Hatsune Miku Expo 2014

Hatsune Miku Expo 2014

Marina000v01Hi everyone and welcome to Danny’s blog post on the Hatsune Miku concert in New York! As always, I’m your host, Marina~

Danny009v01Danny here, welcome!

Marina002v03So Danny, what can you tell us about this concert?

Danny009v01This concert was part of the HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2014 in LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK tour, with showtimes in LA on October 11th and 12th and in New York on October 17th and 18th (Vocaloid Wiki link here). I went to the October 18th show, held at the Hammerstein Ballroom. But before the concert, I went to the Hatsune Miku exhibition show at Wallplay art gallery, which was open for the week leading up to the show.

Marina000v21Ohhh is that a… life size statue?

Danny009v01Yup, snapping a pic with it was the main reason I made sure to go to the exhibit haha! Here’s a video showing how they made it~

Making of Life Size Miku Statue:


Furthermore, you’ll notice in the first photo, there was a Hatsune Miku x Tetsuya Nomura collaboration done. This was a video done by Square Enix, showcasing a cg Miku. Nomura-san stated the video was created because his iteration of Miku had to be seen in motion to be fully realized. Here’s the video below!

Hatsune Miku x Tesuya Nomura:

Marina000v02So let’s get to the concert itself! Here’s the setlist for the show:

1. Sharing The World
2. 千本桜 (Senbonzakura) “Thosand Cherry Blossoms”
3. こっち向いて Baby (Kocchi Muite Baby) “Look This Way, Baby”
4. 恋色病棟 (Koi Iro Byoutou) “Love Ward”
5. カラフル×メロディ (Colorful × Melody)
6. Fire◎Flower
7. 右肩の蝶 (Migikata no Chou) “Butterfly on Your Right Shoulder”
8. メランコリック (Melancholic)
9. ココロ (Kokoro) “Heart”
10. Glass Wall
11. トリノコシティ (Torinoko City) “Left-Behind City”
12. 結ンデ開イテ羅刹ト骸 (Musunde Hiraite Rasetsu to Mukuro) “Hold, Release”
13. ロミオとシンデレラ (Romeo to Cinderella) “Romeo and Cinderella”
14. ピアノ×フォルテ×スキャンダル (Piano × Forte × Scandal) “Piano x Forte x Scandal”
15. Pane dhiria
16. Parades
17. ぽっぴっぽー (PoPiPo) “Vegetable Juice”
18. 白い雪のプリンセスは (Shiroi Yuki no Princess wa) “The Snow White Princess is”
19. Just Be Friends (Eng ver.)
20. ルカルカ★ナイトフィーバー (Luka Luka★Night Fever)
Band Member Introduction
21. 秘密警察 (Himitsu Keisatsu) “Secret Police”
22. Yellow
23. ワールドイズマイン (World is Mine)
24. メルト (Melt)
25. Tell Your World
26. みくみくにしてあげる♪ (Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru♪) “I’ll Miku-Miku You♪”

Danny009v01They asked for people not to record video, but here’s an officially released video from Crypton showing clips from “Sharing the World” and “World is Mine.” Sharing the World was the theme song to the Expo tour. The first bunch of photos with the MIKU EXPO watermark are from the official Hatsune Miku facebook page.

Sharing the World, World is Mine:

Marina002v03So cute~! I wonder how they create those holograms?

DannyAni022v01What many don’t realize is that it’s far more than just a simple hologram projected on a glass plane. I’ve been to some unofficial concerts that use simple video projections and they’re just not the same. Here’s a succinct explanation given by another fan: “It’s rear-screen projection onto a semi-transparent diffusive polymer surface, called a Dilad screen. If you watch the concert footage, you can see between two and five projectors behind the screen beaming Miku’s image. Dilad screens contain microscopic bubbles, which is what scatters the light. They are expensive – designed for trade show exhibits… The powerful projectors at the concerts are even more expensive, costing in the range of a half-million dollars each. The high cost is the main reason the concerts aren’t done more often.” With this being an official concert, the full technology was on display, making this concert much more special than imitators or budget varieties.

Marina002v02Oooh, I didn’t realize it was so technical!

Danny009v01Understanding the technology behind it certainly gives an added level of appreciation for the concert. If any readers are interested in learning more, here’s some videos further explaining the process! This first one shows some behind-the-scenes footage from Mikufes 09′. The second gives a quick peek into how you program the voices themselves (done here in Piapro Studio, a digital audio workstation developed so people to use Vocaloid without purchasing the full software). And the last is a playlist of the documentary “Mikumentary.”

Hatsune Mikufes 09′ The Backstage Creation of Mikufes:

Piapro Studio:

Mikumentary (Playlist):

Marina002v03It’s certainly some incredible stuff!

Danny009v01It’s no exaggeration to say it’s science fiction come to life! But the biggest reason I’m a fan of Vocaloid is that it’s centered on a culture of fan creation. Everyone is allowed to freely draw, animate and create music using Vocaloid software and MMD (MikuMikuDance). It’s the fans that create the personalities, stories and relationships that drive the characters. Some people understandably scratch their heads when they see Vocaloid concerts for the first time, asking how people can cheer for someone that doesn’t exist. But the fact is that every entertainer is manufactured to have a public persona and image. By not being real people, Vocaloid allows the fans to create that persona for them. I think this is the fundamental aspect of Vocaloid that has let it flourish, regardless of whether Vocaloid fans realize it or not.

Marina000v02On that note, we’ll bring this blog to a close. Thanks for reading everyone~