Who Invented the Karaoke Machine?

By | April 5, 2021

Early start

Born in Osaka in 1940, Daisuke Inoue was admitted to Nishinomiya and attended school in Osaka. While a student at Osaka High School, Inoue started playing drums because ‘All you have to do is hit them.’ Shortly after picking up the drums, he began making money playing in the dance halls of World War II. Most recently in 1970, he and six colleagues worked in the Kobe bar, which provided musical accompaniment to businessmen singing Japanese country and military songs. Because of his mediocre musical ability, he was encouraged to focus more on the business end and did so with a loan from his father. Even in handling the band, Inoue continued to play, albeit poorly.

The First Karaoke Machine

While Inoue was not the best musician, a businessman was a big fan of Inoue’s work. Since Inoue did not read music, he had to follow the singer while playing and this stopping, accompanying style was the perfect accompaniment for the businessman mourning, off-tempo singing. In 1971, businessman Inoue called for a business trip and accompaniment to his favorite songs. Inoue, unable to follow, played his accompaniment on a cassette tape for the businessman to take with him on his journey. Thus was born the first karaoke machine.

From Kobe to the world

He made and rented eleven machines to bars in Kobe in 1971 and shortly after the phenomenon spread to Osaka and Tokyo. Discussing the widespread popularity of karaoke, especially in Japan and other parts of Asia, Inoue has expressed his belief that karaoke in karaoke transformative effects: ‘I believe that karaoke has helped to transform the Japanese people, they’ are said to be shy and poor to express themselves in public. But give a guy a microphone, and the same man who has trouble getting a wedding speech never wants to stop! By the early 1990s, karaoke’s popularity had spread to small towns and large cities around the world. It also made kitschy looks in big Hollywood movies. Today, karaoke is found in local bars and private homes and forms the basis of many of today’s popular video games such as: Sing Star, Rock Band, Rock Star and Guitar Hero.

Rags to Rags Story

Today, karaoke is a billion dollar industry, but Inoue never saw any of the money because he neglected to patent his invention. He briefly patented plastic-coated songbooks, and he still makes money today from the pest he created to keep cockroaches and rats out of karaoke units. In the 1980s, he ran and managed several companies related to the karaoke industry, including a company that secured licensing for the music. But despite his continued association with the karaoke industry, he was unknown, even in his hometown, until a Singapore-based television channel made a story about him in 1996. In fact, Inoue never even used his own invention until his 59th birthday, in 1999. When he asked if he regretted not patenting his invention he said: ‘I am not an inventor, I simply put things that already exist together, which is completely different. I took a car stereo, a coin box and a small amplifier to do karaoke. Who would even consider patenting something like that? ‘

Recognition and recognition

In 1999, Inoue was featured in Time magazine as one of the three most influential Asians of the century. In 2004, Harvard University’s Ig was awarded the Nobel Prize for singing ‘I’ like learning the world to sing ‘and received the longest standing ovation ever at the Ig Nobels. In 2005, he was the subject of a fictional account of his life in the Japanese film, Karaoke. The film explores the social value of karaoke and opens with the protagonist being fired and his family abandoning him. He turns to karaoke and finds a new purpose.

Daisuke Inoue Now

In his 1999 interview with Time Magazine, he expressed a desire to start a school to train Japanese pet owners to take care of their pets. From 2005 onwards, he enjoyed his few minutes of fame and the fact that what started as a simple idea in 34 years has touched so many people around the world. Currently, Inoue and his wife style I run a business in Osaka. He is the idea man and she helps to bring his ideas to life. It should actually have been World War II. The dance halls that GI used were often used during World War II. In 1971, Daisuke Inoue, a Japanese musician, took a car stereo, a coin box and a small amplifier and created the first karaoke machine. Karaoke means ’empty orchestra’ in Japanese, and the term was already used to describe a husband who would accompany singing patterns at popular nightclubs in Japan. Daisuke Inoue was one of these house musicians until a request from a regular customer paved the way for a worldwide phenomenon.