Lately, I’ve been going back through some of my old Vocaloid songs to tag them with who produced them. I used to not care about who the producers were when I first got into Vocaloid, so I didn’t pay them any thought and categorized everything in my music player by the Vocaloids themselves. Now I find it very useful to also tag them with the producers so I can listen to multiple songs by the same person. There are times when I’m really surprised to see who is responsible for certain songs that I’ve listened to many times and it’s helped to shed light on their individual styles for me. There is something else interesting that I run into occasionally while searching for old songs.
There are some Vocaloid producers who remove some of their older songs when they feel like they no longer reflect the quality of their work. I’ve noticed that U-Ske does that with his work and he’s still an active producer. It’s sort of like ‘cleaning house’ for some people. Others simply move along and either forget about their dreams of being notable producers or decide to leave NND for one reason or another.
Either way, it makes me feel a little special when I still have the remnants of their existence saved on my computer. Even after other people forget about these songs, I can still listen to them. And I just ran across something especially interesting. Yes, this is what this whole post was leading up to.
There was a producer from 2010 named aRth, a.k.a. gunigunizunyunyunP (ぐにぐにずにゅにゅんP) who uploaded many English Luka songs. I have at least seven of them. I can’t say I remember downloading them, but I have them. In my search for who produced these songs, I came across many deleted videos. They’re all gone. All of them. And in the place of their titles is a simple sentence of apology. So, I did a little searching to find out what happened to this producer and came across a video and multiple posts about him, exposing him for plagiarism.
He did produce these songs so I can confidently tag them with his name. However, he was definitely ripping off other Vocaloid producers. It’s tough to find his songs now, even on youtube, but I still have one that makes for an excellent example so you can compare for yourself. If you’re a fan of Luka, then you’d probably already be familiar with the song “secret” by Ryuuuu. His song “Up & Down” totally lifts its tune from that song. If you want to see his apology and a full list of his other uploads, go here and scroll down to the bottom half of the post.
Does it make me enjoy his music less? No, not really. I don’t even think that he deserves the kind of hate that he got in response to this. I ran across a lot of comments calling him “the worst kind of scum” among other nasty things, but I don’t think he was hurting anyone but himself with what he did. I just feel that it’s unfortunate that he had to steal the creativity of others to make his own music. He could’ve just as easily used them as inspiration instead. (You know that’s why we have so many keemu and Jin sound-alikes.) I found this to be an interesting story to share with anyone who might also still have his music around, though. Knowing more about who produces your Vocaloid music can add new layers to the songs themselves.