Via ANN: Japanese pop star Utada Hikaru praised a Nico Nico Douga user, who produced a Jinriki Vocaloid track with a synthesized version of her voice, via her official Twitter account.
Vocaloid is — for the uninitiated, a voice manipulation software by Yamaha that users program to sing like human vocalists. There are many different voice packs offered to work with the software — the most popular of which are released by Crypton (Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin and Len, etc.) and Internet (Gakupoid, Megupoid, etc.)
“Jinriki Vocaloid”, on the other hand, is a practice popularized on Japanese video site Nico Nico Douga, where voice samples of real pop stars are manipulated just like the commercial digital voice packs for Vocaloid. Not all Jinriki Vocaloid tracks are programmed on the Yamaha platform however; some of them are programmed using UTAU and GarageBand.
Nico Nico user Kuroūroncha uploaded a cover of another Vocaloid track — Kagamine Rin’s Kokoro, but overlaid it with Utada’s voice samples taken from her many J-pop hits. Utada discovered the video when a Twitter follower linked her to it, and she replied also via Twitter that she thought it was “quite well-made”.
Utada Hikaru is one of Japan’s biggest pop stars; her first album is Japan’s #1 best selling record of all time. She has also released dance albums in the US, to moderate success. She is currently on hiatus after an August 2010 announcement of an indefinite ceasing of her musical activities.