New ways to find your voice

Digital | ON: TECH Sep 17, 2017

New ways to find your voice

by Chiho Komoriya

Sing on key with Yamaha This December Yamaha is finally releasing to the public something that vocaloid fans have been waiting for: the Vocaloid Keyboard. Designed as a keytar, the Vocaloid Keyboard allows musicians to play singing voices, including that of the turquoise-haired character Hatsune ...

Isao Tomita's journey from snowflakes to holograms

Music Jan 10, 2016

Isao Tomita's journey from snowflakes to holograms

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Composer Isao Tomita will turn 84 this year, but that won't stop him creating a synth soundtrack for a dancing hologram, to realize the dream of his ballet dancer (and rocket scientist) friend who passed away in 1999. Tomita, a pioneering synthesizer musician, wrapped up ...

Virtual pop idol Hatsune Miku performs first 'live' show in China

Music May 21, 2015

Virtual pop idol Hatsune Miku performs first 'live' show in China

Japanese virtual pop sensation Hatsune Miku has toured the world, performing "live" on stages from Singapore to Los Angeles and even opening for Lady Gaga. But despite legions of adoring fans and worldwide recognition, the computer-generated star, who made her first concert appearance overseas in ...