Re:VB, creator of MikuMikuDance-compatible real-time rendering software AniMiku, held a VOCALOID performance yesterday at Rochester Institute of Technology’s anime convention Tora-Con. Previously, this software was also used by Vocalekt Visions for their performances in California and the Miku-UK team plans on using this as well. Due to unexpectedly large turnout, the performance ran twice in order to allow all the audience to watch from either the live room or the overflow room in one of the runs without breaking fire codes. The two identical sets each consisted of seven songs and an encore and were broadcast live on Ustream. A recording is available from Ustream and will be uploaded to YouTube in the near future. The stream at one point reached over 200 simultaneous viewers and there were several Japanese fans who were also watching the stream and commenting on Twitter.
UPDATE: Footage uploaded to YouTube.
The performance consisted of a single projector and a very large fly screen to act as a diffuser, creating the illusion of a 2D image in space. Unlike the previous big-name concerts from SEGA and the Mikupa team, there was no backing band performing with the virtual character(s). Except for the sound-only performance of the first song, AniMiku was used to render the MikuMikuDance models and movements in real-time, in sync with the music. In addition to collaborating with Vocalekt Visions for music, the performance promoted Crypton’s VOCALOID social networking site MIKUBOOK as one of the sponsors, which donated many MIKUBOOK stickers for the attendees. Most of the dance moves were fan-made by people working with Re:VB, but PoPiPo mimicked the Project DIVA movements and the other LamazeP song used motion files released publicly on Nico Nico Douga. The entire set list is as follows:
- UtataP – Project Diva desu. DX (Nico)
- Vocalekt Visions – Overseas Travels (YouTube)
- Vocalekt Visions – Tornado (YouTube)
- Vocalekt Visions – Lemon Ice Bar (YouTube)
- LamazeP – PoPiPo (Nico)
- Koda-P – Headline Love (YouTube)
- LamazeP – WAVEFILE (Nico)
- (encore) Vocalekt Visions – Summer Festival (YouTube)