Posted on 2012/12/17

Hey everyone! Long time no see! Sorry I had kind of slacked off on the webpage updating thing. I was sort of just going to a different live concert each month these past few months.

For September, it was AFA Indonesia. Mainly went to go see LiSA and KOTOKO. KOTOKO’s set list was simply awesome and I jumped around like a maniac when KOTOKO announced that she was going to sing the Kazoku Keikaku opening ><; Unfortunately, I didn't know the local language, so it was kind of hard getting around. However, the live concerts really made up for it.

For October, there were the two Mikupa concerts -- one in Hong Kong and one in Taiwan. I enjoyed my time in Taiwan a lot more than my time in Hong Kong, although it was much easier to get a good position in the venue for the Hong Kong one (got 6th row or so in the center). For Taiwan, it was a mad battle for vouchers which determined the order you could walk into the concert arena. Ended up losing that battle and getting into the second half of vouchers for my section. Managed to squeeze in to around 10th or 15th row, but all the way to the left. The concerts were pretty good, and the after-parties really made it an awesome experience. Got to meet some famous producers like DECO*27 and sasakure.UK. Also managed to get a ton of the Japanese concert-goers to try some of that 58% sorghum liquor. Let's just say that sasakure took his liquor like a boss, while some of the female cosplayers had, shall we say, very interesting reactions to it. XD; I wrote some more detailed accounts of the concerts in my articles series on Vocaloidism: Mikupa Hong Kong and Taiwan, Part One.

For November, there was Anime Festival Asia 2012 in Singapore. And for some bizarre run of good luck, I managed to score front row and center for my two friends and I. There was a good amount of space in front of the front-most row, so my friend and I had a great amount of exercise shooting wotagei. XD; Hachioji’s set was also pretty awesome, and people probably thought I was having an epileptic seizure dancing to Weekender Girl, hehe. I also went to see Marble Collection. Well, to be more precise, I bought VIP tickets for that to see the Ginyu Force wotagei squad. They weaved them into the entire presentation really well, so I actually enjoyed the whole thing. Shooting from the edge of the seating area in sync with them was also pretty fun. XD; I also wrote an article on Vocaloidism about the VOCALOID-related stuff at the event: VOCALOID at Anime Festival Asia 2012

Lastly, while we’re on the topic of concerts, I actually had one of my songs played at a concert. Okay, so it was played only as an intro song as people filed in for VocaNoIro, but it was pretty neat. I used ToneRion and Hatsune Miku and had them sing this song called “Welcome to the Future”, because, well, both of them are technically “from the future”. >_>; It was also Rion’s birthday yesterday, so I made a kind-of movie intro looking video for this song as well. Oh and that wasn’t the only song I released recently. Since Propellerhead somehow magically fulfilled my wishes of a dedicated FM synthesizer Rack Extension, I ended up making a quick track called “pixie bloom” with 14 instances of the new PX7 (it’s a Yamaha DX7 clone) and had Miku sing along with it (since her character design is based on the DX series FM synthesizers from Yamaha). Please check out both of these songs if you get a chance!

pixie bloom (niconico) (YouTube)
Welcome to the Future (niconico) (YouTube)

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