One of the most highly-talked about performances in the recently-concluded SXSW Technology and Music Festival in Austin, Texas was a musical duel participated in by Japanese rock pianist Yoshiki Hayashi. But his “opponent” was none other than a hologram of himself, in the spirit of the Tupak Shakur posthumous virtual performance at Coachella four years ago.
The iconic frontman for the Japanese heavy-metal band X Japan appeared on stage and started playing his usual style of music, when suddenly he introduced a more life-like and clearly-defined “look-alike” to perform a duet with me. The audience was astounded to realize that the first performer was actually the hologram and the second one was the real deal. They were then treated to a virtuoso piano battle as the musician, who’s also a composer and record producer, dueled with himself. On his official YouTube page, he posted “Yoshiki unveiled a never before seen classical concert performance at FLAUNT Magazine’s party celebrating its upcoming List Issuem.”
But lest you think he was just imitating the Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Tupac performance at Coachella in 2012, Yoshiki started experimenting with incorporating holograms in his musical performance way before mainstream artists started doing so. Both performances were created by the illusion called “Pepper’s Ghost,” in an advanced version developed by Musion, a London-based company. The usual system uses light that is partially reflected off a glass pane, but this one has a specially developed foil that allows for the projection of more believable and life-like images.
[ via Gizmag ]
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