Noted computer program and pop singer Hatsune Miku performs on The Late Show with David Letterman. What's a Miku!? you ask, and Buzzfeed answers in list form. Previously on Metafilter.
Seasonal Feathers by Hitoshizuku x Yama△ (previously on meta) is a beautiful song/video very loosely based on The Grateful Crane, a Japanese fairy tale about a wife with an unusual secret. [more inside]
Yukkedoluce is a producer for vocaloid, a singing voice synthesizer program (previously on mefi). Some examples of his works are below.
- The Transient Apple Salesgirl - An apple one day keeps immortality away.
- Persona Robot - The touching tale of a girl and her robot.
- Dream Eater - Dream in this disenchanted world.
- DOGS - Wake up, sheeple!
Cookie Clicker + video sharing site NicoNico Douga (Wikipedia article) (English user guides for the pre-English site) + Vocaloid = Grandma's GIFT 3D Model of cursor appears courtesy of Bowlroll.net. Music taken from the video GIFT, recorded using GUMI. Vocaloids previously.
Vocaloid producers Hitoshizuku x Yama△ (previously on meta) have just released a new song/video: Phantom Thief F's Scenario ~Mystery of the Missing Diamond~. Can you figure out who the culprit is? [more inside]
1imb0 (SLYT) - At the end of the production line, into God's realm, we fall. Warnings for: singing robots, high-pitched Japanese voices, English subtitles, and copious amounts of animated ascii art. [more inside]
Hocus Pocus (SLYT) - the story of a woman who grew up without happiness and a girl who didn't know it. Written by Shikemoku, sung by Gumi and Hatsune Miku. Warnings for: singing robots, high-pitched Japanese voices, English subtitles, and references to child abuse and abduction. [more inside]
Hitoshizuku x Yama (or Yamashizuku) are producers for vocaloid, a singing voice synthesizer program (previously on mefi). Their most recent compilation album, EndlessroLL, is available on Amazon and iTunes. They seem most fond of Kagamine Rin/Len, but have also released songs featuring other vocaloids. Suzunosuke often does the artwork for their videos. Examples of their works below. Warnings for: singing robots, high-pitched Japanese voices, catchy tunes, English subtitles, occasional violence, death, melancholy, some mildly NSFW content, and more than a dollop of drama.
- Bad∞End∞Night / Crazy∞nighT / Twilight ∞ nighT - a villager is trapped in a mansion with a bunch of nuts! Can she find the key to survival, or can this only be a Bad End Night? Features the Vocaloid Eight - i.e., all 6 Crypton vocaloids + Gumi & Gakupo. TO BE CONTINUED.
- Alluring Secret ~Black Vow~ - An angel falls in love with a human girl, which is forbidden. But she has a plan.
- Soundless Voice / Proof of Life / Endless Wedge. A girl wants to leave something good behind. A boy grieves.
sasakure.UK is a Japanese songwriter/artist who often produces songs using Vocaloid, a singing voice synthesizer program (previously on Mefi). Some examples of his works are below. WARNING: videos may contain high-fructose levels of cuteness, high pitched voices, english subtitles, retro video games, and rather depressing - even triggering - content (such death, suicide). Watch at your own risk.
- *Hello, Planet animated video | original 8-bit version: a last love song featuring a lonely robot on a journey through a post-apocalyptic world.
- NegaPosi*Continues - a girl really, really loves playing video games.
- Twee Box Puppet Show - a retro video game evolves in an unexpected way.
Japanese pop star Hatsune Miku is the voice behind the globally famous Nyan Cat. Miku's first breakout hit was a cover of Ievan Polkka, aka the Leekspin song. Nowadays Miku is playing to sold-out arenas. But Miku isn't real. She's just a computer animation with a voice synthesized through Yamaha's Vocaloid software. But the audiences at her live performances are real. Here's a video of several hundred humans with glowsticks cheering the appearance of her holographic image on stage. [more inside]
The Vocaloids,1 anime-like characters created for the singing synthasizer program by the Yamaha Corporation, have been capturing the imaginations of Japanese fans for more than a year. They've inspired and starred in a large body of fan-produced songs and animated videos,2 ranging from macabre to sorrowful to dramatic to humorous. [Massive MLYTP] [more inside]
Hatsune Miku is the latest singing sensation to sweep Japan. No, she's not a new idol singer, she's Yamaha's Vocaloid2 software simulating the voice of vocalist Saki Fujita. Currently a #2 seller on Amazon, even at the cost of 15750 yen (about $137). But you don't need to buy the software to appreciate it. Check out Ievan Polka, Fly Me to the Moon, the theme from Princess Mononoke, and more!
Computer generated singer, $200. Vocaloid software, which is due to be released to consumers in January, allows users to cast their own (or anyone else's) songs in a disembodied but exceedingly life-like concert-quality voice. Vocaloid will be able to "sing" whatever combination of notes and words a user feeds it. The first generation of the software will be available for $200. [NYTimes link]