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K~Life's Not a Toy?

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Hey guys, I had second thoughts about sharing this, as it didn't sound very clear when I heard it in iTunes, but I guess the player here has a different effect on it, and the crunchiness I heard in the beginning isn't there anymore.

If you do hear some sort of crunchiness (maybe it depends on a variety of other things?), please let me know.

Anyhoo, for awhile I've been wanting to make use of the Toy Piano from Boldt Instruments and I finally found time to do it. This song was initially only going to have the piano part at the end, but for some reason (I can't remember why), I decided to give it a semi-ambient cyberpunk intro; I guess to some effect it gives a story to the toy piano as being found through some junk in some sort of dystopian wasteland.

If there's one thing I wanted to add to this at all, it would be a toy crank sound effect, to give the sense of it playing the song itself, rather than someone hitting the keys themselves, but anyways, please enjoy!

-Kurisu/FaeryTaleAdventur er

P.S. another little fun note I'd like to add: believe it or not, the eerie lead synth in the beginning is *not* a theremin, but rather a celesta (also from Boldt), that I modified myself to give it such a sound. I know it sounds crazy, but I'll share a pic if you like to see.

P.S.S. I tried to get the high-end down, with the EQ but it seemed to conflict with the other frequencies (one of the rare complaints I have regarding Garageband's tools). Really wish it was more understandable and usable like other DAWs.


Life is more like a sex toy... oh wait!

Very cool, I wish it were longer. I could see this in an RPG, in the right setting.

I'd love to see the picture of your theremin/celest.

FaeryTaleAdventurer responds:

haha, the instrument isn't real, it's a synth. It definitely would be cool to see a celesta in real life that could sound like that, but I wouldn't know where to find one if it exiss!

Thanks for your review!


This was pretty cool, very different from what I usually listen to. The two parts are so very different though, it's a little strange. And the transition seems to be a little rough. Although, I almost feel that switching them would be better; starting with the piano and then transitioning to what you have as your current beginning. But that's just my opinion. Other than that, I really liked how this sounded and I definitely imagined a wasteland, but maybe that's because I read your comment first, haha.

FaeryTaleAdventurer responds:

Thanks, I really did only want to do the toy piano part, but decided to expand.

Thanks for reviewing!

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Credits & Info

3.63 / 5.00

May 23, 2013
12:37 AM EDT
File Info
1.4 MB
36 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.