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15 hours ago, indigo said:

Btw. how come Plastic Tree's ツメタイヒカリ (Tsumetai Hikari) was at least on 3 different mixes?!!

The real question is why wasn't it in everyone's mix? B)

 

To @Hohchicano96:

I'm super glad that you picked my mix. Based on the little intro for your review, you are quite familiar with all of the different movements that get branded with the emo moniker, and based on your actual track reviews, you seemed to really enjoy the music and ride the wave of feelings with a number of thoughtful reminiscences. It's a simple thing, but I'm just really happy of that, that this style of mix went to someone who really appreciated it. Alsooooo, the fact that you already knew The Little Explorer beforehand means we kind of have to be friends now. ^^

 

To @Original Saku

Gotcha! Thx again for your mix, delicate and beautiful

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@reminiscing2004 I'm really curious how you were able to deduce it was me lol. I guess I have some sort of tell in my mixes. I'm really happy you enjoyed it so much. I sorta ran out of time and definitely would of liked to work on it a bit more. there's a reason why that ohashi trio track feels so out of place with the rest of the mix... i just simply ran out of time.

 

@yuugure Wow it's hard to believe you're so new to the community, I mean your mix feels like the work of a seasoned mixtape maker xD Seriously this is only your second tradeoff (right?). just absolutely breathtaking, our tastes is definitely compatible.

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On 10/01/2018 at 3:39 PM, yuugure said:

"The Ghost of Winter's Past" Review

I chose this playlist because I was looking for something thematic and the title really caught my attention. I'll start off by saying that overall this was a superb mix with a great selection of tracks, all of which combine to deliver what it says on the tin. I know I'm reading into things way too much in my review, but this is the vibe I got from the mix.

 

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@yuugureLove your review, and the backstory you imagined for it. I have A LOT to say in response:

 

I had a feeling the listener would be puzzled by my choice to open with "A Premonition," then "virgin snow colour" and to end with an instrumental version of the MERRY song. "A Premonition" was chosen as a sort of 'cold open' to the story, "virgin snow colour" acted as the opening title sequence, and the instrumental version of "冬のカスタネット" was the 'ending credits.' Another thing about the tracklist, I WAS SO TORN between 'ending' with "PLEDGE" or "空中ブランコ!" I think the flow between "淋しさと眠れ" to "PLEDGE" to "冬のカスタネット" would have been nice, but I wanted "空中ブランコ" at least near the end.

 

... yeah, umbrella is a band that's ... not for everyone, sorry about their vocalist violating your ears. I think any other song I'd use instead would have been too heavy. I left out most of the metal Christmas vibes.

 

"トゥナイトゥナイ ヤヤヤ" always gave me this whimsical christmasy vibe, like the beginning of a Christmas Adventure on a TV show (*cough* South Park *cough*) or the anticipation of opening hundreds of presents under the tree. Maybe it's just because it's a really atmospheric song on an album that has a toy on the cover. I just looked up the lyrics and they are not whimsical, they're basically about waking up to a nightmare. But hey that's cali≠gari for ya! XD

 

I haven't tracked down the lyrics to "Panta rhei" but it always gave me this image: it's a calm, wintry night in front of the fireplace, the narrator, and his significant other, a moment of peace has been achieved. Then the key changes for the chorus and your brought back into reality; you wouldn't say 'nothing is okay,' but some things are not right... like the fact that this significant other is actually not significant (breakup? unrequited crush?). I guess that works with the message you got from the song.

 

For girugamesh, listen to CORE BEST, 13's reborn, Reason of crying, and the following songs: "壊れていく世界," "period," and "斬鉄拳;" forget about the rest!

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@JukaForeverThanks for reviewing my mix. I'm glad you enjoyed it and found some aspects of it refreshing. Now for a long response:

 

I'm surprised you got hip-hop vibes! I named the mix that because it's apparently the coldest temperature recorded on Earth's surface. I didn't research it that hard though so don't quote me on that.

 

I can understand your irritation with the format, but combining all songs into one track is something I feel strongly about as it's supposed to be listened to in one sitting. I've been doing all my mixes like this lately as it gives me a chance to have some creative and challenging fun.

 

Torikago no Maria sounds that way because there only exists a cassette tape rip and it's from the band's humble indie days. I've always wanted to use this track for a tradeoff and this one seemed like the right one.

