The term Nightcore is a term used to collectively describe the style of speeding up "Trance"-songs (and Hands Up/Eurodance) to a tempo of between 160 and 180 beats per minute, achieving the iconic and highly recognisable high-pitched sound that the online community has slowly starting to love more and more, gaining more popularity for each day that's going by and creating new fans as the beats hit their ears. However, the term "Nightcore" has been massively misused by us when it comes to describe general songs (despite genre) that are sped up, the difference being that it applies to all genres like rock, house, rap and so on... This has evolved the term and the songs as we know them from being a technique using on songs, into being a collective and growing subgenre of all music as we know it. And as long as there is a fanbase for a singer, artist or DJ, a Nightcore-version of that song has or will be made! And no wonder why so many anime-fans in general love Nightcore the moment you hit the play-button! :D
So, what's Nightcore for us Anime-fans?
Nightcore for us are simply sped up songs. You click play, you enjoy. But there are original Nightcore songs out there that were made for the "singers" of Vocaloid, some which have had CONCERTS devoted to play these. There are countless reason as to why you (as an anime-viewer) should start listen to Nightcore and enjoy it, but the most prominent reason is that through the high-pitched vocals that the technique produces, it creates a very similar and familiar tone to the voices of (real) japanese singers. If you love most of the OPs that play in almost every anime, there's no denying the fact that they have a general higher pitch to their voice, compared to singers from Europe or America. Now, apply that japanese feel onto your favourite songs! Or let one of those Nightcore-songs become a favourite to you! That's why Nightcore is awesome!
The History of Nightcore
The Origin of the term Nightcore
Although nowadays, Nightcore is term closely tied to Japan, its roots lies within a DJ-duo from Norway, with the same name. The duo made their "first" album as a part of a school project and got a solid A for their album "Energized" which contained 13 songs using the software Dance eJay 3. It was praised for "sounding as if made by professionals" and named themselves Nightcore: "Nightcore means that we are the core of the night, so you'll dance all night long" This is the origin of the name Nightcore, as the duo released 4 more albums with more advanced software.
The Growth, Recognition & Status
The growth of Nightcore was made massively successful through the software "Hatsune Miku's Vocaloid 2", by Crypton Future Media. Not only that, but through the several video sharing websites (notably "Niconico"), it exploded as a user of the software and an illustrator created a music video with a Nightcore-version of the finnish song "Ievan Polkka". The prominent representation of the Vocaloid software, Hatsune Miku, was made extremely popular in japan and through the anime-community in the years of 2008-2011 and onwards. Eventually, Hatsune Miku would go everywhere you wouldn't imagine! She was featured onto the japanese Venus space probe "Akatsuki" as a aluminum plate used as a balancing weight. Cafés and several shops popped up here and there in Japan, devoted to play Nightcore songs while featuring Vocaloid and Miku as the magnet for the public. This has, of course, had a small negative reaction by the online community (of course, by haters...), saying that there's no originality or creativity in using Vocaloid. Which is missing the whole point... From 2011 and onwards, Nightcore and the software started gather attention and recognition from various hailmarks in the musical industry and would evolve and transform into what version of Vocaloid and Nightcore that we know and love. Several bands/artists/DJs in all genres have used Vocaloid in their songs and it's popularity became more and more expansive, bigger and faster! Nowadays, the Vocaloid software is owned by Yamaha and is available for purchase and download.
These are the anime-mascots that you come to think of when someone mentions Nightcore or Vocaloid. All of them are Vocaloid 2 or above and even have a small profiles of their own with a little facts and information about them.
She's the most prominent and famous mascot of them all, with her iconic and highly recognisable cyan-coloured twin tails. Her voice is a modified version of the singer Saki Fujita and Miku is most prominent of singing basically everything (especially anime songs) as her voice can easily climb to very high notes without losing quality or volume (and she's super adorbs and 100% kawaii! XD). Age: 16 Height: 158 cm Weight: 42 kg Favourite Genre: Pop/Dance/Anime Favourite Tempo Range: 70 to 150 BPM
The first in the series for being designed to both sing in japanese and english by using two different databases for each language and therefore creating the bilingual virtual singer. Based on the singer Yuu Asakawa, her voice is more moody and volume that gives her an easier time to sing those tones in the mid-/high ranged notes. Age: 20 Height: 162 cm Weight: 45 kg Favourite Genre: Jazz-pop/House/Dance Electronica Favourite Tempo Range: 65 to 145 BPM
Kagamine Rin & Len
The Kagamine Twins are known mostly for their ability to sing very clear and in precise vocals, allowing them to perform in various genres quite easily, most notably rock and pop. They are voiced by the same singer, Asami Shimoda and there is just a few tweaks between them to give each a respective masculine/feminine voice, thereby separating them in more ways than one. Age: Both 14 Height: Rin = 152 cm / Len = 156 cm Weight: Rin = 43 kg / Len = 47 kg Favourite Genre: Pop/Rock/Pop
Kaito & Meiko
Created as each others counterpart, Kaito in particular is special due to him being the first male avatar to be voiced by a male singer. They have Naoto Fuga and Haigo Meiko as their respective voices. Weirdly enough, there isn't any info like there was with the previous avatars...sorry XD Of course, there are many more variations, avatars and voices to be heard and announced, but these will do for now :)
Recommended Nightcore songs
There are many favourites of mine that I would like to recommend, but I think these are the best of the best for me. Please feel free to listen to the original as well, to give you guys a comparison as to which version is better. Klick on either the songs name for you to get transported to YouTube or klick on the "Original" for the comparison song :) Oh, and if you're gonna compare, listen to the Nightcore version first before the Original :* Metropolis by Owl City | Original This Little Girl by Cady Groves | Original Gravity by Against the Current | Orignial Shatter Me (Nightstep) by Linsey Stirling | Original Wonderland by Natalia Kills | Original How To Be A Heartbreaker by Marina & The Diamonds | Original Windows Down by Big Time Rush | Original My Demons by Starset | Original
Of course, it's also up to you to find, discover, share and enjoy the genre of Nightcore to the fullest! :D NightcoreReality's channel is a great place to start on YouTube :) And if you are already a fan of Nightcore, comment your favourite Nightcore(d)-song! :D
UPDATE: My Personal Top 20 Songs
Seems like you bunches of people want more...XD
Well, here we go!
The List (numbered):
4. Shatter Me
5. My Demons
8. Take A Hint
11. Windows Down
12. Just A Dream
13. Bullet Train
19. How You Love Me
Now, your turn ;)
I absolutely love Vocaloid, Hatsune Miku and Nightcore in general ever since I discovered it like a week ago or something by a dear friend of mine. I fell in love with it so hard and so fast that I just had to make this info-article to share to the community on just how awesome Nightcore really is! This article and my previous one was all made while listening to the high-pitched tunes where I would occassionally lip-sync with the song and have my mom walk into the room and put on the WTF-face and leaving a moment after XD Now, this Card is a part of my own series where I put up more anime-related posts such as discussing, analyzing and showing you parts of Anime that makes an Anime an Anime! Every topic from the technical aspects, core elements and even entire shows are collected there so make sure you check out and follow "Why anime?" collection for more posts about and around anime! :D Please feel free to comment your thoughts on the topic or suggest one! :D And if you want to leave a direct feedback, you're more than welcome to message me :)
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