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Feb 8, 2016

Could Digital Artists Replace Real Artists?

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By now, everyone is probably familiar with holographic performances from such artists as Elvis, Micheal Jackson and the one that started it all, Tupac Shakur at Coachella. However, the real pioneers of performance holograms were that quirky cartoon band, Gorillaz. The costs of a holographic setup would make your toes curl, but the technology itself is fairly straight forward. Projecting onto a specialized screen which is as close to invisible as one can get. There are two main players in the space, Holo-gauze and Musion.

When it comes to digital artists, there is one name that stands out from all others. Hatsune Miku. What makes Miku so unique when compared to holograms of dead celebrities or even the animated Gorillaz with Blur frontman, Damon Albarn, is that she is entirely computer generated. A software instrument manifest as an anime character who has become as much of a ‘real’ celebrity as anyone currently in the charts.

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  • Karen on February 8, 2016 8:01 am

    This is very interesting and funny. One of my family members who is big in the industry in Nashville; I posted this very same concept on his FB page 3 weeks ago and asked for his opinion on if he thought it would work. I used Madonna as an example and how she could actually do 5 shows in 5 different locations in 1 night with these halograms. I can’t wait to share this with him.