Renowned Vocaloid music producer livetune (also known as “kz”) is currently in the process of cutting a new album, due to be released on March 20 in Japan.
Entltied Re:Dial, the new album will be the Vocaloid producer’s first “Best of” compilation album, and include popular livetune tracks such as Packaged and Finder.
Tell Your World, which was previously used as a commercial theme song for the Google Chrome web browser in Japan, will also be included, as well as Last Night, Good Night, a livetune track that Japanese contemporary artist and first-time movie director Takeshi Murakami has chosen to be the theme song for his debut CG-animated film Mememe no Kurage (Jellyfish Eyes), which will premiere in Japanese theatres sometime in April.
On top of familiar songs, Re:Dial will also include a few new tracks.
When Re:Dial hits CD stores in Japan March 20, it will come in two editions: a limited first-print edition (3,500 yen) that comes packed with a DVD, as well as a regular one (2,500 yen) that doesn’t.
Details on the new album’s full track listings, as well as what’s included on the DVD will be announced at a later date.
livetune feat. 初音ミク「Re:Dial（初回限定盤）」
[CD+DVD] 2013/03/20発売 3500円 TOY’S FACTORY TFCC-86427
livetune feat. 初音ミク「Re:Dial（通常盤）」
[CD] 2013/03/20発売 2500円 TOY’S FACTORY TFCC-86428
livetune was originally formed as a doujin duo unit in September 2007, between music producers kz and Kajuki P. The duo produced songs that used the Hatsune Miku singing synthesizer software for vocals, and released these songs on Japanese video sharing site Nico Nico Douga.
livetune’s songs got immensely popular, leading to the duo cutting their first album, Re:package, that they sold as an indie artiste at Comiket 73.
Eventually, livetune signed on to record label Victor Entertainment, and made their major debut on August 27, 2008 with a professionally release of their Re:package album.
In March 2009, the duo released a remix album Re:Mikus, and around that period Kajuki P decided to leave the duo.
Since then, kz has been running livetune as a solo unit. Between 2009 and 2011, livetune (kz) collaborated with several artistes on a number of different occasions, including with manga artist Masami Yuki on the album Crosslight in 2009, with ClariS on the song Irony (OP theme in Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai) in 2010, with Claris again on the their third single Nexus in 2011, and with Kotoko on the song Love 0 Jetcoaster in 2011.
In 2012 livetune left Victor Entertainment to transfer to the solo unit’s current record label Toy’s Factory. Under Toy’s Factory, livetune released Tell Your World as a single in Januaary 2012, and subsequently a Tell Your World EP (Extended Play) mini-album in March. Both the single and the extended play album can be purchased digitally via iTunes.