Hatsune Miku

Hatsune Miku

Sensoree, your official non-official San Francisco Hatsune Miku Fan Club. If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you cheer for us, are we not real? Hatsune Miku leads the rise of the vocaloids.

Body: Kei
Voice: Crypton Future Media/Yamaha
Voice Sample: Saki Fujita
Lyrics: You, Me and Everyone We Know

So what’s fascinating about this experience isn’t the technology at all. If a computer can use voice sampling to guide me through voice menus and check my bank balances, it’s not too much to ask to apply rhythm to that voice sample and start singing any lyrics I want it to. Likewise, holograms are here, baby! Get used to it!

But watching hundreds of glow stick-wielding fans worshiping this manifestation of light on-stage is amazing. A successful experiment with affective computation in performance. Not to much farther down the road, when Hatsune can sense her own audience, what will she say? How will she react?

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