Sunday 18 August 2019

Holograms take centre stage as Whitney and Michael Jackson are brought back to life

Whitney Houston in concert in 2004
Whitney Houston in concert in 2004
Michael Jackson, seen here on stage in 1998, died just weeks before his comeback tour in 2009. Photo: AP
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Sarah-Jane Murphy

Think you've missed your chance to catch Whitney Houston or Michael Jackson in concert?

Think again.

Recent developments in technology mean that deceased superstars such as these can be brought back to life using holograms, a type of 3D light projector that amazingly create a very realistic replica image.

The hologram phenomenon started in 2012 when Californian music festival Cochella featured the dead rapper Tuipac Shakur who performed alongside Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg.



Then, in 2014, Michael Jackson made a posthumous appearance, via hologram, at the U.S. Billboard Music Awards.

Hologram USA have recently announced plans to launch a Whitney Houston tour and will also stage a Billie Holiday concert at Harlem's iconic Apollo Theatre.

In short, holograms works by projecting a light field, rather than standard camera image, onto a screen thereby creating the illusion of a 3D figure.

In the case of Whitney Houston’s tour the late singer’s image will be projected onto a live artist on stage.

Another US technology company, Pulse Evolution, are creating a musical based on Elvis Presley's life which will use holograms to their full effect.

Meanwhile, John Textor, the chairman of Pulse Evolution which masterminded the Tupac and Michael Jackson holograms has more mainstream plans for the technology.

He hopes to “reinvent karaoke” by letting amateur crooners perform with their favorite singers.


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