The Miku × Isao Tomita Concert: My impressions + Livestream Recording

Filed under: Classic,Hatsune Miku,Miku News,MMD — Written by jrharbort on Friday, November 23rd, 2012 @ 6:19 am

This event was certainly… Different. It’s nothing like what any of us have experienced in past concerts, and the fact they live streamed it for free was amazing as well.

The concert featured around 300 people that were either playing instruments or singing. In fact, most of the singing was done by actual people rather than Miku herself. Miku had a much lesser role in this event than she did in previous concerts, and she seemed to take a spot as more of a cast member rather than as the star of the show.

Due to the balance of how an orchestrated concert works, it’s understandable that Miku couldn’t have as much of a major role as she would with a traditional Vocaloid concert. But with as much hype as this event had, I think some of us were expecting a little more. It almost even seemed like Miku was only included as an add-on or gimmick to lure more viewers. But there’s actually a very different possible reason (explained below).

Miku herself made an appearance as a Tda MikuMikuDance model and sang certain segments of vocals of the concert. The vocals themselves may seem a bit off to people, but there is actually a VERY good reason for this: This is the first concert where Miku’s vocals were composed in real-time on a YAMAHA keyboard. It’s not prerecorded or “flawless” like the vocals would be with a traditional Vocaloid concert. This is also likely why Miku had a much smaller role.

Isao was the founder of electronic music using an electronic keyboard (synthesizer). So it seems that this event was a demonstration or display of a technology similar to what was demonstrated many months ago, all to honor Isao’s iconic art style that helped reshape the future of music.

All in all, I really enjoyed the performance, and you should give it a watch when you have an hour or so to spare. You can watch the official recording of the concert below. The event starts at around 29 minutes into the video.

EDIT: I’m sorry, but the Dommune channel has set the concert video to private. You can read a brief image story on Tokiko’s blog: [Link]

  • VocaJezu

    I skipped my morning lessons to watch that stream because I didn’t know that it could be watched later. Unnecessary absence >_>

    Concert was very nice though I was expecting to see more Miku. I had seen that VL-keyboard somewhere before but I didn’t expect to see it in the concert.

    I look forward to see that Opera in December. I hope that it’ll be public :]

  • http://ofsaltyvanilla.tumblr.com zero_kbom

    Its quite polarizing to be honest. But for me, its beautifully different. I really felt its a natural progression of the nature of her performances.

    Lemme take this to context, we have:
    1) Miku (solo vocal) with a band in 39′s Kanshasai, 2) Miku (solo vocal) with a group of dancers and a band in Miku’s Daikanshasai, and
    3) Miku as a part of a vocal group in an orchestra (Isao Tomita x Miku)

    The fact that Miku being integrated more and more in a normal musical performance with normal living people proves to me that normal people and the musician community are warming up to the fact she is a very versatile musical instrument. Yes, I say instrument here. Don’t get me wrong, me myself, I prefer to know her as a living entity, but for normal people, instrument should be simple yet powerful enough to convey the same meaning. At least until the concept of Vocaloid community become ubiquitous enough.

    The tuning could be better, something that I guess a lot of people already pointed out, but for a first try, I guess its good enough for me. Besides, this is a really, really different type of game for Miku with its real time composition, something that’s not easy, and to be honest, I really thought its going to suck. Lucky I’m proven wrong. Hell, there is certain parts of Miku’s singing that makes my hair stands because its very very beautiful. Kudos Isao Tomita for having the balls to pull this!

    The MMD projection…well, I loved Tda models but the quality of the animation for me leave something to be desired. For me, the movement kinda jarring and feels unnatural. Don’t get me wrong, for a non-professional software, its very, very good, but maybe I’m just too used to the Sega and Mages models with regard to projection. Ah well, this is just me I guess.

    Anyway, that is a refreshing take on Miku’s performance outside the realm her fans used to see her. I think this tweet by Steve Jones (@vestenet) summarizes this performance very well:

    “And a fitting place to end the piece I suppose. Emphasizes Miku as a member of the whole ensemble, not a distraction”

  • http://ofsaltyvanilla.tumblr.com zero_kbom

    Welp, what the heck happened to the formatting? Ah well.

  • airgeneralpong

    When I try to play the video, it says “This video is private”…
    Is it just only me, or is the video now set to Private?

  • angelz

    Non private version. Please.

  • verethgrana

    it happens on me to :(

  • Tarkus

    I also get the video is private message. Is there any way I can get to see this? Thank you.

  • Faux Pas

    I was not expecting to see Miku in this concert, so to have the Tda model appear above everyone was a very welcomed surprise. I’m really happy that Miku is being used and accepted in professional orchestra events and more mainstream musical venues.
    I agree with everyone about the lower quality of the visual and voice, but marvel that it is the first time she is being produced real-time as part of the orchestra. I first realized it when the keyboardist stood up towards the end, amongst all the applause, and “noodled” a little something with her voice. I eagerly wait to see what the future holds for Miku! (^ ^)

  • Lady Emberheart

    I caught about a half hour of it live before I had to head off to school, but I adored what little I saw. Seeing Miku used in such a different and interesting way in such a drastically different setting sent shivers down my spine. Sure it could’ve been better quality, but it’s fantastic to see people harness the power of Vocaloid as the truly universal and exceptionally versatile tool it is rather than just sticking to one genre. Greatly looking forward to the upcoming opera and everything that is to come afterwards!

  • ed

    so anyone know where to get this video

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/jrharbort jrharbort

    @ed: It will be available on iTunes on January 23rd.

  • ed

    thanks JRHARBORT, where did you find this out

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/jrharbort jrharbort
  • airgeneralpong

    So, the video is now set to Private because they’ve decided to sell the recording, I see.
    Anyways, thank you for sharing, JRHARBORT.

  • Cosmoman
  • Cosmoman

    No comment here..Zero practically already said all what I want to say about this orchestra. Anywaj, good job Maestro Tomita!!

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