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Christian | PK | Taiwanese-American | Math (and Physics)
I like to draw, read, write, and play violin & piano.
Main Fandoms: The Lunar Chronicles, Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl, Leviathan More stuff I like: Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent, Throne of Glass, Mistborn, Red Rising, The Fault in Our Stars, The Giver, Pride and Prejudice Avatar: The Last Airbender, Legend of Korra, Fullmetal Alchemist, Nodame Cantabile BIBLE QUIZZING!!! and my little brothers / x / o / x
Favorite movies5 Centimeters per Second; Detective Conan: Lost Ship in the Sky; Confessions of a Shopaholic; Pride & Prejudice; Kiki's Delivery Service; FrozenFavorite TV showsAvatar: The Last Airbender; The Legend of Korra; Nodame Cantabile; Merlin; Sherlock; Once Upon a Time; Arrow; Downton AbbeyFavorite bands / musical artistskPop: Super Junior, DBSK, SHINee // Classical: Yiruma, Ray Chen, Nodame & Chiaki, Joe HisaishiFavorite booksArtemis Fowl; Percy Jackson; Leviathan; Hunger Games; The Giver; Pride and Prejudice; The Lunar Chronicles; MistbornFavorite writersEoin Colfer; Rick Riordan; Marissa MeyerFavorite gamesSuper Smash Bros.; Gladiator (cards)Tools of the Tradepen, pencil, paper. Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch; Photoshop CS2; Manga Studio 5Other InterestsDrawing, writing, Quizzing~! Violin, Piano
So I was supposed to be working on Dalek Week (and possibly Royai Week/Royai Day) on Thursday, but that kinda didn't happen..... ;;OTL
I heard the song "Midnight", based off Cinder, back in March when Marissa Meyerposted about it. And then I decided I wanted to record myself attempting to play it this week?? I blame (er, myself) for getting yet another friend one who's actually my age! Yay! to read TLC this last week. asdfghjkl; I also finally reread "The Little Android." To many freakin' feeeeeeeeeeeeelllllsss.
Basically, I somehow went from, "Oh maybe I'll record 'Crime and Punishment' for Royai Day (and draw my Dalek Week piece)" to "Let's play this Lunar Chronicles song! "..... Yeah. @w@
Pardon the awkward mistakes. Filming myself is so frustrating. Why did I even try? =3=;;
Pretend there's an invisible me playing the piano in the background because that's basically what's happening. Just kidding. I recorded the piano part first and played it back while recording with the violin.
I forget that filming in low light usually results in bad film quality. (Actually you can't really tell when it's not fullscreen. Good enough.)
Took me a while to figure out how to prop up my iPad. @___@
As with "Let It Go", this was filmed with the back camera of my 16GB iPad 2 because I have nothing better. Very bulky and uncomfortable to use. Also runs out of storage space really fast.
I considered wearing a light jacket to hide my fat arms. Yeah, that didn't happen. So hot this week. -3-
I hate filming. So many takes. I should probably have practiced more before attempting this, but I already played it so many times!
I hate video editing too. Well, actually there wasn't much to edit on this one, but Windows Movie Maker is rather frustrating in its limited features for multiple items (er, it took me a while to figure out how to get transitions/titles to look decent. ):< )
I briefly considered playing in more than just one octave, but considering that this one was problematic enough, I didn't bother.
I tried to record the violin first and then play piano along to that, but apparently I rush so much on piano that it just didn't work out. o_____o;; So I just ended up winging the piano and then hoping that it worked with the violin (at slower tempo apparently... The wonders of MIDI? hahaha)
It is surprisingly difficult to play with yourself when you're not playing both at the same time. o____o;; I dunno man. Stars above... (which now has a new meaning ;D)
Really, it was just difficult to predict when to start the pickup notes. ):
My bowing (and everything else I’m sure) is super off. That’s what I get for reading while "practicing" violin... >3>
This is the list of how I cheated (a lot):
The original is in the key of D♭
I played the song on violin in D
I played the chords on piano in C
When playing back the piano, I transposed it up to D
And slowed the tempo by about 15 bc I’m rushing
Apparently I'm still rushing because my version is only 3:10 compared to the original’s 4 minutes... asdfghjkl;
Oh d'arvit. Another one?
Recorded on Saturday, June 13, 2015.
I did try to record myself playing piano while singing, but that is also very difficult. So just have this one with me singing and attempting to harmonize.
The piano part is the same one as in the violin version (hence, the same awkward mistakes). I did set the tempo to 90 (whatever that means). Apparently it's not much slower since this video's only 3:16....
My voice is super low, so this is transposed down to A♭,. Don't freak out over all the key differences.
I love my digital piano. So convenient for switching keys lol
When testing different keys to sing in, I discovered that D♭ (original key) being too high also meant that I messed up on the lyrics a lot more (in addition to my voice cracking when attempting to sing in not-falsetto)... ಠ____ಠ
I am very sad that the harmony part on "so long" and "you and I" during the chorus isn't very audible. I sang a D♭3 (almost an octave below Middle C) for those.
As with all music, it sounds better if you have headphones in. =3= Fewer parts that don’t blend well.
Masquerade doesn't actually fit since it's an AU, but close enough. Closest I've got anyways. Well, I'm sure that an AU could have the same elements that the original story does. Whatever, it works.
I don't usually like to let other people hear me sing (though singing in a choir is fine because it's harder to catch my falsetto... >3>), so try not to be too mean! I get enough "you should do this to sing better" from my Dad. ;;OTL
Sorry for being behind on Dalek Week. Trying to record things takes too long because I inevitably make mistakes. I should be studying.
If you check out these videos I will love you forever?
Word Count: 898 Why do I always have so many comments to make? I'm sorry.