I discovered a great band this week and they are called Livetune. We’ve done posts about Hatsune Miku and her Vocaloid powers before, but I’ve never really enjoyed the songs she was featured in. Until now. Their songs are upbeat, catchy, and make some of the best usage of Vocaloid technology in my opinion.
For those of you unfamiliar with Vocaloids, they’re basically software that people can use to produce vocals. You type in the words and the note and the pitch and all that jazz and just like that you have a professional singer belting out your catchy lyrics. There are many different Vocaloids, but Hatsune Miku is hands down the most popular. If you want to learn more about them and how they will one day conquer the known world, you can read more about them in my post here, or Koichi’s post here.
But anyway, Livetune formed in 2007 and have been making catchy electro J-pop ever since. So far they have one regular album, one remix album, and a single CD that just came out earlier this week. I really enjoy their work and I hope you will too.
Hatsune Miku at Her Best
Unfortunately this is the only official PV (promotional video) that Livetune has out for their tracks. It’s also the song that was released on single earlier this week and featured in a Japanese Google Chrome commercial. Not bad, eh?
This song’s a bit more chill and laid back than the others but I still think it’s pretty good. And by chill and laid back I mean as compared to the other Livetune tracks.
I like this song. It makes me happy. I never really had anything against Vocaloids before, I just didn’t think that the music going along with their singing was that great (most of the time). I think Livetune does a great job implementing Miku’s vocals into their songs.
Livetune used to be a two man gig (Kz and Kajuki P) but Kajuki P ended up leaving the group in March of 2009. You can check out Livetune’s Last.fm page here.
This song is definitely more chill than the other ones. I’m not really a huge fan of it myself but I figured I should share it anyway for those who like slower more laid back songs such as this. I like the music just fine, but I think the Vocaloid voice just isn’t the greatest choice for this sort of tune. What do you think?
Livetune even does remixes! I really like this one a lot. Electro J-pop remixes are always a good thing. The above song is probably my favorite out of the three I included here.
Orinially, Livetune was signed with Victor Entertainment (the same label as Sakanaction) but recently made the switch to Toy’s Factory in 2012. You can also check out Livetune’s official site over at Livetune.jp.
I’m not sure if they have any other remixes floating around somewhere but these were the best ones I could come up with. Which remixed track do you like best?
Full Length Album
Remember that remix album I mentioned earlier? Well here it is in its entirety. Listen! Enjoy! I’ve yet to check out the original, un-remixed album, but I usually like remixes better than the original songs anyway. How do you like it?
I also enjoy the heavy play on words for the name of this album. It’s called Re:Mikus. You can take it a couple ways – like, a reply to all Mikus, or read it as “remix” with a Japanese accent (remikusu). Pretty clever, huh?
So, have any of you heard of Livetune before? Whatcha think? Have any other favorite bands that make good usage of Vocaloid talents? Share in the comments!
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