Japanese Pop Star Draws Crowds Despite Being a Hologram

Greg Tito

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Japanese Pop Star Draws Crowds Despite Being a Hologram

Hatsune Miku is a rising star in the pop music scene in Japan, but she is just a piece of software.

I'll be honest with you, it sounds like the plot of some bad on Blu-Ray [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S1m0ne].



Hatsune Miku is by far not the only Vocaloid out there. In 2004, the first Vocaloid application was released by Yamaha based on the work of scientists at the Pompeu Fabra University in Spain. The program is a "singer-in-a-box" and it allows the user to input lyrics and melody, as well as effects like vibrato, and the application will sing the desired song. Vocaloid 2 came out in 2007 and made many improvements to the tech. Vocaloids all represent a specific voice capable of only singing in one language; Sweet Ann [http://powerfx.com/ProductInfo.aspx?prod_id=1376] was the first created using Vocaloid 2 and she could only sing in English. Hatsune Miku, who can sing only in Japanese, was created only a few months later by Crypton Future Media and has the following fake statistics:

Name: Hatsune Miku
Age: 16 years
Height: 158cm
Weight: 42kg
Suggested Genre: Pop/Dance
Suggested Tempo Range: 70~150bpm
Suggested Vocal Range: A3~E5

I'm not sure how I feel about all of this. While I appreciate that the technology is somewhat amazing, especially the combination 3D holograms, with a software voice and live musicians. Hatsune Miku is clearly popular, judging by the hundreds of adoring fans in these videos, so there must be a place for a fake popstar.

But damn, is she a catgirl in this one? Yeah, this is just not for me...


Source: Singularity Hub [http://singularityhub.com/2010/11/09/cant-miss-videos-of-japans-3d-hologram-rock-star-hatsune-miku-in-hd/]

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Nightfalke

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Pop band being holograms?

http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-06-23

Thank you Mr. Tayler for devining this 10 years ago!

Also, read the entire webcomic. It will take you a while, but it is super worth it, and don't mind the early art, it gets better, I promise.
 

Pandalisk

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I for one think thats pretty damn amazing, my rage on 3D entertainment has just vanished

Hmm one of these days i have to see what its like in person.
 

sailor_960

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Oh come on, knowing japanese culture, this doesn't really come as a shock. But that's just my opinion.
 

NeutralDrow

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What, Hatsune Miku? Is this new news, now?

Thought it's been mentioned a couple of times already...wait.

Nightfalke said:
Thank you Mr. Tayler for devining this 10 years ago!
Oh, that's right, it was him who mentioned it in a recent newspost. I'm mixing my sites up.
 

Anacortian

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This just further confirms my fears that Japanese culture is something I will simply never understand. They can keep right on doing their thing with no interference from me.
 

Drop_D-Bombshell

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Well, she is good. I myself am a 'fan' of hastune miku. The music is really tolerable and is in some way comparable to real artists.
 

D Moness

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Greg Tito said:
Japanese Pop Star Draws Crowds Despite Being a Hologram

Hatsune Miku is a rising star in the pop music scene in Japan, but she is just a piece of software.

I'll be honest with you, it sounds like the plot of some bad Al Pacino sci-fi movie [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S1m0ne]. But it is all too real, in a sense.

Feels more like someone is trying to create a real Macross plus singer idea. In that ova series the singer in it is artificial as well. Though that was less scary looking then what they really created
 

zehydra

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-Drifter- said:
I read the headline and suddenly I realized: We're in the motherfucking future.
Lol yeah, and now they're developing flying cars for the military.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/innovation/11/11/flying.car/index.html?iref=allsearch
 

Jeronus

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Between dating sims, dancing female robots, and holographic pop stars, the average Japanese woman is going to have an even harder time trying to find love. Japan seems pretty dedicated to replacing woman with electronic devices.
 

WinterOrbit

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Nightfalke said:
Pop band being holograms?

http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-06-23

Thank you Mr. Tayler for devining this 10 years ago!

Also, read the entire webcomic. It will take you a while, but it is super worth it, and don't mind the early art, it gets better, I promise.
Go back another 4 years. William Gibson hit this with Idoru [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idoru].
 

solidstatemind

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WinterOrbit said:
Nightfalke said:
Pop band being holograms?

http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-06-23

Thank you Mr. Tayler for devining this 10 years ago!

Also, read the entire webcomic. It will take you a while, but it is super worth it, and don't mind the early art, it gets better, I promise.
Go back another 4 years. William Gibson hit this with Idoru [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idoru].
Damn, ninja'd.

Good on you Red Star.