Ever since Tupac was ‘resurrected’ to perform at California’s Coachella festival earlier this month, booking bigwigs all over the planet have been scratching their heads, wondering how lucrative this new technology could really be.
The thought of being able to put any act on a stage, be they deceased or not, is something that until recently was unheard of. But now, British led firm Musion Technology have made this a very real actuality.
Using a technique that’s similar to that of Pepper’s Ghost, a Victorian illusionary trick, the designers at Musion are able to beam whoever or whatever they deem fit onto a live stage setting. The technology works through a method in which light is projected at a transparent film which is set up on a forward facing 45 degree angle, on stage. From the audiences perspective the projection is a 3D walking and talking reality.
Musion, who are unique in their work, have in the past produced similar works of Frank Sinatra, Samuel Ryder and Damon Albarn’s animated band, Gorillaz.
The company plan to continue expanding, and have admitted that the technology is very much ready for a variety of passed performers, the main problems being centred on consent.
Recently there have been discussions of putting the likes of The Jackson 5 back on tour, with MJ’s hologram leading the acclaimed Motown quintet. Experts have said it could possibly be the most profitable tour in history. Michael’s brother, Jackie, has been reported to have backed the idea, saying it was suggested a few years ago.
Other deceased celebrities, or ‘delebs’ as they have now been termed by the press, have been rumoured to be making a return from beyond the grave. Musion Technology’s Head of Music has said he’s like to bring Elvis Presley back, commenting he would like to pair The King with teen heart throb, Justin Bieber someday.
This technology could also be used in a non-musical sense. It opens up options of seminars being delivered by individuals not present, to perhaps a greeting from past acclaimed Olympiads, welcoming audiences to the 2012 London games.
It’s something that the world is going to utilise more and more over the next coming decade, and before long it may be recognised as system that could be personally owned and installed within the household.
Although this may sound farfetched, video conferencing systems such as Skype and Apple’s Facetime have swiftly become established in affordable smart phones and laptops. This may possibly just be the next step of many.