 

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2 hours ago, ghost said:

@JukaForeverThanks for reviewing my mix. I'm glad you enjoyed it and found some aspects of it refreshing. Now for a long response:

 

I'm surprised you got hip-hop vibes! I named the mix that because it's apparently the coldest temperature recorded on Earth's surface. I didn't research it that hard though so don't quote me on that.

 

I can understand your irritation with the format, but combining all songs into one track is something I feel strongly about as it's supposed to be listened to in one sitting. I've been doing all my mixes like this lately as it gives me a chance to have some creative and challenging fun.

 

Torikago no Maria sounds that way because there only exists a cassette tape rip and it's from the band's humble indie days. I've always wanted to use this track for a tradeoff and this one seemed like the right one.

 

Oh I understand the format, I would do it myself if I really wanted to do a proper mixtape. It is just not reviewer friendly that is all. I would recommend you add a cue file. That should be able break up the file into its start times when it is added to a music player

 

I was surprised it was yours haha

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@Seimeisenthanks for the review, I really enjoyed reading it! I thought it was actually kinda cool that what felt super wintry to me didn't seem the same way to you. Could be that we grew up in very different climates. :P

 

On 2018/1/13 at 7:13 PM, Seimeisen said:

This mixtape has proven that I need to check out: 夢中夢, SUGIZO’s ONENESS-M

 

About 夢中夢 - YES!!

 

ONENESS -M is also pretty good, but I feel like 光の涯 outshines (pun???) most of the other tracks. Still worth a listen in my opinion. Have you had the chance to listen to it? :)

 

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@Original Saku Thanks so much for the kind words. I'm super happy you enjoyed the mix. I really enjoyed your review and what you pulled from the mix and theme. It was so detailed and fun to read. I was pretty apprehensive about this mix since it didn't contain many V-kei songs, but I felt the songs worked so well with the theme I was going for so I just went with it. I'm really glad you received it so well. I was definitely conscious when it came to making the structure, but I didn't know if it would be picked up on or not. But you definitely extracted more than I had intended for the structure in your review!

 

As for the Phantasmagoria track, that one's more of a personal thing. There's various emotions it stirs in me, one of which is an intense nostalgic feeling I get when I think back to walking back home from my first Japanese classes during winter and it was cold and rainy. I don't remember if I had heard this track back then or not, but it reminds me of that. There's something about the guitar that just fills me with a kind of longing and sadness. So it really is more of a personal one :hum:

 

Boku no Lyric is just amazing, isn't he? Every track has such a nice flow and rhythm. His rapping is so damn catchy. Had you heard c.cedille before? It was a two-member band made by a really old American YouTuber called Emily Connor (her channel is applemilk1988) and a Japanese guy. She doesn't post anymore and most of her videos have been deleted since this whole scandal thing she went through, but she used to make videos on Japan and learning Japanese. She ended up doing some pretty crazy shit and a lot of people started hating her. But despite all that, every single one of her music projects are just amazing. Her music is pretty hard to get hold of. c.cedille disbanded years ago but their only album, en lecture, is an absolute masterpiece.

 

@SeimeisenI'm glad you liked the review, and thanks for the response! A Premonition definitely serves the "cold opening" vibe you were going for. virgin snow color works well as a title sequence. It gives me a feeling of ambivalence: on one hand, it has that cheerful Christmas-y air of hope and wonder to it, but on the other hand it's not a fully "happy" sounding song; there's a hint of something embedded in there that tells me this won't be a joy-filled journey. It has a kind of false-sense of security thing about it. That's what I feel anyway. In terms of tracklisting, I think ending with the MERRY song was the right choice. It perfectly serves that purpose of ending credits.

 

The opening of トゥナイトゥナイ ヤヤヤ reminds me of the song As The World Falls Down from the film Labyrinth with David Bowie in it for some reason, which feels kind of Christmas-y. Except トゥナイトゥナイ ヤヤヤ doesn't continue with that mellow sound, it bursts into a foot-stomping riot. It was a fun song.

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I also want to go and re-watch Bigger, Longer & Uncut now after seeing you mention South Park. Going to listen to the soundtrack again right now!

 

There's a rough translation of Panta rhei here. As with a lot of Japanese songs the lyrics are pretty vague...

 

I'll definitely give the girugamesh albums and tracks a listen, thanks for the recommendations.

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