i had to have the audio version

Pharos was beautiful as fuck

Every time I go to write about my experience at Pharos I stop because honestly, it’s like how do I even put it into words. The visuals were crazy, the people were great met a lot of dope people. Shout outs to you Nicole and the whole line squad I lost y'all in the end. My feet were so fucking sore from all the standing and so once I finally got inside the dome there were projectors all around the room and the universe was being projected onto the walls around the dome. Before we went in they locked out phones in these bags but a couple people had cut there’s out once inside and were passing the ripped bag around. Some guy snuck his Tascam in so there’s audio from the first show. I heard them saying he performed three different versions but I listened to the midnight a show in the tent and it was def the same songs but maybe they changed by the day. If you were expecting rapping Bino you would have been highly disappointed because he sang the entire time and that boy’s falsetto was on point the entire night. The music was very funk, jazz, and blues inspired I was def getting D'Angelo and Prince vibes. He wore braids and had individuals braided onto the end of his hair. His outfit was these pink and yellow furry pants and he had tribal paint all over his face that glowed under the lights. He was def in full character he def build a city more like a galaxy inside the globe the visuals danced and changed with the songs there were skeletons and these long-legged monsters. He moaned at us, screamed & growled at us, it was just a great experience and I honestly wasn’t even tripping off my phone I was just enjoying & consuming the music. It is different from anything he’s ever done and how it was presented makes it that much more beautiful. At one point the visuals began falling towards our heads and they were dressed in red and near the end, this giant blue planet grew and grew before bursting over our heads which I assumed to be Pharos. I’m jumping everywhere and this honestly these words ain’t shit compared to the experience but I had to finally write something out. There was also 4 screening of the show Atlanta which was sick, they had food trucks which were hella taxing us and the liquor booth had all we fucked up with them weak ass expensive drinks but real niggas got their liquor in creatively. Them carne asada fries hit though that chipotle Sriracha was fire….“I want you to hit it, hit it and quit it” had the craziest funk sounds and Ludwig on the guitar were killing it that guitar solo was lit and homegirl with the beautiful ass afro on the keys killed as well, like blessing y'all! The harmonies from the background singers on the second song were hella catchy as well. He closed the show with a song about being yourself and following your dreams… “Keep all your dreams keep standing tall, if you’re strong you cannot fall, there is a voice inside us all so smile” …Overall it was dope and I fuck with singing Bino so if you’re a fan of his singing then you’ll love this project ….

So the stream’s over and we’re not going live again tonight, and I’ve deleted all the posts I made announcing when we were streaming. All the art I did during the stream won’t be available for a while still, so in the meantime have this WIP that got deleted with the stream posts:

I had to nuke the archived versions of the streams from this piece because of audio issues, BUT you can watch my last livestream in full on my twitch! I’d watch it sooner rather than later though, since twitch deletes saved recordings after a while. It’s an hour long and its got the art that you wont see for a while, so if you REALLY like my art you might be interested in that. :D

Subtalia vs Dubtalia: The World Conference

It is an undeniable fact that the Funimation dub of Hetalia…well shall we say… takes a few liberties with the source material. Some people believe the changes make the series funnier. Others insist that the dub massacres the characterisation, and is offensive and damaging to the show’s reputation. I have read so many arguments.

But yesterday whilst introducing a friend to Fullmetal Alchemist, I discovered that Funimation DVDs have an interesting feature - the option to listen to the dub at the same time as having the subtitled translation for the Japanese audio track on screen. So I had what, to me, seemed an interesting idea. To use this feature to directly, line by line compare the two versions. To pick out all the notable differences. To see what kind of changes Funimation TRULY made!

Or maybe this only seemed fun because I am a student on study break who only works weekends, and today is a rainy, cold Monday. Idk. It doesn’t matter. 

I DID IT ANYWAY.

So I started with the very first episode. We begin, of course, with America introducing the World Conference. Lets see what each version has him say.

ORIGINAL JAPANESE: “Alrighty, then! Let’s start the World Conference! Let’s resolve problems all over the world one by one! Even if it’s a tough problem, if we work together, I’m sure things will turn out okay! Please express your candid opinions here!”

