Saturday, September 10, 2011
Things you could never picture in America - Vocaloid concerts
If you've been following anime or the internet over the last few years, there's no doubt you know what Vocaloid is all about. Computer-generated singing through a special bit of software. It's become absolutely huge in Japan, so much so that concerts are put on. The thing is, the concerts host the virtual Hatsune Miku. That's right, people are attending concerts to listen to J-Pop and watch a virtual performance.
This is the ultimate marriage of anime-style design and technology-based performance. It's very easy to see why anime fans would love this kind of stuff. Hell, even I can admit that I'd love to attend at least one of these concerts, if only to check out what it was like in real life. That said, could you ever imagine something like this happening in the United States?
I think the closest we can get to something like this is performances from The Gorillas. As you may know, the Gorillas is a band that is fronted by 4 cartoon characters. The music is made behind-the-scenes by real-life artists, some of them famous for their work in other bands. The Gorillas came about as a desire to make new and interesting music without having to deal with the face-time that a band has to put in. If you go to a Gorillas concert, you check out live music but don't see the band. Instead you're given a virtual show put on by the cartoon characters.
I guess that's actually kind of close to what the Vocaloid situation is, but I still can't see all aspects of this crossing over to success here. The anime style and musical tastes would have to change quite a bit before something like this would really catch on. Is it something you'd be willing to give a shot?
Posted by RawmeatCowboy at 4:08 PM