Karaoke (Japaneseカラオケ) is a world famous recreational activity and party game from Japan, live singing into the microphone at the players for Instrumental Playback known pieces of music.


Karaoke was first operated in the early 1970s in Japan and has since seen worldwide distribution. The term is composed of the word Kara (空) ( German: "empty" ) and Oke as a short word for "orchestra". There is also the view that the term from the word for " drum " (ie, " empty barrel " ) is derived.

It was invented by Daisuke Inoue Karaoke ( born May 10, 1940 in Osaka ), in 1971 the first eleven self-built karaoke equipment to bars in Kobe rented ( and for 2004 was awarded the Ig Nobel peace prize ). Since he was not patented the concept and equipment as well as the playback tapes and the CDs were soon manufactured by companies in the entertainment industry, Daisuke earned practically nothing with his invention, which is world renowned today.

Since the mid- 1990s, interest in karaoke has grown steadily in German-speaking countries. A further increase there since about the beginning of 2000 by casting shows.

Meanwhile, karaoke tracks are offered for download on the Internet, then on to various media (Playstation 2, X-Box, DVD, personal computers, etc. ) to be played. Alongside these, in times of social networking also karaoke Communities in the World Wide Web one. There you can as long as "hidden" and release its own performance until you are satisfied with your performance. After that is done i.d.R. the valuation of other community members. Since 2004 can be the favorite pastime in a slightly modified form, to game consoles, with games like SingStar ( PlayStation ), We Sing ( Wii) and modeled different karaoke programs, pursue. The name is also used for other related forms of entertainment, such as PowerPoint Karaoke, in which participants hold more or less funny lectures on randomly selected from the Internet PowerPoint presentations, they see the appearance for the first time. The newest trend in the U.S. is the so-called Urban karaoke. This interactive mouths are used on your smartphone to create an exceptional music performances without having to sing even a special app. The app mimics human vocal and speech movements of the vowels and diphthongs based on mathematical and quantitative linguistics which is then output in the form of high definition video footage in real time.

The " world record in singing karaoke " was set up in a Finnish karaoke club in Kouvala in Helsinki 2008. The singers sang there from 2 to 20 July 2008 exactly 446 hours, 4 minutes and 6 seconds.


The music played is recorded without voice, there are special karaoke CDs, mostly in CD G format, played. In addition to the instrumental versions of the songs which also include text information. When playing the CD to hear singers and audience, the music, the singer can be read on a screen the text and sing to the music. Mostly just to sing passage is for orientation colored or marked with an animation. Frequently running behind the text instead of the original music videos one of the Company specially made ​​video or a random animation, thus the manufacturers save the otherwise necessary additional license. The latest generations provide so-called All- In-One Karaoke Systems (Magic Sing, Magic Mic, Magic Sing Along ) represents the choice of music is here on a removable, non-rewritable Songchip stored in microphone, which reduces the complexity of devices in the use of significantly reduced.

Another nice and cheap option is the playback of karaoke music through the sound card of the computer. There are a variety of karaoke playing programs that work mostly with special MIDI files. These files contain information in addition to the music and the lyrics and typically have the file extension. KAR (instead of. MID) on. Both the player programs, as well as many music files are also available free of charge to the vocabulary as Freeware.

Karaoke Bars

In Asia, it is quite common to to hire special karaoke rooms. These cabins offer, depending on the dimension, space for different sized companies. In contrast to public events this discrete option also offers protection from uninvited guests or strangers. There is a sound reinforcement system, a comfortable selection computer with playlist and room service. Many hotel rooms and smaller pubs have their own karaoke facilities available with sometimes over 100,000 titles. In cities such as Taipei, there are custom homes for K- TV with floors of cabins. K- TVs are as massage parlors and tea houses in some countries also sites of illegal prostitution.

In Europe, karaoke is common and is used in nightclubs as well as in leisure clubs. Here is the rule that unknown of the relevant Performance listen. Also karaoke contests are more and more popularity.

Karaoke in South Korea ( Noraebang )

The South Korean term for Karaoke is Noraebang ( 노래방 ), which means as much as song space. There is usually in a Korean Noraebang bar a series of separate soundproofed rooms, for small to medium sized groups.

There are usually two microphones, a catalog that lists the available tunes and a remote control for song selection, projector and screen, on which the text and stored images are displayed. In addition to Korean songs, are usually also many songs in English, and sometimes in other languages.

Rudel singing

In Germany, a special form of karaoke has developed the pack singing. The name comes from the fact that not only the singers sing on stage, but the entire audience. The lyrics are projected onto a screen.

Karaoke in the movie

  • Great Couples
  • The wedding of my best friend
  • (500 ) Days of Summer
  • High School Musical ( short scene at the beginning of the New Year's Party ( Song: Start Of Something New ) )
  • P. S. I love you
  • The Simpsons: Episode 24- hour period in Season 2