What is a Vocaloid?
Vocaloid is a program created by Yamaha that allows users to generate songs. Currently, there are six different Vocaloids, and of course, in the Japanese tradition of creating characters out of everything, each Vocaloid has a character and personality.
It's hard to believe, but the Vocaloid community is over two years old now. When I created the first thread back near the end of 2008, it was just under a year old. Since then, we've seen the addition of some more Vocaloids, as well as an increase in the production quality and maturation of the songs themselves. Back then, livetune was just releasing one of the first commercial Vocaloid albums. Today, most popular artists have Vocaloid CDs available on Amazon.jp and stuff.
And that's why I'm creating this thread anew, with a renewed purpose. The community has grown so much since then, both in composers and vocalists that cover Vocaloid songs. I'll be taking a more directed approach with this thread. What this means is that I'll be highlighting popular composers and vocalists in this thread every so often, while you go listen and find something new to appreciate and chat about here.
To best enjoy this thread, you'll want to get yourself a Nico Nico Douga account, which is required to view videos and mylists on Nico Nico Douga. Here's an English registration guide. I will try my hardest to post YouTube links, but I can't make any guarantees. You'll want to go to the Nico Nico Douga video for the best quality anyway.
So I guess I'll start off with easily the most widely-known Vocaloid composer: supercell.
If you know me, you'll know I won't shut up about them. I even bought their (quite frankly, overpriced) album that came with a DVD I didn't want. And if you've talked with me for some length of time, I probably would have linked you to one of these songs at some point.
Technically, supercell is a group consisting of a composer, ryo, and several artists and musicians. nagi, their non-Vocaloid vocalist isn't a part of supercell, but honestly, she may as well be, being the voice behind every one of their non-Vocaloid productions so far. Every single one of supercell's songs have reached over 1 million views on Nico Nico Douga. In 2009, they released their first album, supercell feat. Hatsune Miku and their first single (featuring nagi), Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari, the ending theme to Bakemonogatari.
In terms of genre, they're pretty much rock, ranging from piano rock stuff like in Melt to more electronica stuff in LOVE & ROLL.
Melt: NND YT
Love is War: NND YT
Black Rock Shooter: NND YT
Hajimete no Koi ga Owaru Toki: NND YT
What does the future have in store for them? Well, just last week, they released a joint single with livetune titled こっち向いて Baby , Yellow. Earlier in the year, supercell released their second single, Sayonara Memories. In August, supercell will be releasing their double A-side single Utakata Hanabi/Hoshi ga matataku konna Yoru ni…, which will be the newest ending theme for Naruto Shippuden and the ending theme for the upcoming TYPE-MOON game Mahou Tsukai no Yoru.
Members: ryo, Shirow Miwa, huke, redjuice, Suga, Maque, Yoshiki Usa, Hei8ro, Guitar, Crow, Golv
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