout for that soon!
The best piece of advice I’ve read is to just finish up compositions,, no matter the quality. You learn something from every piece, and can move on knowing you completed something. So I’m going to work hard to do that with all the melodies scattered across my computer!
Song Writing Update: I have five or six originals I wrote probs about 2 years ago. I didn’t have a keyboard, or drum, or any way to use VSTs that was accessible with my screen reader, so I did them all a cappella. But I always dreamed of going back to them, rearranging them with instruments, and re-releasing them. I got inspired by a critique on one of them to stop procrastinating on doing that little project, so we’ll see how this goes! Aka I hope I don’t just procrastinate on doing it more XD
I wrote a companion piece to the very first original I made that I need to work on too. I’ve just been slacking on it. But I feel like I should probably redo the first original then work on that one so the styles match. But once again, we’ll see how that goes haha. I’m trying really hard not to procrastinate on these things though! At the same time, I need to pace myself and doing all of these will probably lead to burn out if I’m not careful so yeeX D
Mmm, don’t you love when posts get far longer than you expected them to? Tends to happen to me when I’m talking about music. Anyway, hope you enjoy the Possessed by a Disease cover, and see you guys on Thursday!