To celebrate The NAMM Show 2018 (National Association of Music Merchants) BigFishAudio is having a sitewide sale of 20% off most products with the coupon code “namm18”. This includes the entire lineup of Vocaloid products including Vocaloid from Crypton Future Media and Zero-G Co. Ltd.
Remember to use the coupon code “namm18” for 20% off. This promotion is good until January 29th. Get Miku English for as low as $111.96 just in time the MikuExpo USA & Mexico Song Contest which closes next week.
“Hatsune Miku Retrospective” is a series of blogs relating to the like-named panel to be hosted at Anime Los Angeles 14. This blog “Lost History” is the first in the series and chronicles issues encountered in the research phase of the panel.
Preparing for my upcoming panel was quite a nostalgic experience.
I got to reflect on my decade of being a Vocaloid fan and look back at old videos and all of a sudden I am a freshman in college, Bleach had just come out and this viral video with a girl spinning a leek became a hit between my friends. There wasn’t a term for this at the time but I guess I can say ‘lolituma’ and ‘leek spin’ would become one of my first exposures to a “meme”. From this meme would spawn the infamous video by Otomania, Hachune Miku, and my first exposure to Vocaloid.
From there it was Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru♪, Po Pi Po, and the heyday of ryo (supercell). I became obsessed and we shared these clips and music videos with my friends at my college’s anime club. Back in the day, however, foreigners were not easily able to browse Nico Nico Douga so we mostly relied on YouTube reprinters to download these videos and re-upload them for western audiences.
Back in the day copyright enforcement was lax and no Vocaloid producer had signed up with any major record labels. With the previous sentence and this blog post’s title, you can guess where the rest of this blog is going. As copyright crackdown, almost every major Nico reprinter lost their channel and trying to get proper view counts for older Vocaloid videos before producers started cross-uploading to YouTube became very hard when researching for the panel.
It wasn’t just the Nico reprinters affected either. When Google implemented YouTube Red they failed to get many non-US record labels on board and many Vocaloid videos whose producers signed with Japanese record labels had their videos blocked abroad. Between Sony Music Entertainment Japan, EXIT TUNES, Inc., UMAAA, and other Japanese music labels many old Vocaloid videos, even official uploads on official artist YouTube channels have been blocked abroad.
Luckily there are ways to bypass these regions restrictions or we were able to get copies of the videos to use in our panel off of Nico Nico Douga but it has shown how the media landscape has changed over the years in the Vocaloid realm. From being ignored, finally accepted, to now rejected, over the last 10 years a lot of early Vocaloid history is lost.
As we now celebrate a decade of Hatsune Miku I think it’s important we reflect on the past and cherish this living history… while we still can.
Who: Engloids.info, UtaForum.net, & TQF Present Where: Anime Los Angeles, LP3 (Room 200C) on 2nd Floor of Convention Center What: Hatsune Miku Retrospective: 10 Years A Virtual Diva When: Saturday 1/27 @ 11:45am-12:45pm Why: Relive a decade of Miku music videos. We will be giving away ribbons to attendees.
The character designer and artist for Voctro-Lab’s Vocaloid Maika just launched a Kickstarter campaign seeking to crowdfund the creation of a Vocaloid artbook titled The Art of VOCALOID MAIKA. Backer rewards include the artbook, limited editions, commissions, buttons, stickers, keychains mugs, T-shirts, figures, prints and 3D models.
At the time of publishing the campaign is already fully funded but as Kickstarters go those goals are usually the amount needed minimum viable product and every little bit helps. The campaign is slated to close on December 1st 2017 so you still have time to reserve your artbooks and Maika related goodies until then.
The artbook is to contain:
New designs & outfits.
As well as art featured in the PVs Que Decida El Corazón, Cosmonauts and Quiero un dinosaurio.
For additional details about the campaign as well as a full list of backer rewards please check out the Kickstarter Campaign.
Utauvision is an international country-based internet UTAU song battle competition where teams work together to sing, make art, mix and animate to make great songs and videos. Teams are self-organized with anywhere from 3 to 6 members from the same country where they try to combine various skill-sets (art, tuning, mixing, etc.) to make a well rounded team.
Teams will collaborate to make on video using UTAU each round. During each round these videos will be pitted against one another until the finals, where a combination of judge scores, viewer votes, and total views will decide the overall winner.
Registration has already started, a total of 30 groups will be accepted, there are a limited number of slots available for each country, slots are being assigned on a “first come first serve” basis. Full details about this competition can be found in the links below