Hatsune Miku

mobius017

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Welcome, @InstallGentoo! Wow, some Miku NT work! I think that may be a first for the fanclub. That's great; I'd love to see more people work with her!

I've added you to the club's member list. As a club member, you're welcome to put a fanclub userbar in your signature if you'd like. You also have the opportunity to add any Miku-related content (e.g., songs/artwork) that you create to the Club Creations album (described in the OP)!

If you're interested, we do something in this club called Mikuration. Mikuration is basically where club members provide some of their favorite songs and artwork each month on a rotating basis; those get featured in the OP. There's further info on Mikuration in the OP. If you're interested in participating, let me know!
 
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mobius017

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Hi everyone,

I've made a minor change to our description of the Club Creations album. The way it was described previously, it used the term "original" to describe works you could include there. Looking back on it, that would have excluded covers, and it seems to me that that isn't right. So I've amended our description to address that.

If anyone has comments regarding that change, please let me know! Assuming there are no objections by...let's say end of day Apr. 3...we'll call that our approach going forward.
 

mobius017

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@hamano's Mikuration picks for April are up!

Sakurairo Liebe - Takenoko Shounen

Vascillating between a sometimes wistful piano and a throbbing guitar, this song describes the situation of Miku trying to tell a boy that she likes him. It's a sweet song with a lot of energy and a well-done PV!

Mermaid Lemonade - irucaice

This is very much one of the sorts of songs that I like--upbeat and fun, with a sort of summer vacation day excitement about it. I'm sure it's going to be one of my favorites!

春の雨 by Hasu/SIYEON

Wonderfully sharp, detailed pic of Miku getting out of a light rain shower under a blossoming cherry tree. The somewhat washed-out nature of the sun in spring and how it plays with the colors of the cherry tree and Miku's hair is really well done. It makes you look forward to spring!

Great picks, @hamano!
 

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My picks for April were originally going to be loosely spring-themed to fit the season, in the end I decided to throw irucaice's song there as a wild card. It's more fitting for summer, but then again for myself, even though I like spring, summer is what I'm really looking forward to. And irucaice's music always just makes you feel good. sadly summer is still a long way away here in Finland, it's not even spring yet
 

mobius017

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Happy May, everyone! My Mikuration picks for this month are up!

"anger - 12RMX for DJ" by Tripshots

How do I discuss this? This is one of my most emphatically-recommended works that I've shared since I started Mikurating.

Miku's voice has very human depth and warmth; it's rich and smooth. If realism is what you prefer, I think this may be the most realistic use of her voice I've ever heard, bar none. In fact, I suggest that a human vocalist who sounded like this would get serious props. I also particularly love the occasional harmonies in the vocal track, which appear and disappear with amazingly fluidity (Though they're less pronounced than I'd like in this upload.).

The feel of the instrumentals has changed a lot from the original song, too; they're more spacious, spacey (in the outer space sense), and plaintive (in keeping with the singer's apparent emotion). But even the instruments themselves seem to be bowing down and making room--a goddess of emotion is on stage, and the track is hers.

This song is spectacular.

"Dream" by Another Infinity

This song may be the first cover that we've had in our Mikuration lineup. Originally produced by Another Infinity/Starving Trancer using GUMI, they also published this version 8 days later using Miku. Surprisingly, despite my having said not too long ago that I don't know of many duets between Miku and a human vocalist, this song manages to be a new one! In this song, Miku partners with Mayumi Morinaga. (Credit to VocaDB for the interesting tidbits!)

It's a really cool rock/pop song with sort of an otherworldly sound. Although the songs are very different, its vibe reminds me a little of dream's "My Will"/Namie Amuro's "Come" from InuYasha.

"tokyo rose" by takepon

I chose this artwork not only because I think it's pretty, but its ambiance also fits well with the songs I chose this month. I just love nighttime cityscapes with sparkling lights and mysterious shadows!
 

mobius017

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Hi everyone! @hamano's June Mikuration picks are up!

Both of hamano's songs are by DIVELA, and they're some of the DIVELA songs I like the best!

"そこに命はありますか。" by DIVELA

"そこに命はありますか。" (something like "Is There a Life In It?") is a pretty, high-energy song that starts off with a twinkling sort of synth-bell sound and progresses into a quick, driving rhythm produced by both the drums and guitar. But somehow, it's the rhythm and pattern of rises/falls of volume and pitch in the vocal part that really captures my attention and sticks in my memory. DIVELA excels in making the rhythmic quality of their vocals stand out this way, and this song is no exception.

"ディザーチューン" by DIVELA

"ディザーチューン" ("DITHER TUNE") is similar to "そこに命はありますか。" in the memorable rhythm of its vocals. It's to a little lesser extent, though. In place of this, I tend to be drawn to the synth work--the grindy sort of synth from the beginning, and the similar but smoother one from later that oscillates up and down like the edges of a dropped coin. And, of course, the drums and guitar, with their almost metal-esque feel, that in spots drive the song forward like a train!

"Icedrop" by Konya Karasue

hamano's art for this month has Miku in one of the positions that only she can assume--riding along on the wing of an airplane! It's an interesting image--it looks like she has taken a crystal shaped like a heart out of a container (Or is it on a necklace, and is floating above the container?), and it seems to be melting and scattering on the wind. Between that and her somewhat ambiguous expression (Is her small smile peaceful? Is it melancholy?), it's hard to tell what the overall idea behind the image is. Interestingly, there also appear to be one or two fish up there in the clouds with her. This is one of those images that you can look at and think about from a few different perspectives.

