Hatsune Miku

Japan’s virtual singing sensation Hatsune Miku (初音ミク), performing “The World Is Mine” for 3,000 fans at at Zepp Tokyo concert hall in Odaiba. Often called a “hologram,” Hatsune Miku is more properly a 2-D back-projected animation whose synthesized voice was sampled from voice actress Saki Fujita (藤田咲). Hatsune Miku means “First Sound from the Future.”

In October, Hatsune Miku played two concerts in New York and she and her human band appeared live on The David Letterman Show:

(Song: Sharing the World“)

Hatsune Miku website.

More:

“How Virtual Pop Star Hatsune Miku Blew Up in Japan,” James Verini, Wired

“Japan’s biggest pop star is not human,” Debbie Howard, Japan Today

“Hatsune Miku Is a Piece of Software. She May Also Be the Future of Music.” Lindsay Zoladz, Vulture

“Is Hatsune Miku The Perfect Pop Star?” Emerson Rosenthal, The Creators Project

“Does Hatsune Miku’s Ascent Mean the End of Music as We Know It?” Jeff Oloiza, New York Times Magazine

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