SONG OF THE DAY: #13 HATSUNE MIKU

Today we are going Japanese for the second time and we are going to talk about Hatsune Miku.

Hatsune Miku (Japanese: 初音ミク), sometimes referred to as Miku Hatsune, is a humanoid persona voiced by a singing synthesizer application developed by Crypton Future Media. “A what?” I hear you say. It basically means that Hatsune Miku is animated singer and her voice is rendered by a computer application.  Hatsune Miku is a 16-year-old girl with long, turquoise twin-tails. She uses Yamaha Corporation’s Vocaloid 2, Vocaloid 3 and Vocaloid 4 singing synthesizing technologies. She also uses Crypton Future Media’s Piapro Studio, a singing synthesizer VSTi Plugin. She was the second Vocaloid sold using the Vocaloid 2 engine (the first being the English Vocaloid Sweet Ann), and the first Japanese Vocaloid to use the Japanese version of the Vocaloid 2 engine. Her voice is modeled from Japanese voice actress Saki Fujita. Hatsune Miku has performed at her concerts onstage as an animated projection hologram and yes people really go her concerts. The name of the character comes from merging the Japanese words for first (初 Hatsu), sound (音 Ne) and future (ミク Miku), thus meaning “the first sound of the future”, referring to her position as the first of Crypton’s “Character Vocal Series”. The band, however, is a real band with real people. Hatsune Miku ‘lives’ among several other Vocaloid singers like, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, Megurine Luka, Keito and a lot more.

“World is Mine” is an original Vocaloid song by Ryo, sung by Hatsune Miku. The song is about a spoiled girl who believes herself to be a “princess” that the world revolves around, and details her struggles with falling in love with a standoffish boy. “World is mine” is widely considered the most popular Vocaloid song of all. An unofficial YouTube upload on of the song in concert managed to garner around twenty million views before being deleted, making it by far the most-viewed Vocaloid video on the website at the time. It and another “World is Mine” video were removed because of copyright claims to the footage by SEGA. Since then, several other reprints on YouTube have reached well over a million views. The song is considered by some fans to be Miku’s “character theme song”.

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