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Karaoke (カラオケ? from Japanese kara(空), "empty," and ōkesutora, "orchestra") (pronounced /kɑːrɑːˌoʊkɛ/; in Japanese IPA: [karaoke]; listen ) is a form of entertainment in which amateur singers sing along with recorded music using a microphone and public address system. The music is typically a well-known pop song in which the voice of the original singer is removed or reduced in volume. Lyrics are usually displayed on a video screen, along with a moving symbol or changing color, to guide the singer. In some countries, karaoke with video lyrics display capabilities is called KTV. It is very commonly pronounced /kæriːoʊkiː/, leading people to also spell it "kareoke". Karaoke may refer to: Karaoke, a form of entertainment in which an amateur singer or singers sing along with recorded music. ... For other uses, see Orchestra (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Karaoke. ... A stilt-walker entertaining shoppers at a shopping centre in Swindon, England Entertainment is an activity designed to give pleasure or relaxation to an audience (although in the case of a computer game the audience may be only one person). ... For the 1994 film, see Amateur (film). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... This article is about the musical composition. ... The horizontal axis shows frequency in Hz Loudness is the quality of a sound that is the primary psychological correlate of physical intensity. ... Look up lyrics in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Karaoke Box is a variant of karaoke that is popular in East Asia. ...

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History

The first karaoke machine was invented by Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue[1] in Kobe, Japan, in the early 1970s.[2] After becoming popular in Japan, karaoke spread to East and Southeast Asia during the 1980s and subsequently to other parts of the world in its modern state. Daisuke Inoue was Born May 10, 1940 in Osaka. ... This article is about the Japanese city. ... This article is about the geographical region. ... Location of Southeast Asia Southeast Asia is a subregion of Asia. ...

Entrance Hall of a K-TV in Taipei
Entrance Hall of a K-TV in Taipei

In Japan, it has long been common to provide musical entertainment at a dinner or a party. Japanese drummer Daisuke Inoue was asked by frequent guests in the Utagoe Kissa, where he performed, to provide a recording of his performance so that they could sing along on a company-sponsored vacation. Realizing the potential for the market, Inoue made a tape recorder that played a song for a 100-yen coin. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1840x1232, 727 KB) Description: de: Eingangshalle eines K-TV in Taipei. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1840x1232, 727 KB) Description: de: Eingangshalle eines K-TV in Taipei. ... This article is about the city. ...


Instead of giving his karaoke machines away, he leased them out, so that stores did not have to buy new songs on their own. Originally, it was considered a somewhat expensive fad, as it lacked the live atmosphere of a real performance and 500 yen in the 1970s was the price of two typical lunches, but it caught on as a popular entertainment. Karaoke machines were initially placed in restaurants and hotel rooms; soon, new businesses called karaoke boxes, with compartmented rooms, became popular. In 2004, Daisuke Inoue was awarded the tongue-in-cheek Ig Nobel Peace Prize for inventing karaoke, "thereby providing an entirely new way for people to learn to tolerate each other." This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Sarcasm is the making of remarks intended to mock the person referred to (who is normally the person addressed), a situation or thing. ... The Ig Nobel Prizes are a parody of the Nobel Prizes and are given each year in early fall — a week or two before the recipients of the genuine Nobel Prizes are announced — for ten achievements that cannot or should not be reproduced. Sponsored by the scientific humor journal Annals...


Inoue never bothered to patent his invention, losing his chance to become one of Japan's richest men. Roberto del Rosario, a Filipino inventor who called his sing-along system "Minus-One", now holds the patent for the device now commonly known as the "karaoke machine". Following a court battle with a Japanese company which claimed to have invented the system, del Rosario's patents were issued in 1983 and 1986, more than a decade after Inoue's original unpatented invention of the device in 1971.[3] For other uses, see Patent (disambiguation). ... Daisuke Inoue was Born May 10, 1940 in Osaka. ...


Early karaoke machines used cassette tapes, but technological advances replaced this with CDs, VCDs, laserdiscs and, currently, DVDs. In 1992, Taito introduced the X2000, which fetched music via a dial-up telephone network. Its repertoire of music and graphics was limited, but its smaller size and the advantage of continuous updates saw it gradually replace traditional machines. Karaoke machines connected via fiber-optic links to provide instant high-quality music and video are becoming increasingly popular. CD redirects here. ... VCD redirects here. ... Not to be confused with disk laser, a type of solid-state laser in a flat configuration. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... The Taito Corporation (タイトー株式会社, taitou kabushikigaisha) TYO: 9646 is a Japanese developer of video game software and arcade hardware. ...

