Sunday, 5 June 2011

Vocaloid's Future : The missing link in Music Creation

After the 2 previous articles on the voice synthesizer Vocaloid (Introduction to Vocaloid, Examples of it), here's another one where I will just present a few ideas on what, I think, can be expect in the future. We already know that Vocaloid is very successful in Japan where it has caught the attention of the general population and even reached the first place nationwide in an album sales chart. So what about the future of the software outside its country? Can it happen too in our western societies?

I thought of making a post about the possible future developments of Vocaloid when I saw the news that after numerous requests from the English community, the US will now hold the first concert outside Japan with a virtual singer called “Mikunopolis”. It will take place next month during the Anime Expo in Los Angeles on July 2nd. I was expecting a concert outside Japan but not before the release of Hatsune Miku's English voicebank. It might be to give to the US something while they wait for English Miku. And a smart move from the Japanese, the successful concert of march 2010 will be the model for the US one with the same musicians. I bet the songs will be for most the same as last year. Japan's 2010 concert was the one that brought up Vocaloid popularity outside its country so it would be safer to not bring unknown songs on stage but just the popular ones. (I believe there will also be 1 or 2 songs in English to prepare for the English pack exportation).

Let's talk about the future of this phenomenon, or to be precise, the 2 phenomenons. The first one is of course the product itself : Vocaloid. The other one being the new process that emerge from it, which could be called the “missing link in Music Creation”.

Basic question: can Vocaloid be a success outside Japan? My answer is Yes.

First of all, Vocaloid is aiming at a new market where the popularity and recognition of the general public have yet to exist (at least outside Japan). Others may have tried something similar but haven't succeeded and we didn't heard of it. So does Vocaloid has an advantage?

Yes → There is a demand for the product. The first step is always the hardest one because, for a product to be sold, it has to display to the public its qualities, possibilities and usefulness. Japan's response was good and needed a few years to grow and form a strong defense against a product failure : a community. With internet and the already existing non-Japanese community interested in Japanese products, a specific part of international public shows a strong demand for the product.
Crypton Future Media already has that demand and just need to polish its Vocaloid products to sell it well in the future to us westerners. (To speak with numbers, recently Hatsune Miku English community Facebook page reached 200,000 which isn't bad at all. And the US concert has sold out before the other real singers).

Vocaloid exportation starts around now with the upcoming US concert and Toyota's campaign for the "Corolla Miku". Toyota is also one of the concert sponsors and will mostly use Miku's image to sell the Corolla as her official car to the Asian population in the US.

The TV spot :

Now, the “Missing link” idea. What do I mean?

I am referring to the point that what it is needed to bring an idea from a point A to B will be most likely obsolete in the future and be replaced by something more efficient. Those who can make that transition and be the first to present it to the world before its competitors, will win the race and be acknowledged as a strong entity.

In the world of business, that would mean that if a company find an opportunity and exploit it well before others discover its true potential, the first one will have a strong advance and will be marked as “succeeding where others couldn't even grasp the possibilities”. Vocaloid can be one of those if the English voicebank is well done and the community follows too.

In Japan, Vocaloid was the trigger, the spark that ignited the new musical creation idea of using the software as a draft for the composer and the use of Internet to post its full song even if the draft doesn't reach the standards we have today on the radio or TV. Without an instant worldwide communication device (Internet), how could someone create a full song by himself in sounds? At the best, he could write lyrics, play a few instruments, record it on a tape and present it to a producer. With Internet and Vocaloid, a new step has been created, right between the lyrics on a piece of paper and a song with a singer and some musicians : the “Draft step” or the “Composer's Vision” of the song.

That is a missing link. And as explained in a precious post, the advantages are numerous. (See “Hatsune Miku : Talent Ambassador”)

A good example of missing link success would be dematerialization. The popular store Itunes and video game platform Steam have been doing great because they saw the inevitable future that CDs and DVDs exist only as a support for product transportation between the creator and the customer. The Internet being more reliable, faster and used every year, the physical support that are CDs and DVDs will be obsolete one day. We had to have physical support because Internet wasn't seen as the missing link that will replace what we are used to since decades.

And once again, Internet will help by removing the unnecessary need of gathering individuals in the real world to create songs. Songs are sounds and it can be fully digitalized, so from point A to B, songs can be entirely developed with Internet as a unique communication device. And I think that, like Itunes and Steam, that is also inevitable. But how far the non-Japanese public will know about it?

