Jan 112021
 


The Kickstarter campaign for Hatsune Miku Expo 2021 Online has finally come to a close, and reached an impressive 245% of the original project goal! The initial goal of 25 Million Yen was reached within the first 9 hours of the Kickstarter going live, and finished with a total of 61,265,492 Yen from 3,588 backers. This was enough to complete all stretch goals, and allows for the fully fledged AR concert experience this Summer. Here’s the details!

▼ Event name
– HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2021 Online

▼ Date and time
– Early June 2021
*Detailed date and time will be announced at a later date

▼ Concert information
– AR online concert by Hatsune Miku and Piapro Characters
– The set list consists of 16 songs including the winning song of the song contest.
– Free delivery from Sapporo to domestic and overseas
*Detailed information including how to participate will be announced at a later date.

▼ Sub-event information *Details will be announced at a later date
① MIKU EXPO Digital Stars 2021 Online
An online club event featuring artists that are active in various regions both inside and outside Japan.
② #MikuWorldGallery
An online gallery displaying fan art of Hatsune Miku and Piapro Characters posted from all over the world via the SNS hashtag project “#MikuWorldGallery”.
③ LET’S PAINT 3.0
An online project that allows you to color your own 3D model of Hatsune Miku on a white background with your personal smartphone or tablet.

Additionally, the official music video for the Miku Expo 2021 Online theme song “Highlight” has been released! The music was composed by KIRA, the illustrations were done by Ekkoberry, and the video was put together by Riguruma.

【MIKU EXPO 2021】Highlight by KIRA feat. Hatsune Miku【MV】
【MIKU EXPO 2021】Highlight by KIRA feat. Hatsune Miku【MV】

Lastly, a new main visual artwork for Miku Expo 2021 Online has been released, and is the second main visual drawn by ryota. This illustration will be featured in goods sent as rewards to the Kickstarter backers. The Digital Stars 2021 main visual art by Tsunako has also been published,

Miku Expo 2021 Online main visual by ryota

Digital Stars 2021 main visual art by Tsunako

Via CFM

Jan 052021
 

The song contest for the next Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai in 2021 is now open for entries! The contest is open starting today and until February 23rd JST, and features a grand prize of 2 concert tickets to Magical Mirai (or a set of event goods), 100,000 Yen in Sonicwire credit, and having your song featured at the live event! If you’re interested in participating, check out the contest entry details below.

Magical Mirai 2021 Song Contest Prizes

Grand Prize (1 winner): 2 tickets to the Magical Mirai event (travel expenses covered by the winner) OR a set of exhibition goods from the event. 100,000 JPY in Sonicwire credit, and song featured at the live event.
Runner-up Prize (Several winners possible): 30,000 JPY in Sonicwire credit

Entry Dates

Deadline: February 23rd at 5:00 PM JST.
Winner Announcement Date: April~May 2021

Contest Details

>Theme: None
>Number of works to be adopted: 1

Target Virtual Singer Software

Hatsune Miku / Kagamine Rin / Kagamine Len / Megurine Luka / MEIKO / KAITO
* Append, V3, V4X, NT can also be used (including ENGLISH, CHINESE)
* Only one character can be used per work.

Eligibility

Piapro registrants who can follow all of Piapro’s Terms of Service and the “application method” and “application rules” of this collaboration.

Post Format

Song Length: 4 minutes and 30 seconds or less.
>The submitted song must be an original song, and not tied to any publisher contracts. Genre and language of the song does not matter.
>Please apply without license conditions (required).

Example of incorrect and correct license setting on Piapro submission.

Remarks

>We are looking for songs that Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, Megurine Luka, MEIKO, and KAITO will sing alone.
*Songs that use vocal sound sources or sampling voices (including human voices) that are not the main vocal characters, including choruses and shouts, are not eligible for application.
>You can post as many works as you like.

