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  • I was really surprised when I found out Kairiki Bear wrote Miku's 25th anniversary song. I love Kairiki Bear, but I think his music is good when he digs so deep into bad emotions and the human condition, so hearing Miku sing to his music with such an obliquely uplifting message feels wrong. (even though it is transparent about life being hard). I might really like it after more listens, but for now I'm going to bed.
    pico
    pico
    Telesto Teles and Anheru are still some of my favorite things ever. I don't mind at all that Kairiki Bear makes a lot of "similar music" because something is almost always interesting every time (with only a few exceptions)
    Has anyone here ever applied for a job or internship in Japan before? I would ask my Japanese friends, but I don’t think they would be able to help from an English/foreign perspective. I got into VOCALOID and learning Japanese because I was obsessed with robots as a kid (still am) and now my dream internship position is open. But even though I have a resume, I have no idea what kind of special considerations would be made for applying somewhere out of the country (the job *is* listed on English portals and it is an English speaking engineering internship). Just thought I’d throw this out here just in case, I’m gonna try to find the recruiter online but thought somebody out there might have some insight :)
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    uncreepy
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    There are a lot of websites/youtube videos/forum or Reddit posts about getting an internship and peoples' experience having one, so I recommend just searching for "applying to internship in Japan" for step-by-step guides or written experiences. You will need a visa, must be 20 yrs old (Japanese adult), you should probably research interview etiquette (ex: this video showing what to do/not to do).

    If it's an unpaid internship, you will have to pay out of your savings to move there, so that would be a huge money sink (people usually spend several thousand dollars, like $3-5k+ in combination of food, rent, travel, insurance or whatever when they move to Japan). Sometimes the company can pay for your hotel or dorm/food, but still don't pay you wages. It seems the internship period could last a couple of weeks to 8 months or so.

    Please also research the job field of this internship in Japan (ex: what it's like to be a game developer in Japan). A lot of people can't handle office type jobs with horrible overtime every week on top of commute, so it's good to know what to expect through researching. There are also Japanese job review websites similar to Glassdoor so you can check the ratings of the company you are eyeing.

    If getting an internship after researching seems like it might not be "worth it", you could consider taking a vacation to Japan but mixing the synth stuff with it (ex: going to a Miku concert).
    pico
    pico
    must be 20 yrs old
    AAAGH! I can't believe I forgot!!! I'll have to wait at least until next year... but maybe I can get my foot in the door with some stateside AI research with the same company.

    Thanks for pointing me toward that YouTube video and for the pointed advice. My objective here really is to work and learn about my field, not to go on vacation or explore synth stuff overseas. I meant that my interests in the things relevant to this forum spun out from the career I'm trying to pursue. But I also appreciate the pointedness there. As far as this company and project goes, the expectations are pretty much on-par with international standards for engineers and their work, thank goodness. It's not my first time working in this industry, but I know that different countries do have different expectations regardless of where they're pulling employees from. So I'll continue to be diligent about that kind of research too.

    Thank you so much @uncreepy :)
    1st PLACE has expanded their NFT pursuits outside of the ARIA characters and into their stake on Kagerou Project, specifically on Sidu (しづ)’s art.
    It is really clear to me that this is a financial pursuit on 1st PLACE's end and not an expression of love for the community or artwork. It is also unclear to me how much money, if any, Shidu is making off of the actual exchange of the NFT, because Shidu isn't the distributor and only 1st PLACE's corporate account is present in the Discord server. She was probably commissioned, and then 1st PLACE is reselling the NFT itself.

    Since I was a kid I've tried to grasp every side of the internet and its many communities by lurking and learning about them. And I have to say, I have not seen a single NFT-related community where the people involved were not primarily composed of "NFT people"-- people present because of the NFT itself, not any surrounding element. That's what people mean when they say "NFT grift". There is no substance, there is no excitement. The goal is to make money.

    This sentiment is a different in Japanese communities surrounding the intent, but in Japanese communities, there is also far less knowledge about what NFTs actually are.
    I just found out today that Keina Suda (Balloon) did a whole collaboration EP with Frederic in 2021. WTF. That's crazy.
    Someone please please tell me not to buy the Snow Miku 2022 figma
    Ibis
    Ibis
    Don't buy the figure. You're just going to buy it and look at it, and that's it. The whole point of buying a figure is to look at it, but at that point, just buy a cheaper poster, draw a picture yourself, or better yet, just look at PICTURES of the figure. It's basically the same if all you're going to do is look at it, right? Come one, you have better things to spend your money on.

    (hopefully that was convincing enough)
    pico
    pico
    LOL, that was pretty good. But, on the flip side, I draw the time, and it's not quite the same as a physical object :kaito_move: You have effectively put me off for the time being, though. I will at least mull it over until I go back to school. Appreciated
    My uncle studied in Japan for a good long while. For most of my life, all that meant is that my grandparents had a lot of traditional Japanese artwork in their house, knew about old daytime TV shows, and were early Nintendo DS adopters. But somewhat recently, over family dinner, my uncle looked me dead in the eyes and asked if I had watched the new Evangelion movie and if I liked it. Well, I did, so that conversation went somewhat smoothly... but it took 100% of my effort not to burst out laughing. It really caught me off guard.

    Now I'm trying to get him to understand my passion for Vocaloid music. My dad likes inabakumori and tsumiki, but my uncle is stubborn and probably only remembers the early songs from nicodou before the music scene had taken form.

