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Vermont native Tyler Shaw, better known to his fans by his stage name Aviators, is an independent electronica musician whose goal is to completely blow your mind with his music through fusing genres like dubstep and metal or trance and orchestra. He's best known for his music pertaining to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
, but he also has a wide variety of other music as well, including a concept album for a video game (and a soundtrack for an actual video game called NIKRA
). He was also relatively unknown until fellow musician The Living Tombstone
did a remix of one of his songs and until he released the song One Last Letter
, which skyrocketed him to popularity. He can be found on YouTube, iTunes, Bandcamp, SoundCloud,
and even has his own website,
and also has accounts on twitter, tumblr, deviantART,
and Livestream.Not to be confused with The Aviator
, which is a film about airplanes starring Leonardo DiCaprio
, the identically-named brand of sunglasses
, or Aviator Gaming's Let's Plays, which don't feature him at all (you're looking for Arrow Tree Productions).Discography:
- Reflections of a Dream (2011)
- Equestrian Revolution (Jul. 2012-Aug. 2013)
- The Adventure (Feb. 2012)
- Aeterno (Apr. 2013)
- From All Sides (Apr. 2013)
- ReCharged (Jul. 2013)
- Mirrors (Oct. 2013)
- The Lost Songs (Oct. 2013)
- Ghosts in the Code (Jul. 2014)
- Haunted House - And Other Stories (Oct. 2014)
- NIKRA (Nov. 2014)
- Building Better Worlds (Dec. 2014)
- Never say Forever (2011)
- The Fear of Flight (Jun. 2012)
- A Dream Revisited (Jun. 2012, Updated Re-release of the Reflections of a Dream Album)
- Cake (Sep. 2012)
- Canterlot Carols (Dec. 2012)
- TARDIS (Mar. 2013, officially in Development Hell)
- Aviators' Acoustic (Feb. 2014)
This Musician provides examples of:
- After the End: Of a sort in "One Last Letter". The song revolves around Twilight writing her last letter to Princess Celestia following her failure to defeat Discord in The Return of Harmony.
- This is also the setting for Aeterno.
- Alternate Universe: "One Last Letter" is set in a universe where Twilight and her friends failed to stop Discord in The Return of Harmony.
- And I Must Scream: Princess Luna's fate in "Ashes". Even though she's Doomed by Canon you can't help but feel bad for her, as the song takes place through Princess Celestia's point of view.
- A Wild Yelling at Cats Appears!: "Never Back Down". "Bring Me Back to Life" would count but Yelling at Cats makes multiple appearances.
- Badass Goatee: Look at his goatee and tell me you don't want one of your own.
- Badass Boast: "Spirit of Chaos" features one from none other than the master of chaos himself:
- "Never Back Down", his tribute to Daring Do, features a much more heroic example:
"Trust me when I say nothing is impossible!"
- Badass Creed: "Voices of the Crowd" features a musical version of this Trope:
"We are the fire that won't burn out, we are the force that won't go down, threaten us, but we'll stand our ground: We are the Voices of the Crowd
- Break the Cutie: A lot of Aviators' songs revolve around this. Notable examples include "One Last Letter" and "Ashes".
- Dare to Be Badass: From "Never Back Down":
"Life can seem like it's a little bit rough, but the top Ponies never ever give up!"
- Doomed by Canon: "Ashes" might as well be "Doomed by Canon: The Song". It still manages to be incredibly solemn and heartbreaking.
- Early Installment Weirdness: His more familiar title card didn't make its appearance until "After Everything", but even then it wouldn't be until the song "In Wonder" that the card would be come his de facto signature.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Constellations" is a song about... Constellations. The trope is actually subverted as it's really about Princess Luna during her time stuck on the moon.
- Face-Heel Turn: Discord, Prince Sombra, and Princess Luna all pull this off in "Ashes".
- Fallen Angel: One falls in love with a post-Heel-Face Turn Dæmon in "Angels and Dæmons".
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Discord's Face-Heel Turn in "Ashes".
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Discord goes through this in "Shadows".
- Heel-Face Turn: A Dæmon does this due to his love for a Fallen Angel in "Angels and Dæmons".
- Heroic Sacrifice: Starswirl the Bearded pulled this off to save the others in "Ashes".
- Heroic BSOD: This trope and My God, What Have I Done? make up Trixie's epiphany in "Second Chances".
- "Ashes" also deals with Princess Celestia going through this.
- I Am the Band: Despite having a pluralized name, he's a solo artist.
- Lost Forever: The ultimate fate of The Doctor in "Ashes".
- Literally Shattered Lives: Ultimately this is Prince/King Sombra's demise, alongside being the only character in the show proper to have actually been Killed Off for Real.
- Mood Whiplash: Seriously. His album Mirrors transitions from the sweet and bubbly "Angels and Dæmons" (Track 5) to the absolutely heartbreaking "Ashes" (Track 6).
- My God, What Have I Done?: This trope and the Heroic Blue Screen of Death make up Trixie's epiphany in "Second Chances".
- Only Sane Mare: Princess Celestia in "Ashes" following Discord, Sombra, and Luna's Face-Heel Turns, Starswirl's Heroic Sacrifice, and The Doctor becoming Lost Forever. It only helps to hammer in the sadness.
- Start of Darkness: "Ashes" is this for Luna, Discord, and Sombra.
- Taken for Granite: As "Ashes" revolves around Doomed by Canon, Discord's ultimate fate following his Face-Heel Turn is this.
- Who Wants to Live Forever? Princess Celestia sure doesn't, if "Ashes" is any indication.
"If I never have to die... Am I alive at all?"
- You Are Worth Hell: "Angels and Dæmons" featuring Feather provides a musical inversion of the trope, while an Angel and a Dæmon ARE in love with each other, they don't go back to one or the others' home (Heaven for the Angel, who is a Fallen Angel, or Hell for a post-Heel-Face Turn Dæmon), opting to live on Earth instead. It is still very much a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.