A day of events exploring the vocaloid Hatsune Miku happening this month in London
This October London's Rich Mix cinema will host a day dedicated to the virtual vocalist Hatsune Miku. The singing synthesizer – which was launched in 2007 by Crypton Future Media – has been used by the noise group Hijokaidan, whose offshoot Hatsune Kaidan features Hatsune Miku materialised in human form singing alongside Japanese noise veterans Jojo Hiroshige and T Mikawa. The vocaloid was also subject/star of an opera called The End, composed by Keiichiro Shibuya. It is estimated that the programme has been used in over 500,000 songs across the globe.
The day includes a lecture by the Hatsune Miku creator, Hiroyuki Itoh, and a Hatsune Miku performance. There will also be a Hatsune Miku workshop, although note that the description of this seems to imply a four hour session of origami and colouring in. The programme takes place at Rich Mix, London, on 24 October, and you need to book your place for both the concert and the lecture.