Hatsune Miku, Vocaloid: Computer Generated Virtual Singing Doll

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .
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Hatsune Miku (初音ミク) coming out of screen. 1361×977 img src www.pixiv.net

Hatsune Miku (初音ミク) is a 16-years-old girl character representing a singing vocal synthesizer Vocaloid, developed by Yamaha.

Vocal synthesizer is a machine that generate singing human voice. So, it'll sing any song, eventually, as perfect or better than human singers.

Hatsune Miku on car
Hatsune Miku painted on a car. 1920×1280 image source

Hatsune Miku Concert in Tokyo

Here's her concert, in Tokyo, Japan.

“Hatsune Miku - World is Mine Live in Tokyo, Japan”

Japan and Technology of Hatsune Miku

Following is a video (13 min) in Japanese introducing her and the technology. You get to see Japanese people, city, Miku's singing, 3D modeling technology, and fandom.

“Vocaloid Hatsune Miku, the worlds virtual diva”

Hatsune Miku Singing in English

Hatsune Miku singing Belinda Carlisle's Heaven Is A Place On Earth

LOL. At least she's in tune.

Hatsune Miku sings Amazing Grace

Her singing doesn't sound that good now, but it'll probably beat any human soon.

Hatsune Miku Singing Elfen Lied

Here's Miku sining 〈Lilum〉, a song in Latin.

Miku Hatsune ⭐〈Lilium〉

Compare the singing to real humans, see: Kumiko Noma - Lilium (Elfen Lied).

Hatsune Miku reminds me of a sci-fi anime story Macross Plus, where a computer AI produced female entertainer, represented as a hologram, became a galactic pop idol. See: Sharon Apple - Information High (Macross Plus).

Hatsune Miku in Second Life

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Virtual Singer Hatsune Miku Avatar in Second Life. Source marketplace.secondlife.com

for more about Second Life, see: Second Life Screenshot Gallery.

Thanks to Gwern Branwen, wizardgynoid for tips.