Mar 062016
 

Reality? For some, it’s so last century in the music business

Hatsune Miku appearing in major news/media is always interesting to see, and we recently discovered a publication in a major Australia newspaper “The Australian”. Teased on the front page of the paper, the article occupies an entire page of the Arts section. The editorial was published March 1st, 2016.

Written by Matthew Sainsbury, the article makes observations and arguments on how virtual and augmented reality technologies are quickly affecting the way we consume live media, and how Hatsune Miku is helping lead the charge.

The article is viewable online via The Australian’s site, but seemingly requires a membership to be viewed. This seems bugged, however, as we were able to somehow bypass the block, but only once. Alternatively, we also have this photo of the paper article, thanks to @lovelyhayamin on twitter below (full resolution here).


https://twitter.com/lovelyhayamin/status/704857810081701888

Nov 252010
 

I know this is coming a tad late, but I still wanted to share with everyone in case anyone missed this wondrous announcement: Miku is getting a ‘singing in English’ version! That is correct, soon everyone all around the world will be able to create English Miku goodness, although it had not been entirely impossible before…

However, opinion is split in this regard. This new version should feature an entirely different voicebank for Miku. With almost no information to what is planned and in knowledge of how well the Japanese speak English generally, some fans are uneasy. Only time will tell if their worries are justified. 

In October at the New York Anime Festival, Crypton Future Media Inc. stated that if Miku’s official Facebook fanpage receives 39390 likes, they will release said English version. The wierd number is explained by the two ways the digits 3 and 9 can be pronounced in Japanese: San and Kyuu as well as Mi and Ku. Obviously, something as easy as clicking the ‘like’ button on facebook was no hurdle for Miku’s fan community, the 39390 was broken in no time…

On this occassion I would like to refer everyone to the mentioned Facebook fanpage and suggest them to become a Fan for Miku’s support, if one has not already, of course. For people who don’t posses something like a Facebook account or for those who might have never heard of ‘Facebook’, which I doubt are many, creating one is as easy as clicking this link, putting in your desired name and your e-mail address and pressing the big ‘Sign Up’ button.