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  • ♪ (ragtime music) ♪

  • - ♪ (singing in Japanese) ♪ (crowd roaring)

  • - Wait a minute. Is that--

  • It's a cartoon?

  • - Is that a real person?

  • - Or are they just dressed in costumes?

  • - Like a cartoon of Lady Gaga?

  • ♪ (rock music) ♪ - Is that a real artist?

  • I don't know.

  • - Shake it, baby. (chuckles)

  • - ♪ (singing in Japanese) ♪

  • - It sounds Japanese.

  • - Japan or some oriental country.

  • - How do they do that?

  • - Hmm.

  • - And then there's real musicians on stage.

  • That's really strange.

  • - ♪ (singing in Japanese) ♪

  • - That is so cool. She's so cool.

  • - I'm glad I'm not a teenager anymore

  • and forced to watch something like this.

  • ♪ (song wrapping up) ♪

  • - Yeah, they love it.

  • But what the heck is this thing?

  • ♪ (song ends) ♪

  • - That is the weirdest thing I've ever seen.

  • - That's a trip.

  • ♪ (pop intro) ♪

  • - Oh no, another one?

  • - Twins.

  • - ♪ (singing in Japanese) ♪

  • - I don't-- have no idea what I'm watching.

  • - ♪ (singing upbeat song in Japanese) ♪

  • - ♪ (hums along) ♪ Fancy tune.

  • - Take off the animation and let me see the real deal here.

  • - I think that is absolutely unique.

  • - I hope those people didn't spend a lot of money on tickets.

  • - I'm just not relating to this at all.

  • - ♪ (tinny singing) ♪

  • - Wow. Wow, I've never seen anything like that before. (chuckles)

  • - I love it. I ca-- I'm--

  • I'm overwhelmed. I really am truly overwhelmed. How creative.

  • What was it?

  • ♪ (ragtime music) ♪

  • - (Finebros) Do you have any idea what exactly you just saw?

  • - No.

  • -No.

  • - No.

  • - I am, like, baffled.

  • - A very unusual, unique rock concert.

  • - (Finebros) Was it a real person singing? - I don't know!

  • - I got no clue.

  • - I can't tell if it was human or not.

  • - I'm beginning to suspect they weren't.

  • - No, I don't think they were real people.

  • But how could they move like that if they were not real people?

  • - (Finebros) They're not real people. They're computer generated.

  • - (sighs) Oh, my gosh.

  • I would be freaked out if I was at a concert

  • and they were not real things up there.

  • - (Finebros) Well, how do you think they did that?

  • - I don't know.

  • - I don't know! How would I know that? Heh.

  • - Robots?

  • - It's some projection of some sort.

  • - Maybe they're using holograms, you know? A screen of some sort.

  • - I don't know how they did it.

  • I'm still trying to work on my cell phone

  • to figure out how the hell they did that.

  • - (Finebros) What do you think about a crowd going crazy

  • for an animated singer? - They had too much saké.

  • - Oh, that's not unusual.

  • I mean, how many people cry at Bambi?

  • - So there's nothing really there?

  • And they actually go to a concert

  • to watch nothing that's really there.

  • The world has gone insane.

  • - How much were they getting paid to act crazy like that?

  • - (Finebros) They pay to go to that. - They pay?!

  • - The crowd itself doesn't surprise me really that much.

  • It's just the great technology. It just blows my mind away.

  • - (Finebros) Well, these singers, they call them "Vocaloids."

  • Do you have any idea what a Vocaloid is? - No.

  • - Not-- mm-mm. I'm not from that country.

  • - I have a feeling that a Vocaloid is a computer-created sound.

  • - I'm thinking androids, you know.

  • That's the only other thing I know that's an "-oid." (chuckles)

  • - (robotically) I am your friend.

  • Should I sing you a song?

  • - (Finebros) This is a technology

  • where a person comes in and records various noises

  • and syllables into a computer program that you can then purchase

  • and then you can make songs using that person's voice.

  • - Oh, that's interesting.

