Everyone gets a little obsessed with famous musicians now and then, but things get really weird when the famous musician is actually just a piece of software. Hatsune Miku is a rising star in Japan and abroad, singing catchy J-pop that matches her blue-green hair. She's also a virtual avatar created by Crypton Media using Yamaha's Vocaloid voice synthesizer. That hasn't stopped her from amassing a legion of fans who really love her work. I mean really love it. Check out the crowd frantically waving glow-sticks and singing along with Hatsune Miku as she appears via a '3D hologram' on stage in the videos below. Thanks to Klas Klazon for pointing us to these awesome HD clips of her work. The performances are from the recently released Blu-Ray/DVD collection of Hatsune Miku's latest sold out concert in Japan: 39 Giving Day. This girl, er...program?, can really rock.
If you want to know more about Crypton's Hatsune Miku and similar Vocaloid based characters check out my earlier coverage. I'm not sure I'm a big fan of 'her' music, but Hatsune Miku certainly has star talent. In these HD clips you can really see how eager the fans are, and how well they know her music. The mid-range shots of the crowd with Miku in the background also show how great her 'hologram' appears live on stage. Close-ups do reveal a bit of pixelation, but if I was in the crowd I don't think I would have noticed this. Actually, I don't think I would have noticed anything after Miku started dressing like a cat-girl. (Watch the 3rd video...Seriously, WTF?) The high definition quality only goes to show that Hatsune Miku, and other virtual rockers on the rise, can hold their own against their real-world counterparts. Who knows, maybe these software singers will grow to dominate the world of music. After all, human pop stars already seem like they were created in a science lab, why not just take the next step?
[screen capture and video credits: 39 Thanksgiving Day's Giving Day Project DIVA presents Hatsune Miku via SeyrenLK]