In my opinion, there is 2 futures:

1) The virtual singer potential is recognized by general public and people takes interest in it.
2) The virtual singer stays a missing link, an intermediate step and only the final product with real musicians and singers is recognized.

If we take the US as an example, the previous concert in 2010 was entitled as an “Hologram staging concert in Japan”. Most of the time, the idea was that Japanese are mad about new technologies and went even crazier when they were cheering at a virtual singer instead of a real one. I wonder what will be their reactions this time when the “crazy” audience next month in LA, will be their own people. They will either think about it if they are open-minded or blame it on “a minority of asocial fans of Japanese crazy ideas” kinda stuff.

Either way, with the English voicebank, the existing community will create songs and like in Japan, a whole process of creation will emerge. So for it to be a real success, it would have to reach TVs, radios and other top charts in music sales. Maybe not number 1 like in Japan but top 10 or 20 is good enough.

When I see what reaches huge popularity in a short amount of time in the US, I believe it will be a piece of cake for Miku & Co. For example, the mini game Angry Birds on the Ipad. A few months with it and it even got some references on TVs shows and other popular medias. I played the game and frankly it barely reached the usual game standard we see on the Internet since years and there are so many more much better in every way scattered on Internet. We can see that the general public doesn't actually go deep enough on Internet and with the use of mass media, anything good enough can attain a very high popularity quickly if presented well. With all the qualities that Vocaloid will bring in English, I am certain it will work.

And between the 2 futures of above, I would say that most likely a song with real musicians and singers will succeed first and then a very talented composer will create one song, just one, a "Perfect Draft" with fantastic melody and will be recognized as such without the next steps involving real individuals. If the Perfect Draft is mostly electronic, it will starts first in nightclubs as a techno music and if the quality is even higher, it might go straight to TVs and radios. And then it starts for good.

We know that in Japan, the quality and quantity of virtual music are quite high, so if we need only one song to catch the English population, it will only be a matter of time. I don't know anything about the backstage of the music industry but I would bet on a public recognition between 3 months and a year after the release of Hatsune Miku's English voicebank. No more.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment.

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Sunday, 27 March 2011

How to appreciate foreign language songs : Example of Japanese with Vocaloid

In the last article, after a quite long wall of text, I said that I would show you some Japanese songs that demonstrate the potential of the Vocaloid software while also being ear-friendly to westerners. If you've just arrived on this page and do not know what Vocaloid is, I invite you to be up-to-date on the subject with my previous (long) article "Hatsune Miku : Talent Ambassador".

And for the stereotype lovers : No, Japanese music isn't all about an old geisha playing a lute and repeating vowels in a very high-pitched voice.

Like the title says, I'll try to enumerate different approaches to the problem of the language barrier through the medium of Vocaloid music for the Japanese. If you are discovering this music trend, I don't think that you will get an interest in all of the songs in this article. But if just one is to your liking, then I'll be pleased that my work was not a complete waste of time and I will gladly advise you again, if you do ask. Good? So, let's get on with it.

First things first : How does a song please us?

1. The listener has to be willing to hear it. This is everyone own business and have to deal with it. If someone is reluctant to a music style, I would not bother trying to convince him. But if you, reading these lines, are open enough to discover another music culture, then move on to section 2.

2. The melody is good enough to get your attention. It can come from the singer(s), the musician(s) or both performances. Also, it doesn't need to be interesting during the whole song, as a particular refrain could surprise you. And we just need a first time to be able, the second time, to trigger that pleasant feeling we first had and thus enjoying the song even more.

3. In the case where neither voice(s) nor instrument(s) melodies are interesting enough, the damage can be reduced by relying on other senses. In this case the sight, by the use of the video.
In a music video, if what we see pleases us like a story, a good-looking character or a beautiful scenery, the music might not be the main interest anymore. But having it played in the background will still be heard and slowly and unconsciously assimilated by the brain as a role in the positive emotion we are experiencing.

In the case of a foreign song where we understand nothing and thus creating a barrier, we can use subtitles like in any movie and as explained above in paragraph 3, be focused by our sight on the song's story.

So the songs I chose will have some of these appealing factors. But a good voice and instrument melodies, subtitles and video all together can be tricky to find. And if you don't like it, it might simply mean that it's not to your taste. So move to the next one.

