Saturday, September 20, 2008

Breaking the Music Charts with Vocaloid

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I had introduced Vocaloid in a previous post of mine. For those who doesn't know, Vocaloid is a voice synthesizer program from Japan. Seriously, who would have thought that a voice from a machine would be that big of a hit? I mean, really, you'd definitely see at least one version of the same Vocaloid song. And their songs had also made it big in the music charts of Japan.

First popularized in Nico Nico Douga, Japan's version of the YouTube, it has also been home to the freshest Vocaloid entries. (But you'd have to get past registration first before you can even watch one. Lame for me and others who doesn't understand Japanese and their other available languages.) So how does it work? Beats me, I haven't got a Vocaloid program for myself. But Wikipedia managed to explain most of it.

Originally, there was the voice of Hatsune Miku. Characterized as a green haired girl in pigtails, the data for the voice was created by actually sampling the voice of Saki Fujita, a Japanese voice actress. Personally, I think that Miku's voice is best for the Asian/Oriental songs. One of her internet debuts was the Ievan Polkka, gaining 2 million plus votes as of today. Miku's personality is that of a young girl, kind and a bit gullible. And yes, she likes to twirl that onion leek around too.

My favorite twins came after Miku, Rin and Len Kagamine. This tandem is my favorite among them ever since I watched the Evil and the Kokoro Series of Vocaloid where these two star.

For me, Rin (the female twin) has a really good little girl's voice. As for Len (the male twin), I immediately noticed the "machine-quality" of his voice. Just like a little boy, he stumbles with his letters, specifically with his "S" and sometimes, his voice tends to sound really hollow. But together, these two can make up a perfect duet. I just love these two together. (And from their songs, they seem to be utterly dedicated with each other.) I recommend their voice for just about anything that needs that child-like quality, no matter how evil it must be.

The voice I definitely fell for was Kaito's. He was the more mature older guy with blue hair (from the Evil series, he was the love interest of Miku. On the parody, he was a playboy that was serenading Meiko, the other older Vocaloid.)

His voice is cool and well developed. Definitely best for those serenades. And I wouldn't mind being serenaded by him either. X3

Finally, we have Meiko, the mature young woman of the 5. Appearing as a strong woman in both form and character, her voice complements her personality well. Of the five, I think she ranks as the 4th of the most popular/used Vocaloid since she was fairly new. (5th will be my poor poor Kaito. T_T)

As I said, I haven't heard much from Meiko. Hell, I even had a hard time trying to find that picture above. But as the first voice in the Alice in Wonderland Horror version, she really did quite well. I'd say we give Meiko and Kaito a bit more lovin from now on.

Well, there are others more, but I will leave it to these five for the moment. My next posts will discuss the best Vocaloid songs and vids I found over YouTube. :)

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