A karaoke box that occupies a high-rise building in Shinjuku, Tokyo; this location was featured in the movie Lost In Translation.
A karaoke box that occupies a high-rise building in Shinjuku, Tokyo; this location was featured in the movie Lost In Translation.

Karaoke soon spread to the rest of Asia and then to the United States in the 1990s, as well as to Canada and other Western countries. Facilities such as karaoke bars or "KTV boxes" provided the venue, equipment, and software for amateur singers to entertain each other. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 692 KB) Description: Karaoke-Khan, Shinjuku, Tokyo. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 692 KB) Description: Karaoke-Khan, Shinjuku, Tokyo. ... Categories: Wards of Tokyo | Japan geography stubs ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... Lost in Translation is an Academy Award-winning 2003 comedy-drama film. ...


As the available selection of music has increased, more and more people within the industry see karaoke as a very profitable form of lounge and nightclub entertainment. It is not uncommon for some bars to have karaoke performances seven nights a week, commonly with much more high-end sound equipment than the small, stand-alone machines noted above. Dance floors and lighting effects are also becoming common sights in karaoke bars. Lyrics are often displayed on multiple TV sets around the bar, including big screens.


Technology

A basic karaoke machine consists of a microphone, a means of altering the pitch of the recorded music, and an audio output. Some low-end machines attempt to provide vocal suppression so that one can feed regular songs into the machine and suppress the voice of the original singer; however, this is rarely effective. Most common machines are audio mixers with microphone input built in with CD+G, Video CD, Laser Disc, or DVD players. CD+G players use a special track called subcode to encode the lyrics and pictures displayed on the screen, while the other formats natively display both audio and video. A CD+G (also known as CD+Graphics) is a special audio compact disc that contains graphics data in addition to the audio data on the disc. ...


Most karaoke machines have technology that electronically changes the pitch of the music so that amateur singers can sing along to any music source by choosing a key that is appropriate for their vocal range, while maintaining the original tempo of the song. (There were some very old systems that used cassettes, and these changed the pitch by altering playback speed, but none are still on the market, and their commercial use is virtually nonexistent.)


A popular game using karaoke is to type in a random number and call up a song, of which participants take turns to try to sing as much as they can. In some machines, this game is pre-programmed and may be limited to a genre so that they cannot call up an obscure national anthem that none of the participants can sing. This game has come to be called "Kamikaze Karaoke" or "Karaoke Roulette" in some parts of the United States and Canada.[citation needed] Roulette is a casino and gambling game named after the French word meaning small wheel. In the game a croupier spins a wheel in one direction, then spins a ball in the opposite direction around a tilted circular surface running around the circumference of the wheel. ...


Many low-end entertainment systems have a karaoke mode that attempts to remove the vocal track from regular audio CDs. This is done by center removal, which exploits the fact that in most music the vocals are in the center. This means that the voice, as part of the music, has equal volume on both stereo channels and no phase difference. To get the quasi-karaoke (mono) track, the left channel of the original audio is subtracted from the right channel. The Sega Saturn also has a "mute vocals" feature that is based on the same principle and is also able to adjust the pitch of the song to match the singer's vocal range. Label for 1. ...


The crudeness of this approach is reflected in the often-poor performance of voice removal. Common effects are hearing the reverberation of the voice track (due to stereo reverb being put on the vocals); also, other instruments (snare/bass drum, solo instruments) that happen to be mixed into the center get removed, degrading this approach to hardly more than a gimmick in those devices. This article is about audio effect. ... Label for 2. ...


MIDI applications and .kar files

Some computer programs that serve a similar purpose to the standard karaoke machine have been developed that use MIDI instrumentation instead of a recorded track to generate the accompaniment. This makes transposition technically trivial and also shrinks the information needed to provide the accompaniment to the point where it is easy to transfer across the Internet, even over slow connections. The standard file format used is .KAR, an extension of the standard .MID MIDI disk format which includes embedded lyrics and can be played unaltered by MIDI player software. Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or MIDI, is a system designed to transmit information between electronic musical instruments. ...


Video game

A karaoke game was initially released for the NES, but its limited computing ability made for a short catalog of songs and therefore reduced replay value. As a result, karaoke games were considered little more than collector's items until they saw release in higher-capacity DVD formats. “NES” redirects here. ...