Using Vocaloids' songs to be accustomed to Japanese changes a few things. The voices and the instruments being synthesized might not help but the songs coming from a single mind and those minds being quite numerous, the quality meets the quantity. And to raise the quality even higher, amateur singers and musicians sharing freely their own version of songs lead to songs with real voices and instruments. The best example is to make chorus and not have only one singer. Having multiple non-professional singers (but still good) at the same time hides most of the small faults that any of them could make.

Another strong point of Vocaloid videos is their stories. The lyrics already form a story by themselves and when a video maker wishes to create artworks out of it, it's up to him to represent the story from his point of view in his video. Different art + different view = More song richness.

And finally we also have an intermediate step, the English songs. To see if Vocaloid has potential, we can also use them to sing in English, with more or less success. But it is in fact a very good way to display that potential because of the accent. Someone not from our country talking in our language has most of a time an accent. Is it annoying? Nah, it's most of the time either funny or attractive (especially when it's a member of the opposite sex ;p).
A Japanese talking English is sometimes referred to Engrish to point out that our sound "r" is pronounced more like a "l" to them. I'll add an English song then.

Let's move on to the songs. Vocaloid has numerous voices and characters. Here is an artwork of the most populars (can't find the name of the artist). Easily distinguishable by their hair color, we have from left to right: From Crypton's Vocaloid 1st generation, Kaito and Meiko and Vocaloid 2 Miku, Len and Rin, and Luka. The last one being Gakupo (or Gackpoid for some) from the developer Internet Co. There is more but knowing that much is plenty enough.

These characters are merely tools for the Vocaloid user as they do not have background stories nor relations between one and another. They are just the same as actors and so there is no limits to the story they can play.

1) Last Night, Good Night (Chorus). A very calm song to start with to demonstrate the quality used in Chorus even though there is no subtitles. With this method, every singer are shown as an avatar with their names and are displayed when they sing (not everyone all the time and at the same time). Personal preference to the very good performance at 3:48 and following. The original video and voice that you can see in background can be seen at this link.

2) Hello, how are you? (Chorus). Another chorus to ease the progression. A bit more lively and despite the childish love theme, it is very enjoyable because of a great melody pace and piano. To better understand the story with the lyrics -> Original song here.

3) Yotsuba no clover. We leave the chorus aside to try a song by Rin (the twin girl) so this voice is electronic. Still no subtitles but you can enjoy the making-of of an artwork representing the Kagamine twins.

4) 1/6. Good guitar and rhythm, it's one of my favorite of Miku. The video has lyrics so you can understand what 1/6 refers to. There is no action but a single nice artwork. I suggest you to check out a chorus made of it where singers are only men. Nice combination.

5) Hard To Say I'm Sorry (original from Chicago). An example of a Vocaloid trying to sing in English. In this one, the accent and childish voice of Miku work very well. The mispronounced "promise / sorry" into "plomise / solly" sounds like having a 12-year-old daughter singing for a school play and in the place of a parent, it would look adorable.

6) Daughter of Evil. Song by Rin. Good example of story-telling and a catchy refrain. A young princess of only age 14 at the head of her kingdom with her servant. The "Evil" arc is a composition of 3 songs relating the same story but with different points of view. Servant of Evil is one of them (can't remember the last one). Small note : The different countries have their own color (so Rin is from the kingdom of Yellow and etc). Both songs "Daughter of Evil" and "Servant of Evil" were chosen to be played on stage at the 2011 Concert.

7) The Riddle Solver who can't solve Riddles. Kind of a strange one but I loved it the first time right away because of the story and the music pace. It's about a one-armed detective interrogating a young woman about murders. Well, it didn't say that songs all needed to be about soft feelings like love. Some are for an adult audience. Note : This song also forms an arc, the other one being "The Riddler who won't solve Riddles", which can help understand the whole story.

I think that's enough for today. I can't post every interesting songs so I may make another post at a later time. Thanks for reading until the end and I hope you enjoyed the selection.
Feel free to comment. Bye.

PS: I didn't list any music where you can actually dance your a** off, so here's one with the Vocaloid Lily (Internet Co.). And it's a great compilation of what this community is : the initial music with real singers, instruments, numerous artworks, excellent video editing and karaoke lyrics (in Japanese but part of the refrain is English). Love it.

Lily Lily Burning Night :

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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Hatsune Miku : Talent Ambassador

In this first post, I'll talk about something I became really interested in a few months ago. It's the voice/singing synthesizer Vocaloid and more specifically the community creation and development around it.

