2009年03月23日

朝日のVOCALOID特集記事を英訳してみた(※おまけ音声付)



21日から朝日新聞とウェブサイト上で始まった連載企画が素晴らしかったので、勢いあまってやってしまいました。
海外向けの放送はなさそうなので、ボカロファンの多い外国にも伝えることができたらと思い。朝刊に掲載された記事(動画とほぼ同内容)を英訳してみました。

動画完成しました!→ニコニコ動画 or YouTube

※あくまで個人による翻訳です。訳文について朝日新聞その他関連各所とは一切関係ございませんので問い合わせないでください。日本人が辞書を引いて書いた訳のため、表現として正しくないor慣用的でない部分もあるかと思いますがご容赦ください。

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Asahi "be report" 2009.3.21
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"Electric Diva" exhibited her voice in the weekly charts of Japan
-Small universe of creation, produced by countless number of people's encounters-


 "Hatsune Miku", a software singing just like a human, is now beginning to have an impact on the real music scenes. An album released by Sony Music at March 4 ranked 4th of Oricon's weekly charts, and another CD "Re:Packaged" released by Victor also recorded about 100,000 sales last summer. We follow the phenomenon of "Electric Diva", associating with "Asahi.com", the website of The Asahi Shimbun. (written by Yoshinobu Tanji, Daisuke Takehara)


 "The sound really gave me goosebumps. Of course music is excellent, but the lyrics are more amazing", said Kazumitsu Shimizu, Executive Producer of Sony Music. It is the first impression when he listened to the music "Melt", recorded in the album "supercell" released at 4th. He had managed Tokyo Performance Doll, administered Ryoko Shinohara's single works and promoted RHYMESTER from the founded label "NeOSITE".
 "I tried to cut my bangs, expecting him to ask me why" He appreciated the lyric of Melt, "It's actually difficult to write the casual prettiness of a sixteen girl simply like this. I worked with many artists and they all worried about writing. It's enjoyable for me to know the talents like him from internet culture."
 ryo, the creator of Melt, bought Hatsune Miku at a software store in Autumn 2007. "She" was created by Crypton Future Media(at Sapporo City, Japan), based on the vocal synthesis technology "Vocaloid 2". She is characterized as a girl of 16 years old and can sing by editting data of lyrics with intervals.
 Songs of Hatsune Miku are already popular in the video uploading site, "NicoNicoDouga". NicoNicoDouga has the function for viewers to write comments on screen like credits and creators can directly know the response on their products.
 "I wanted to create my original music after making some cover songs, it's surely exciting." ryo said. Then he started to upload originals, released the 2nd song Melt in December. Fresh lyrics, melody and high-quality sound amazed many listeners, now played about 4,000,000 times.
 He learned the piano as schoolboy and also the composition from 1st grade of high school. After the release of Melt requests of composing increased and some labels asked, but he selected Sony because they had the best respect for his opinion. He said, "Hatsune Miku is easily taken up as an eccentric idol(for geeks), but I want to show the possibility to create a professional music." Now he has a work to provide a song for Nakagawa Shoko(Japanese talent).
 The rate of man and woman is 55 vs 45, who reserved his album on the web. Mr.Shimizu said "Usually more than 90% are male in sales of products on internet contents, but the women's supports for this are too much strong."
 Kazuhito Tsukui, a composer providing his music for Rina Aiuchi and more artists, also created Vocaloid songs as a producer named "Sososo-P". When thinking about the way of action in the depressed music market, he knew Hatsune Miku and NicoNicoDouga. At the current field of music produce, he has felt the distance from listeners because the products are sold by way of many people. "NicoNicoDouga gives me comments about my music soon. I've never experienced such a live feeling."
 It's not only in Japan the distance gets narrowed. Crypton started to distribute vocaloid musics in iTunes Store last year's end, and his album "NEXT(ver.i)" is released for 22 countries as the 1st. "When I see the English comments on iTS of USA, I feel the potential extended."

