For information on submitting and making rips, see Ripping.
For information on making rip articles, see SiIvaGunner Wikia:Manual of Style/Rips.

A rip, in the context of video games, refers to a song or audio file extracted from the files of a game, completely un-modified.

On the SiIvaGunner channel, however, instead of being straight video game music, the songs (or "high quality rips") featured on the channel are generally remixed, or involved in a mashup with other songs or memes.

Format[edit | edit source]

The objective of the channel, originally, was to pretend that these "high quality rips" are not modified, in an 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 has changed to producing "high quality rips" for the sake of entertainment.

Video descriptions[edit | edit source]

Rips are, like GilvaSunner's uploads, YouTube video uploads that are titled in the format "Song Title - Game Name", with a description that usually reads:


Please read the channel description.

However, with "lore" channel events such as the Reboot and The SiIvaGunner Christmas Comeback Crisis, the description's catchphrase has changed as new channel hosts takeover the channel. These hosts are also responsible for the changing profile pictures and channel descriptions of the channel.

Channel descriptions[edit | edit source]

When the SiIvaGunner channel was first created as the GiIvaSunner channel, the channel description mimicked GiIvaSunner's channel description:

Here you can find a selection of mostly Nintendo video game music.

I do not own the rights to any of the music heard in these videos. Ripping and recording game music is quite a time-consuming undertaking for me (especially Wii U and 3DS), but feel free to leave soundtrack requests or suggestions via PM or Twitter, and I'll see what I can do. (All content is willingly submitted by a team of content creators.)

Banner artwork is from the game "Tengami".

The current channel description is:

Here you can find a selection of mostly Nintendo video game music. I do not own the rights to any of the music heard in these videos. (All content is willingly submitted by a team of content creators.)

Banner artwork is from the game "Tengami".

Playlists[edit | edit source]

See also: List of playlists

Almost every rip and lore video is put into a playlist corresponding to the ripped game. Occasionally, some fake games are ripped as an excuse to upload non-video game music. In addition, a couple of playlists, especially the Undertale playlist, have been altered to include irrelevant videos as another part of the "bait-and-switch" joke.

Jokes[edit | edit source]

Rips are modified from the original track in several ways:

Melody change[edit | edit source]

See also: Category:Melody changes

One of the most prominent bait-and-switch on the channel is the melody change (or melody swap). It consists of playing a different song than the one put in the title, but with the same instruments that the ones used in the game, effectively making it sound like an authentic song. 7 GRAND DAD jokes used this technique during the early days of the channel.

Mashup[edit | edit source]

See also: Category:Mashups

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 a cappella version of one song and the instrumental of another one.

Remix[edit | edit source]

See also: Category:Remixes

A remix of a song is a new take on that song using audio mixing techniques. The melody and instruments can also be altered and sampling may be used.

Instrument addition[edit | edit source]

See also: Category:Instrument additions

When dealing with sampled music, changing the melody is a lot more difficult since every instrument has to be resampled from the audio and the melody cannot be edited like a simple MIDI file. One of SiIvaGunner's frequent technic in order to rip sampled music is to put the melody into samples or external instruments and superpose it to the track, kind of like a mashup. This is called an instrument addition.

For example, every G-Senjou no Maou rip (except for Close Your Eyes (Steam Version)) is an instrument addition, with the instruments playing other melodies.

Arrangement[edit | edit source]

See also: Category:Arrangements

Arrangements are rips featuring a song remade in a different style and instrumentation. This always involve MIDI editing or sampling. Generally, a different song than the track from the title of the rip is being arranged in the instruments and style of the track being ripped. It differs from a melody change by altering the chords, accompaniment, and make the melody absent or less present.

Midi swap[edit | edit source]

See also: Category:Midi swaps

A midi swap (also known as a midi slap) refers to taking a MIDI and changing its soundfont without any other changes. Such rips are not recommended in user submissions and when the channel posts them, usually they are intentionally bad.

Time travel[edit | edit source]

See also: Category:Time travel

The time travel rips are a subcategory of arrangements. 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.

Medley rip[edit | edit source]

See also: Category:Medley rips

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).

Switcheroo[edit | edit source]

See also: Category:Switcheroos

The switcheroo is 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.

Cover[edit | edit source]

See also: Category:Covers

A cover is a performance of a song by somebody else. Sometimes, contributors happen to do covers of the songs ripped themselves. Examples of this are the kazoo rips, Bob Dylan singing and instruments playing.

Blue balls[edit | edit source]

See also: Category:Blue balls rips

Blue balls rips consist of playing one portion of the song over and over and over and over... in a seemingly infinite loop.

Sentence mixing[edit | edit source]

See also: Category:Rips with sentence mixing

Sentence mixing consists 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 kinds of rips.

Pitch-shifting[edit | edit source]

See also: Category:Rips with pitch-shifting

Pitch-shifting consists of changing the pitch of a sample, most often with song vocals. This is a technique frequently used in YTPMV: the samples are arranged with pitch-shifting so that they are heard in a different melody.

Memes[edit | edit source]

See also: Memes, Category:Rips featuring..., and List of SiIvaGunner memes

Throughout the channel's history, it has incorporated hundreds of melodies and songs into rips, however the jokes fundamental to SiIvaGunner have always been its memes. The first and arguably the most often used is "Meet the Flintstones", the joke used on the first rip. Since then, it has added two other memes to its trifecta: "Snow halation", which became so commonly used that it prompted the team to make SilvaGunner: Rebooted in response to the fanbase's reaction, and The Nutshack theme, a simple four-note melody that has become a classic SiIvaGunner staple.

See also[edit | edit source]

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