Last November, on another blog, I was surprised to read an article about a live concert held in Japan where the singer was in fact non-existent, more precisely a hologram. Many news articles appeared in mid-November and told the same story. The band Gorillaz also did a concert where they were replaced by avatars on stage. The articles pointed out that it was a mere video projection compare to a full 3D hologram concert with an audience attending.

The articles all linked the same video of the concert. For those of you who aren't really accustomed to Japanese, it may sound awful because of the language difference or simply annoying because the high-pitch voice used. So simply turn off the volume if you want, it's not the main interest of the link.
I am used to the Japanese language strangeness (compared to ours, Latin-based) so my first impression was not that the song was fantastic, but that the "singer" looked really three-dimensional. Being interested in new technology and Japan, I wanted to check if the technology had already reached that point in 3D image. (Maybe affordable personal spaceship will be a reality before I die. *fingers crossed*)

The graphics and animation used for the performance were really good but after a few articles/comments reads, it appeared that it wasn't a hologram as most media were talking about. I guess the word in itself is more appealing than "fake 3D projection". I watched the video several times for 2 reasons : the stunning fake 3D technology and more importantly, to try to understand why would people pay to see a video projection instead of a real singer and cheer for it.
That wasn't going to help the Japanese getting rid of the prejudice of them being strange people with crazy TV shows, cartoon characters everywhere and now worshiping a virtual Lolita singer as if she were real.

So why go to a virtual concert? Maybe it's about the music then if not the stage presence of the singer.

I eventually watched the whole concert called "39's Giving Day of Hatsune Miku".
For information, Hatsune Miku is the girl with green twin-tails and in Japanese, Miku can be translate in the numbers 3 and 9. This numbers could also being pronounced as "san" and "kyu". The name in the concert referred to a "Thank you Concert" from this Hatsune Miku where 39 songs were played and took place on March 9th (3/9 again). It also meant that news articles were 8 months late (talk about hot breaking news).
Another concert took place recently this year, on March 9th 2011, just before the tragic earthquake Japan still has to endure.

The concert finished, what I saw was the same type of concert that we usually expect, apart from the virtual Miku now know as the "Virtual Diva" in her country. Music was fine, most songs were catchy, a few had a certain strangeness making it difficult to understand the enthusiasm of the audience, and some were really good. Mostly, it was at the same level as the general J-pop (Japanese music pop) and other anime songs (anime: Japanese cartoon that stands for "animation").
As I thought that Hatsune Miku was probably only another idol for a minority of people composed of geek and nerdy people, the interest by the general population was greater than I expected. So how did the songwriters and creators of Miku made it a success?

The really surprising thing is that the makers of Miku had almost nothing to do to gain such reputation. And that's where the term Vocaloid comes in.

In 2003 - early 2004, Yamaha Corporation developed and released a singing synthesizer program called Vocaloid (Vocal + Android) mostly aimed at professional musicians. By typing lyrics and melody, any kind of music can be created. It can be jazz, rock, pop, rap, chorus, opera, techno and so on.
But the voice isn't initially virtual. The base of the sound has been recorded by voice actors. Yamaha doesn't handle that part and at first, only provided the Vocaloid software to two developers that made their own voice database and then sold the whole package. They were Crypton Future Media for the Japanese market and Zero-G for the international market (who developed the English singing voices).
To attract the customer and show that the product is in fact a "singer in a box", the developers gave them an identity. Both gave their product peoples' names and Crypton even created characters displayed on the front of the product box, which was a smart move.
Sells were mostly good and then came Vocaloid 2.

With the upgrade came new developers and more realistic voices available. Crypton is at the moment the most popular developer for having created Hatsune Miku's voice, their first Vocaloid 2 character (Crypton's Vocaloid 1 had 2). As usual, a character was designed on the box as it had already proven to be a successful marketing factor. The design is the same as the one during the concert. The synthesized voice being from a high-pitched female voice actor (Saki Fujita), it suited the image of a 16-year-old girl.

Thus started the popular success of the green-haired girl. At that time on the internet, a "meme" was going on (an internet phenomenon where a funny video is shared so much that it becomes very popular). It was about a very catchy Finnish polka song where a Japanese anime character played with a leek (don't ask, there was nothing to understand).
Then someone made a Hatsune Miku version of it, by adding a strangely shorter Miku character playing with the same vegetable and posted it on the Japanese equivalent of Youtube called Nico Nico Douga. It became so popular that Crypton's Vocaloid Miku sales skyrocketed (and funny enough the leek became her emblem).
Crypton released later two other popular Vocaloid products : the young Kagamine Rin and Len (which look like twins) and a 20-year-old female voice, Megurine Luka, more mature and also able to sing in English. Well an approximate English as Japanese is easier to record than English because of its low-fluctuating and syllable-based language (like "a, ga, ka, ma, ko, go, etc...).

