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Here is an interesting case of music technology making history.

Last week the number 4 album in Japan's billboard charts (oricon chart) was by a virtual singer. The album called 'supercell' was released by Sony Music as a compilation of songs created using a software called 'Hatsune Miku'.

Hatsune Miku (初音ミク)is a music software released in later 2007 that uses vocaloid technology developed by Yamaha. Using Hatsune Miku, you not only compose a song but can actually program lyrics in which the software then synthesizes into a 16 year old girl's voice.

The songs created by Hatsune Miku are being posted onto NicoNico Douga, Japan's Youtube equivelent (w/ a taste of 2ch).

Here is a popular song called 'Melt' created with Hatsune Miku.
Warning: SFW but my wife was giving me weird looks while watching this video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNVa0lLGNDw

Here is a Japanese documentary on it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K8MCg-YC7g

Article by Asahi.com:
http://www.asahi.com/special/hatsune/TKY200903200212.html

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Comment by Nate Sanders on March 21, 2009 at 8:19am
Reminds me of William Gibson's Idoru. I haven't read it, but I think it's about a virtual pop star.
Comment by Daniel Leuck on March 21, 2009 at 8:17am
Crypton looks like a fun company. If I lived in Hokkaido they would definitely have my resume! :-)
Comment by Brooke Fujita on March 21, 2009 at 3:18am
Hey, you know... Crypton Future Media, the media creation company that makes/produces Hatsune Miku, is up here in Sapporo! Yeah, go Hokkaido!!

Think they are former Hokkaido University geeks.

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