Thursday, 10 March 2011

In Japan Cartoon Bands Go On Tour

You cannot become anymore a virtual musician than this.
SOURCE: NewRockstarPhilosophy

I remember when the Gorillaz came out. I was taken by the music and the concept. A cartoon band that makes bad ass rock and hip hop music. Who wouldn’t like that? But I wondered “How are they going to tour?”

Fast forward to today and the Gorillaz are indeed touring, but they’re no longer a cartoon. They are a real live all star band. The shtick has changed so they are no longer strictly confined to the Cartoon world.

But in Japan, a country known for it’s fanaticism to cartoons, a cartoon has been able to stay animated and perform more than just one off live concerts. Awesome, or scary, either way it’s impressive for a cartoon.

The cartoon in question is Hatsune Miku, a piece of “computer music software that enables users to create synthesized singing of unprecedented quality and remarkable realism” says their wiki entry.

From what I can gather it’s a cartoon that has made a lot of money and performs in hologram form. But from watching the videos below you can see that a Hatsune Miku concert is much more than just a hologram. It’s a true concert experience. (Via Yo! Japan)

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