ENGLISH DUB: “Dudes, I think the World Conference can convene! Solving all the world’s problems by talking excessively! No matter how hard it seems, we can solve anything with enough meetings and photo ops! Feel free to speak honestly, whilst protecting your chances for re-election!”

What interested me, is that the dub actually does largely convey the same message as the original - but the tone is completely different. Where the original was an optimistic statement of international co-operation, in the dub things are much more satirical. Already we can see how their take on the show is going to be. Oh, and their habit of having America say ‘dude’ in every sentence has started. I mean, its literally the first word of the series.

ORIGINAL JAPANESE: “Well then, I’ll go first! About that global warming thing everyone is talking about, I think we’ll be okay if we create a huge hero and have him protect the Earth. By the way, no one’s allowed to disagree, okay?

ENGLISH DUB: “I’ll go first, about that whole using global warming to enslave humanity thing, I’ll think we’ll be ok if we genetically engineer a huge hero to protect the Earth. I give you the super hero Globoman!”

With this one, for me, the Japanese version does a good job of introducing America’s personality; his immaturity in believing a giant superhero is a solution to global warming, and his stubborn insistence that he is right in all situations. The dub however…well suddenly the conference is about their attempts to enslave humanity. And this isn’t a throw away line, its a point that remains consistent for the rest of the scene. Yes, this was never a serious scene to start with, but some would probably fairly consider this a huge break from the spirit of the show.

ORIGINAL JAPANESE: “Again? Tell us what you think, Japan!”
ENGLISH DUB: “Man up, or I’ll beat you with my peace prize!”

In both versions, Japan passively says he will happily agree with anything America says, and Switzerland calls him out on it. But again, the WAY it is handled is… very different. In honesty, it is with this scene that I first come to agree with the dub fans. I LOVE this line. It genuinely is a brilliant one liner. But again, its another example of Funimations loose approach to adaptation.

ORIGINAL JAPANESE: “I’m against it. I can’t agree with such an unrealistic suggestion. And don’t say ‘learned’. What is this ‘learned’?! It’s ‘learnt’, you idiot!”
ENGLISH DUB: “There’s no way some hero will help global warming or humanity’s enslavement. And standing by France is like being in a shower of spit!”

Ok, I’ll be honest straight up - I’m not entirely sure if the ‘shower of spit’ line is exactly right, because at this point the dialogue begins overlapping and its hard to hear. But that was the gist of what England said. Nothing much new to point out here, its all much the same as before - but notice that the enslaving humanity change is still with us.

ORIGINAL JAPANESE: (France) “Then I shall have to disagree with both England AND America.”
(England) “Which is it?!
ENGLISH DUB: (France) “If Britain and America don’t agree, how can I be superior by dissing them both?!”
(England) “AGINCOURT!”

What I noticed here, is that Funimation has decided we need it directly spelt out for us something that was just an implicit part of the joke in the original - that France thinks he is superior to the others. We also see the first instance of England’s name  being changed to Britain; but this is something we can’t blame Funimation for, as the Japanese producers actually asked them to call him that. This is more the fault of the vagueness as to whether he actually represents the entire United Kingdom, or only England; which frankly is a debate for another day.

ORIGINAL JAPANESE: (America) Geez, is disagreeing with me your hobby or something? You should find some other hobby that’s more fun.
(France) Agreeing with you guys is distasteful. Unlike you, I’m more of a gentleman.
(England) Don’t make an important decision based on taste, you wine-loving bastard!

ENGLISH DUB: (America) “You Frenchies love to hate America. Why not go back to making hot green chick statues like you used to?”
(France) Ever since we lost our status as a world superpower condescending superiority and wine is all we have left.
(England) Don’t be so hard on yourself. What about mimes and body odour?

Again, not much to say here. You can get the gist of the way they have changed things by now.

After this scene though, we get the scenes where China tries to get these three to calm down by giving them food, and where Spain tries to get Russia to intervene but he declines saying he’s only there in hopes Lithuania and Latvia will re-unify with him. And in both cases, the sub and dub were actually very consistent with each other. There were minor changes to phrasing of course, but you should expect that with any translation and it is nothing worth pointing out. Things only really get altered again when Estonia is introduced.

