If you have not been living deep in a cave the past month, you probably have been annoyed by noticed one of the latest LSD-inspired Internet memes flying around.
Those familiar with the works of DaniwellP certainly know why this article is featured on Vocaloidism. But if you want to understand why we care about this video of a pop tart cat in space read further on…
But first, a song :)
You may recall that a significant contributing factor to the spread of Vocaloid 2 in Japan was the remix and cover of the popular “leek spin” Internet meme by Otomania; posted on NND a few days after the release of CV01 Hatsune Miku. It is somewhat not surprising that a new Internet meme would be born out of a Vocaloid song, or rather the UTAU cover of a Vocaloid song…
UTAU? Yes, although daniwellP is usually rightly credited as the song author, the voice used in the nyan cat video is actually Momo Momone. Remember that long before nyan cat was launched in space, the Nyanyanyanyanyanyanya! PV featuring Miku was already an established meme on NND with more than a thousand uploads and remixes.
Among these uploads was momomomoP’s cover (ももももP). If you have not had enough of listening to the first video, you can listen to it again with the Momo PV, and for good measure, compare with the original Miku version :D
Don’t be surprised if you can’t clearly hear Miku sing “nya” in DaniwellP’s original song, this is normal for many listeners, but know that Miku is singing. That’s hardly the first extreme tuning of a Vocaloid where the lyrics are barely understandable…
Now the interesting question is how far will this meme go? Some say it’s annoying that most of the viewers are not aware that they are listening to an UTAU singing Vocaloid-generated music, some say it’s good because even if only a minority of people find out the source of this viral music, they may increase the reconnaissance of Vocaloid music and its producers.
People who are obviously annoyed by the sudden notoriety of the Nyan Cat are some of ももももP’s fans who despise all the westerners coming on to NND to comment on the PV. Watching the flamewar going on may be funny, but remember that as a matter of courtesy, comments should only be in Japanese on NND.