Music

Yoriko Takahashi - June 11, 2015

Today, LINE launched a flat-rate music streaming service called LINE MUSIC, which is the same kind of service as Apple Music. Users can choose a ¥500 basic plan (limited to 20 hours over 30 days) or a ¥1,000 premium plan (30 days unlimited).
Yamaha announced the release of PC software "VOCALOID4 Library CYBER DIVA" that creates a natural English-speaker singing voice. It is even compatible with death growl vocalization style. Now America can their Hatsune Miku on?
Without knowledge of composition, Casio's new iOS application - Chordana Composer - allows you to write an original song. If you hum for a duration of 2 musical bars, Chordana Composer will improvise a whole song for you.
By installing Casio's newly-released "CZ App for iPad" application, you can reproduce their popular CZ series synthesizer on iPad screen. It allows you to do serious of music production anytime anywhere with your iPad.
SoftBank is going to release wireless MIDI music Keyboard C.24 exclusively on December 16 before the rest of the world. It is manufactured by an American startup, Miselu. The price is ¥24,000.
Softbank sells Hello Kitty headphones in collaboration with Beats
Hello Kitty x Beats Electronics-collaborated special headphone models will be available at SoftBank stores all over Japan. There models are created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty's birth.
Percussion Warfare: US Marines vs. Republic of Korea Army (In a Drumming Battle!) - AkihabaraNews.com

The Hopefully Not Too Distant Future of Conflict Resolution
If you’re a fan of drumming or a fan of parades or a fan of uniforms or a fan of humanity, it’s going to be pretty impossible to not get a smile and a wow out of watching this drum battle. Yes, one team is pretty outclassed, but it all seems to be in great fun with both sides getting a lot of applause and appreciation.

Vocaloid Hatsune Miku Represents on Letterman (and righteously shames pop music) - AkihabaraNews.com
Hatsune Miku isn't based on a person, she exists only as a hologram, and her voice is not recorded, but derived from a software platform used specifically to generate artificial singing voices. For becoming a blunt cudgel of ironic logic, Hatsune Miku gets our respect. And also because she plays with a full band - that's pretty badass, too.
AkihabaraNews on The Kong Show: Top 10 J-Tech & Culture, and the Dude from Boston!

AkihabaraNews' Editor Reno J. Tibke Talks Tech on The Kong Show Podcast
Though we're currently taking a break from producing our own podcasts, we do dispatch to spread the tech word on others!

Japanese Girl Wins Air Guitar World Championship - AkihabaraNews.com
This year’s winner, nicknamed “Seven Seas,” is a little-known former member of a Japanese air guitar idol group, but she was apparently more than just a pretender. That is to say, most of the cute young girls recruited and/or cajoled into Japanese idol groups are probably more interested in being generically famous than they are in their singing, dancing, or specific (often contrived) talent. This Nanami, however, she seems to really, really wanna rock.

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