I’m not sure what’s going on here but it appears to be an ode to space elevators. The uploader’s YouTube channel also has similar videos saluting the Pioneer and Voyager space probes as well as one talking about terraforming Mars. [via the Space Elevator blog]

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John Baichtal

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  • Z

    Just some explanation to what is going on here:

    The character here is actually a singing synthesizer called a Vocaloid. It allows the user to input the notes and lyrics of a song and the program will sing it back.

    Vocaloids were basically unknown until some company called Crypton started marketing the software with characters. Their first really successful character was Hatsune Miku. They later released a duet called Kagamine Rin/Len, and now they have a 3rd version that can sing both Japanese and English called Megurine Luka. Rin is the character shown in this video.

    By combining the software with characters, they developed a large fan base, creating art, back stories, and more songs for their program. Some examples are shown here (remember it is Japanese):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0-2lzA7_Cg (Do not watch this one while tired!)

    It is funny how they try to make these Volcaloids sound more like humans, while singers now days are Autotuned to sound like robots.

    • Z

      I don’t know how or if you can edit posts here, but the first link should be this one instead:

      It’s subtitled in this version.

    • John Baichtal

      Fascinating, thanks for the info!

    • vivi

      Funny, I found out about this software just yestarday. Here’s another good one of the main theme from Paprika, sounds almost human :

  • MadRat

    Is there a space elevator song with subtitles?

    • Z

      Probably not for a while. They are usually made by fans, but this video is pretty new so it is likely that there hasn’t been enough exposure to grab a translator’s attention.

  • DanYHKim

    Where are the elephants? Where is the turtle?