Karaoke Revolution, created for the PlayStation 2 by Konami and released in North America in 2003, is a console game in which a single player sings along with on-screen guidance and receives a score based on his or her pitch, timing, and rhythm. The game soon spawned several follow-ups including Karaoke Revolution Vol. 2, Karaoke Revolution Vol. 3, Karaoke Revolution Party Edition, CMT Presents Karaoke Revolution: Country and Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol. While the original Karaoke Revolution was also eventually released for the Microsoft Xbox console in late 2004, the new online-enabled version included the ability to download additional song packs through the console's exclusive Xbox Live service. Karaoke Revolution, and its sequels Karaoke Revolution Volume 2, Karaoke Revolution Volume 3, Karaoke Revolution Party, CMT Presents: Karaoke Revolution Country and Karaoke Revolution presents American Idol are video games for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Xbox, developed by Harmonix and Blitz Games and published by Konami in its... PS2 redirects here. ... Konami Corporation ) (TYO: 9766 NYSE: KNM SGX: K20) is a leading developer and publisher of numerous popular and strong-selling toys, trading cards, anime, tokusatsu, slot machines and video games. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... Xbox Live is a subscription-based online gaming service for Microsofts Xbox and Xbox 360 video game consoles. ...


A similar game, SingStar, published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, is particularly popular in the European and Australasian markets. Other similar titles in the rhythm-based game genre include Bemani's Dance Dance Revolution, GuitarFreaks, Donkey Konga, DrumMania, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and UltraStar with its forks. This article is about the first game in the series. ... Bemani (ビーマニ, biimani) is Konamis music video game division. ... This article is about the Dance Dance Revolution series. ... GuitarFreaks (also GUITARFREAKS, abbreviated GF) is a music video game series produced by Konami. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... DrumMania (alternately drummania, abbreviated DM) is a video game created by Konami as part of the Bemani series. ... Guitar Hero logo. ... Rock Band redirects here. ... For other uses, see Ultrastar. ...


Karaoke VCD

The takeoff of video CDs in East and Southeast Asia is partly due to the popularity of karaoke. Many VCD players in Southeast Asia have a built-in karaoke function. On stereo recordings, one speaker will play the music with the vocal track, and the other speaker will play the music without the vocal track. So, to sing karaoke, users play the music-only track through both speakers. In the past, there were only pop-song karaoke VCDs. Nowadays, different types of karaoke VCDs are available. Cantonese opera karaoke VCD is now a big hit among the elderly in Hong Kong.[citation needed] Cantonese opera is one of the major categories in Chinese opera, originating in southern Chinas Cantonese culture. ...


Karaoke on mobile phones

In 2003, several companies started offering a karaoke service on mobile phones, using a Java MIDlet that runs with a text file containing the words and a MIDI file with the music. This is still a budding service, and it is unclear whether it will become popular; however, some mobile karaoke providers, such as Karaokini, have begun to achieve commercial success. Java language redirects here. ... A MIDlet is a Java program for embedded devices, more specifically the J2ME virtual machine. ...


Karaoke on computers and the Internet

Since 2003, much software has been released for hosting karaoke shows and playing karaoke songs on a personal computer. Instead of having to carry around hundreds of CD-Gs or laserdiscs, KJs can "rip" their entire libraries onto their hard drives and play the songs and lyrics from there. For the process of sawing wood along the grain, see Rip saw. ...


Additionally, new software permits singers to sing and listen to one another over the Internet with collaborators/audiences from all around the world.


Various online karaoke websites provide the opportunity for karaoke enthusiasts to participate and share in a worldwide karaoke community. Users can create personal, online karaoke profiles, which store their individual recordings and even allow video syncing. Some examples of free sites are singsnap.com[3], the UK-based internetkaraoke.net, Yahoo's bix.com, Electronic Arts's singshot.com, and Fox Interactive's ksolo.com. The Sims On Stage is an online community where creative people entertain their friends and the world. thesimsonstage.ea.com[4] This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


As of 2007, companies such as Sound Choice and Stellar Records are taking legal action against computer-run karaoke systems on the grounds that they violate fair use laws and that fair use does not apply to commercial use. They also say that format-shifting for any use is also against fair use laws. 2007 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For fair use in trademark law, see Fair use (US trademark law). ... Space shifting is a concept that has been argued in copyright law to permit owners of some form of media, such as a song or movie, to convert that media from one format to another, generally by converting an audiotape, videotape, compact disc, or DVD into an electronic file stored...


