Oct 112016

The multi-artist collaboration event titled “Hatsune Miku: Still Be Here” will be showing at the U.K.’s Barbican Centre on February 26th, 2017 from 7:30 PM until 10:30 PM. Please note that this is not an officially operated event, but it is officially authorized. It’s not a concert-style event either, but more of a contemporary art performance.

This will be the third performance of this event in Europe, and has already premiered in Berlin and Austria. You can read a report on the Berlin performance from Vice.

Event Detail & Tickets: http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=20330
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/920653271413102/

You could argue that all Pop stars are created, but not to the same extent as Hatsune Miku. Starting life as a vocaloid program created by Japanese developers, and evolving into a full-blown virtual Pop star and cyber celebrity with hit singles worldwide and sellout stadium performances, she comes to the Barbican in Still Be Here.

Conceived by artist Mari Matsutoya, with music programmed by producer Laurel Halo, choreography by Darren Johnston and visual production by LaTurbo Avedon & Martin Sulzer, Still Be Here is more than just a mesmerising virtual reality experience. With Hatsune Miku taking form on stage as a 3D projection, looking at once eerily real and like something from a different world, a narrative begins to take shape as she performs. Lyrics question the role of the Pop star in the 21st-Century, the commodification of the female body, and notions of identity.

Hatsune Miku is much more than just an animated star. With anyone able to buy the software and use it to start producing music and program dance moves for her, an ever-growing global community of fans has developed around her. All the music she releases and performs live is created by that community, making her a collectively-constructed Pop star, and a representation of the evolution of digital music technology, crowdsourcing, and creative collaboration. Still Be Here plays on that idea, investigating how Hatsune Miku, and indeed Pop stars in general can be something onto which we project our own desires.

Oct 032016

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Get ready for the first VR experience featuring the world’s most popular digital singer, as Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live will be releasing on Oct. 13! Please note, this is actually a day earlier than first announced to coincide with the launch of PlayStation®VR.

Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live is a virtual reality Miku concert experience like no other. Putting on the PSVR headset transports you to a huge stadium filled with cheering Miku fans. Players can move throughout the audience or even up on stage to get the best vantage point of the event! They’ll also be able to keep time with their controllers, err I mean glow sticks, during song performances in order to unlock various easter eggs. After progressing through three songs, players will get a special solo encore performance by Miku!
The first Stage will release on Oct.13, and will contain the following seven tracks:
  • Love Trial by 40mP
  • 1/6 – out of the gravity – by noa
  • Satisfaction by kz
  • Weekender Girl by kz & Hachioji P
  • 39 by DECO*27 & sasakure.UK
  • Cute Medley – Idol Sounds by Mitchie M
  • Love Song by Lamaze-P
Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live will be available as a free download on PlayStation®Network, but players will need to purchase Stages in order to play any content. There will be a total of three stages ($14.99 each) to be released and more information about them will be revealed at a later date. There will also be a season pass bundle for all 3 stages for $39.99. Official site: http://miku.sega.com/vrfuturelive/


Oct 022016

This year was the year of Hatsune Miku’s 4th Magical Mirai event, but it was the first time I attended one in person. Yep, despite the “event of all Miku events” taking place every year since 2013, I had never been to one before. After kicking myself over it for the past 3 years, I finally had the opportunity to go to Magical Mirai 2016, and I couldn’t be happier.

Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai can be considered the true “Miku Expo”, and features an exhibition and concert events over the course of several days. It embodies and showcases the Hatsune Miku culture in ways that can’t really be experienced anywhere else. It truly is the event for Hatsune Miku fans to see.

I took some photos during my visit, and hope you enjoy them! Photos, however, just can’t give the same feeling of actually being there. If you’ve even considered it, I say go for it! Next year is also Hatsune Miku’s 10th anniversary, so we can only imagine what they will have in store.

Sep 182016


Missed out on some of the official Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai goodies while at the event, or never managed to make it to Japan? You may find what you’re looking for in the newly opened official shop, offering some of the goods found only at Magical Mirai.

Online store sample images

Online store sample images

Shirts, bags, penlight holders, flags, badge holders, dog tags, towels, guidebooks and more are all available on the overseas goods store. The site auto-directs based on your region, so it should automatically point to the correct store page for your country. Just don’t go too crazy!

Official Store Link: https://miku-store.com/

All orders will have a 1,000 Yen processing fee, along with the EMS shipping fee. Also note all shirts are measured in Japanese sizes, and are offset by 1 size compared to U.S. sizes (Japanese XL is U.S. Large, Japanese Medium is U.S. Small, etc).

Sep 182016

Sony’s last music video featuring Tilt-Six’s Hatsune Miku cover and remix of Voices was pretty cool, right? Well, Sony thought they’d treat us to yet another music video for their Xperia feat. Hatsune Miku collab, this time featuring music from LamazeP with a song titled “Dondake?! Xperia”. iXima’s prototype Hatsune Miku model is used once again, with choreography by team “abstreem creation”.

Check out the video below!