Kan en robot levere den perfekte popsang?
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Som professor John Covach fra Institute for Popular Music på Rochester Universitet påpegede, handler popmusikkens popularitet meget mere om kulturel betydning end musikalsk opfindsomhed. At Gilli og Sivas’ autotunede hiphop lige nu er et stort hit hos den danske ungdom, betyder ikke at det kunne være gået sådan for fem eller ti år siden.Det betyder dog ikke, at en robot ikke kan skrive et stort hit. Det kræver bare, at robotmusik stiger i kurs på cool-børsen. Og her kommer japanske Hatsune Miku ind i billedet. Hun er et hologram af en anime-figur, en fiktiv pige med turkis rottehaller, der har været 16 år siden 2008. Hun er en post-human-popstjerne og et stykke software på linje med Siri fra iPhonen.
Hvad er - med den nuværende 'kultur' - det der skal til musikalsk for at lave et hit? Og da computeren ikke har en kontekst af oplysninger om 'den nuværende kultur', så famler den musiklask set i blinde.
Hatsune Miku har blåt hår - lidt ligesom pelsen på den blå gravhund jeg for nylig har malet i akvarel:
|Egen akvarel - efter forbillede fa nettet|
Hatsune Miku (Japanese: 初音ミク?), sometimes referred to as Miku Hatsune, is a humanoid persona voiced by a singing synthesizer application developed by Crypton Future Media. Hatsune Miku is portrayed as a 16-year-old girl with long turquoise twintails. She uses Yamaha Corporation's Vocaloid 2 and Vocaloid 3 singing synthesizing technologies. She also uses Crypton Future Media's Piapro Studio, a singing synthesizer VSTi Plugin. She was the second Vocaloid sold using the Vocaloid 2 engine, and the first Japanese Vocaloid to use the Japanese version of the Vocaloid 2 engine. Her voice is sampled from Japanese voice actress Saki Fujita. Hatsune Miku has performed at her concerts onstage as an animated projection.
The name of the character comes from merging the Japanese words for first (初hatsu), sound (音 ne) and future (ミク miku[n 1]), thus meaning "the first sound from the future," referring to her position as the first of Crypton's "Character Vocal Series."
KEI (ケイガロウ; Kei Garou) is a Japanese illustrator and cartoonist.He was born in Chitose, Hokkaido in April 1981, and started drawing fan works when he was a student. His watercolor-like moe style caught the notice of the publisher Dengeki Bunko, and he made his debut as an illustrator for the novel Kiseki no Hyougen.In 2007, Crypton requested him to draw an illustration for their first Character Vocal Series product Hatsune Miku. Crypton also provided KEI with detailed concepts.However, Crypton said it was not easy to explain what a "VOCALOID" was like to him, and KEI said he could not create an image of "singing computer" at first, as he did not even know what a "synthesizer" was. It took him more than a month to finish.His illustration supported the sale of this software and sparked the VOCALOID trend. His fame led to the following works for the Kagamines, Luka and Lily. He also designed galaco.Because of his illustrations for VOCALOID, his style is often emulated in the western fandom, notably on deviantART.
When KEI illustrated Miku, he was given a color scheme to work with (based on YAMAHA synthesizers' signature blue-green colour) and was asked to draw Miku as an android. Crypton also provided KEI with Miku's detailed concepts, however, Crypton said it was not easy to explain what a "Vocaloid" was to him. KEI said he could not create an image of a "singing computer" at first, as he did not even know what a "synthesizer" was. It took him more than a month to complete the commission.Miku was originally intended to have a different hairstyle, but after trying out pigtails, KEI thought they were more suitable. Her pigtails have since become an iconic part of her design.On June 22, 2012, Hatsune Miku's twin tails even earned her the title of the Twin Tail which best represented the 2000s, marking her the best set of Twin Tails from the dawn of the 21st century. She now shares her twin tail distinction with other characters like Sailor Moon (who won best Twin Tails for the 90s period).The digital design on Miku's skirt and boots is based off synthesizer program colours, and the bars represent actual bars within the program, following Crypton's ideas. Part of her design is based on some of YAMAHA's keyboard models, particularly the DX-100 and the DX-7. The thin squares around her pigtails are futuristic ribbons made of a special material that floats in place.As seen in KEI's art for Miku, they are able to hold Miku's pigtails in place without having to physically touch the hair itself. The ribbons are also reported by KEI to be the hardest item on the character's design for cosplayers to recreate.