As I was wandering around the internet looking for ideas for my ECMP final reflection, i stumbled upon something I found very intriguing. Hatsune Miku is a hit sensation in Japan. Who is Hatsune Miku? She is a singer synthesizer application based off of a female voice… an anime character. Essentially, Hatsune Miku is a digitally created character based off of Saki Fujita’s voice through a synthesizer application.
It wasn’t a surprise to me to find a singing animated character, voice synthesizers are a pretty hot trend these days but what surprised me was when I found out that Hatsune Miku holds concerts. She not just holds concerts, but sells them out! I didn’t understand how an animated character could sell out a concert, then I watched a video of one of her concerts.
In concert, Miku performs as a 3D hologram on stage… and people love it! I couldn’t understand why these people would pay money to go to a concert just to see a 3D hologram singing in a synthesized voice, but after watching a few of the videos I found the hologram to be very interactive with the group and put on a pretty good show.
What does this mean for the future of entertainment? But more importantly, what does this mean for the future of copyrights?