Friday, November 12, 2010

Are holograms the future of "live" music?

A hologram of Hatsune Miku — a fictional character from a computer application — performs in Japan for a crowd of glowingly enthusiastic fans:

She's been giving concerts since last year.

I saw this when P____ posted it to Facebook. P____ says:

I can't see why it won't start happening everywhere. A Lady Gaga hologram could play 100 shows across the country on the same night.


Grobstein said...

[Comment where I straight-facedly announce that Lady Gaga is a hologram, leaving it unclear whether I really-really mean what I've said or am making some kind of gnomic Baudrillard-type point.]

Jason (the commenter) said...

I can see how this would work in Japan. Voice actors in Japan have their own genre of pop music.

But in America we long for "authenticity" and holograms wont cut it. Singers can auto-tune themselves like crazy if that's their "sound", but they've got to show up in person.

Lots of shows have crappy sound, and some performers are awful live, but they still pack 'em in.

Ann Althouse said...

It's basically like going to the movies... except with the background removed.

Jason (the commenter) said...

It's basically like going to the movies... except with the background removed.


They do sell tickets to view live events, such as concerts and operas, in theaters right now. Do people pay the same as for a live event? No!

But perhaps if someone had the audacity to only give performances by hologram they could get away with it.

There is a precedent.

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