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Programme 1 - Lecture by Hatsune Miku creator, Hiroyuki Itoh
Sat 24 October 2015, 14:00 – 15:30 BST
This October, the Japan Foundation will present a day of events exploring the musical phenomenon of Hatsune Miku, Japan’s most iconic and globally-recognised singer. Featuring in over 500,000 songs worldwide and appearing in some 170,000 uploaded YouTube music videos, what separates Miku from her contemporaries is that she is in fact a ‘virtual’ singer and the face of the music production software created by Crypton Future Media, software anyone can buy and use to make her music. As a character “singing” through vocal synthesizer technology, Hatsune Miku became a huge hit since the software’s launch in 2007 and inspired collaborations as diverse as Lady Gaga and Pharrell Williams. With Miku’s popularity continuing to skyrocket, she continues to change the course of music production, paving a new way for the future of pop music.
Programme 1: Lecture by Hatsune Miku creator, Hiroyuki Itoh (2pm)
Hiroyuki Itoh, CEO of Crypton Future Media, the parent company of Hatsune Miku and maker of her software, will chart its rise in success, reflecting on how it came to be a worldwide phenomenon. Itoh will be joined in conversation with Dr Rebecca Fiebrink, Lecturer, Department of Computing, Goldsmiths University of London to discuss how music and technology can be integrated and what role a recording and performing artist like Hatsune Miku can play in pop music in the 21st century.
For details of the other Hatsune Miku-themed events taking place, please click here.
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