Blue Hair, Blue Tie, Hiding in Your WiFi: Miku Expo 2021

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Kevin Ha, '21

Originally, Miku Expo was scheduled to take place in Fall 2020 throughout North America. However, after rescheduling the concert to Spring of 2021, the official Miku Expo Twitter account announced on September 28 that Miku Expo 2020 will be canceled due to complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

But who is Hatsune Miku? According to Crypton Future Media (CFM), Hatsune Miku “is a singing voice synthesizer featured in over 100,000 songs released worldwide.” Since her initial release on August 31, 2007, Hatsune Miku has gone on to appear on “Late Night with David Letterman” and has appeared alongside song artists such as Lady Gaga and Pharrel Williams. Hatsune Miku is one of many voicebanks in voice synthesizing software such as VOCALOID and now Piapro Studio. Of course, there are many other programs out there such as CeVIO Creative Studio and UTAU. Miku Expo is one of the events centered on these vocal synthesizer characters, specifically Hatsune Miku. 

With the help of backers on the online crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, CFM plans on hosting Miku Expo online, with the event now referred to as Miku Expo 2021 Online. According to the official Miku Expo Twitter account, the event will be available for free. As of November 22, the debut of Miku Expo 2021 has been announced for June 2021. GN student Keely Graf, ’21, commented on the whole online Miku Expo situation, “When I first heard about Miku Expo 2021 Online, I wasn’t that excited about it. I’ve wanted to see an in-person VOCALOID concert for a long time, so an online concert wasn’t as appealing; however, now I think it will still be fun to watch, especially after seeing a producer I like prepare a new song submission for the concert.” 

In the meantime, fans can get their daily dose of Miku in the recently released “Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Mega Mix.” Another alternative is that fans could purchase online tickets to see Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2020.