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.



Aug 302019
 

A promotional video has been released for the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MEGA39’s detailing its release date and the long hinted new game mode. Packing with 10 years of SEGA feat. HATSUNE MIKU Project history, the game will be released in Japan on February 13th, 2020, as well as a western release to follow shortly in 2020 under the title Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix.

In addition to the 101 songs and 300 modules to choose from, there’s a new game mode “Mix Mode” (left) unique to Nintendo Switch as a new way to enjoy the game using the joy-cons. A third new song “Dreamin Chuchu” (right) by emon has also been revealed in addition to the previously confirmed “Alien Alien” by Nayutan Alien and “39 Music!” by MikitoP.

 

Sega will also be launching a 10th anniversary collection of the game featuring the additions of special box illustrated by KEI, CD collection of 5 discs, and SONOCA card for the theme song “Catch the Wave” by kz. Early purchases in Japan will come with a 4-songs theme song pack DLC with songs such as “The secret garden” and “Yume Yume“.

Another reveal by Sega yet is the module design for kz‘s “Catch the Wave” by the artist LAM.

 

HORI is also joining in the occasion to announce dedicated controllers for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MEGA39’s/Mega Mix and Future Tone/DX. Preorders are available until September 24th, 2019 at 10:00 JST, with release scheduled for early 2020.

Additionally, for those who own Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone/DX, 10 newly recorded songs from Mega39’s/Mega Mix will be available as DLC in 2020; a few examples being “DECORATOR by kz, “FREELY TOMORROW” by Mitchie M, and “Rolling Girl” by wowaka.

Check out the trailers for both versions below.

> Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MEGA39’s on CDJapan
> Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MEGA39’s 10th anniversary collection on CDJapan
> Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MEGA39’s 10th anniversary collection on AmiAmi

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MEGA39’s
http://miku.sega.jp/mega39s/
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix
https://miku.sega.com/megamix/ 





Feb 162019
 

The Snow Miku 10th anniversary live performance “SNOW MIKU LIVE! 2019” has long concluded, and the setlist is finally available online! Held over February 9th~10th, the special performance features not only all the Snow Miku theme songs with the modules for each year, but also the very first appearance of Yukine.

Some performances were seen with a real-time 3DCG control system “R3” developed by Crypton Future Media enabling a new level of interaction with the audience. Check out the setlist below!

01. Teo by Omoi ft. Hatsune Miku
02. Love Song by LamazeP ft. Hatsune Miku
03. Rolling Girl by wowaka ft. Hatsune Miku
04. This Is the Happiness and Peace of Mind Committee by UtataP ft. Hatsune Miku
05. Stella by KotsubanP ft. Hatsune Miku
06-DAY1. Meltdown by iroha ft. Kagamine Rin
06-DAY2. Sweet Magic by Junky ft. Kagamine Rin
07-DAY1. Butterfly on Your Right Shoulder by NoriP ft. Kagamine Len
07-DAY2. Fire◎Flower by halyosy ft. Kagamine Len
08. BRING IT ON by GigaP ft. Kagamine Rin & Len
09. Piano×Forte×Scandal by OSTER project ft. MEIKO
10-DAY1. Pane dhiria by ShinjouP ft. KAITO
10-DAY2. Snowman by halyosy ft. KAITO
11-DAY1. Packaged by kz ft. Hatsune Miku
11-DAY2. Yellow by kz ft. Hatsune Miku
12. Unknown Mother Goose by wowaka ft. Hatsune Miku
13. Masquerading Ganger by KulfiQ feat. Hatsune Miku & Kagamine Rin
14. Birthday by ryuryu ft. Hatsune Miku
15-DAY1. No Logic by JimmyThumbP ft. Megurine Luka
15-DAY2. Hello, Worker by KEI ft. Megurine Luka
16. Leia by Yuyoyuppe ft. Megurine Luka
17. Even If It’s Your Happiness by HeavenzP ft. Megurine Luka
18. Nyanyanyanyanyanyanya! by daniwellP ft. Hatsune Miku <Band member introduction>
19. Satisfaction by kz ft. Hatsune Miku
20-DAY1. ODDS&ENDS by ryo ft. Hatsune Miku
20-DAY2. World is Mine by ryo ft. Hatsune Miku
21. Love! Snow! Really Magic by Mitchie M ft. Hatsune Miku <Snow Miku 2014 Theme Song>
22. Snow Fairy Story by 40mP ft. Hatsune Miku <Snow Miku 2015 Theme Song>
23. Round off the Square Earth by NishizawasanP ft. Hatsune Miku <Snow Miku 2018 Theme Song>

