The world was simply amazed when in the first part of 2012, TuPac was brought to life in a concert thanks to a computer generated hologram. It was amazing, breathtaking and felt like the late singer was actually standing there in front of the crowd. Believe it or not, even back then, Japan was right ahead because not only they were accustomed with hologram generated images and videos, but, one of the most popular Japanese pop singer is a hologram and not a person, but a fictional character.
The name of the pop hologram singer is Hatsune Miku and she is simply perfect, very resembling to one of the beloved characters of popular Japanese cartoons named anime. Hatsune is entirely fictional, created by a Japanese technology firm named Crypton Future Media. They used a special vocaloid program to create the voice of the hologram singer (lyrics and melodies, control elements like vibrato, and instantly pop out flawless vocals). She was created back in 2007 and she performed “live” for paying audiences. Her popularity in Japan can be compared to that of Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga in the US. She even has her own video-game series.
Hatsune is the perfect hologram singer dream. She gives to her audience and fans exactly the music they enjoy without all that drama, sex and alcohol of a real pop singer’s life. Her only fault is that she was singing only in Japanese so fans from other countries couldn’t understand her lyrics and relate to them. So, in order to increase the hologram singer’s popularity, her creators decided to make her sing in English as well, so now Hatsune Miku has songs and covers in English, as well.
Could you relate to a fictional hologram singer or do you prefer the real thing? Only time will tell if real talent can and would be replaced by computer generated images and vocals.
Photo source: facebook/hatsune-miku
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