Wowaka in 2017
|Also known as||Genjitsutouhi-P (現実逃避P)|
|Born||November 4, 1987|
Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
|Died||April 5, 2019 31)(aged|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, lyricist, arranger, vocalist, guitarist|
|Instruments||Hatsune Miku, Fender Telecaster|
|Years active||2009 - 2019|
Wowaka (stylized as wowaka, Japanese : ヲワカ; November 4, 1987 –April 5, 2019), also known as Genjitsutouhi-P (現実逃避P), was a Japanese musician best known for his Vocaloid music and his vocalist role in the band hitorie. He has made many internationally acclaimed songs in the Vocaloid industry, and is considered highly influential.
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Vocaloid is a singing voice synthesizer software. Its signal processing part was developed through a joint research project led by Kenmochi Hideki at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain in 2000 and was not originally intended to be a full commercial project. Backed by the Yamaha Corporation, it developed the software into the commercial product "Vocaloid".
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Wowaka was born in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan on November 4, 1987. (東大音感). In college, he began composing original musics for his band.He was interested in joining rock bands since his middle school, starting as a guitarist, he joined bands in his high school and college. He was an alumni of University of Tokyo, and was the leader of the music club "Toudai Onkan"
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Wowaka's first contact with Vocaloid music was in December 2008, when he listened to livetune's song Last Night, Good Night. Taking a liking to the song, he was shocked to learn that this song was one-man's work. He then quit his band, and began creating Vocaloid music using Hatsune Miku in April 2009. (グレーゾーンにて。) to the Japanese video-sharing website Niconico Douga. In the video of In the Gray Zone, trying to convey the image of the song without using illustrations of Vocaloid characters, wowaka used his own drawing instead, and, for consistency, he kept this style in all his later Vocaloid works. His songs published on Niconico are characterized by obscure lyrics depicting thoughts of young women in fast-paced melodies. He has said that although he initially wanted to make music that can only be made using Vocaloid, he later realized the advantages of Vocaloid music. He became known under the name "Genjitsu Touhi P" after writing in music descriptions the phrase "Escaping from reality, how nice!" (Japanese : 現実逃避って、いいよね！)Wowaka began his musical career in May 2009, by uploading his original Vocaloid music titled In the Gray Zone.
Livetune is a Japanese electro band which formed in 2007 as a dōjin music circle signed to Toy's Factory. The band originally consisted of two members, Kz and Kajuki P, but Kajuki P left the band in March 2009. Livetune started out by making use of the Hatsune Miku singing synthesizer to produce vocals for songs submitted to the Nico Nico Douga video sharing website. The popularity of the songs led the band to release the independent album Re:package at Comiket 73 in December 2007. Livetune made its major debut with Victor Entertainment with the professional release of their Re:package album in August 2008, which was updated with more songs. Livetune began collaborating with other artists in 2009, and has since composed music for such artists as Kotoko, ClariS, Maon Kurosaki, and fellow dōjin musician Ryo of Supercell.
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Wowaka's works gained particularly large popularity on Niconico Douga. After releasing his self-published album CDs, He help founded Balloom, an independent record label, along with other musicians popular on Niconico Douga, on March 4, 2011. His first Album under this label was Unhappy Refrain(アンハッピーリフレイン), which was released on May 18, 2011. His magna opera included Two-faced Lovers, World's End Dancehall, Rolling Girl, and Unhappy Refrain.
Balloom is an independent Japanese record label that was created in 2011. Until 2013, it focused on releasing music by musicians who were popular on video streaming service Niconico Douga, especially those who used Vocaloid software, and people who created Dōjin music.
Wowaka was the composer and lyricist of And I'm Home, one of the ending theme songs of Puella Magi Madoka Magica . The song was released on August 24, 2011 along with the show's BD/DVD version.
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In 2011, he joined the rock band "hitorie" as the vocalist and guitarist, (アンノウン・マザーグース) on August 22, 2017, about six years since his previous Vocaloid music. The song was created for Hatsune Miku's 10-year anniversary compilation album Re:Start. On October 23, 2017, he released his own vocal cover version of the song under hitorie.and remained mainly active there. He released his last Vocaloid song Unknown Mother Goose
In popular music, a cover version, cover song, revival, or simply cover, is a new performance or recording by someone other than the original artist or composer of a previously recorded, commercially released song.
In a 2017 interview, wowaka credits Hatsune Miku for getting him into making music. Commenting on his song Unknown Mother Goose, he said that "I heard the theme for [the Miku 10th anniversary] compilation is 'gratitude,' but personally, I made a song themed around love, [...] It's a bit embarrassing to say, but this is the first song I've ever made in my life themed around love. I never gave it a second of thought 10 years ago as I posted songs, but no matter how you look at it, Hatsune Miku is the one who got me to start music. Miku is sort of like a mother figure to me."
