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WoodenToaster
WoodenToaster OC by Petirep
Art by Petirep
Other names Glaze
Active since May 2011
Known as Musician
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WoodenToaster and Glaze are two pseudonyms used by a British brony musician. He prefers to be called Glaze,[1] but is more widely-known by his YouTube account name WoodenToaster, which started out as a random video game handle and has no particular pony or music connection.[2][3] His OC pony is female because he dislikes the stallions' blocky design.[4][5][6]

Overview

In the fandom, he is primarily active as a composer of instrumental pieces of electronic music, but he does occasionally provide vocals for a song. He has increasingly collaborated with other musicians, usually focusing more on the instrumental parts of a song than on the vocal component (that was the division of labor for "Love Me Cheerilee", for instance[7]). He is among the most remixed composers of the fandom.

He first burst onto the brony scene in May 2011 with a remix of an unrelated song by Renard using very brief clips from the show (see below). He also cites Renard as one of the major influences on his musical style.[8]

His favorite pony overall is Carrot Top, his favorite among the main characters is Rarity.[9] He participated in the Massive Smile project in April 2012.

Selection of musical pieces

Published
Title
Length
Genre
Notes
2011-05-27 Pinkie's Lie 3:35 techno Remix of the Laughter Song and Winter Wrap Up
2011-09-11 She's A Pony Remix 3:19 techno Remix of At the Gala and a movie soundtrack remix by General Mumble
2011-10-31 Nightmare Night 3:17 techno/rap Collaboration with MicTheMicrophone
2012-02-11 Love Me Cheerilee 3:17 techno Collaboration with The Living Tombstone
2012-03-01 Fruits Of Her Labour 3:40 house Collaboration with StormWolf
2012-08-12 Lost on the Moon 3:37 house Collaboration with The Living Tombstone and Rina-Chan

Avast Fluttershy's Ass

Avast Fluttershy's Ass
Creator(s) WoodenToaster
Published May 2011
Duration 1:24

WoodenToaster's first bit of pony music is a remix of the 2008 song "Avast Your Ass" by Kitsune^2. The pony version joins a long tradition of remixes of this song which take a couple of very short snippets of an unrelated soundtrack, string them together and change their pitch so they match Renard's melody. In WoodenToaster's case, the dominant (but not only) "snippet" is Fluttershy saying "yay", from the episode Sonic Rainboom.

The song passed a million views around April 21, 2012, twice those of the Renard original. A remix by TheBaffMan has proven almost as popular, with about 1,188,000 views to the original's 1,191,000 as of July 22, 2012.

The song was originally uploaded under the name "Avast Fluttershy's Ass", but WoodenToaster changed it to the "more British" spelling in early 2012. Beginning in summer 2012, the name is now being changed on a regular basis, following the letters of the alphabet. It is called "Avast Fluttershy's Undercarriage" as of January 12, 2013.

Rainbow Factory

Rainbow Factory
Creator(s) WoodenToaster
Published August 14, 2011
Duration 3:28

"Rainbow Factory" was an entry for the sixth installment of the Toast Beard competition; it came in second to an early version of "Rainbow's Blood" by Interrobang Pie. The theme was "Where do rainbows really come from?".

The idea to "take a darker tone" than usual for a pony song, and parts of the melody, were inspired by the theme for the film Beyond Re-Animator WoodenToaster had watched the night before composing the song.[10] The song's lyrics are not explicit, but suggest that Cloudsdale is not all it seems. The titular rainbow factory is said to be a place "where your fears and horrors come true". It later inspired the fanfic Rainbow Factory.

Beyond Her Garden

Beyond Her Garden
Creator(s) WoodenToaster
Published October 10, 2011 (on YouTube)
Duration 3:01

This song was the winning entry of the eleventh Pony Music Compo. The lyrics center on Carrot Top. They are intended to be aspirational for the pony, who, in the show, was "always depicted as doing something wrong"[11]; they encourage Carrot Top that she has not yet reached her full potential, but can become a star if she trusts her friends and tries. Show composer Daniel Ingram has called "Beyond Her Garden" one of his favorite brony original songs.[12]

Derivative works

Among the many remixes the song has received, two stand out; both for their popularity (over 200,000 views each, as of April 16, 2012), and because they led to subsequent collaborations with WoodenToaster: One is WoodenToaster's favorite,[13] by The Living Tombstone.

