Sunday, December 1, 2013

Karaoke: Filipino or Japanese?

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Filipinos are very fond of using the karaoke machine, it is a source of entertainment for them. They usually go to KTV bars and sing their hearts out, even if they're out of tune. Personally, I am not a fan of karaoke, yes I find it funny and entertaining when people who are always out of tune sing, but sometimes it gets annoying when they get too noisy. 

credits to: Pil56
Karaoke is used worldwide, but is most prevalent in Asia. Karaoke has come along way, starting from the early stages of the karaoke machine which were large machines, up to modern times where they are made in different devices like VCDs, mobile phones, automobiles and computers. There are even video games made for karaoke. 
Karaoke Studio - cover art
credits to: Salavat

The first karaoke video game ever, was developed by TOSE and was called Karaoke Studio, which can only be played on the Nintendo FamiCom

Anyway. Let's go to our main topic, Who invented "karaoke"?

When you ask people this, some would say the Filipinos did, and others would say the Japanese. Well let's find out.

The word karaoke, comes from the Japanese word "kara" which means "empty" and "okesutora" which means "orchestra". This machine has different popular songs, from different popular artists. These songs, however, don't have the original vocals, but only a "minus-one" version, where only the sound is heard and the lyrics are shown on a screen. 

Daisuke Inoue
credits to: The Appendix
In 1971, a Japanese musician named Daisuke Inoue, invented a machine called the Juke-8, a tape recorder-like device that played songs that you could sing along to. He did not distribute this machine, instead he leased them out. The problem was that he did not patent the machine and so did not directly profit from it, losing his chance to get millions. In this article, it is stated that it is in fact Daisuke Inoue who invented this machine but, failed to patent it. So technically, he is the inventor of the karaoke machine. 

Roberto del Rosario
credits to the owner
But a Filipino inventor, named Roberto del Rosario, invented the Karaoke Sing Along System in 1975, four years after Inoue created his machine. This machine he created is described as an advanced sing-along-system known as one-man-band which was the combination of a music player, voice taping mechanism, tuner and mixer, which allowed people to sing with the recorded music using a microphone and an amplified speaker. He patented his machine and used it commercially, so, legally, he is considered as the inventor of the first karaoke machine. 

Now that you know the information about karaoke and its inventors, who do you think invented karaoke? Let me know by commenting below. :)

Contributed by: Kiara F. Sonza

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  1. For me, it doesn't matter where it was originated, what matters more is that Karaoke makes us happy whenever we use it. :)

  2. Cherry Mae Paramio was right doesnt matter where it was originated ..but i am thankful both of them ..People Love Karaoke especially Filipinos i think Karaoke its part of our culture especially in celebration ..every Filipinos home have karaoke even kids they just love to sing karaoke ...

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