Wowaka died in his sleep on April 5, 2019 due to heart failure, at the age of 31. The death was announced on hitorie's website on April 8, 2019.After his death, the band announced the cancellation of planned concert tours, and that it has not yet decided its future activities. A private funeral was held by his family members.
Various Vocaloid artists have made music with Wowaka as an inspiration.His songs like "Rolling Girl" and "World's End Dancehall" are considered widely influential, and, along with other songs of his, inspired others to make covers and derivative works. Musician Kenshi Yonezu, also known by his stage name Hachi when creating Vocaloid music, was a close friend of wowaka. After wowaka's death, Yonezu praised wowaka for having a deep impact on the concept of "Vocaloid-esque" music among Vocaloid creators, and that since his own music was also influenced by wowaka, he held his greatest respect for him. Aiden Strawhun wrote on Kotaku that "For those who've been part of the Vocaloid community since Hatsune Miku's early days, Wowaka's name carries more than just the weight of nostalgia. It carries a teenage-angsty resonance thanks to songs such as the turbulent, cacophonic 'Rolling Girl.' [...] Where there is Hatsune Miku, there is Wowaka. [...] With his passing, we've not only lost a huge, immensely influential part of the community but a monumental part of our history. His work, though, will live on. Wowaka did more than create music for a generation. He created magic."
Following his death, fans of Wowaka paid tribute to him on various social media to commemorate his musical and vocal capabilities.
|Title||Album details||Peak positions|
| JPN |
|the monochrome disc||—|
|SEVEN GIRLS' DISCORD||—|
|"—" denotes items which did not chart in that region.|
|EXIT TUNES PRESENTS Supernova|
|EXIT TUNES PRESENTS Vocalolegend feat. Hatsune Miku(EXIT TUNES PRESENTS Vocalolegend feat.初音ミク)|
|EXIT TUNES PRESENTS Supernova 2|
|LOiD-02 -postrock- LOiD's MiND|
|EXIT TUNES PRESENTS Vocalogenesis feat. Hatsune Miku(EXIT TUNES PRESENTS Vocalogenesis feat.初音ミク)|
|VOCAROCK collection feat. 初音ミク|
|Niconico Touhou Kenbunroku Genkyokushuu(ニコニコ東方見聞録 原曲集)|
|Letters to U|
|"Niconico Touhou Kenbunroku" Utattemita -Cast Vocal shuu-(「ニコニコ東方見聞録」歌ってみた 〜キャストボーカル集〜)|
|SUPER VOCALO BEAT|
|VOCALOID BEST from Niconico Douga (Red)(VOCALOID BEST from ニコニコ動画 (あか))|
|V.I.P Append(Marasy plays Vocaloid Instrumental on Piano)|
|Hatsune Miku - Project DIVA - extended Complete Collection(初音ミク-Project DIVA- extend Complete Collection)|
|Hatsune Miku DANCE REMIX Vol.1(初音ミク DANCE REMIX Vol.1)|
|Hatsune Miku 5th Birthday Best - Impacts -(初音ミク 5thバースデー ベスト〜impacts〜)|
|Yuukei Sekai Reconstruction(有形世界リコンストラクション)|
|Hatsune Miku - Project DIVA - F Complete Collection(初音ミク -Project DIVA- F Complete Collection)|
|HATSUNE MIKU 10th Anniversary Album「Re:Start」|
|In the Gray Zone(グレーゾーンにて。Gray Zone nide)|
|2009||First musical work.|
|Two-Faced Lovers(裏表ラバーズUra Omote Lovers)|
|Sixth work. Received over 1,000,000 views.|
|2010||Received over 1,000,000 views.|
|World's End Dancehall(ワールズエンド・ダンスホール)|
(Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka)
|Received over 1,000,000 views.|
|2011||Received over 1,000,000 views.|
|Unknown Mother Goose(アンノウン・マザーグース)|
|2017||Received over 1,000,000 views. Last Vocaloid song before his death.|
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Internet Co., Ltd. or Internet, is a software company based in Osaka, Japan. It is best known for the music sequencer Singer Song Writer and Niconico Movie Maker for Nico Nico Douga, a video sharing website. It also develops singing synthesizers using the Vocaloid 4 engine developed by Yamaha Corporation. In 2014, they were the second leading company in sound related software in Japan, boasting a 14.0% share of the market.
Kenshi Yonezu is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter, record producer and illustrator who began releasing Vocaloid music under the stage name Hachi (ハチ) in 2009. In 2012 he debuted under his real name, releasing music with his own voice.
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