Hat­sune Miku

The Washington Post Sunday - - BOOK WORLD -

For a glimpse into the fu­ture of fic­tional mu­sic, gaze into the saucer-shaped eyes of Hat­sune Miku, an an­i­mated char­ac­ter cre­ated by the Ja­panese soft­ware com­pany Cryp­ton Fu­ture Me­dia. The com­pany’s singing syn­the­sizer ap­pli­ca­tion al­lows users to com­pose mu­sic for Miku to “sing,” and in her na­tive Ja­pan, the char­ac­ter has be­come a new kind of vir­tual celebrity, per­form­ing con­certs as a three-di­men­sional pro­jec­tion. Here in the United States, one of Miku’s most promis­ing col­lab­o­ra­tors is Lau­rel Halo, a plain old hu­man be­ing re­spon­si­ble for some of to­day’s most in­trigu­ing avant-garde elec­tronic pop. To­mor­row looks weird and bright.

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