  • - Can I do that with Robert Plant? (snickers)

  • - Why would you do that instead of a singer?

  • - Well, you have to be impressed by the technology.

  • - We're becoming a bit just enthralled with technology,

  • aren't we? (chuckles heartily) Not talent. Technology.

  • - (Finebros) So here's the girl that you saw.

  • Her name is Hatsune Miku. - "Hatsune Miku."

  • I like her hair.

  • - She's very cute.

  • - Totally dig the nylons. I'd buy those.

  • - She looks rather tarty.

  • That's "tarty" with a T.

  • - Well, she works good for a Vocaloid. (chuckles)

  • - (Finebros) And this is Rin and Len. - What is there to like?

  • - They're little sailors.

  • - They're kind of fun.

  • It's not offensive.

  • - (amused) Whoever does their costumes, that's great.

  • - I love it.

  • When you put a personality to it,

  • like they're doing, then it becomes a real thing.

  • - (Finebros) So this technology has led

  • to these animated characters being created

  • that have become hugely popular in Japan and other countries.

  • What are your thoughts on that? - I think it's so impersonal.

  • How do you connect with... a cartoon?

  • - Why would you want that instead of human beings?

  • - It's amazing to me. I'm blown away.

  • I mean, it's like, aah!

  • - The future is here. Science fiction is real.

  • I mean, it's kinda scary, robots taking over.

  • - Think about how much money you can make.

  • You're paying very few people.

  • So you can really clean up on that.

  • And you don't have to deal with some damn diva

  • who needs her green M&Ms put in the room while she's waiting.

  • That's actually very smart.

  • - (Finebros) Does it matter to you if a song is created by people

  • using a computer in a program

  • versus it being actually sung by an artist in the regular way?

  • - I would prefer to have a vocal talent from a live performer.

  • - I want a real person to sing it.

  • That was so cold. The voices were so cold and distant.

  • It was like hearing a machine singing.

  • - I don't think it would matter,

  • because the computer program was created by somebody.

  • Somebody had to do the artistic formation.

  • - It used to be

  • on your gear, you could pull up any musical sound you wanted.

  • Up until now, I guess you couldn't pull up a vocal sound.

  • I think it's a natural progression still created by real people

  • with a creative mind knowing what the consumer wants.

  • - (Finebros) If someone told you in the past that one day

  • there would be singers made by computers

  • that would fill massive stadiums with screaming fans,

  • what would you have said to them? - What's a computer? (laughs)

  • - What have you been smoking?

  • - No way.

  • - I would have never believed that.

  • - It's impossible. It will never, never happen.

  • I would have said, "Go [bleep] yourself."

  • ♪ (heavy metal) ♪ (explosions)

  • (eagle screeches) (gunshots)

  • - (Finebros) Would you ever go to a Vocaloid concert?

  • - Yeah, I'd love to go and see it.

  • - Oh, absolutely!

  • - (chuckles) No.

  • - (amused) Why would I want to pay to see nothing?

  • - Personally I would not.

  • - I am fascinated by it.

  • But for me, no.

  • - (Finebros) How does all this technology make you feel?

  • - Empty, like something is lost.

  • - I think it goes too far sometimes.

  • - It's a feeling of fear that I can't catch up with technology.

  • - It is terrifying in a way, because I know it's passing me by,

  • so you know you're older.

  • - It makes me feel like I'm living in such an exciting time

  • that all these things are happening.

  • And I go, "I wonder what's next. What's next?

  • What will amaze me next?"

  • - Thanks for watching another episode of Elders React.

  • - Leave a comment for what we should watch next,

  • but maybe a real person next time?

  • - (robotically) Make sure you hit the Thumbs Up,

  • or we're gonna take over the world. Ha-ha ha ha ha ha-ha!

  • - Bye-bye!

  • - Please don't turn me into a Vocaloid one day.

  • ♪ (ragtime music) ♪

♪ (ragtime music) ♪

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Elders React to Vocaloids! (Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin / Len)

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    Min-shan Chung posted on 2016/05/14
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