August was a whirlwind month for the VOCA-UK team as we took on the challenge of producing our first-ever event at RakuCon, alongside working on another exciting online performance. You're probably wondering how we managed to pull off such an ambitious endeavor in such a short time. Well, let's dive into the story!
It all started with a message from someone I know, who stumbled upon an intriguing convention called RakuCon. Curiosity piqued, I decided to apply and see where it would lead us. To our surprise, we received an email from the convention staff, who coincidentally read our application while on a train, and we were accepted! It turned out to be their inaugural convention too, making it even more special for all of us.
With the clock ticking, we realized we didn't have any equipment at all. So we dedicated the entire week to searching for the necessary materials, which proved to be quite challenging, especially in acquiring large sizes. We conducted numerous experiments and fine-tuned every aspect until we achieved perfection. It was a race against time, and our last order arrived on the very morning of the event. Thankfully, we had already figured out the animation parts in advance, thanks to our work on the upcoming 2023 concert.
When the day arrived, we were pleasantly surprised by how smoothly everything went. We owe a special thanks to the dedicated convention staff who tirelessly ensured the tripods remained steady, despite the challenges. I'd also like to express my gratitude to my trusty roadie, Dea, for helping with the setup and conducting valuable research, as well as Aluco for safely transporting all the equipment to the venue. Despite the room being quite hot (due to the door remaining closed to prevent the wind from interfering with the screens), we managed to fill it to capacity.
Below are some pictures of the concert! ❤️
If you want to relive the entire experience, you can watch the full concert on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBDDCn-pwW8
Looking ahead to 2023, we have big plans to take VOCA-UK to new heights. This event served as a valuable learning experience, highlighting what worked well and what we can improve upon. Some ideas being discussed among the team include incorporating larger speakers, providing more space for dancing, and designing a larger ceiling to minimize distractions from characters appearing on it.
We are incredibly grateful for the support and feedback we received during this incredible journey. Your enthusiasm and passion for vocaloid music continue to inspire us as we strive to create unforgettable experiences for the community.
Stay tuned for more updates as we embark on an even grander adventure in 2023. Together, let's make VOCA-UK an extraordinary celebration of music, technology, and creativity that will leave a lasting impact.
Thank you for being a part of our journey. ❤️