ORIGINAL JAPANESE: “You shouldn’t pick on the weak, Mr Russia.”
ENGLISH DUB: “You’re so tough, next you’ll try to pick a fight with Haiti!”

This frankly is a complete change of context from scolding Russia (and implying that Latvia and Lithuania are weak, what an asshole) to more teasing him; and randomly picking on Haiti as the ‘weak’ country. Bearing in mind Haiti is not only irrelevant to this scene but it doesn’t even have a canon character yet. It seems… really random. But fine. 

After this, in all honesty, both versions begin to merge into background arguments that are really freaking difficult to pick out. There are a few changes I noticed - Poland changes from threatinging to invoke the ‘Poland Rule’ on Russia to, well, actually speaking Polish I am pretty sure, which means I have no hope in hell of ever being able to transrcibe him. But then the big guns come in. We get Germany’s speech. 

ORIGINAL JAPANESE: “This conference is to resolve problems, so why are we creating more? As it stands, we’re repeating the Dancing Congress! We should calm down and discuss these matters. If you want to say something, first show clear and accurate data! And then talk! You’ll have 8 minutes to talk. That’s a strict rule! There will be no exceeding that time and no chit-chatting! Now if you want to go first, make sure you’re prepared and raise your hand.

ENGLISH DUB: “We called this conference to solve the world’s problems, not to fight about the problems of our past. And since I’m the only country who seems to know how to run a meeting, we’ll follow my rules from here on out. Eight minutes each for speeches, no chit-chatting on side deals, and absolutely no going over the time limit! Now if you want to go, make sure you’re prepared, raise your hand, and make sure you do so in a way that does not mock any salute of my country’s past!”

Again, a lot of the key points of the speech have actually been carried over from the original to the dub. But there are still changes. Most notably, we actually lose the first reference in the series to the historical trivia Hetalia is supposedly about, when Funimation cut the reference to the Dancing Congress. Even though the written info about it is still up there on the screen. Also… we get our first Nazi reference. Not an especially offensive one by any means, don’t get me wrong. But it is the first instance of one of the things I don’t like about the dub - that they do kind of reduce Germany’s character to a massive Nazi joke, when there is one heck of a lot more in German culture and history to talk about. So whilst it is a relatively accurate translation… I’m not entirely comfortable with this line. 

All in all, I think this first scene shows the best of both sides of the dub. Yeah, there are some wonderful jokes and one liners (’beat you with my peace prize’, I will NEVER get over it)… but there are a lot of pointless changes as well. I do feel it does rather lose the spirit of the original. I don’t think its beyond redemption. But it is certainly not a perfect adaptation.


(I may do some more comparisons of lines soon (I imagine with less analysis, I’ll probably just present them as they are unless I have something specific to say) if anyone is intrested! I feel like it could do a lot to dispell some of the myths about the show, if we can see what aspects of it are things Funimation introduced rather than canon fact.)

More Observations from the Interrogation Scene

Last night, I stumbled across the HD version of the interrogation scene while browsing through the Reylo tag. Some people claimed to have issues viewing the video (I guess the audio was not synced to the actions of the characters), but I had no trouble viewing the clip on my laptop. The HD quality of the clip made it easier to pick up on a few details that I’d never noticed before. Now, to get started…

1. When Kylo Ren removes his mask and approaches Rey and, even when he stands before her, he wears a small smile. It’s not big enough to really be considered a full-fledged smile, but thee definitely is a softness and eagerness to his expression that I, personally, haven’t noticed before. I remembered him looking more intense, intimidating, and arrogant, though I did not get that impression as much with the higher-quality video.

2. Now this, I thought, was really significant and had me fan girling like crazy. This, here, is the big observation I really wanted to talk about and see if anyone else had. So… Kylo Ren has removed his mask and approached Rey. Standing beside her and looking at her intently, he says, “Tell me about the droid.” The moment she speaks, he makes an odd movement and then twitches his head. i noticed this right off the bat and rewound to get a better look. I did the whole pause, play, pause, play thing to slow it down (a sure-fire sign of a hardcore fan girl). What I saw: The moment Rey speaks, he inhales sharply (the movement is mostly in his torso), as though he experiences a physical reaction to hearing Rey’s voice. He then does the little head twitch and then glances down before cutting her off.

