Video of the Day: Japan’s Holographic Pop Star, Hatsune Miku


Hey, music fans: ready for your daily dose of existential angst? No, not the Morrissey kind — more like the where-is-this-industry-going-is-art-dead-should-I-just-give-up-now variety. Anyway, brace yourselves. Japan has a new favorite pop star. She’s not human. She’s not even a cyborg. Her name is Hatsune Miku, and she is a goddamn hologram who looks like Sailor Moon and sounds like Alvin and the Chipmunks. And she’s not even the avatar for a real singer. Hatsune’s grating voice is created using Yamaha’s Vocaloid synthesizer. The fact that she is a 3-D projection isn’t preventing Japanese teenagers from going in droves to see her, waving glow sticks and screaming like there is an actual famous person in the room. Watch — and lament — after the jump.

[via Geekologie]