Karaoke in automobiles

Chinese automobile maker Geely Automobile received much press in 2003 for being the first to equip a car, their Beauty Leopard, with a karaoke machine as standard equipment. Karaoke is often also found as a feature in aftermarket in-car DVD players. Car redirects here. ... Geely logo Geely Automobile (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Pinyin: ) (SEHK: 0175) was the first independent automobile manufacturer in the Peoples Republic of China. ... The Geely BL at the IAA 2005 in Frankfurt The Geely BL is a coupe automobile from Chinese manufacturer, Geely Automobile. ... Aftermarket (Music), Master psuedoname of projects by engineer/producer Jonathan Borsis. ...


Alternative playback devices

The CD+G format of a karaoke disc, which contains the lyrics on a specially encoded subcode track, has heretofore required special—and expensive—equipment to play. Commercial players have come down in price, though, and some unexpected devices (including the Sega Saturn video game console and XBMC on the Xbox 1) can decode the graphics; in fact, karaoke machines, including video and sometimes recording capability, are often popular electronics items for sale in toy stores and electronics stores. The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ... Game console redirects here. ... Xbox Media Center (aka XBMC) is a feature-rich open source media player for the Xbox that many have called a killer app. ...


Additionally, there is software for Windows, Pocket PC, Linux, and Macintosh PCs that can decode and display karaoke song tracks, though usually these must be ripped from the CD first, and possibly compressed.


In addition to CD+G and software-based karaoke, microphone-based karaoke players enjoy popularity mainly in North America and some Asian countries such as the Philippines. Microphone-based karaoke players only need to be connected to a TV—and in some cases to a power outlet; in other cases they run on batteries. These devices often sport advanced features, such as pitch correction and special sound effects. Some companies offer karaoke content for paid download to extend the song library in microphone-based karaoke systems.


CD+G, DVD, VCD and microphone-based players are most popular for home use. Due to song selection and quality of recordings, CD+G is the most popular format for English and Spanish. It is also important to note that CD+G has limited graphical capabilities, whereas VCD and DVD usually have a moving picture or video background. VCD and DVD are the most common format for Asian singers due to music availability and largely due to the moving picture/video background.

Karaoke bar in Hamburg
Karaoke bar in Hamburg

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Public places for karaoke

In Asia, a karaoke box is the most popular type of karaoke venue. A karaoke box is a small or medium-sized room containing karaoke equipment rented by the hour or half-hour, providing for a more intimate and less public atmosphere. Karaoke venues of this type are often dedicated businesses, some with multiple floors and a variety of amenities including food service, but hotels and business facilities sometimes provide karaoke boxes as well. Karaoke Box is a variant of karaoke that is popular in East Asia. ...


A karaoke bar, restaurant, club or lounge is a bar or restaurant that provides karaoke equipment so that people can sing publicly, sometimes on a small stage. This is the most common arrangement in North America and Europe. Many establishments offer karaoke on a weekly schedule, while some have shows every night. Such establishments commonly invest more in both equipment and song discs, and are often extremely popular, with an hour or more wait between a singer's opportunities to take the stage (called the rotation). East Asian, North American and other Western karaoke arrangements are usually add-ons to an existing bar or social lounge. Most of these establishments allow patrons to sing for free, with the expectation that sufficient revenue will be made selling food and drink to the singers. Less commonly, the patron wishing to sing must pay a small fee for each song they sing. Singles bar redirects here. ...


In some traditional Chinese restaurants, there are so-called "mahjong-karaoke rooms" where the elderly can play mahjong and teenagers can enjoy karaoke. The result is fewer complaints about boredom but more noise. Dim sum (Chinese: 點心; Cantonese IPA: dɪm2sɐm1; Pinyin: diǎnxīn; Wade-Giles: tien-hsin; literally dot heart or order heart, meaning order to ones hearts content; also commonly translated as touch the heart, dotted heart, or snack), a Cantonese term, is usually a light meal or brunch, eaten sometime... This article is about the four-player game of Chinese origin. ...


Karaoke terms

Jūhachiban
(also ohako 十八番, literally, number 18). Many karaoke singers have one song which they are especially good at and which they use to show off their singing abilities. In Japan, this is called jūhachiban in reference to the 18 most popular kabuki plays. In Hong Kong, such a song is called a "banquet song" (飲歌).
Karamovie or Movioke
Main article: Movieoke
Karaoke using scenes from movies. Amateur actors replace their favorite movie stars in popular movies. Usually facilitated by software or remote control muting and screen blanking/freezing. Karamovie originated in 2003.
Karaoke jockey or KJ
A karaoke jockey plays and manages the music for a venue. The role of the KJ often includes announcing song titles and whose turn it is to use the microphone.

