Brave New World

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
Aldous Huxley

Cute Blue Hair

Have you heard of the singer and performer Hatsune Miku? Supposedly she has sung a staggering 100,000 songs, performed at "live" concerts and has legions of fans.

Dressed as a sexy, Lolita school girl with masses of cerulean blue hair, she is "oh so cute". At one of her recent concerts, huge crowds waving glow sticks were packed to capacity as she shimmied around the stage. You can watch her in the video below, but before you do, I'll just let you in on the fact, that she is actually a digital avatar, 3-D hologram.

Created by Crypton Future Media, using Yamaha Corporation's Vocaloid 2 synthesizing technology, with a voice sampled from a Japanese voice actress, Hatsune Miku, has also starred in commercials for Toyota Corolla and Google Chrome. With a manga series named after her called, Maker Hikōshiki Hatsune Mix and a compilation album which, in 2010  became the first Vocaloid album ever to top the charts, she is a star indeed. And yet in reality she does not exist.

Hatsune MikuCredit: Flickr Ceasol

Musical Intelligence

"I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to."
Elvis Presley
If a sexy anime, "cutie girl", hologram is not your style, what about a concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra? David Cope, an American composer, pianist and Emeriti Professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, uses a computer program, called Experiments in Musical Intelligence, to create computer generated music in the style of Bach, Mozart, Chopin or even Joplin.
The attributes and style of these great composers, is broken down by the computer, which then generates new compositions. It is an interesting idea, a kind of musical resurrection, but is there  something faintly Dr. Frankenstein about borrowing a persons genius long after they are dead? Listen to Radiolab and decide for yourself.

Born Again

TupacCredit: wikipedia

"When words leave off, music begins."
Heinrich Heine
Rapper Tupac Shakur died, in a drive by shooting 15 years ago, but recently performed at the Coachella music festival and rapped with Snoop Dogg. Not a hologram, this optical illusion technique involves the use of an old stage trick which goes back to the 1800's, used by a Professor John Pepper.
At the concert the Tupac like animation, strutted about and even spoke to the crowd yelling "What up, Coachella?" The stunned audience couldn't believe their eyes and many were in tears. Makes you think whats next Elvis? John Lennon?
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Hatsune Miku - Love Is War and World is mine live in Tokyo,Japan

Tupac Hologram Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre Perform Coachella Live 2012