And the fascinating part that led all the way to a virtual diva concert was still to come.
Vocaloid being now popular to non-professional musicians for its potential, it started a giant process of creation.

For one individual, to be able to write, compose, and sing a song became the ultimate selling argument. The only required part is creativity. The normal way of creating a song would be for a composer to search for a band and a singer to perform. That means, the right musicians with the right instruments and the skills to play them, and a talented singer with the adequate voice. Mix it up with the huge planning problem of having them gathered at the same time just to practice during their free time, and there you have the complicated procedure used since the dawn of time (and do not forget that you may have to pay them, just to see if your song has potential).

The Vocaloid system simplifies it so that, alone, you can create your music the exact way you are imagining it, and just with a computer.
Yeah, but the voice is artificial and robotic? And the instruments are digital too, right? Well, in some way yes, the voice won't be perfect but a skilled user of the software can come close to it. As for the instruments, it's less obvious as the quality is higher (the technology has been around for quite some time), the variety of instrument is large and the melody goes in the background when more attention is redirected to the voice.

The process of creation started as the Vocaloid musicians shared their works via the internet with Hatsune Miku as their most popular singer. But it didn't stop here.
Others apart from songwriters took part in it and helped creating a community. On one side are the graphic artists who makes videos out of the shared music consistent with the lyrics, and then upload the music video to Nico Nico Douga and Youtube.
Now, we all know what kind of disastrous video we can find on Youtube of someone singing their own version of a popular music. The problem is that the original singer is usually very good so matching it is very hard. But less if it is an electronic one. And from that, another part in the community was formed, composed of amateur singers. And some among them are very talented. They share too their versions freely on the net and other members can use them, where the most popular idea is to make chorus out of them. New videos are then created specially for choruses which leads us to music mixing and editing, and another video making process.
It's also to be noted that musicians are also a part of the community, where a well made melody typed on a keyboard can become much more when a skilled guitarist for example, will gladly play the music through the internet.
All of this even reached video animation when a collaboration between Ordet studio and the music group Supercell (specialized in Vocaloid song) led to a full 50-minute anime.

So that's the whole process I really like and want to share with you. A cycle of free creativity where the participants are producing thousands of songs and because of their unique origins (one single mind), they are much more distinct one from the other. That variety and mass production of creative content even succeeded in being first in a weekly top chart albums sales, nationwide. Impressive for a virtual singer.
It has to be noted that neither Yamaha nor Crypton kept rights about any music produced using their software. The use of Miku and the other Vocaloids' image is also allowed to promote songs. They even have their own music label "Karen-T".
From this, the Vocaloid community helped forming individuals to become music producers, singers, voice actors, video makers, music editors and artwork designers.

39's Giving Day, a concert for geek and nerds that shows that real singers will be replaced by holograms like the media likes to tell us? No, don't think so. Now knowing more about the origins of the virtual singer, it became clearer.
And for this I quote and redirect you to a very good blog article that sums up quite well the answer:

"Vocaloid isn’t putting musicians out of work. It’s making musicians out of people who never thought they could be one."
- Pata [Hatsune Miku and the Magic of Make-Believe]

Following the success, the video game company Sega created two musical games featuring some of the most popular songs made by the community. Because Sega and Crypton were, and still are, in a partnership, it has been decided that a concert could be made from the work done on Sega's video game "Project Diva" reusing the dances and costumes of the characters on stage.

The concert can easily be seen as a marketing operation to increase the video game sales of course but it was also a way to say "Thank You" to the Vocaloid community that made it so popular (Mi ku -> 3 9 -> San Kyu remember?).
So would it still feel stupid to go to a virtual concert? It depends on the point of view.
From a member of the community just enjoying all the songs since years, to the most active participant, if the main company told them "Thanks a lot guys. Hey, if we were to pay professional musicians to play the best of those songs on stage, would you come see it? And you wrote this song, right? If you can play an instrument, care to play it with the band in front of hundreds, even a thousand? And because it would feel a bit strange to hear a singer without seeing one, we will make an awesome 3D life-size Miku. Interested?

