Cheng Xiao: Dreamtonics' Absolutely Peking Opera Vocal

Dreamtonics decided to provide a novel closing for 2022. They have released a brand-new trailer announcing new Chinese vocals to be showcased on December 24, 2022, at 17:00 (BST).

The teaser continues the approach of previous rock vocals, clearly pointing to another Chinese art form: Peking Opera. The teaser mimics the form of ancient Chinese poetry, depicting a variety of Peking Opera expressions, including face painting.

It’s worth expecting that this is a signal that the next Chinese vocals will be different from the previously released Feng Yi, which carried a separate Opera vocal mode, with a richer Peking Opera coloring. More details are expected to be announced tomorrow.

There are difficulties in fully translating this trailer, which begins with the numbers one to ten within ten clauses, describing the different performance films and artistic features of Peking Opera, and there is no strict narrative connection between the contexts.

It is also worth mentioning that, as is customary in Chinese poetry, most of the figures here are imaginary, meaning that they are not strictly descriptive, but convey the richness of the connotative imagery that Peking Opera can contain in a simple action.

Here is the original teaser and a lightly edited machine translation.

一尺红绫,两袖成风;
三声念白,四人为战;
五转千山,六步万里;
七圈枪花,八面威风;
九色脸谱,十行皆戏。

2022 年 12 月 24 日 17 时,Dreamtonics 邀请你共同聆听新的歌声。一方舞台即世界,一声咿呀尽沧桑。

Translation:

ONE foot of red silk can be a costume
TWO sleeves can be waved the wind

THREE lines of recitation
FOUR actors can raise a battle

FIVE turns are like crossing thousands of mountains
SIX steps are like trekking ten thousand miles

SEVEN turns of the spear dancing
EIGHT directions all show the breeze

NINE colors all depict inexhaustible faces
TEN types of roles each have their own wonderful

On December 24, 2022 at 17:00, Dreamtonics invites you to listen to a new song. One stage is the world, one chant tells all the vicissitudes.

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Dreamtonics’ Christmas gifts are now unwrapped. Chinese creators received Cheng Xiao, an Absolutely Peking Opera vocal, English and Japanese creators received English metal rock male vocals, Unnamed.

In an unannounced video released out of the blue, Dreamtonics showcased a metal-inspired Christmas carol, with an English male vocal performing the entire piece with the roar of a rock singer. The singer’s name and voice mode have not been announced.

Demo:

The new Chinese feminine vocals: 澄宵 (Cheng Xiao), an Absolutely Peking Opera Vocal. This is the first singing voice database in the history of commercial singing voice synthesis software that is completely based on Peking Opera singing as sample.

Demo Song:

Unlike Feng Yi’s individually designed Opera vocal mode, all of Cheng Xiao’s articulations are based on the Peking opera method of singing. This means that she will have difficulty singing popular songs in a wide range of genres as a universal vocalist, but has a unique advantage in singing Peking opera, musicals or opera.

The demo track “Best Not to Meet” released today was sung by Cheng Xiao and Qing Su. Among them, Qing Su is responsible for the main song of popular style, and Cheng Xiao is responsible for the chorus of opera style. Vocal mode is not shown in this demo.

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Cheng Xiao hasn’t been released yet, but we got two new examples of usages for her; both of them are covers!

  1. " 探窗" cover by 鬼面P
  1. " 梨花颂" cover by 某只泽
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Cheng Xiao has officially launched today, and Dreamtonics invited award-winning creators to create a batch of first-day demos for her.Note that they are all Chinese songs, some are sung entirely by Cheng Xiao, some use other Dreamtonics vocals, and one is sung by the creator himself with Cheng Xiao.

For overseas creators, you must be curious about what kind of effect Cheng Xiao will show when singing across languages. This is an example of Japanese singing provided by the creator.

It can be seen from this that Cheng Xiao will face very severe challenges when singing non-Chinese drama works. :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

If you are interested in Cheng Xiao’s English auto-pitch version, you can PM me some project files, and I can provide you with the unadjusted original version for reference.

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Here is a Jingle Bell English demo with Cheng Xiao’s default voice.

And we do have a good Cheng Xiao Japanese short demo from Creuzer. It seems that the choice of music genre is more important before challenging the sound style of Cheng Xiao.

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i hope will added male peking opera voicebank soon

That English Jingle Bells is just so cute!

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