Is this the future of pop stardom?

July 1, 2014{ 4 Comments }

Hatsune Miku may be a much better pop star than Justin Bieber, and here’s why…

What do you think? Are we better off collaborating with a virtual pop star than being passive consumers of the music of a flesh-and-blood artist?

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  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    That’s a great song. “Before the mafia took over Mexico.”

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    That’s a great song. “Before the mafia took over Mexico.”

    @ChrisRobley

  • Christopher Hunter

    We’ve had this in America for some time now, but rarely more than one or two at a time. See how many you remember, and you’ll notice that they are rarely anything more than fun in intention:

    The Chipmunks
    The Archies
    The Crescendolls (Daft Punk)
    Gorillaz

    What makes Hatsune Miku unique is the Vocaloid speech synthesis software, the developers could have easily launched yet another voicebank for an existing but not too well known (at the time) piece of software, but instead they gave a full characterization of what this voice should look like and how she should sing, whereas the cartoon bands are conventional musicians as we understand them making bubblegum music behind a facade.

    I had the good fortune of being introduced to Miku when she was still a new and little-known product, when a Japanese guy on the internet showed me a demonstration song, simply saying “Do you know Hatsune Miku?” without telling me that what I was about to hear was not a person. I knew I had to be a part of it someday. I made some songs for Miku’s “rival” characters to excellent (for me) results, all because of a time when my wife had a graveyard shift job, so I couldn’t record a vocal while she was sleeping.

    The only caveat I’d lend to anyone who thinks this is a cool thing is, although you don’t have to tell your audience that you’re using these speech synths for vocals, you won’t get the attention of their built-in audience unless you do, and with that come some basic rules meant to protect the cartoon characters behind the voices. It may seem ridiculous to think of “B.B. King feat. Lucille” but if you are audience building, you must keep in mind that your lead instrument of choice is a bigger star than you.

    • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

      Great insights. Thanks. And yes, I totally forgot about Gorillaz being a kind of fake band.

      @ChrisRobley