Friday, November 11, 2011

Hatsune Miku Live Party 2011, and HD Miku concert footage!

Last night was the Hatsune Miku Live Party 2011 simulcast which I was (un)fortunate enough to catch in Baltimore. The concert itself was pretty amazing, in the most deliciously postmodern way, but Beltway traffic and the derelict, musty theater it was shown in that smelled so much like my best friend's parent's basement left much to be desired. Still, once the cosplayers jumped up and started dancing along to the videos, three hours of sitting in traffic was forgotten.

The setlist featured some of Miku's best known songs (Po Pi Po was cut criminally short!) along with a few that caught even the most dedicated and diehard in the audience off guard. Her backing musicians gave great performances without taking a single break in the 2 hour event- holograms don't need a lot of time for costume changes, you see. As the flyer above suggests, Hatsune Miku was joined by brother/sister vocaloid duo Kagamine Rin and Kagamine Len along with the overtly Japanese Megurine Luka, who only sang two songs but brought the Baltimore audience to their feet with both:

Yes, there are vocaloid characters outside of Hatsune Miku!

As mentioned elsewhere, the Live Party 2011 simulcast was used to celebrate and advertise the launch of the Hatsune Miku Live Party 2011 CD/DVD/Blu Ray so while the vocal talent behind Vocaloid might be synthetic, the use of a highly publicized tour to shill for a new album is as true to the traditional music industry as it can be. With CDs starting at $40.00 and Blu rays approaching the $100 the investment isn't for everyone- but considering some of the rarer choices available on the offering it might well be worth it. Take the ethereal and spooky (to say nothing of damned catchy!) Musunde Hiraite Rasetsu to Mukuro for example. The koto really makes it...

Anyway, as promised in the title here's some HD footage I stumbled across of the Mikunopolis concert in LA this past summer. Hat tip to The Singularity Hub for the heads up!