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Talk about Hatsune Miku, 10 years after her birth!Lecture by Professor Itoh KCGI, the creator of the program

Professor Hiroyuki Ito of KCGI talks about the history of Hatsune Miku in a special lecture titled
Professor Hiroyuki Ito of KCGI talks about the history of Hatsune Miku in a special lecture titled "Why Hatsune Miku is supported all over the world" (December 8, 2017, Kyoto Station Satellite Hall, Kyoto Institute of Information)

On December 8, 2017, Professor Hiroyuki Ito of Kyoto College of Computer Science (KCGI), the president of Crypton Future Media, Inc. (Head office: Sapporo, Japan, founded in 1995), who created and nurtured the vocaloid "Hatsune Miku," gave a special lecture titled "Why Hatsune Miku is supported around the world" at the KCGI Kyoto Station Satellite Hall.It's been 10 years since the birth of 'Hatsune Miku'.Looking back on how creators of various genres have used Hatsune Miku as a theme for their creations, and how she has become an existence loved by people all over the world, Professor Ito introduced the participatory event "Magical Mirai" and the "MIKU EXPO" held in cities all over the world with images.Professor Ito said, "Miku is loved by many people around the world.We will continue to maintain the ease of use of the site so that everyone can enjoy and make meaningful use of it," he said.Students of KCG and KCGI listened with great interest to the lecture by Prof. Ito who is leading the world's content business.

Standing 158cm tall, weighing 42kg, and 16 years old, Hatsune Miku was born on August 31, 2007.With more than 100,000 songs, more than 2 million videos posted on You Tube, and more than 2.5 million official Facebook users, the band's 3D concerts held around the world attract large crowds of fans.

In the lecture, Professor Ito first touched on the various businesses of Crypton Future Media, Inc. and then explained to the students about sound and song creation using software as "Introduction to Digital Sound.Of the sensory functions, hearing is the first to which humans respond.It is said to have the greatest influence on human psychology," he said, adding that equipment (audio, speakers, etc.), software (including effectors and other plug-ins), and sound sources (virtual instruments, etc.) are necessary for DTM (Desk Top Music).He explained that the virtual instrument has evolved gradually from the hardware sampler to the software sampler in the 2000s, and has expanded to include software that creates sounds for drums, piano, and wind instruments.That's when the idea of using software to create a human singing voice came about, and Hatsune Miku was born.In addition to the singing synthesis technology, the integration of the characters must have made it more approachable as a Vocaloid," he said.

In developing 'Hatsune Miku', he says that he focused on how to open up the rights (related to copyrights), "We created and published a copyright license, and made it clear which parts of Hatsune Miku could be used freely and which parts could not.I also felt that it would be too much of a burden for a third party to obtain permission from Crypton and the secondary creators each time they wanted to use the secondary creations, so I set up a content posting site called "piapro" where people can freely use the content for non-commercial purposes as long as they express their gratitude to the creators as a matter of etiquette.We worked hard to create a place where creators can actively create without feeling deflated," he explained.

Hatsune Miku has gone through many stages of secondary and tertiary creation, and her expression has expanded to include not only singing and voice, but also dancing, videos, cosplay, and figures.Many collaborations have been realized, including fashion, opera, robots, racing teams, games, Japanese drums, and popular TV anime characters.This year, it was used as the city emblem of Chiba City only on August 31, the birthday of Hatsune Miku.

Professor Ito introduced that the Chinese version of Hatsune Miku was born and the first concert in Shanghai was realized in September 2017.In 2018, Magical Mirai will be held in Osaka in addition to the usual Makuhari Messe.After 10 years, Hatsune Miku will continue to be loved by many people around the world.

Dr. Ito was appointed as a KCGI professor in April 2013.In recognition of his international activities and technological innovations, he was awarded the Medal with Blue Ribbon in 2013.KCGI and KCG have a system of mutual exchange of classes, and students can audit each other's classes.Not only students of the contents business course at KCGI, but also students of contents-related fields such as KCG Art & Design, Digital Game, Computer Science Information Processing, IT Voice Acting, etc. will learn a lot from Professor Ito's efforts.

Professor Hiroyuki Ito of KCGI talks about the history of Hatsune Miku in a special lecture titled
Professor Hiroyuki Ito of KCGI talks about the history of Hatsune Miku in a special lecture titled "Why Hatsune Miku is supported all over the world" (December 8, 2017, Kyoto Station Satellite Hall, Kyoto Institute of Information)

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