On August 31, 2013 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM, I attended my very first live concert at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City. Unlike most performers, the performer I watched actually doesn’t exist, confusing right? The performer I watched was Hatsune Miku. She is a humanoid persona voiced by a singing synthesizer application called Vocaloid (Vocal, Humanoid), Hatsune Miku was developed by Cypton Future Media. The developers of Hatsune Miku commemorate her 7th birthday with a live concert from Yokohama, Japan to be presented in special theatrical premieres in Los Angeles and New York, making debut in the US. Luckily for me, one of her concerts was close by and only cost $20.
Hatsune Miku is a fictional 16-year old anime character that has had chart topping hits and has been featured in online videos receiving millions of views. This has subsequently been followed by live performances in which the character is displayed as a hologram in front of a live band to the throngs of cheering fans. If that wasn’t surprising enough the character’s voice is not even human. It is synthetic and completely produced by a computer. Hatsune Miku’s music consist of mainly pop, rock, dance, house, techno, and cross over. With her being Japanese, I didn’t really expect a lot of people to actually know her.
When we arrived at the Anthology Film Archives, I was honestly a little underwhelmed; the building looked like a 2 story brick apartment from the outside. I was hoping we had the wrong address, but it turns out we were at the right place. The building looked a lot bigger in the inside, so figured it would be the right spot.
Once my sister and I entered the Anthology Film Archives, I can already see a bunch of girls (as some guys) cosplaying (dressing up) as Hatsune Miku. There were store in which you can purchase Hatsune Miku products such as albums, games, clothing, etc. The one product that everyone purchases at a Hatsune Miku...
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