Monday, April 16, 2012
UPDATED: How Was Tupac Resurrected At Coachella?
Pretty f'n sweet.
According to Wired, the company that created this performance is Musion. They have created other types of virtual performances for music acts, including Gorillaz and Black Eyed Peas. The same type of screen technology is used by theme parks and can be seen throughout the queue for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, FL. Though we can't confirm that Musion was used for that project.
In the past, when a singer wanted to perform with someone who is dead it was always just them singing along with a projection of old footage on a large screen. This takes tribute performances to a whole new level. The fluid animation, spot on sound-a-like, and see through screen make it an experience that everyone will now be trying to copy. The biggest question is whether Tupac was total CG, a look-a-like or a combination.
If you're going to use this technology in concert, please make sure it's on singers we would want to see perform again. We don't need to see a hologram of Tiny Tim performing on Jay Leno's show. Although, Johnny Carson being resurrected to take back The Tonight Show would be pretty great.
The Wall St. Journal says that Tupac was indeed CG, and created by Digital Domain (founded by James Cameron). They used archival footage of Tupac to create the characteristics of him. While Musion does hold the patent on this technology, AV Solutions licenses it and created the set up used this past weekend. Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre are looking to go on tour with holo-2Pac. Take the jump to read more about it at WSJ.com.
Coachella has one more round of performances coming up this weekend.
What say you?
POPped like a gangsta