Saturday, May 7, 2011

Hatsune Miku Sings the Heart Sutra

I know this song can be annoying to some people, but I love it. Not only do I think the song itself is catchy, but I'm this close to memorizing the allegedly best known and most popular of all Buddhist Scriptures in Japanese ^_^.

What is the Heart Sutra? Well, I'm not a Buddhist and a lot of this is based off of Wikipedia (so don't be offended if I'm not 100% right)... But from my understanding, the Heart Sutra (Prajna-paramita Hrdaya Sutram) is a well-known Mahāyāna Buddhist sūtra. Sutras are more or less dense religious messages in the form of a poem, which allows them to be be easily chanted and memorized. The Heart Sutra is basically about the insights and liberation the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara discovered after performing deep meditation in order to awaken the faculty of wisdom. Um... now you know!

Hatsune Miku is a popular female character combined with a singing synthesizer application. This virtual idol has even performed successful live concerts!

This video is obviously (if you watched it) Hatsune Miku singing the Heart Sutra. This rendition got really popular on Nico Nico Douga and lots of variations of it were created. The following is a random list of Miku-sung Heart Sutras in slightly different musical styles. There are many, many more out there.

Pop -
Rock -
R&B -
Hardcore -
Ballad -
Dark -
Anime OP -
Mixture -
Techno -
Electronica -
Rock DC -
Samba -
ElectRock -
Lovers -
Gumi cover -
Loud Park 2010 -
Punk -
Pikopiko -
UmiNeko -
Luka -

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