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Music: Aivi & Surasshu

Artwork: Paul Villeco

Video 2 Sep 420 notes

rinspirational:

u guys know about vib ribbon right

one of my favorite game music videos right here!

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cecil-time said: "Mika" sounds like it belongs in a Studio Ghibli film. And melodically, it's one of the most interesting. Such a soothing tune. I'm curious! What was the inspiration behind it?

waltzforluma:

Thank you very much - I’m glad you like “Mika”! My two musical inspirations for this song were Claude Debussy and Joe Hisaishi. I borrowed a lot of structural ideas from Debussy, and the “Ghibli” sound was very deliberate - the song was loosely dedicated to a friend who loved Totoro.

That friend (my roommate at the time) adopted a kitten named Mika, who was very sweet and shy, and she wobbled back and forth uncertainly when she walked. After a few months, she was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Her health faded quickly - first, she couldn’t jump, then she couldn’t walk, then she couldn’t eat.

I took care of her for a weekend, syringe-feeding her and keeping her close by. I was really upset about the whole situation and did what I often do when I’m upset about something: I went to my piano. I tried to paint a musical portrait of Mika. The uncertainty of her wobbly walk, the sweetness of her personality, and the love we all felt for her… She was put to sleep a week later.

I sent the song to surasshu without intending for it to be a collaboration - I just wanted to express my sadness to a friend. He asked if it would be okay if he “hugged” my piano with a little bit of chiptune. I didn’t think it would work at all, but I let him anyway! “Mika” became the first song of The Black Box. It’s a very special collaboration and the way the chiptune and piano fit together is quite unusual - but that’s another story for another time. :)

I’ve heard from some people that “Mika” sounds joyful and I’m glad that the song came out that way! That’s the Mika that I want to remember.

great writeup by waltzforluma on the most gentle piece of The Black Box. I’m still really proud of the work we did on this!

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Video 25 Aug 4,061 notes

waltzforluma:

"Strong in the Real Way"

Music & Lyrics: Rebecca Sugar

Instrumental Arrangement & Piano: Aivi & Surasshu

Vocals: Deedee Magno Hall, Zach Callison

Guitar: Grant “Stemage” Henry

Drums: Roger “Rekcahdam” Hicks

We loved arranging “Strong in the Real Way” - thank you Rebecca for being our “rock”! There are several people who helped bring this song to life. What you’re hearing is the result of Rebecca’s amazing songwriting, Grant’s blazing guitar playing, Roger’s fierce drum fills, and Deedee and Zach’s inspiring vocals! (I played the piano and synths.) Thank you everyone for your amazing performances!!

everybody’s performances are amazing as aivi said, but i’ll gush about my partner for a second here: aivi’s piano on this is amazing! she played in a disney style during pearl’s part, and totally switches it up to a rockin’ style on the steven part! it’s SO cool :D

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rebeccasugar:

Strong in the Real Way, the Demo! 

I wrote this song in the desert! It’s dedicated to my crew! I want to be their rock!

Here are the chords!

Verse 1:

G                EbM7           Bb            D                           G

Why do you have to look up to her, aside from in a literal sense

              EbM7         Bb                  D C7

Don’t you know that a power that big comes with a bigger expense

      F            Eb              BbM7

And can’t you see that she’s out of control and overzealous

     B7                               Em                  C7

I’m telling you for your own good and not because I’m



Chorus 1:

G                     EbM7       B       D                G

I can show you how to be strong… in the real way

                       EbM7       B        D                Cm7

And I know that we can be strong… in the real way

        D7           Gm

And I want to inspire you

 C7                    F                     Bb                  D

I want to be your rock and when I talk, it lights a fire in you



Verse 1 (Instrumental):

G EbM7 Bb D

G EbM7 Bb D

C7 F Eb BbM7

B7 Em C7



Chorus 2:

G                     EbM7       B       D                G

I can show you how to be strong… in the real way

                       EbM7       B        D                Cm7

And I know that we can be strong… in the real way

        D7           Gm

And I want to inspire you

 C7                    F                     Bb                  D

I want to be your rock and when I talk, it lights a fire in you

Cm7  D7            Gm

      I want to inspire you

  C7                   Bb                    D7                 G

I want to be your rock and when I talk, it lights a fire in you

 

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Photo 18 Aug 4,394 notes stevencrewniverse:

Confused about when to watch Steven Universe on your TV? 
Ask yourself, “Is it 6:30?” If the answer is yes, TUNE INTO CARTOON NETWORK AND WATCH STEVEN UNIVERSE!!!!
SU is now on TV at the same time every day. It can’t get much simpler than this! It makes too much sense!!!

steven universe you guys! we’re back on the air!

stevencrewniverse:

Confused about when to watch Steven Universe on your TV? 

Ask yourself, “Is it 6:30?” If the answer is yes, TUNE INTO CARTOON NETWORK AND WATCH STEVEN UNIVERSE!!!!

SU is now on TV at the same time every day. It can’t get much simpler than this! It makes too much sense!!!

steven universe you guys! we’re back on the air!

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waltzforluma:

"Divine Wings" by stinkbug - a remix of the “Heaven Beetle” theme from Giant Woman. This is so cool, I can’t stop listening to it! I love the lead solo at the end!

ahh stinkbug is SO GOOD!! i love it <3

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GET PUMPED! STEVEN UNIVERSE RETURNS THURDAY AUGUST 21st!

GET BUFF!!

stevencrewniverse:

GET PUMPED! STEVEN UNIVERSE RETURNS THURDAY AUGUST 21st!

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tristansideas said: Where did you find your inspiration for Here's How? Obviously there's some old saloon-y piano but WHERE did you find the inspiration?

waltzforluma:

One of our major influences for “Here’s How!" was electro-swing music, especially Caravan Palace. We also drew inspiration from musical styles like gypsy jazz and ragtime.

For the longest time, our working title for the song was “Sidecar” - the prohibition-era cocktail (and motorcycle attachment!) The name didn’t feel completely right, so we kept searching for inspiration until we discovered a cocktail recipe book from the 1940’s called “Here’s How: Mixed Drinks”. “Here’s How!” really stuck with us as a cute and sassy name for a cute and sassy song!

Here’s a writeup by aivi of our inspirations for Here’s How on the Black Box!

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On this day, World Cat Day, Ubiktune has uploaded our debut album “The Black Box” to Soundcloud! If you haven’t heard it already, please check it out and feel free to download it from our Bandcamp too (it’s free)! I feel like I want to write a little something about the songs, so I might do that later…


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