Beyond Her Tomb
Composition WoodenToaster (original melody), The Living Tombstone (remix)
Lyrics WoodenToaster (org.), Mic The Microphone (additional)
Arrangement Mic The Microphone
Vocals WoodenToaster (original), Mic The Microphone (add.)
Published October 25, 2011
Duration 3:01
Type/genre Rap

The other was retitled "Beyond Her Tomb" and consists of Mic The Microphone laying a rap track over the Tombstone remix. The rap lyrics are based on the same theme as the original ones, but drive the point home more forcefully, adding "haters" who try to put Carrot Top down and hold her back. They also contain some references to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The video description gives more background information on the added lyrics: In that story, Carrot Top lives in a village surrounded by lifeless land. No unicorn from the village has the power to make the ground bear fruit, but Carrot Top, though just an Earth pony, somehow does. She is deemed a witch and apparently killed, but returns unharmed the next day, bringing the villagers over to her side. Half a year later, outsiders who have heard of her gifts come to the village and demand her death. The villagers try to protect her, but she offers herself to the angry mob. She is burnt alive and this time does not return. But over the remains of her house, her tomb, a garden begins to grow almost immediately.
Beyond Her Garden
Official Music Video
Creator(s) MegaJamesStudios
Date added October 29, 2012
Duration 3:16
A music video by MegaJamesStudios, animated over the original song and made with WoodenToaster's blessing, but (despite the title) without his participation, connects the song lyrics to a somewhat surreal journey across the cosmos which Carrot Top may or may not experience while sleeping next to her plot of land.

Awoken

Awoken
Creator(s) WoodenToaster
Composition WoodenToaster
Lyrics H8_Seed
Arrangement WoodenToaster
Vocals H8_Seed (lead), WoodenToaster (backup)
Published May 30th, 2012 (on YouTube)
Duration 4:43

Awoken is the spiritual successor to Rainbow Factory. It discusses the life of a pony that is locked away in the Rainbow Factory and forced to work inside for the rest of his life, slowly losing his sanity and believing he is beyond redemption. In the end, he decides to escape the Rainbow Factory to take control of his life again. He continues to question if he can escape his past, but is willing to give it a chance as he witnesses the outside world. Awoken is one of the most highly-acclaimed and rated songs in the entire fandom, being ranked number 1 on the community voted list of the top 25 Brony Songs of 2012. It's interesting to note that all of the songwriting and lyrics was almost totally handled by H8_Seed, although WoodenToaster is usually credited over him.[14]

References

  1. UK of Equestria Podcast (2012-03-24). 23:10
  2. Question on WoodenToaster's tumblr (2012-02-23). Retrieved on 2012 September 15.
  3. UK of Equestria Podcast (2012-03-24). 30:09
  4. Question on WoodenToaster's tumblr (2011-11-19). Retrieved on 2012 September 15.
  5. Question on WoodenToaster's tumblr (2012-06-19). Retrieved on 2012 September 15.
  6. Question on WoodenToaster's tumblr (2012-07-20). Retrieved on 2012 September 15.
  7. UK of Equestria Podcast (2012-03-24). 38:09
  8. UK of Equestria Podcast (2012-03-24). 28:17
  9. UK of Equestria Podcast (2012-04-08). 44:58
  10. UK of Equestria Podcast (2012-03-24). 44:13
  11. UK of Equestria Podcast (2012-03-24). 48:57
  12. Daniel Ingram Skype interview (January 2012). (8:50-09:31)
  13. UK of Equestria Podcast (2012-03-24). 38:53
  14. , 01-02-2013, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH8mQOhYpv0 Top Brony songs of 2012 

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