    I'm thinking, maybe working backwards by showing him ZUTOMAYO, Yorushika, and Kenshi Yonezu first could work.
    mobius017
    mobius017
    Vector
    Vector
    WagakkiBand covers of Senbonzakura and Roki, then play the originals. MitchieM to show off how realistic the vocals can sound. Hachi is always good, especially since he's kind of well known as a singer now.
    pico
    pico
    @mobius017 It is hard to imagine, isn't it! I was about to say he might not be quite old enough to be a grandparent, but then I realized that he is the oldest of my parents, aunts, and uncles... so that is a 100% true evaluation. Scary :arsloid_ani_lili: One time I was at a bookstore looking for the latest volume of yotsubato! with a friend and a much older gentleman asked us if we had heard of Speed Racer, and told us it was really good. Speed Racer and Voltron are the anime my dad knows about too, so there definitely are old anime fans among us, but it was never marketed as anime to them as kids, so alas.

    @MillyAqualine To him, I think Haruhi Suzumiya might have special value as a kind of... evaluation/parody/self-acknowledgement of otaku culture, which might differentiate his appreciation from mine, which was of course the hare hare yukai memes and surrounding culture.

    @Vector I didn't realize the bassist made Yoshiwara Lament! Cool. MitchieM is probably a no-go because of the poppy song composition. I think we're on the same page as far as working backwards though, that's what I mean by Kenshi Yonezu -> Hachi :) and so on with the composers.
    The Zundamon and Zunko hoodies are so cute... I'm absurdly tempted to get the Zundamon style, even if I'm not the biggest fan of the neon green text stripes. Just... agggh, the ears! Cute!
    I wonder if synths of the Project Sekai characters will ever become reality.
    pico
    pico
    I've never ever had problems with Project Sekai fans (but I also think I inhabit different spaces online than a lot of people here). It's sad to hear there are pockets that aren't good.

    And yes, it would be weird plot-wise, but I can't help but get a little giddy over the thought of being able to create new songs for the characters that already have compelling stories interwoven with vocal synthesis. I think there's potential for a "full circle" sentiment there that preserves the integrity of the original narrative.

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    I don't really think there's that huge of an overlap between the Project Sekai fandom and vocal synth users
    I'm not sure this is 100% true. Lots of Vocaloid producers post their Project Sekai scores on Twitter and get a lot of engagement from fans. A lot of small-time producers have talked about playing the game, too. The people that are primarily fans of "project sekai" might not also be music producers, but I think sentiment around the game from people that make music is generally positive from what I've seen-- probably because it portrays the experience of "being a vocaloid producer/user/member of the community" in such a varied and positive way
    Rylitah
    Rylitah
    Ah, I was mainly talking about people who don't produce music (and also primarily the Western community, which trends younger). Project Sekai has a very large fan community - while many came for the virtual singers, a lot also are just here for the original characters, too. I don't really see those who are fans of just the latter entering the vocal synth community as a whole even if one of them were to become a synth, just from the patterns and behaviors I've observed from the sidelines. They could be casual listeners, of course, but many of them aren't involved or interested in the technical side of things at all.
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    That's fair. I do think Project Sekai is turning people into 'vocaloid fans', or at least legitimizing vocaloid music in the minds of some people that wouldn't be otherwise interested, though. Maybe expanding Project Sekai into the synthesis world is a way to introduce more non-synth fans to synthesis... and make them synth fans. :) It's def a pipe dream, but who knows.
    Current projects
    - Zutomayo dance video but with the faces of Yakuza/Ryu ga Gotoku 7 characters edited on top of it. Hard to explain but very funny in practice (kinda otoMAD/YTPMV style)
    - Impact Zundamon Nuigurumi (namigroove) bass cover/MV parody

    I'm holding myself to completing these, so I'm posting this somewhere that way it feels like a promise
    I just had a full on conversation with Mesuo Kenzaki (provider of new VOICEVOX lib with a scalpel for a head) and I’m laughing so hard it hurts. All of the fans have been so nice to me explaining things in English and simple Japanese. Dude himself is super chill. I’m a fan now
    a slight change in bass plans-- a family member has a sterling music man (one of the simpler models) with a malfunctioning preamp. So I'm gonna get my interface and cables, but inherit the rickety old bass for free until it can't play anymore or I determine it can't be fixed. time to put the EE skills to practical use :kaito_move:
    I'm finally getting my own bass pretty soon! I think I'm going to get a Yamaha AG03 too since I'll be in college with it anyway and wouldn't really benefit from an amp. Been practicing playing and singing a lot, I hope I can share the things I make someday!
    IO+
    IO+
    I don't know what's your setup look like, and what you already have, but general rule is to maximize cost effective and it's depend on what your expect from that unit.
    Fortunately, in these day almost all audio interface have quite similar performance and build quality, so it's a good choice to pick audio interface base on bundle.

    You may pick Presonus Studio 24c if you don't have any software such as DAW yet, their bundle included studio one artist 5 which is around 100$ USD.
    It's have MIDI In-Out too, if you have midi keyboard or hardware synths.

    Audient id4, is something different, they had excellent headphone output it can drive 250ohm headphone easily, and pristine sound mic pre, i use it to record others UTAU with SM7B mic, although it don't have MIDI IO but if you never use it then I highly recommend this unit.
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    Good to know. I do have a DAW (FL) and don't have any MIDI interfaces, but I'm not opposed to the idea of expandability in that area. I'll keep an eye out!
    IO+
    IO+
    FYI: MIDI Keyboards these day don't need an MIDI I/O anymore, USB is now become a standard, If you don't have a plan to use old midi keyboard or old equipment (e.g sound module, old keyboard synthesizer) that require midi input, you're good!
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    realizing I missed the opportunity to draw KAFU, SEVEN (NEUTRINO), and myself hanging out for birthday stuff today. next year, LOL
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