Ripping, in the context of video games, is the process of extracting songs from a game, therefore "ripping" the songs from the files of the game, completely un-modified.
The objective of the channel, originally, was to pretend that these "high quality rips" are not modified, in a attempt to imitate regular ripping channel GilvaSunner, and successfully "bait and switch" viewers of the channel. However, over time, the motive of the users behind the SiIvaGunner channel have changed to producing "high quality rips" for the sake of entertainment and recognition.
For a list of SiIvaGunner's uploads in chronological order, see the List of SiIvaGunner Uploads.
Types of modifications Edit
- Note: those are not mutually exclusive.
Melody change Edit
One of the most prominent bait-and-switch on the channel is the melody change. It consists of playing a different song than the one put in the title, but with the same soundfont that the one used in the game, effectively making him sound like an authentic song. 7 GRAND DAD jokes used this technique during the early days of the channel.
Midi swap/slap Edit
A midi swap or midi slap refers to taking a midi and applying straight another soundfont on it without any other changes. Though being easy to make, it often does not resemble to the original and so cannot pretend to bait-and-switch people. While SiIvaGunner have uploaded midi swaps/slaps, they are not recommended in user submissions.
Soundfont change Edit
The soundfont change is quite the opposite of the melody change. It consists of playing the song advertised in the title, but with a soundfont from another game.
Time travel Edit
The time travel rips are a subcategory of both melody and soundfont changes. It applies when the modified rip results in a song from a specific franchise played in the soundfont from an earlier or later game from the same franchise. Kirby, Sonic, and Donkey Kong rips are prone to this.
Arrangements are rips featuring a song remade in a different style and instrumentation. Generally, a different song than the track from the title of the rip is being arranged in the instruments of the game being ripped. It differs from a melody change by altering the chords, accompaniment, and make the melody absent or less present. The only common things are the instrumentation and the style. NES games, due to all using the same synthesizer, are easily prone to arrangements.
The switcheroo is a bait-and-switch put to the extreme. It is when there is (almost) no trace of the original song whatsoever, switching it to a completely different track. The Circus rips are infamous examples of this.
Mashups consist of putting elements from another source along with the original source. It goes from adding simple sound effects (like Loud Nigra or Vinesauce Joel) to inharmonious mixing several songs together, but most rips try to create a cohesive result often by using the acapella version of one song and the instrumental of another one.
Medley rips Edit
Rips are considered medley when they feature modifications from at least 5 different sources. They can be both melody changes (like Stage Select - Mega Man 3) or mashups (like P-R-O-G-R-A-M (Vagrant Counting Song of Retrospection) - Kirby Planet Robobot).
Covers and remixes are original rendition of the songs, sometimes for comedic effects (like the kazoo rips). There are a bunch of subcategories:
Word salad Edit
Word salad rips or sentence-mixing rips consist of mixing the lyrics of a song to create completely different lines for comedic effects. "DK Rap" and "Unknown from M.E." are known for those kind of rips.
A redub rip consist of the contributor personally singing the lyrics (often bad for comedic effect) and/or creating new one (referencing the lore and other memes). Xenoblade Chronicles X and "Snow halation" are often victim of this, and one of the most recurring perpetrator is Bob Dylan.
Blue balls Edit
Blue balls rips consist of playing one portion of the song over and over and over and over... in a seemingly infinite loop.
This category has the following 15 subcategories, out of 15 total.
Pages in category "Rips"
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