I tried to trim the number of videos in this post down to eight, but failed in the end, so you get ten this time around. I attempted to arrange the videos in an order that seems to work at least on some level when played back-to-back, but when you're mixing ten tracks from ten different artist and music from different genres it's not always easy to achieve a good flow. There's actually one Kaito and even a Aoki Lapis song on the list, but naturally Miku still dominates because she's, well, popular. And versatile. And cute.
If one was only going to listen to one of the tracks, I'd recommend the very last one (Orion), which is a true gem in my opinion; pretty much a perfect song. The third to last video (Luna) is still perhaps my personal favorite. I can rarely listen to it without having to hold back actual tears because it's just so beautiful. Possibly the most moving peace of music I've heard in my life if I'm not omitting something that should be obvious, but just escaped my mind at the moment. Anyway, enjoy the music, or don't. Whichever is fine.
Sorry, couldn't get the videos to appear side-by-side in pairs like in my previous two posts. That's probably because this post is too close to the top of the page and there just isn't enough width available. Oh well.
Gah. I hate that "Uninstall" cover. In fact, I've never heard a good cover of "Uninstall", Vocaloid or not. (The Kumikyoku medley sequence is good, but it's only a short sequence of the entire song - although, granted, it's a cover of the chorus, which is pretty much the only part most people remember...)
Most Vocaloid covers tend to err on the side of "aww, that's so stupid it's adorable!", with the exception of any GUMI covers of Nakajima Megumi songs, because that's just cheating. (For the uninitiated, GUMI's voicebank is provided by Nakajima Megumi.)
I mean, just listen to this.
("Seikan Hikou", Ranka Lee's debut single from Macross Frontier.)
Below you can find ten more videos. I had about twice that before I finally managed to condense it down a little. Once again I've made a small effort to arrange the songs in an order that has a flow to it. There were a couple more pop oriented songs on my list, but I couldn't find a suitable place for them, so they'll probably pop up in my next post.
A couple quick words about each of the songs:
•The first one (One Way) is a radio edit. The full song (with better sound quality) can be found here. I chose the version shown below because it a pretty decent 3D PV to accompany it, which some people might prefer to have.
•Comet is sung by Gumi Power. An earlier version of this song exists with original Gumi along with at least one more version which I haven't heard featuring bot Gumi and CUL.
•To my understanding Wanderers only features percussion with Miku's voice being used to produce all the other sounds.
•Contrasphere uses Miku Append and can be downloaded for free from the artist's Piapro page, although I believe you must have a Piapro account first which is luckily free to create. The page is in Japanese, but people using Google Chrome should get by using Google Translate.
•Chaining Intention PV was directed by Masataka who is amazing. I've got nothing to add to that.
•Silence is by NAYUTA whom I first heard of when I purchased a remix album of Hiroyuki ODA's album called Thirty where he remixed one of the tracks. Recently YouTube recommended me one of his Vocaloid songs, which I didn't know he made, and that's how I found this song. Like Contrasphere, this track is available for free on NAYUTA's Piapro page along with other tracks as well including the off vocal version which is also phenomenal.
•SUPER WORLD is sung by IA who's a pretty recent addition to the Vocaloid 3 family. Not sure what I think about her voice; haven't heard that many good songs to form an opinion, but this track is decent.
•We are friends, aren't We? was released by KarenT very recently as a single and I first didn't listen to it because based on the artwork it seemed like a pop song - which is what I would call it actually. It just combines some very creative elements with a basic pop song structure to form something rather unique and simply brilliant.
•Hello, Planet. is by sasakure.UK and was featured in at least one of the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA games. The band uses both Vocaloids and human singers on their albums and here you can view one of their non-vocaloid songs which features a female singer called mirto, who has an incredibly cure singing voice. Check it out.
•Mind Flower is a Luka song and was composed by SOSOSO. I find it slightly sad that someone in the comments complained about the song having a too great difference in volume between its parts. Dynamics are so rarely used in songwriting these days and when they are they're often ruined by compressing and limiting during mastering. New generations of music listeners are starting to get used to having their music be at the same volume ALL THE TIME, resulting in them not being used to changes in volume.
A quick word... that turned out to be false advertising. The stuff above didn't take that long to type, but hopefully it doesn't look discouraging to anyone. Anyway, as always, enjoy the music.
IA is QUICKLY becoming one of my favorites of the new batch of Vocaloids and here are 2 examples why!
I love it when Vocaloids do real rock too! This group of Sweet Ann, Luka, Iroha, and IA really works!
Great choices! IA is really starting to grow on me, too. If you haven't heard them already, you should check out Jin's songs that use her. Headphone Actor, Kisaragi Attention, Imagination Forest... well, that whole series is good. Haha.