Tech Published: 10 April 2024 Update: 10 April 2024

Miku fans wanted a hologram concert — they got a TV show instead

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A screenshot from a video of Miku Expo in Portland, Oregon.
Miku Expo 2024 in Portland, Oregon. | Screenshot: Wes Davis / The Verge

If you made it through that headline and you’re confused, don’t worry — I was, too, at first. Hatsune Miku is an internet fandom thing. She’s not a real person, and she didn’t get her start in some obscure anime — she’s a Vocaloid, which is a synthetic voice that can be fed melodies and song lyrics to output as vocal performances, and she puts on concerts. Here’s a succinct summary from my colleague Jess Weatherbed:

Okay, a quick crash course is that Miku is the mascot and most recognizable character for Vocaloid voice synthesizer software. Each Vocaloid “character” has a specific, unique voice that’s resulted in some of them gaining fan followings like real human performers.

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