The Beauty of Vocaloids

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Just my thoughts and some disclaimers.

Prolog (v.1) - Notes & Disclaimers

Submitted: April 09, 2017

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Vocaloids are currently my favorite brand of music, for three reasons.

One, it breaks the stigma associated with tuning because there is no organic singer, just a collection of tuned sounds obtained from a voice sampler. It also negates the necessity of getting a particular singer with a certain voice type, as you can make it yourself and thus opens loads more possibilities for songwriters. That said, I am not discrediting singers who train their lungs out and face huge competition to make their debut. I acknowledge that this technology could potentially reduce the importance of real singers, similar to how CGI can reduce the quality of animated movies/series and even live action films.

Two, Vocaloids are not restricted by music genres or controversial topics which individuals singers or music groups are, because they are merely tools and not real identities. For example, you can make a song about Nazism/Communism/Imperialism/Capitalism/Flying-Spaghetti-Monster, and people can only spite the maker and not the song, because that’d be like scolding the violin for not performing well in a heavy metal music. Because of that, criticism of Vocaloids becomes more objective rather than subjective; you criticize the instrument settings rather than an individual.

Three, Vocaloids are not just a tool as stipulated in reason two, they have identities and characteristics which fans and makers have associated them to. Google any of the popular Vocaloids and you will find legions of songs, pictures and even stories about them. They have become an internet phenomenon that can be felt throughout the world, regardless of age, sex and nationality (not sure about N. Korea, though I can imagine the supreme leader listening to World Is Mine). In Japan, they have extended further than the music and entertainment industry. Hatsune Miku, the first Vocaloid to become a  pop idol, has been 16 years old for 10 years, since then her software has only improved and her fan base has only been growing. Also an aluminum image of her is on-board the Akatsuki space probe, so she might be the first pop idol in space!?

For me, Vocaloids are both uniquely amazing and somewhat of a guilty pleasure. There are many works out there that are just amazing which I would definitely recommend to others, and there are others that... well, I definitely won't. However, like all things, Vocaloids are personal preferences, much like preferring rock over pop, metal over jazz, Coke over Pepsi, Windows over Mac.

Some people are put off by the robotish voices, but I’m pleased to say that as the technology develops that distinction will become harder and tougher to notice. Others claim it’s not a real voice so it isn’t really music, well, in that case, any instrumental piece also isn’t music; remember Vocaloids aren’t people, they are instruments (though that said we treat them as if they’re living individuals). The rest dislike the anime-like depictions and childish voices, to which I’d say listen with your ears not your eyes, and there are dozens of Vocaloids and hundreds of voice ranges, don’t be prejudiced just from listening to what’s popular.

 

Disclaimer:

I do not own any of these songs, all rights belong to their respective creators. Even the cover image is not mine, I got it off google images. All I can claim as mine are the interpretations of these songs, resulting in the short pieces presented in this book.

Thank you, and I hope you enjoy.


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