We continue our list of our favorite song producers with MimiRobo and Lamaze! As usual, we highlight some of the author’s songs, which we think are the most representative.
Mimi Robo (耳ロボ), whose Niconico and YouTube username is nwp8861, is very important for Kasane Teto, because he was the first independent producer to make a song with Teto as a full-fledged UTAUloid. We’re talking about Song of the Robot with Ears (耳のあるロボットの唄, Mimi no Aru Robotto no Uta), published in 10 June 2008, that is, 2 months after the release of the Kasane Teto voicebank. A nice video was later made by Nao Toenu. All previous songs made with the voicebank were covers. Compare this song with a recent one, and you will see how much the voicebank and UTAU have changed over the years. Did it get better? Sure, but when nostalgy hits, this is the best song of all!
Two months later, in 13 September 2008, Mimi Robo released Flutter, which is really good if you need to relax. 😉
Mimi Robo was also featured in the Graduation from Lie album (which we mentioned in a previous post). His song is Return, released in 07 July 2010. If you’re a programmer, you might find the end of the video quite funny, as the producer salutes the viewer with actual computer code. If you’re not, you might find it interesting that the title of the song has more than one meaning.
It is actually quite common for Mimi Robo to reference computers and electronics in his artwork. The lyrics of Gravitation, released in 12 March 2009, is another good example. You can also see that Mimi Robo likes the views of outer space.
Here is the TMDP playlist for Mimi Robo-P. Also, Mimi Robo graciously offers a personal music exhibit, with downloads! So, if you want to have Teto-san herself sing Song of the Eared Robot right at your place, here’s your chance!
Lamaze (ラマーズP), also known as Gojimaji (ごじまじP or ゴジマジP) and Nanashi (名無し, “anonymous”) at Niconico, is the producer of some of the most famous UTAU songs ever. Seriously, this author managed to produce not one nor two, but four Internet memes. The first two, Geddan and Po Pi Po, are not directly related to UTAU (although there are, naturally, many Kasane Teto versions of both). Triple Baka and Fukkireta, on the other hand…
Triple Baka (驫麤～とりぷるばか～, “Fool Fool Fool ~Triple Fool~”), despite being a Vocaloid song, can still be considered an original Teto song because our bread-loving chimera is an integral part of the original composition. Take a look at the original video, and watch the comments go crazy at 2:18, which is —you guessed it— the Kasane Teto solo! It was released in 13 June 2008, and, therefore, uses the very first Teto voicebank. You also probably noticed that the video is a cartoon that consists of relatively few frames, all original drawings by Lamaze-P. These, often left uncolored, drawings can be considered his trademark. For a more colorful version, watch this video, and check out the description for links and additional information. And yes, this song inspired many variations, and several cosplay reenactments.
Fukkireta (吹っ切れた, “Blown off”), from 2010, quickly became the most widespread meme built around a Teto song, published for her birthday in 2010 by Chinaru. It is also known as Ochame Kinou (おちゃめ機能, “Mischievous function”), which is the title of the song (Fukkireta is the title of the background music, composed by Lamaze-P). Lamaze also created the video that would later actually spawn the meme. As usual, Lamaze-P did not color his drawings. He didn’t have to: fans did.
Lamaze-P produced other songs that are very catchy, for example, Overdue Player, released in 15 December 2008, and Barrage Button (連打ボタン), released in 26 March 2009. For those who don’t need sophisticated lyrics to enjoy the voice of little Teto-chan, he published in 2008 a pair of very simple music loops, that die-hard fans of the older, 2008 voicebank would love to hear.
Here is the complete Lamaze/Gojimaji TMDP playlist!
⇐ Part 1 (Ketora, Death Ohagi)
Part 3 (Sime-Saba Twisters, Miginage Hidariuchi) ⇒