In Japan the last few years there's been an upswing in computer generated music as Vocaloid, a singing synthesizer application developed by Yamaha corp, that takes a melody as well as allows turning written lyrics into computer pre-recorded vocals by singers / voice actors has gained quite a popularity. The software has been further developed and as of v2 it's struck a bit cultural impact.
Read more here if interested http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocaloid
Then as mostly promotional work, there has been made "virtual artists", looking like typical anime characters performing various songs by highly skilled composers to promote this software. The perhaps very most popular artist has become Hatsune Miku which is known as Japan's biggest "virtual artist/DJ" and she's/it's already been performing live in quite a few times as a "hologram" which I find a bit bizarre... I mean take a look at this vid
Now while I find the worshipping of a virtual artist a bit weird, I really admire the composers' work though, if you like jpop, jrock, trance and ballads, then there's a high chance you find at least some of the songs pretty good I think. Here's some examples:
Of course there's other vocaloids as well, such as Megurine Luka, here's some VERY good song IMO
Comments on this vocaloid thing or the songs or whatever
Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 7/4/11 at 8:37am