Music educators tapping Vocaloid

Apr 1, 2014

Music educators tapping Vocaloid

The Vocaloid singing voice synthesizer software has grown into a pop culture sensation. It created a virtual pop star named Hatsune Miku. It is now beginning to be utilized in the field of music education in Japan. In the school year starting next April, ...

Hard rock, J-pop rule Summer Sonic

Aug 14, 2013

Hard rock, J-pop rule Summer Sonic

by Patrick ST. Michel

Veteran Japanese rockers Mr. Children attracted so many fans to this year’s edition of the Summer Sonic music festival that they made Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman Billy Corgan upset. “Thank-you for the warm reception,” he said sarcastically in Osaka on Saturday, in response to the ...

Roppongi Hills gets love on its 10th anniversary

May 3, 2013

Roppongi Hills gets love on its 10th anniversary

by Andrew Lee

Roppongi Hills was unlike anything Tokyo had ever seen before. Until it opened 10 years ago, Roppongi was more often seen as a "High Touch Town," where businessmen partied with foreign hostesses and off-duty soldiers packed the nightclubs.

Hatsune Miku goes highbrow

Dec 21, 2012

Hatsune Miku goes highbrow

by Roland Kelts

On her own, Japanese pop superstar Hatsune Miku can’t sing. Nor can she rap, dance or DJ. She is drug- and alcohol-free because she can’t indulge in either, and she can’t have affairs or engage in offstage shenanigans fit for YouTube scandals or tabloid ...