<Encore>
24. Before the Snow Melts by doriko ft. Hatsune Miku <Snow Miku 2016 Theme Song>
25. Star Night Snow by n-buna and Orangestar ft. Hatsune Miku <Snow Miku 2017 Theme Song>
26. Ai by DECO*27 ft. Hatsune Miku <Snow Miku 2019 Theme Song>

After Report Gallery → https://snowmiku.com/2019/special_afterreport.html

Jun 292018
 

A new update has hit Magical Mirai 2018 site today announcing the return of DJ Live event and music session this year. The first is a ticketed special DJ live to be held at exhibition stage in Tokyo on August 31st~September 1st. The two hour-long performances features six different notable artists across the dates, one of which is Omoi, the composer of Magical Mirai 2018’s theme song “Greenlights Serenade”.

The second, named “Magical Challenge Stage“, is a free-viewing music session featuring “Senbonzakura” by KurousaPregarded as one of the top Vocaloid songs of all time. The performances will be held on September 1st~2nd (also at exhibition stage in Tokyo) with 164 as our Day 1’s special guest. In addition to the listed performers below, five participants from home will also be joining in playing saxophone, violin, guitar, drum, and Yamaha’s Electone each.

Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai 2018 will be held in Osaka and Tokyo on August 25th~26th and August 31st~September 2nd, respectively. The dates are closing in! http://magicalmirai.com/2018/

Exhibition Stage Special Live (Tokyo)

Date: August 31st, 2018 (Friday)
Time: OPEN 18:30 START 19:00
Artists: kz (livetune), Natsushiro Takaaki, PinocchioP

Date: September 1st, 2018 (Saturday)
Time: OPEN 19:00 START 19:30
Artists: emon (Tes.), Omoi (composer of “Greenlights Serenade” ), Wada Takeaki (KurageP)

Ticket Price: 2,000 Yen
Presales Lottery: June 30th at 12:00 JST~July 9th
General Sale: July 8th at 10:00 JST

Free-Viewing Live “Magical Challenge Stage” (Tokyo)

Date: September 1st~2nd
Time: 10:30~11:10 JST
Artists164 (Day 1’s special guest), Yamaki Kazuyuki (Saxophone), Takeuchi Izumi (Violin), Yamanaka Yuya (Guitar), Kawarai Mitsuru (Drum), Kobayashi Takeshi (Electone), and five participants playing saxophone, violin, guitar, drum, and Electone each.

Via the official Hatsune Miku blog

May 272018
 

Some info is finally out regarding the first location for the Digital Stars music party events for Miku Expo 2018 in the US! Thanks to the Miku Expo twitter, renowned music artist kz is the first announced guest DJ for Digital Stars in Los Angeles, which will take place at the venue “1720” on June 29th sometime after the live concert event. The Digital Stars event will be ticketed, and limited to guests 18 and older.

However, thanks to some sleuthing, the “TBA” tickets have been discovered on Ticketfly! Ticket orders are also already being accepted, you can grab them at the following page! → https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1675574-be-announced-los-angeles/

Hobby Stock is also sponsoring the event, and various Digital Stars themed goods including shirts, phone cases, pin badges and more will be sold at the event.

Additional guest info for Los Angeles, and info regarding other Digital Stars locations are still TBA. We look forward to meeting many fans at the Los Angeles events, see you there!