Patuk and I have decided to start collecting MLP figures officially, so to appease my need to spend every paycheck on something indulgent in a less expensive manner, I decided I'd buy a new pony on our list every paycheck! It fulfils the urge at an average of $10-30 per check, as opposed to the... well, much more I might spend otherwise.
But as I went to go seek out our first two choices, I realized that people sell ponies on lots. Some of those lots are as much as voicebanks, but they've got some of the ponies we want, and we could theoretically save money in the long haul by spending more money upfront...
Hmm... going back and listening, my dreams of making Kevin sing Word Crimes will either come to beautiful fruition or implode horrendously, and nothing in-between. He has that relaxed, amateurish "everyman" tone that would work well for indie/Christian pop/light rock and Weird Al covers, but how's he gonna hold up on highs? Only time will tell I guess!
SC is a jerk and struck this the moment I uploaded it, so here's hoping this works! A little piece with Songman I wanted to revive~ still needs some phoneme adjusting and better execution of the chorus effects, but for a one-night project, not bad!
Welp, "polishing a few samples of some current WIPs" turned into "EQing and mixing an entire freaking cover only to realize when your cats nudge the curtains open that the sun's come up", so with any luck I'll have it up by later today!
While I polish and prepare a few samples of current WIPs, please enjoy this picture my grandmother dug up of me as a teenager, riding a playground pony with a completely dead look on my face. I have no memory of this and no idea how long she's been holding onto this picture.
I've been thinking, and regarding my conflicting feelings on Quadimension... why CAN'T I separate its more problematic aspects from its VBs and use them as I see fit? Being in the Kung Fu Panda fandom taught me to systematically ignore and disregard any and all references to Legends of Awesomeness and/or the suggestion that any of it might be canon. There's no reason I can't do the same with my sweet Haiyi.
Like... Legends of Awesomeness isn't inherently a bad show. Its source material, the Kung Fu Panda trilogy, is perfect and pure. Legends of Awesomeness is very watered-down and exaggerates several characters' less desirable traits, but it still has some strong storylines, and I in short time became an expert at picking and choosing the good from it and discarding the rest. (I have an entire rewrite of The Spirit Orbs of Master Ding deep in my drafts, because that shit was GOOD, but "Tigress fucks up because she's jealous of Po" just HAD to be the angle they chose to execute an otherwise excellent episode?)
I love Haiyi. It wasn't her art or her design or Quadimension's presence itself that made me fall for her, it was her voice. I have no issue with her voice or her VP, only her official artist and the actions of the company behind her. I hate what's being done with her character. I hate what her company is becoming. I don't hate her. Her voice brings me joy, both to listen to and to use. If I can say "LoA isn't canon except for the good bits", there's no reason I can't say "I love Haiyi but I refuse to associate with what AT*an and Quadimension are doing with her".
It’s interesting to see the sheer divide in the Western and Chinese fandoms over Xingchen AI. People can’t get enough of her over here, while the general consensus in the Chinese fandom is somewhere between “This is okay, but unnecessary” and “Ew”.
I’m kinda on the side of “Okay but unnecessary”. She sounds fine, and I’m happy for that! But there’s no significant improvement over her Vocaloid. Like, I was expecting a sacrifice of her characteristics in exchange for greater realism, but that’s not even the case. She’s more or less a rehash. And the Chinese fandom wouldn’t even agree on that much: many say she’s lost her character and doesn’t sound any better for it.
I guess I’m just glad they didn’t outright fuck her up. Still, current conflicting feelings on Quadimension aside, I’m happy just having her Vocaloid.
I did it! I accomplished something today! I re-installed all of my V4s... that I accidentally uninstalled in the first place because I uninstalled a trial bank through Revo, because muscle memory triumphed over my common sense. I'm not sure if fixing a problem I myself created technically counts as accomplishing something, but I'm going to pull the "I almost got stabbed at McDonalds three days ago" card and use it as an excuse to be nice to myself.
I've felt crummy all day, but my hope is that tomorrow (well, later today, technically), I can get out, get some grocery shopping done, maybe visit that resale shop owned by one of my regulars (she gave me a 15% off card, it's only fair I use it!). Wish me luck with that as well!
I’ve felt panicky and sporadic, far more so than usual, since the incident on Friday. I’m a dramatic bitch, I’m sure it’s not PTSD, but I’m definitely still shaken psychologically and I’m annoyed by it. I’ve done nothing of value all weekend, not a note tuned or not a word written or anything. I’d at least like to accomplish something today. I at least need to take the trash out. Or clean the living room, or SOMETHING. I’ve given myself entirely too much time to “recover” from something I shoulda been able to shake an hour after it happened. Wish me luck!