Why I’m in Love with Katsune Miku

First, a note to The Wife:  She’s not real.  She’s a hologram.  And I’m not so much in love with her as I am with the concept and the technology behind her.

No, I’m not a fan of her (its?) music, but I’m fascinated by what she (it? them?) has managed to accomplish.

If you don’t know who (what?) Katsune Miku is, then read this article from Wired:

Miku is not human. She is a virtual idol, a holographic star. Miku is crowdsourced, ever-evolving, famous software. Not even her fans know, or care, how to taxonomize her. (“She’s rather more like a goddess: She has human parts, but she transcends human limitations. She’s the great posthuman pop star,” one fansite reads.) Her bandmates are all actual people playing real instruments, but Miku is projected onto the stage, singing, if that’s the word, in avian-robot trills. She was programmed to do this months before, thousands of miles away.

There’s more that you should read here.  And if you think that Asia doesn’t matter to you and your musical experience, read this.  Now watch.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Why I’m in Love with Katsune Miku

  • November 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Her name is Hatsune Miku, not Katsune Miku…

  • November 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Nope. I've thought hard about it, and have tried really hard, but I can't wrap my head around this one.

    Japan…I just don't get it.


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