My Interpretation: At first, I thought, “Why would he have a reaction to her voice? He’s heard her speak before.” And then I realized… this is the first time she has spoken to him as Ben Solo and not Kylo Ren, the first time she has addressed him as a man and not a creature. How strange and unnerving it must be, on some level, to reveal his true appearance and voice to another human being. In some ways, this makes him appear more vulnerable and demonstrates that he cares what Rey thinks about him. He wants her to view him as a man. And think about it: How often does he have this opportunity to drop his guard and be Ben?

Has anyone else noticed this? What are your thoughts?

I noticed a few other minute things, but I don’t want to make mountains out of molehills. These two, especially the second one, were the main things I noticed that caught me off guard. I would love to hear your perspective.


Oh, and if you’re interested in accessing the video, I can try to include a link to it or reblog it so that you can access it easily on my page. I just tried watching the video on my phone and noticed the dialogue was not synced with the actions, but I was able to play it with no issue on my laptop. Either way, the movie will be out in a week.

Therapy (Live)
  • Therapy (Live)
  • All Time Low
  • Nothing Personal
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I know a lot of fans never have seen or will ever see All Time Low and are going through a hard time in their lives. So, on May 24th, 2015 in Baltimore I decided I wanted other fans like me whom love All Time Low and had Therapy come to them during a hard time in their lives hear the love and passion for this song, not over a studio version were its just the guys, but live where there is the emotion of everyone in the crowed falling more in love with a band that means so much to them. 

With my own experience, it was my second time seeing All Time Low and the first time Alex was on stage singing it I was crying, because it hit me, it hit me how much I loved that song and how much I love that band along with who they are in general. I just want other fans to know the feeling of the song live.

The Day After (part 1)

So I heard the amazing @sushinfood had not had the best day. I decided that simply won’t do. I’m currently working on an epilogue to their Gasterblaster!Sans series, but decided, yknow what? I’m gonna split it into two parts so sushi and you guys can see it earlier. This story is actually a continuation of the epilogue story I wrote earlier, called Later That Night. You can check it out on my eA writes tag, or the audio version on sushi’s blog!

The Day After continues on the morning after, naturally. Part 2 will have way more fluff believe me.

You’re all gonna have a good time. Enjoy! This ones for you sushi.

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Sans grunted as he felt something press against him from both sides. He tried to open his eyes. It was hard, everything felt heavy. Finally, with some effort, he managed to pry his eyes open. He was immediately visited by the temptation to close them again. He felt tired a lot, but never had he felt as utterly exhausted as he did now. He felt like he could sleep for another hundred years and not wake up once. Sans looked to his right; Frisk was still fast asleep next to him. The child had crawled into bed with him during the night after checking to see if he was okay, and had curled up and fallen asleep. Their head was now flopped over Sans’ rib cage, their small fingers gently grasping at the fabric of his shirt. To his left, Sans saw Papyrus’ sleeping face. His long arms were wrapped around both his brother and Frisk, tugging the three of them close together, with Sans squished in the middle.
Sans closed his eyes with a quiet chuckle. It seemed he couldn’t get up even he wanted to. Not that he did. He was quite happy where he was now. He could somehow feel a comforting warmth radiating off the two people who snuggled him in their sleep.
A grin on his face, Sans drifted back to sleep.

When he awoke again, he was alone.
And surrounded by stuffed animals. Sans reached to inspect a fluffy dog plushie- and suddenly gasped in pain as his arm cracked and shot daggers of agony throughout his body.
Oh god…no…no no no no no no no not again…
But just as quickly as it had came, the pain was gone, leaving behind only a dull ache. Sans felt nothing rising within him, no power, no pain, nothing, except for his eye which quickly fizzled out. Sans panted, his frame trembling. He let out a sharp yelp as he felt the discs in his spine shift and creak loudly, but still nothing happened. As the pain once again faded, Sans was left feeling more exhausted than ever. Maybe he should close his eyes again…..

