Yamaha has re-created the singing voice of deceased Japanese musician "hide" and unrecorded songs have been recorded on CDs available for purchase.
Yamaha received a request from UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN to recreate
hide's singing voice in order to use it in a song that had been written prior to the Japanese artist's death in 1998 but had never been recorded.
Yamaha analyzed in detail the massive amount of digital vocal data that hide recorded during his lifetime and extracted the necessary samples of his singing voice to re-create his voice using its VOCALOID technology. Next, Yamaha used its voice quality modification technology to generate recordings of hide?s singing voice as close to the original as possible, and then went on to prepare the vocal part of the unreleased song.
The finished version of the re-created song is scheduled to be released in Japan by UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN on December 10 (Japan standard time) this year.