Music

Marrying Hatsune Miku

Marrying your idol? I’m pretty sure some of you out there have dreamt of such a thing. Marrying your favorite virtual character? I don’t know about you, but my fantasies haven’t gone that far. Yet, there are people who actually want to make such a fantasy become a reality.  Kondo Akihito, the man in the video, decided to get married to the…

Lemon, Loser, Lost History

Today, I am going to think ‘out loud’ again. Please bear with me.  213M Views in eight months. 25M Views in four weeks.  Yonezu Kenshi, currently one of the most popular singers in Japan. To some these numbers might not mean a lot, but it is quite a stunning number of views for a Japanese artist.  You’re probably thinking, so what? Well,…

Virtual on Stage

In earlier posts (“Hatsune Miku,the idol who doesn’t exist” and later posts), I have written about Hatsune Miku being an idol that doesn’t exist, or referred to her as a ‘virtual idol’. On other websites, she also gets referred to as a ‘virtual idol’. But can we just make assumptions like that? In “The Physical and Social Reality of Virtual Worlds”, Philip…

Fan Art and a 41 Minute Piano Medley

In case you haven’t noticed yet, I have an incredible craving for music. I’m always ready for new album releases, new music video’s, new covers… I sometimes re-listen the music of artists that I do not listen to on a regular basis anymore, while the playlists of my current favorites continue to grow. I get up with music (my alarm is ‘Very…

Hatsune Miku vs Human Voice

In my last two posts, I talked about Hatsune Miku, Vocaloid and utaite (see “Hatsune Miku, the idol who doesn’t exist”  and “Mere cover artists performing in Tokyo Dome?”). I wrote about how many lines are blurry within this community: copyrights, what is popular and how everyone can be both a fan and a creator. While utaite often are only one part…

YouTube; A Career Platform?

During the process of writing blogs I realized that there is so much that we take for granted nowadays. Several pieces of digital structure have been normalized, people don’t think about them anymore. Additional to the fact that we don’t think about them anymore, we can also no longer imagine our lives without them. This is what I thought when I was…

When Life Gives You Limes…

Allow me to take you back to the year 2000. The internet was just breaching into popularity and I was 2 years old at that time. The millenium bug was just avoided and computers started to make their way into more and more households. Additionally in 2000, one of the original open-source programs for music was written and released. I am talking…

Online Music Database

Every day I listen to music. No exception. Every. Single. Day. Ever since when I was little I loved listening to music. I have had discmans, the earliest MP3-players, the IPod… The evolution of these devices was seen up close by the backpockets of my pants. Nowadays, I mostly listen to music on my phone, and when I was thinking of what I…