Karaoke Origins The word karaoke comes from combining two
Japanese words: karappo, meaning empty, and okesutura, which means orchestra.
The craze started in Kobe City, Japan, and has spread like zebra mussels around
the world, infiltrating every musical market.
Auto Exec Wins Karaoke Marathon
After an all-night long karaoke marathon at its Times Square studio, Good
Morning America showed you five finalists who managed to out-sing the rest.
They sang all night long in Good Morning America's karaoke marathon in
Times Square and viewers voted online for their favorite singer.
Loves To Sing Derek Leggins, a 48-year-old Philadelphia auto executive
who wooed the Times Square crowd with his smooth delivery of
"You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" by Lou Rawls apparently
dazzled the viewers at home too. He handily won the ABCNEWS.com vote,
with votes pouring in from across the country all day Friday.
The prize: a new karaoke machine, and a chance to sing the national
anthem at a game of the Brooklyn Cyclones (the farm team for the
New York Mets). And, of course, he also was able to sing on Broadway
during Monday's show, at the Good Morning America studio at 1500 Broadway
in Times Square. "I've been a long time doing this, waiting on a break.
Mr. Leggins, who would love to become a professional crooner, has been
singing since he was a child, where he started in the church choir.
Taken from an article from ABC News.
Karaoke Relief One man's passion for music has been the
driving force behind his very own...
One man's passion for music has been the driving force behind his very own
karaoke taxi service in traffic-clogged Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok
traffic is simply notorious.
Cab Driver Suwit Thongthim said I am providing much needed
relief for stressed out passengers while we all wait stranded in
the never ending traffic jams." I like music very much and I drove
past a karaoke bar one day and a brilliant thought came over me,
" says Suwit. " I had a very good feeling about this idea" Suwit
figured it was a safe bet that installing a karaoke system in his cab
would attract many more passengers.
Cost Me Plenty The karaoke gear inside the taxi consists of a five inch
lcd mini television monitor installed on the ceiling, two wired microphones
and a video cd karaoke player. "This sound system cost me plenty" as he
opens his trunk to reveal power amplifiers and speakers. "I don't have room
for luggage" he say's with a grin. In addition, to all of this there's a set
of cool flashing disco lights and a mini mirror ball to create the right
atmosphere even in the heaviest of traffic. His selection of karaoke
songs range from classic Thai, Japanese, and English with Thai love
songs being the most popular.
Local Celeb You won't pay more for a ride in this cab, the only charge
the passenger pays is on the meter. And the passengers are flocking to him.
Suwit is never without a fare, as would be passengers shout for "Suwit".
"I feel very happy when I drive my taxi". The karaoke taxi gives me a
chance to forget about heavy traffic jams and to relax while waiting.
On a good day Suwit can make up to $40 u.s., excellent money in Thailand.
Since starting up his karaoke taxi service, his name has become a
household word. He has appeared on several local television
talk shows and in newspaper articles. Written by Frank Falvo 02/04/2002
Take Me To Your Microphone
Cheaper Than Therapy The unconverted may have a hard time referring
to karaoke as entertainment, like terming paint-by numbers art or ketchup a
vegetable. Those familiar with karaoke know the stereotypes and
prejudices associated with their activity of choice. Frank says,
there is more to it than
singing off-key to a Sinatra standard.
But to serious devotees, karaoke offers a chance to make friends,
kindle musical connections and take a shot at those 15 minutes of fame.
OK, so it's more like four minutes of fame. Nevertheless, for the average
singer, it is the opportunity to shine in a way they just cannot do
in the office, on the bus or collecting dust in a tavern.
"Many people find karaoke a respite from their normal,
tedious lives," observes Frank Falvo who does the karaoke
for "eight years now" at Bourbon Street West
They leave their stress behind and use it as a way to be silly.
It's an escape." As soon as Falvo sets up his gear a flock of
singers fill out and hand in slips of paper and patiently wait
their turn to get their 4 minutes of fame.
Five Types Of Singers For those who label karaoke as cheesy and kitsch,
Frank defends it as cool. It takes guts, he says, to stand in front of a
room full of strangers and pour your emotions into a song.
In that respect, karaoke is no different than watching any band
that cares about its performance. Frank adds his ideal audience
consists of 70 percent people who do not sing and 30 percent that do.
According to Frank, five types of people show up at a karaoke show.
The first, believe it or not, he calls groupies people who regularly
attend shows but never sing.
The second group consists of the actual singers who make the rounds
at the numerous karaoke shows in area clubs. These people light up
their lives through singing.
The third are cheating husbands with the rationale, since a
karaoke bar is the last place any wife would look to find them,
Frank says with a grin.
The fourth type are members of bands in search of a singer.
The fifth and final category are musicians who are simply looking
for some entertainment without pretension.
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Written on 02/04/2002 By Frank Falvo
since pop duo Pink Lady split up two decades ago. Karaoke sound systems
provider Taito Corp said on Tuesday it had teamed up with a U.S. professor
and chipmaker Analog Devices Inc on technology that could give even
the most tone-deaf crooner perfect pitch. Using the ''Csound'' computer
music language pioneered years ago by Massachusetts Institute of
Technology professor Barry Vercoe, Taito will market a system this
summer that adjusts sing-along music automatically to the pitch
and tempo best-suited to an individual singer.
in experiments and research,'' said Hidehito Kitamura, who
headed up Taito's development of the new system. Eventually,
he said, Taito may use the technology to reconfigure a singer's
errant tones to the proper pitch, without otherwise altering
the sound. ''We'll be moving from one new feature to the next.
'' That could be good news for the millions of regular patrons at
Japan's karaoke bars -- both those who dread the inevitable
pressure to sing even if they can't carry a tune, and those who
have to listen to them. ''Karaoke is said to be an original Japanese
cultural contribution, but this could take it to new levels,'' Keio
University professor Toru Iwatake told a news conference unveiling
the technology. Tuesday's demonstration was limited to automatic
particularly suited for ballads, Kitamura said.
before a song begins, he added. Machines now require manual
pitch and tempo adjustments, which can be hard for amateur
songsters to gauge and can create distortions that are difficult to
sing along with. For those confident of their vocal prowess, moreover,
the new system will be able to objectively assess pitch, rhythm and
skill at such voice techniques as vibrato and crescendo -- an indispensable
item for the occasional karaoke competition. Karaoke rating systems
already exist, but they can only determine how closely the singer's
voice matches the recorded
original, not singing ability. ''This assesses
Taito for finding a way to bring the sound synthesis technology to market,
said pitch correction with Csound had been demonstrated long ago.
It could even convert a spoken voice into melody, in real time.
''It's in the technology. You just have to switch it on,'' he said.
My Way or
knife wounds, after they sarcastically applauded a karaoke singer’s
dreadful performance of
Frank Sinatra's classic "My Way".
two victims commended his performance. The livid singer then attacked
the two victims who later escaped outside to avoid further injuries.
However, were later ambushed outside the bar and attacked again
by the scholar this time slaying one of the victims. Witnesses
immediately called police and the mad student was later
wounded, when a brawl broke out in a karaoke bar in northern
Manila, once again apparently
sparked by the abysmal quality of singing.
"My Way" from their song lists because fights were becoming a
frequent phenomenon. For unfathomable reasons anytime “My Way” is
sung disappointingly, drunken men will perpetrate anything from
verbal insults and threats to physical injuries and now
homicide. Who knew!