The oldest Kabuki theatre in Japan: the Minamiza in Kyoto The Kabukiza in Ginza is one of Tokyos leading kabuki theaters. ... This article lacks information on the subject matters importance. ...

Hitokara

Some people go karaoke alone. It is called hitokara (ヒトカラ, ヒト hito, "one person" or "alone" and カラ kara, "karaoke") in Japan.


Karaoke in Culture

Karaoke in Korean Culture

In July 2007, the nation of North Korea issued an edict banning, among other similar establishments, karaoke bars from operating in the country. The Ministry of Security officially stated that the ban was enacted to "crush enemy scheming and to squarely confront those who threaten the maintenance of the socialist system."[4]


There have been expressions of dissatisfaction in South Korea with respect to the circulation of Japanese music and songs via karaoke.[5]


Karaoke in film

Karaoke has been depicted in a variety of movies and television shows, including the 1996 comedy The Cable Guy, the 1997 romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding, the 2006 Disney film High School Musical, the 2003 film Lost in Translation, and the 1997 Korean gangster comedy No. 3. Rush Hour 2 includes a karaoke performance by Chris Tucker, where he upstages one of the tone-deaf locals by singing Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough". Karaoke is central to the 2000 movie Duets, which features a father and daughter competing in karaoke contests. It is also integral to the 2001 film Jackpot, in which an aspiring singer tours karaoke bars hoping to catch his big break as a country star. Several episodes of Angel feature the demonic karaoke bar Caritas, whose proprietor Lorne (Andy Hallett) can tell fortunes based on the songs he hears. Karaoke is the central theme of The Karaoke King, an independent film released in 2006. Comedy film is genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. ... For the comedian, see Larry the Cable Guy. ... Romantic comedy films are movies with light-hearted, humorous dramatic stories, centered around romantic ideals such as a true love able to surmount most obstacles [1] or the perfect couple. Romantic comedy films are a sub-genre of comedy films as well as of romance films. ... This article is about the Julia Roberts film. ... Disney redirects here. ... For other uses, see High School Musical (disambiguation). ... Lost in Translation is an Academy Award-winning 2003 comedy-drama film. ... For other uses, see Gangster (disambiguation). ... No. ... Rush Hour 2 is a 2001 martial arts/buddy cop film starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. ... Christopher Tucker (born August 31, 1972) is an American actor and comedian most widely known for his role as James Carter in the Rush Hour trilogy. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Michael Jacksons Visionary chronology Thriller (2006) Dont Stop Til You Get Enough (2006) Rock with You (2006) Off the Wall track listing Dont Stop Til You Get Enough (1) Rock with You (2) HIStory track listing Remember the Time (12) Dont Stop Til You Get Enough... Duets is a road-trip comedy film released in 2000, co-produced and directed by Bruce Paltrow. ... Jackpot is a 2001 comedy-drama film directed by Michael Polish and written by Michael and his brother, Mark Polish. ... Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... For the South Korean TV series of the same name, see Angel (2007 TV series). ... Andy Hallett (born August 4, 1975) is from the tiny Cape Cod village of Osterville, part of the town of Barnstable. ... The Karaoke King is a comedy film scheduled for release in 2006. ...


World records

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Finland holds the record for the largest number of people singing karaoke at one time, for 80,000 people singing "Hard Rock Hallelujah" on 26 May 2006 in Helsinki after Lordi won the Eurovision Song Contest. Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 151 languages. ... Hard Rock Hallelujah is a song by the Finnish heavy metal/hard rock band Lordi, which won the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with 292 points, a record in the history of Eurovision. ... is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lordi is a hard rock / heavy metal band from Finland. ... Eurovision redirects here. ...


China holds the record for the longest non-stop rally of karaoke, for 214 hours, 20 minutes, and eight seconds on 1 January 2008. [6] is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


References

  1. ^ Who Invented the Karaoke Machine? Events-in-Music.com
  2. ^ Time 100:Daisuke Inoue, August 23-30, 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 7/8
  3. ^ About:Inventors, Roberto del Rosario Accessed January 6, 2007
  4. ^ "Nation bans karaoke bars, Internet cafes?", Yahoo! News, Yahoo!, 2007-07-12. Retrieved on 2007-07-12. 
  5. ^ Japanese songs enter South Korea by Karaoke. [1] (Korean)
  6. ^ Non stop marathon singing breaks world record [2]

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

Originating in Finland in 2003 with 7 countries, the Karaoke World Championships are an international karaoke competition, featuring nearly 30 countries worldwide in 2007. ...

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