New Animal Crossing Cover (violins, harp, piano)!

January 3, 2021, 12:10 AM · Happy New Year! I know I didn't do any resolutions or anything as I've done in the past, but I was busying myself with one of my biggest YouTube videos yet: my first collaboration video with a harpist who I've been friends with since undergrad! We both have been enjoying Nintendo's Animal Crossing: New Horizons that released last year (and there are incredible strings in the big band style track "New Year's Day (12AM)" I heard when experiencing the event for the first time a couple nights ago!). In 2015, I arranged a medley of Shinobu Tanaka's holiday tracks for the original D?butsu no Mori (Animal Forest) on the N64 in 2001: the Christmas Eve theme, and the New Year's Day theme. It took five years, but due to COVID and the age of Zoom and online, and having done a few other collaborations playing over the Internet, we thought now was the best time to put it together!

The original arrangement of these two tunes was made for a couple friends and me, and is for four violins, piano, harp, and trombone; we dropped the trombone for the purposes of keeping things simpler for now. (Although one day, it would be fun to arrange a big medley with all my musician friends who play the game... and potentially an album I'm still dreaming up!) After a lot of practicing, filming, and editing, I finally completed the video tonight! It was fun to splice in Animal Crossing footage with all of us playing, and be a bit more complex with the editing side, picking the instruments that would play out as in the countless VGM YouTube covers I've seen online.

Here is the cover, by the way!

I've got another project in the works for the rest of break I'm really excited about as well, but I'll save it for another day. I'm also a tad worried about a potential crack on my violin on the belly; I can't tell if it's a crack or just a dent, as there are a lot of nicks on it from a weak varnish, I believe. I've held off taking it to the shop duo far due to COVID mostly, although I'll send an email to the shop to see if I should take care of it right away or would be okay to wait six months - my whole instrument needs a check-up anyway. I'm trying not to worry too much about it yet! I was still able to record and it still sounds fine, so it's minor for now - I just know it can be more serious, so just keeping an eye on it.

Anyways! I hope you had a Happy New Year, and I'm very much looking forward to 2021! In my New Horizons livestream I did for New Year's Eve, I said my favorite thing about 2020 was rediscovering the violin and recording projects, which really helped me enjoy music even more than composing! I hope that will continue this year, in addition to really getting back into inspiring myself to compose again. I really seem to have lost some of that drive from having a more critical ear! That'll be more of a discussion for my composition website, of course.

But yeah - as always, I tend to ramble on this blog, but I'll continue to update here with new violin YouTube posts or anything else related to it!

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