Who is Hatsune Miku?


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Photo of a live Hatsune Miku concert.

Coachella is right around the corner, and as one of the biggest music festivals of the year fans are naturally excited. The Coachella Twitter account recently released a schedule on who is performing and when. However, one name in particular seems to bring about confusion from the general attendants rather than excitement: Hatsune Miku. Miku has three unique traits about her; She has two teal ponytails, she sings most of her songs in japanese (her native language), and she’s not a real person. 

The vocaloid program for hatsune miku.

Hatsune Miku is a character in a computer program called VOCALOID. In which people can create music and lyrics the character  sings to. What is really interesting is that the majority of Hatsune Miku’s music is not made by a single creator, but instead made by multiple individual creators. Anyone can buy the VOCALOID program and make their own songs and post them online. Some of her more famous songs include Levan Polka, World is Mine, and Pomp and Circumstance

“Her music is cute and the concept is really cool. It’s a great opportunity for people to get into the music industry,” said senior Andrew Hamilton.

Miku is even known to do live performances. The VOCALOID company animates a dance and singing sequence for Miku. This animation would then be turned into an actual hologram, which is put on stage for the audience to enjoy. An example of one of these performances can be found here.

Hatsune Miku has been known to do shows outside of Japan for a while now. The real question is; will her performance at Coachella finally put Hatsune Miku in the minds of people here in the East? Or will she just fall into obscurity? Only time will tell what the fate of Hatsune Miku will be.