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I wrote this as my entry for Blockparty 2009′s Music competition, in which it won first place. It’s supposed to be a “placeholder” theme song for a futuristic anime series with a sort of apocalyptic vibe. This is my first released song using Yamaha’s VOCALOID2 software, and also my first “singing choir” using Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs, which I bought in 2006 but still hadn’t really explored. It’s incredible, as you can hear. The lyrics are also available. For anyone who doesn’t know what “Lorem Ipsum” means, read this for an explanation!

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37 Responses to "Lorem Ipsum"

  1. Wesley 23/04/2009 11:04:19

    Nice work. Dig the Vocaloid stuff. Wouldn’t mind hearing more of it.

  2. chibi-tech 24/04/2009 02:04:36

    Haha excellent tune! After all the endless sea of bandwagon crap that she’s been spewing out lately, it’s about time someone with REAL skill made Hatsune Miku interesting to listen to again.

  3. matt 24/04/2009 10:04:08

    Good stuff, Jake! Congrats on your first place win.

  4. Ominiq 24/04/2009 03:04:23

    And today I actually thought of the combination virt + Hatsune. Strange coincidence, but I can live with it if it sounds like this!

  5. Andreas 27/04/2009 07:04:54

    Great guitar solo! <3

  6. Christopher 29/04/2009 09:04:00

    Wow! This use of Vocaloid is superb! You don’t happen to have some “tutorial vsq’s” to share with those of us that can’t seem to get past the uncanny valley in V2?

  7. Gemma 29/04/2009 03:04:55

    That pretty much blew me away. Something about Vocaloid stuff is quite haunting, and very interesting to hear it in this kind of song.

  8. Daniel 09/05/2009 05:05:36

    Damn virt, this is exquisite. For years I have been walking around cursing the world for the lack of new, good music and then suddenly I just stumble in on your website to find a dozen of breath taking pieces.
    This one was the one which impressed me the most. I must have listened to it at least 20 times by now and I’m not planning to stop. Your melodies are always original and never similar to anything that I have ever heard. I love the chord progression, especially at around 52 seconds, but overall the arrangement and structure of the song just amazes me. Great work and thank you for bringing this to my speakers.
    By the way, we have spoken before, long ago on IRC. I think I used the nickname WhiteEdge, brother of another guy you know unless he’s lying about it. Pleasure to hear your music again.

  9. Egypt Urnash 14/05/2009 03:05:10

    Oh, man, once I read the lyrics I started laughing. Beautiful! ♥

  10. Rakadam 15/05/2009 06:05:24

    Awesome as always, melodic and original. Dude i’m amazed by your polyvalence. Nice work!

  11. vonjaja 24/05/2009 03:05:11

    mate, this is full of awesome :o

  12. Makus 05/06/2009 11:06:37

    I just finished listening to this and all I have to say is: WOW!

    Seriously, dude, I’m not surprised this won at all. Even given the bias I have, I haven’t (and don’t think I can) listened to any of the other entries. But, that aside, I have to say that this would have most likely been my favorite, hands down.

    Keep doin’ what you do best man, it’s awesome. ^_^

    (and yes, I do realize that I’m posting a little more than a month since the last post, but I don’t care. It’s that awesome!)

  13. d4u7211 10/06/2009 08:06:08

    THIS IS GOLD. i cannot stop listening to this, over and over, im usually not the one for this kind of “choir” type epic rock, but you HAVE TO DO MORE OF THIS!!! its so epic, i cannot begin to explain

    let’s just say i get goosebumps everytime i hear it : P great stuff man, and keep up the great chiptunes also!!

  14. mv 15/06/2009 09:06:22

    Fantastic! Probably my new fav original from ya :) Music, production, QLSO and Hatsune and INSANE LYRICAL CONCEPT: everything rules! I love it, I love you ;)

  15. Shrimp 30/06/2009 04:06:39

    Game over! You just won the internets.

  16. Ragnarocker 05/08/2009 12:08:52

    Damn, just amazing realy im just getting started with vocaloid2 but hearing your music here does inspire me to get cooking with it for real!

  17. fnord 06/08/2009 12:08:28

    did you play the guitar on this, or was that MIDI as well

  18. Vor 15/08/2009 04:08:36

    Absolutely beautiful

    I really want to get into scoring video game music. I started out playing bass and picked up guitar. A friend at berklee showed me your stuff man it’s amazing.

    Got any tips for anyone starting out!? I’ve got so much to learn about composing…I guess I could transcribe your stuff to learn…Man such beautiful melodies in this song! It’s brilliant!

    Oh I picked up EWQL Silk and SD2, trying to get used to using them through Logic 8 :/

  19. niki 01/09/2009 10:09:34

    hahaha you’re just too good its incredible xD

  20. Miga 03/09/2009 12:09:46

    No words can describe how awesome this song is. I haven’t been able to stop listening to it, ever since my brother showed me it.

    Keep up the awesome work, Virt.

  21. Pwnage Hobo 11/12/2009 04:12:20

    Well done, you’ve made my day!
    Incredible sound, very unique. In short, I love it.

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  23. Mark 11/04/2010 10:04:52

    This track is utterly astonishing! What amazing music.

    Virt – you’re wasted doing game music and these compos.

  24. Jacob 11/06/2010 11:06:09

    That bass line is just…wow. I’m gonna spend the rest of my life trying to achieve that.

  25. June Tate-Gans (mondoshawan) 27/10/2010 02:10:42

    Virt,

    When I heard this, I was all “awesome.” Then I read the lyrics — and DIED LAUGHING. You, sir, are simply a musical CRAZY MAN! =o)

    Keep up the awesome work!

  26. Kusael 02/02/2011 01:02:25

    Hey, I was wondering by any chance if you have a non-vocaloid version of this as well? Though I’m starting to enjoy the lyrics, I find them slightly distracting to the totally EPIC instrumental aspect to the song. It’s -awesome- one way or another, but I was just curious as to whether or not you have the non-vocal and would be willing to post it. ;D

  27. cetera 18/02/2011 07:02:11

    @kusaei
    http://www.biglionmusic.com/music/lorem-chipsum

    @jake
    you should make a vocaloid song to compete on nico nico. all you need for the video is panning across cute still images

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  29. Dave 18/03/2011 11:03:34

    I’m a musician myself. It’s pretty telling when you hear the song and come up with your own description, then read the description the musician has provided only to find that they’re the same. You absolutely nailed the sound you were going for (it reminded me a bit of the Macross Frontier music), and it’s a great song all around.

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