Notes

>If you announce your submitted work to other SNS / posting sites other than Piapro during the recruitment period, you will not be selected.
* There is no particular problem with posting to other SNS / posting sites after the results are announced.
>Be sure to post the lyrics along with the song. (In the description of the song post works best)
>Music works are converted after submission, and works that have been converted after the deadline will not be selected. The conversion process may take a long time or may fail, so please post with plenty of time.
*The “Posting date” displayed on the work page is the “Time when the submission was accepted”. It is not the time when the conversion was completed.
>Works that are not displayed in the work list on the official Piapro collaboration page will not be selected. Please make sure that it is reflected.

How to submit

  • Have an account registered on Piapro.jp
  • Please be absolutely sure to include and lock the art submission tag – “マジカルミライ2021_楽曲” (without quotes).
  • Please be absolutely sure to submit your design without any licenses. During the submission process, please choose the “Upload without licenses” checkbox at the bottom.

-> Click Here To Begin Submission Application <-

Best of luck to all contest participants!

Magical Mirai 2021 Song Contest Details→ https://piapro.jp/pages/official_collabo/magical2021_musiccontest/detail

Nov 112020
 

Today, the official Hatsune Miku Twitter account announced the beginning of the Hatsune Miku Expo 2021 Online crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter!

The Kickstarter campaign, managed by Crypton Future Media, aims to bring Miku Expo 2021 to a worldwide audience via online streaming in light of the current world situation.  In order to succeed, the campaign must meet or exceed its initial goal of 25 million yen (roughly 237,748 USD) within 60 days.  As of writing, the campaign has already raised over 9 million yen from more than 200 backers.  The deadline for the initial crowdfunding goal is Sunday, January 10, 2021, at 8:48 PM EST.

When the initial goal is met, Miku Expo 2021 Online will have a 10-song setlist.  Beyond that, there are 3 stretch goals that will enhance the experience.  In the best-case scenario, Miku Expo 2021 Online will feature a setlist of 14 songs, along with the Song Contest winner!

If you love Miku and are financially able to do so, consider contributing to the crowdfunding campaign to help bring Miku to the world in these challenging times.  There are several contribution tiers to choose from, all with different perks and merchandise to be delivered if the campaign is successful.  Details for each tier can be found on the campaign’s Kickstarter page.

  • 1,000 yen – VIP Membership
  • 3,900 yen – Music Pack
  • 5,000 yen – Music Pack Deluxe
  • 8,000 yen – Merch Pack 1
  • 10,000 yen – Merch Pack 2
  • 15,000 yen – Merch Pack 3
  • 20,000 yen – Merch Pack 4
  • 30,000 yen – Merch Pack Deluxe
  • 39,000 yen – Video Pack
  • 50,000 yen – Video Pack Deluxe
  • 75,000 yen – MYMIKU Pack
  • 100,000 yen – MYMIKU Pack Deluxe
  • 390,000 yen – Producer Pack
  • 600,000 yen – Producer Pack Deluxe (all claimed)

As stated on the campaign page, this is an “all or nothing” campaign: Miku Expo 2021 Online is guaranteed only if the initial goal of 25 million yen is met or exceeded.

Let’s help Miku bring smiles to the world in 2021!

 

Oct 022020
 

On September 24, 2015, the Vocaloid community mourned the loss of samfree.

Best known for the infectious Eurobeat track “Luka Luka Night Fever,” samfree was one of the first Vocaloid producers, creating tracks in the genre’s early days and rising to prominence within the Japanese community and later, the international community.  Five years after his passing, his works retain their popularity and continue to inspire new generations of Vocaloid producers and fans.  While most fans know him for “Luka Luka Night Fever,” samfree’s work encompassed more than this one smash hit.

Sano Takayuki was born on September 9, 1984, in Niigata, the capital city of Niigata, Japan.  He uploaded his first Vocaloid track, “Daybreak,” to Nico Nico Douga on November 11, 2007, less than 3 months after Crypton Future Media first released the Vocaloid software for Hatsune Miku.  The lyrics speak of wandering through darkness in search of the light, a light that will always come at daybreak.  While the 1:56 track has garnered a mere 15,302 views over the past 13 years, it was the start of many things to come for the young producer.