If I were in their place, the answer would be obvious. Being offered a concert from something that I could only heard from the internet would be a great way to spend an evening. And even if it's not a real hologram, it looks damn cool.
But in my place right now, I wouldn't go. As seen during the concert, the audience knows all the songs which shows its involvement in it. And even after I watched the full concert on Youtube the first time, I had absolutely no clue what the songs were about, what stories and feelings they intended to convey.
It's only after wandering on Youtube for other songs that I saw the richness and the potential of Vocaloids. And to this day, I really hope that the English version of Hatsune Miku in preparation right now, will have the same success outside of Japan. There is quite a big English community already out there waiting for it. If the product is good and the artists start the process too, it could become big.

So here we are. A first post a bit too long, but the subject is worth it.
Despite the Japanese language that you can find annoying to listen to, it can be overcome in several ways, like any other language. I will make a post out of it with some songs that can be appreciated quite easily by westerners for those who are interested in what results could come out from this Vocaloid system.

Thank you if you read until the end. Feel fry to ask any questions or just leave a comment.
Good night.

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Sunday, 13 March 2011

Always need a first post


So, where should I start? Heh... right, maybe what this blog is all about, why and where do I intend to bring it?
Actually, I don't have any goal aimed for this website. So why starting one?

Having a personal website that only our self can make it live by regularly posting wall of text is time consuming and needs new subjects to not bore the reader with the same talk. I never had to keep a website up and running. And I am fine without it, so why bother? I already have other plans and projects that take quite a lot of my free time already.

Well, since years I have spent a lot of time on the Internet and because of it, I have discovered more than I could imagined years ago. From the deepest stupidity of so called humans hidden behind the anonymity of the internet insulting for no reason, to exceptional, yet unknown, individuals with fantastic talents, ideas and visions throughout the globes, I am glad I hadn’t the beginning of my life trapped in a depressing Job/TV/Sleep routine where everything outside the country is considered “the other world that do not follow our lifestyle” and brought only by television.

Comparing information brought between television and internet is astonishing. The power of television is so vast that if it's the only source you use for entertainment, information, topic discussion and reflections, I don't think that you can experience a real world experience, knowledge and... let's call it, fun.

So, internet broke many boundaries and I am grateful to live in an era where free mind can live, be connected, experience from each other, learn and repeat the cycle.
Thanks to the countless websites I have explore, I have now really learned. And a website have to have an author, whatever the information it provides. Some helped me kill time during free time or boring teacher speech, and some changed the way I live my life. It may have taken time, months or even years, but it gave me another choice in what I could do with this information. Throw it away or keep it, explore it and benefit from it.

So this blog is just about the same as what all of this guys do since years. Write what they want, share what they want, and discuss it for no profit except believing that, by doing so, they bring more than just keep it for themselves. If they share it, it's because they believe in its utility and the good it can bring to someone.
By the way, they may never hear about what they taught and to whom because no written comments are required, but nonetheless they will continue to share because it's worthwhile.

Then it's my turn to write down anything I believe is worth taking a look at. Of course, many factors will play as time passes.

- Regular updates? Don't think so. Someday I might be taken by a writer madness and later on, a contagious laziness disease will strike me. Or because other projects are prioritized over this one.

- Writing and precision of the information. What I talk about might not be entirely true. Not that I want to lie but because I do not know everything and even after several source researches, I may still be in the wrong. And for your attention, English is not my first language as I am a 26 years old French currently at the other side of the planet from his home. So please bear some wrong syntaxes, other mistakes and a certain lack of vocabulary. Even better, correct me please, I still got a lot to learn. (as long are comments aren't aggressive, stupid and etc, you know the drill)

- Content : Well, I do not have plans nor a main subject that will bring me regularly fresh content to talk about, so if any readers are interested in one of my post, he may not bother at all about the following one. At the moment, because I'll talk of what I like and discovered on the net, I will probably talk about the Vocaloid phenomenon and share some of the best of what came from it.

- Other projects. I've got some outside this blog. For info, I'd like to broaden my language skill by learning Spanish and Japanese. One for a larger and better communication in many countries and the other one, well that one is only for better access to their surprisingly interesting stories in mangas and animation.
Another project I started is related to story telling, which I'd like to make either books out of it, or television/cinema materials if I learn how to do a proper script. Maybe this blog will help me in one way or another for that. Who knows.

So that should do it. Will this post ever be read? No idea, but it's done now.
Time will tell if this blog will have served a purpose, but I'm pretty sure it can't be just a waste of my time. And I do hope, yours too.

Thank you and see you later.


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