“…ns….ans…sans…Sans. Sans? Sans come on, wake up.”
Sans let out a grunt as someone shook his shoulder, stirring him into consciousness.
He blinked open his eyes to see his brother hovering over him, concerned etched into his elongated face.
“Are you feeling okay? You wouldn’t wake up when I called you,” Papyrus said worriedly.
“’M fine bro, don’t worry. Still just…” he yawned loudly. “Really tired.”
Papyrus let out a chuckle.
“I can see that. And you seem to really be loving that teddy bear Frisk lent you.”
“Mm?” Sans turned and saw he was indeed clutching a teddy bear. It was nearly two thirds the size he was.
“Frisk didn’t want you to be lonely when the two of us woke up, so they went and put a bunch of their stuffed animals next to you to keep you company!”
“Heh….c-cool….unh!” Sans cringed as his spine cracked and shifted again.

“Sans?!”
“I-It’s fine bro…this has b-been happening for a little bit,” Sans said through gritted teeth.
“D-Do you…do you feel like you’re going to transform again?”
“No…it’s not like before.”
“Well, Alphys just arrived. She’s going to take a look at you to make sure everything’s okay.”
Right on cue, a short, stocky, reptilian monster shuffled into the room, her arms laden with technology.
“H-Hey guys. Hope I’m not intruding.”
“Not at all Dr. Alphys! We’re very glad you could come!” Papyrus said.
“Hey Sans. How do you feel?” Alphys greeted the shorter skeleton.
“Honestly? I’ve felt way better. A-Ack!” Sans groaned he felt his ribs tremble angrily and shift from their places. He clutched at his shirt with his hand, his fingers digging into the spaces between his bones.
“Sans!” Papyrus grabbed his brother’s shoulder in alarm.
“What wrong?” Alphys asked, nearly dropping her equipment in her haste to inspect him.
“I-I’m fine, really…” Sans insisted as Alphys gently pressed her claws against his ribs. She gasped quietly as she felt them shift back into place.

“…I t-think I know what’s going on. Sans, I’m going to hook you up to this machine I brought. D-Don’t worry,” she quickly said as she spotted Sans’ uneasy look. “It’s just g-gonna measure your power levels. Hold still…”
Alphys stuck several electrodes under Sans’ shirt and in his face. Papyrus giggled.
“You look like you have spaghetti noodles coming out of you.”
Sans chuckled tiredly, too weary to try and think of a pun.
“Aha! As I expected. T-Take a look at this, guys.” Alphys turned her screen to show the brothers.
“S-See this?” she pointed. “That’s your power level compared to how much your Soul can contain. See how it’s fluctuating rapidly? Your body s-still hasn’t recovered from the sudden overflow of energy, and it’s trying to even it out. T-That’s why your bones have been cracking and shifting.”

Sans gripped the bed sheets.
“Does…does this mean I’m gonna transform again…?” His voice almost came out in a whisper as fear started to seep into him.
“Oh no no no no! Your body is just trying to recover, but it’s having some difficulty doing so after housing so much power for so long. It’s tired. Luckily, I-I have a way we can fix that.”
Alphys reached into her pocket and pulled out a small device.
“T-Thus little device will deliver short bursts of energy, t-to try and even out those power levels.”
Sans eyed it warily.
“Won’t that just make my power levels explode again…?” he asked.
“Nope! A-All it’ll do is essentially ‘shock’ your body into falling back into homeostasis. Think of it like hyperventilating. When h-humans hyperventilate, their body is trying to even out the amount of oxygen and carbons d-dioxide in their bodies. To remedy this, they try t-that weird trick you see on tv where they breathe in and out into a paper bag.”

