A visual kei band member denouncing Hatsune Miku and the other Vocaloids as “not being real music” has prompted outrage amongst Miku’s legion of devoted followers.
The visual kei band (essentially Japanese style glam/gothic rock marketed to women on the basis of visual appeal) in question is “The GazettE,” considered highly popular for a visual kei outfit.
Group member “Aoi” tweeted to his 40,000 followers about how threatened he feels by Miku and company:
I don’t like to say this but I’m not happy seeing listeners and magazines treat Vocaloid stuff as real “[artistic] works.”
It’s certainly marvellous technology, but if you are satisfied with that there’s no point in us making music. I could go so far as to say it makes what we’re doing nothing but masturbation.
People who treat mere machines like that as being equal to artists are crazy.
This immediately provoked outrage amongst Vocaloid fans, and rather than stand and face their indignation he apparently deleted the Tweet and fled, although by this time it was too late and Vocaloid fans from far and wide were piling in on the fight.
2ch’s reaction is mixed:
No idea who he is but he speaks the truth.
Mikutards are going crazy…
He’s pretty pompous for a cheap knock off of Dir En Grey.
Is he criticising Vocaloids or their songs?
If he’s just going to delete and run he should have kept his mouth shut.
What the hell is this guy about? Fancies himself an artiste? Get out of it.
Can we call this guy’s stuff “works” either?
A popular visual kei band you say? I’ve never heard of them.
They’re both trash.
Visual kei is the same sort of thing as Vocaloids. I can do without either.
You visual kei idiots are the same. Your songs are worthless and you are judged on looks alone.
Vocaloids are “works”? They’re just instruments…
He’s just bothered about being beaten by a machine. Just admit it.
Visual kei is a desecration of music.
Why is it celebs always self-destruct as soon as they get a Twitter account?
They’re both just as creepy as each other.
Making a name for yourself by dissing Vocaloids is pretty simple to pull off it seems.
This is like an artist saying CG art isn’t real art. If it has fans it’s real.
Some self-proclaimed artiste is the equal of Miku – what a joke!
Aoi vs Miku: