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Virtual Idol Hatsune Miku Sings in English for Hit Song “Spectrum”

February 28, 2013

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Hatsune Miku is no stranger to collaborations, “making appearances” in works by synth-pioneer Isao Tomita, digital art luminary Keiichiro Shibuya and popping up in countless ads across Japan. And now, the diva of the Vocaloid world is having her digital voice used in a remix of EDM producer Zedd’s international hit song “Spectrum” – in English.

Produced by kz (livetune), the remix is slated to appear on the Japanese version of Zedd’s debut album “Clarity,” released just yesterday. The livetune take swaps out original vocalist Matthew Koma in favor of the digital trill of Hatsune Miku. Yet the original lyrics of “Spectrum” remain, and livetune has programmed Miku to sing the song entirely in English, a very rare happening in the Japanese Vocaloid scene.

The remix came about after livetune originally remixed “Spectrum” as a fan. Zedd heard the Vocaloid-incorporated take, and was impressed.

Zedd, born Anton Zaslavski, has been making music since 2002, but has seen his stock rise with the rise of EDM. He’s remixed songs by Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas and Skrillex among others. “Spectrum” was released on June 4, 2012. The song did well on the various international charts, peaking at number one on Billboard’s United States Hot Dance Club Songs chart.

Starting out in 2007, livetune was one of the first musical projects to make heavy use of the then-contemporary Vocaloid 2 software, featuring Hatsune Miku. It has evolved into one of the most played Vocaloid music projects in Japan today. livetune will release a new compilation album, “Re:Dial,” on Mar. 20, featuring previously released singles “Weekender Girl” and “Tell Your World.”