Hatsune Miku: virtual idol. Do we still need human pop singers?

For someone who does not really exist, Hatsune Miku is one popular gal. Just search Youtube and you will find dozens of videos of her, many of which have multimillion views. She has 846,000 fans in Facebook right now. Her “live” performances are well-attended, even outside Japan.

Hatsune Miku is a Vocaloid (singing voice synthesizer) developed by Crypton Future Media. She is portrayed as a 16-year-old girl with very long blue hair tied into pigtails.

Hatsune Miku vocaloid virtual idol

Her songs are catchy. She is pretty and her movements are fluid. She’s a good singer and dancer. She’s delightful to watch, even for someone who thinks he has outgrown all that anime stuff. Just watch how enthusiastic her fans are while watching her sing “World is Mine” in her concert.

So, is this the future of pop music? Possible. With the Vocaloid system, voices of singers can be preserved and manipulated to synthesize singing. Add that good voice to a charming performer that does not get tired, grow old, get sick or throw temper tantrums and ridiculous demands, and you’ve got a winner!

Video and Image Credit: SeyrenLK


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