I think it’s finally time for some new blood in the Music Spotlight, so this week I have something a little special to share. It’s not from my favorite anime, nor is it my favorite song, nor my favorite singer, but I still think it deserves a little bit of attention.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Hatsune Miku, she’s a hugely popular and completely fictional singer that serves as the face of a program called Vocaloid. Vocaloid allows you to create songs by modifying variables like pitch and tone to get the sound you want. While most of the time you can tell that the voice is computerized the results are nonetheless very impressive. Miku even has live concerts where she’s projected onto a screen and has an accompanying band.
Black Rock Shooter is interesting because the song existed before the anime, having been inspired by some concept art. I’m going to include the OP for the Black Rock Shooter anime as well as a version included in a Vocaloid video game that I prefer.