He rounded out 2007 with 7 more tracks: Tender Wind, Daybreak -Full ver-, 桜のような恋でした (It Was A Cherry-Blossom-Like Love), 君のメロディー (Your Melody), CHAIN, Daybreak (Kagamine Rin Version), and Daybreak (Kagamine Len Version).  Of these 7 tracks, the full version of “Daybreak” featuring Hatsune Miku became his most popular track of 2007, clocking in at 482,471 views as of the writing of this article.

In the span of 8 years, samfree uploaded a grand total of 65 Vocaloid tracks to Nico Nico Douga, averaging close to 2 tracks per month.  While most of the tracks are his original works and remixes sung by Vocaloids, some feature samfree himself and others singing along to Vocaloid tracks from other producers such as kz-livetune and Dixie Flatline.  His most popular tracks comprise the “Night” series: Luka Luka Night Fever, Tako Luka Maguro Fever, Megu Megu Fire Endless Night, Miki Miki Romantic Night, and others.  By far, “Luka Luka Night Fever” is his most popular track to date, clocking in at almost 5 million views as of the writing of this article.  Uploaded on February 12, 2009, it is widely regarded as one of Megurine Luka’s unofficial theme songs.

The final Vocaloid track samfree uploaded to Nico Nico Douga was “Mind Voice,” featuring IA, debuting on August 21, 2015.  It is believed that samfree composed this track knowing that he did not have much time left in this world and that the most important thing is to never give up.  As the track’s lyrics say, “What you have to go on is what lies in your heart.”  To date, “Mind Voice” clocks in at 260,591 views, with many comments from users around the world expressing their condolences upon his sudden passing just over one month later, at the young age of 31.

While Sano Takayuki’s life was cut short too soon, his contributions to the Vocaloid community are many, and perhaps both his well-known and lesser-known works will inspire others in 2020 and beyond.

Sep 282020
 

September 25th marks the 13th anniversary of the Vocaloid track “Packaged” by livetune.

This was the first Vocaloid track kz ever uploaded onto the Internet, beginning what has become a long and prosperous music production career.  While kz had been creating remixes of various tracks under the name RE:NDZ before the release of “Packaged,” this track was what first put him on the map.  Today, kz is one of the most recognized Vocaloid producers in the world and has left his mark in various other genres, from anime OPs to mainstream EDM.

Initially uploaded as a test video a few days earlier, “Packaged” was first uploaded to Nico Nico Douga on September 25, 2007, less than a month after Crypton Future Media first released the Vocaloid software for Hatsune Miku.  The track also made its way to the now-defunct music sharing site Muzie.  “Packaged” would become the title track of livetune’s first Vocaloid album, Re:package, released on August 27, 2008, with the record label Victor Entertainment.  This is significant because Re:package was the first Vocaloid album ever released by a major record label.  At the time, livetune originally consisted of 2 members, kz and Kajuki P, before the latter left livetune and ultimately retired from the Vocaloid scene in August 2008, shortly after the release of Re:package.  “Packaged” has been remixed and re-released several times since, including:

  • Packaged (piano ver) – Re:package (August 27, 2008)
  • Packaged (kisk baker’s yogamix) – Re:MIKUS (March 29, 2009)
  • Packaged – Re:Dial (March 20, 2013)
  • Packaged (Shipping in 2013 remix) – DECORATOR EP (March 5, 2014)

As of the writing of this article, the Nico Nico Douga upload of “Packaged” has been viewed 2,272,621 times with 115 comments.  It peaked at rank #7 in the “Musics” category and ranks in the top 10 for “Original Miku Song.”  A few years after starting a YouTube account, kz uploaded “Packaged” there on December 15, 2011, where it has racked up an additional 391,314 views.  While it is not quite as popular and well-known as kz’s later works and the works of other well-known Vocaloid producers, “Packaged” was the first spark that began kz’s journey to become the music production powerhouse he is today and paved the way for other aspiring Vocaloid producers to follow.






livetune - Packaged

livetune – Packaged