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Japan goes wild over synthesised singing phenomenon Hatsune Miku [VIDEO]

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You have to hand it to Japan. While other nations are busy rattling sabres, fretting over same-sex marriage or deifying Justin Bieber, the Asian economic giant gives us the multimedia craziness of Hatsune Miku.

“Hatsoo Nay-wha?” you might say. Understandable. We in the Anthill Watchtower were also unaware of this phenomenon until we found this video — and our collective mandibles hit the floor.

Hatsune Miku isn’t a who, it’s a what — software that creates synthesised singing. In its simplest form, a user types the lyrics, picks a melody and, zing, instant Top 40.

Since the software was launched in 2007, more than 100,000¬†songs or videos made with the software (which uses Yamaha’s Vocaloid2 technology) have been uploaded to file-sharing sites. The songs have spawned countless mashups and remixes. The manga-style girl depicted on the software box has become a superstar.

In this video, Hatsune Miku — the make-believe girl — hits the big time, performing with a live band before a live audience.

We’re sure this voice-synthesis technology could have practical, somber applications that would benefit numerous nations. That’s a conversation for another time. For now, sit back and enjoy Japan’s stunning ability to turn technology into an artistic earthquake.

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