Sans and Papyrus blinked in confusion. Where was the doctor going with this?
“The carbon dioxide, the bad stuff that’s causing the issue, goes back into the body, and very quickly the body reacts to resolve the issue, making the human take a deep breath. That evens out the amount of oxygen with the amount of carbon dioxide.”
“So…” Papyrus said slowly. “What you’re saying is…”
“We’re going to use the bad stuff, which is high energy levels, to shock Sans’ body into stopping his power levels from fluctuating,” Alphys finished Papyrus’ thought.
She turned to Sans, who was staring at her with a nervous expression.
“Now Sans, I s-should warn you, it may take a few tries too work. A-And it’s gonna hurt a little. B-But!” she added. “It’s the only way to m-make it happen quicker. Once your power levels return to normal, your bones will stop shifting and you’ll feel a l-lot better, I promise.”

Sans took a deep breath.
“…Ok. Let’s do it, then.

Unpopular Opinion

Y’all had the nerve to have like 4-5 bland ass acts, and PITBULL(FUCKING PITBULL), close the show yet y’all had Miguel, Bruno Mars AND Mark Ronson, (I hate to say it but) Ariana Grande, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, Jidenna AND FUCKING JANELLE MONAE were there, JAZMINE SULLIVAN, Elle King, and y’all had(I don’t care if she got there late) BEYONCE as possible candidates to perform but you had half them as presenters for some wack shit. Yet, y’all fucking let Pitbull, Taylor Swift, The Hollywood Vampires(I will literally punch Johnny Depp’s old ass in the eye for this), Little Big Town, and Justin Bieber with Skrillex and Diplo with that wack ass version of Where Are U Now perform, not to mention y’all were having SEVERE audio problems y’all HONESTLY WANTED to flop this year not to mention all them snubs I am just disgusted because literally

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  • Colors (Just A Dream)
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Y’all are gonna hate me but I made this mashup for an AU where Chloe breaks up with Beca because she gets caught up in her fame and starts to self-destruct and drives Chloe away in the process. Chloe’s departure is a wake up call to Beca who realises she’s lost the most important person in her life and needs to pull her shit together.

I had this vision where there’s a musical and this is the scene where they are both shown singing while thinking of the other person. Chloe would sing Colors and Beca would sing the verses of Just A Dream and they’d sing the chorus together.

The track is pretty crappy because I didn’t have any acapella to work with, plus the studio version of Colors isn’t even out yet, so all I had was this crappy quality audio on youtube from some live performance. But you get the idea…

Dark Souls: A Closer Look at the Duke’s Archives Whispering, and Other Ambiance

Something that players are often surprised to discover is the weird, faint whispering that can be heard throughout the Duke’s Archives (and as I recently found, also by the Sanctuary Garden bonfire). I had spent some time poking around audio dumps to see if we could get a cleaner version than what we hear in-game, though I could never find it.

As it turns out, a lot of these ambient tracks were in fact missing from existing audio rips, due to being encrypted and stored differently than the rest of the audio. Thankfully, due to the format they were stored in, they have some separation from other audio in the ambiance (I assumed it was going to be 1 mixed-down file with the whispering still very faint).

The whispering isn’t completely isolated, it’s still part of a track with other sounds, but lots of extra wind and noise are removed when listening to this source file. It’s still mostly unintelligible, and as I suspect, probably meaningless stock audio.

Credit goes to my friend Demon’s Lantern for figuring out where these files were stored and how to get at them. I’m not qualified to explain what he did, but here’s one of the images he sent me as he was working on it:

He’s uploaded more of the ambient audio. The first 4 tracks are the previously-unripped samples that hadn’t been isolated before:

https://soundcloud.com/demons-lantern/sets/dark-souls-1-ambience

I find the Demon Ruins (first area by the Egg Bearers) backing audio to be pretty interesting. The file is m14x.wav, and it sounds slightly similar to m11x.wav, which is the creepy audio when you’re in the zone where Jeremiah Invades in the Painted World. There aren’t other files with this naming convention. In-game its hard to hear since it’s low in the mix with other ambiance, and I believe it may be audio taken from the Valley of Defilement (Demon’s Souls), but I’m not 100% sure.

I’ve also heard people mention the random footstops and weird noises you can hear when you’re in the interiors of Anor Londo, that’s another track on the soundcloud you can now hear more clearly with thanks to Demon’s Lantern.