It was officially announced, ever popular virtual idol, Hatsune Miku, will be performing in her first overseas debut at AFA09 “I LOVE anisong” at the stages of Suntec, Singapore. In September, Miku celebrated her 2nd anniversary with an electrifying virtual performance in Japan and this time, South East Asia will be able to feel the experience at AFA09. I’m sure many people especially myself (being a fan) will be absolutely delighted and honored to actually experience her virtual performance.
On August 31, 2007, a cute pop virtual idol named ‘Hatsune Miku’ was created from Crypton Future Media’s voice synthesis software DTM (Desktop Music).
Yamaha produced a speech synthesis system called VOCALOID2, which enables a PC user to create their own song by inputting various options like lyrics. Melody tunes and background music are also used to create your very own song. Also, to give the voice a physical entity from the perspective of its virtual reality concept, a female virtual idol was created in the form of ‘Hatsune Miku’.
The product received the Excellence Award at the 13th Digital Contents of the Year/AMD Awards on March 2008. It also received a ‘Topic Award’ from MM Research Institute Awards 2008 in the month of June. On August, it was awarded the 39th “Nebula Prize” in the Open Category, at the 47th Japan SF Convention. On January 2009, the software won the top award at the BCN Awards 2009, up against nominations from many sound-related software from the same category2 years after its debut, Miku has taken form from publications, CDs and games, including collaborations with racing teams etc, with the activity of Hatsune Miku far exceeding the boundaries that the original music software has set.
With various creators breathing life into this “Virtual Idol” concept, Hatsune Miku has continued to increase in popularity, and at Summer 2009, Hatsune Miku makes its screen debut performing at Animelo Summer Live 2009.
To commemorate Hatsune Miku’s 2nd birthday, a “Hatsune Miku” live event was planned on 31st August 2009 for the very first time, titled “Hatsune Miku 2nd Anniversary”, with the live venue filled, and snippets of the live streamed onto the Internet.
Hatsune Miku’s creator Crypton Future Media, together with SEGA’s PSP game ‘Hatsune Miku –Project DIVA-‘ , which was released on July 2nd 2009, will be bringing Hatsune Miku to life in Singapore for its very first overseas appearance.
Source via AFA09 – Hatsune Miku.