Crucial to Miku’s success is the ability for admirers to purchase the Yamaha-powered Vocaloid software and write their own songs for the hotshot to sing right back at them. Followers then can upload ballads to the web and vie for the honour of having her perform them at “live” gigs, in which the computer-animated Miku takes centre stage, surrounded by human guitarists, drummers and pianists.
Ito describes the concerts as a cooperation of professional and amateur builders, both in terms of the music and the anime-style clothes Miku wears.
” A Hatsune Miku concert, rather than being a professionally produced concert with prescribes coming from the top down, is more of a cooperation of authors acting in concert with Hatsune Miku to share popular songs that love adore ,” Ito explains.
” It’s really a kind of imaginative converge of parties such as songwriters, costume designers and illustrators .”
And it appears to be very lucrative, very, both for Crypton and some of those amateur songwriters, who have written chants for Miku and then been plucked from gloom by preserve companies looking for The Next Big Thing.
Crypton has sold 120,000 groups of the Hatsune Miku application, which retails for $200, is in accordance with Ito. It likewise realizes fund through ticket sales and persona licensing for commercial purposes.
As for the future of Hatsune Miku- whose word translates into English as” First Sound of the Future”- and Crypton, Ito has ambitious plans.
” We are trying to further develop[ the] engineering and get our utter synthesizer software as close as possible to the human voice ,” Ito says.
” We will arrive at the moment, though, where we have outshone the human articulate to develop something that doesn’t exist. My hope is that this new technology used to generate a brand-new kind of music .”