Spreading connection of creators

 Tripshots, working at the movie production in Tokai area, spended almost all private time for 5 months on making a CG movie "Nebula" of his music(vocal by Hatsune Miku). The movie's extreme quality recorded 200,000 times play. "Movies of works are 'client first', so I had to realize what I wanna do in my free time", He said.
 "In NicoNicoDouga, viewers evaluate the movie only by itself without the name of professional. I'm encouraged by them expecting me." started creating in Autumn 2007, "I could meet many people, who could never meet in business", He's feeling happiness now.
 Actually, the supporters of this movement is not only a handful of talented creators. many persons are moved by any music or movie, meeting on web, and forming a vast field for collaborations by using their skills and abilities.
 wa-i_no_hito, the administrator of SNS "Vocaloid Nyappon" where 7,000 fans and creators joined, said "When I thought about what I can, it was the administration of server." He administers with friends working at system developer, "I want to make a field to find the pleasure of creation for young people." They are paying its expense by contributions and improving amenity.
 sippotan, a design engineer of 20's, is making the movie of weekly ranking based on number of plays or comments every week from Autumn 2007. "I thought the ranking is necessary like the real one because too many music are created", He said. "It's sure this is the first period amateurs can release their music with vocal perfectly, it's really attractive for me."
 rankingloid, a postgraduate student of information science, is also making ranking movie everyday. He created original programs for automation of total process (calculating points, movie editting and uploading). The software for automatic calculation is released now, other ranking creators use it.
 Yu Higuchi (His hobby is creating program) created and released the movie authoring software "MikuMikuDance" (for moving 3D model of Hatsune Miku). Its usability and natural motions are much popularized and thousands of movies are created by users.
 The small universe of "Electric Diva" has been spreading and connecting more and more creators.

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This article is associated with the on-line media of Asahi Shimbun;
Movies of the reports are viewed at Asahi.com
http://www.asahi.com/video/
and official channel "Channel ASAHI" on YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/asahicom/

Reference Information :
 The series of Vocaloid software started from "Hatsune Miku" are once finished by "Megurine Luka" released at January, but Crypton will announce the image of new series.


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ここに書いたところで、外人さんが見に来る可能性は限りなく低いので本当ならYouTubeに投稿でもすればいいんだろうけど。新聞社の公式動画を転載する度胸はさすがにない・・・
この文自体、著作権は朝日だから載せること自体マズいのかな。クレームきたら大人しく消そう。。。

<おまけ>
冒頭のタイトルと見出しだけルカ姉に喋ってもらいましたw

英語ライブラリ初挑戦。難しすぎ。これが限界。

BGM : "Nebula" by tripshots http://www.tripshots.net/
posted by marimo at 01:01| Comment(2) | 特集的な何か | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする
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ニコニコ動画→ピアプロの英訳歌詞から、ここに来ました。まりもさんの英語、スゴイですね。syllableの数え方が全然日本語と違うのに、それを歌に合わせて、かつ歌詞を訳す力量に驚きました。

この記事の訳も読ませて貰いました。自分もある程度英語がわかるので、この翻訳の感覚がわかります。細かいミスは自分もするでしょうから、人のことは全く言えませんが、正直すごい伝わる英語だと思います。カッコイイです。今日、まりもさんに良い刺激を受けました。自分も頑張りたいと思います。

音楽に関しては全く知識がないのでわかりませんが、そちらも頑張って下さい。
Posted by ラムネ at 2009年04月05日 11:54
ラムネさんこんにちは。
syllableって何ぞ?と思いエキサイトで調べてしまいました(笑)英訳はそこが難しいですよね。長い単語や数字だともうどうしょうもないから他に言い換えできるかな〜と辞書と格闘しまくりです(語彙力ないんで・・・)

カッコイイだなんて・・・でもそう言っていただけると励みになります!
訳者さんなのですか?周りに英語分かる人がいないので、伝わると言われすごくほっとしてますw
ご訪問ありがとうございます!
Posted by marimo at 2009年04月06日 22:53
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