All the thinking aside, the illustration of the clouds and all the light up there at multiple thousand feet is really pretty. In accord with the name, all the blues and darker shades in the clouds make the scene look rather cold...which seems like it also ought to play into the interpretation of the image....

Great choices, hamano!
 
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AmazingStrange39

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Gonna plug myself here! I've made two original Miku songs on YouTube and hopefully more coming in the future.

There's also my SoundCloud, which...honestly has more on it. (I don't always know how to make videos, OK? Lol) It has some currently SC-exclusive originals and also covers
 
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mobius017

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Gonna plug myself here! I've made two original Miku songs on YouTube and hopefully more coming in the future.

There's also my SoundCloud, which...honestly has more on it. (I don't always know how to make videos, OK? Lol) It has some currently SC-exclusive originals and also covers
Awesome! I'm always thrilled to see people working on/succeeding at their art. Your songs are cool! Your taste in instruments is a little like Vault Kid's, huh?

If you're interested, don't forget that we have the Club Creations Archive--club members can add up to 2 of their own original works per month there. You'd be the second person to put in a song!
 

mobius017

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Hi everyone! My Mikuration picks for July are up!

"HeatHazeSUMMER_replay?" by 23.exe

"HeatHazeSUMMER_replay?" by 23.exe is one of my favorite summer songs. I particularly enjoy the intro; it's lowkey and chill in its quietness, but the quick beat builds excitement. It makes me think of a summer morning. Then the rushing/cascading synth sounds come in, brining to mind sunlight sparkling on the waves at the beach or at a stream. And the song goes from there, with building excitement that you can imagine lasts all day long....

"Glass Wall" by GuitarHeroPianoZero

In somewhat a departure from the summer theme, "Glass Wall" by GuitarHeroPianoZero is a new favorite of mine that I encountered in Miku Expo Rewind at the start of last month, although the song is much older and was played when Miku opened for Lady Gaga. A song about Miku's longing to break through the glass wall of her monitor, the song moves between heartbreakingly bittersweet piano segments and, appropriately for a virtual singer, hard-hitting techno/house, complete with crashing synths and genre sound effects. The interplay of this is thematically perfect.

I'm also particularly struck by one of the song's comments on the YouTube upload. One of the users comments on having been in the audience for Lady Gaga, and seeing Miku perform this song live having been their first exposure to the song. They say that the message of the song/seeing it performed live hit them so hard that they immediately had to search it out afterwards. For some reason, this makes me think of what it would be like if this were the first Miku song you had seen/heard, and imagine what an experience that would be. It seems like it would be an incredibly appropriate and powerful gateway experience to me.

"木陰の下" by 零言黑夜

Back to a summer theme, "木陰の下" by 零言黑夜 is a lighthearted and cute depiction of Miku that carries the warmth and greenery of the season. Though it could easily be appropriate for spring, as well.
 
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mobius017

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Hi everyone! I'm subbing in for @hamano this month--the Mikuration picks for August are up!

"Birthday feat.Hatsune Miku 初音ミク" by ryuryu

Since this is Miku's birthday month, I tried to pick some appropriate things. For my first choice, I picked ryuryu's "Birthday." This was featured during Mirai 2017, which was Miku's 10th birthday. This song is geared for sentiment rather than excitement, and the poignant-sounding vocals and piano, the quiet push provided by the guitars/bass and the punctuation of the drums, contrasted with some brighter tinkling chimes, achieve this wonderfully. The concert handled this song particularly well by pairing it with unforgettable choreography--during the instrumental break, composed of piano with some airy flute and twinkling chimes, Miku dances with a bright point of light, cupping it in her hand like a tiny ice fairy to guide it in ice-white arcs and whorls that trace her ballet or figure skating-like movements. It's really one of the stand-out, memorable experiences of the show.

"DATA 2.0 (Original Mix)" by Aura Qualic

For some reason, I particularly enjoy the sort of startup sequence that Aura Qualic's "DATA 2.0" uses (i.e., "Please type your password," "Select your Vocaloid," etc.). (A similar sort of thing happens if you watch the PV for HSP's "Unfragment.") Having this spoken aloud as the song gets going adds a lot of psychological tension/expectation before the swinging, horn-like synth kicks in and really gets the song going. This idea of starting up is really the reason why I picked this song for a birthday-themed group, along with the fact that it's just an awesome trance song, with its pounding beat and wailing horn synth lead. Between these two elements and the many other techno-sounding synth elements, the song takes you into an exciting and yet somehow bleak electronic world. And cutting through all the tension of that electrified technological space, Miku's voice is plaintive and organic, asking the person on the other side of the screen to love her before, for whatever reason, she's shut down. She doesn't seem to blame them; maybe the computer is being turned off?

It seems like a sad subject for a birthday song, but at the end, she also says that someday she'll have a drink with whoever that person is. So maybe the song reflects more of a transition between the electronic and external worlds, and it's sort of a birth after all.

"初音ミク" by Azit

When I saw "初音ミク" by Azit, I immediately felt that it was the one I'd choose for this month. It's just such a cute image, and conveys all of Miku's warmth, open-heartedness, and joy.

Happy birthday, Miku!
 
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