Old Musicians Never Die. They Just Become Holograms

Buddy Holly revived as a hologram for a show in Los Angeles © Jeff Minton for The New York Times

A fascinating article by Jeff Minton in The New York Times about holographic performers. Just imagine the applications for music education…

‘For what it’s worth, the crowd at the Zappa concert seemed utterly charmed — cheering when the hologram Zappa materialized in the center of the stage during the opening number, “Cosmik Debris.” I was sitting about eight rows from the front. It looked like Zappa up there, more or less, though his form radiated the paranormal brightness that holograms can’t help emitting. Eventually, “Frank” addressed the audience: “Good evening. You won’t believe it, but I’m as happy to see you guys as you are to see the show. I’m your resident buffoon, and my name is Frank.”

‘Using technology to blur the line between the quick and the dead tends to be a recipe for dystopian science fiction, but in this case, it could also mean a lucrative new income stream for a music industry in flux, at a time when beloved entertainers can no longer count on CD or download revenues to support their loved ones after they’ve died.’

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Header photo: Buddy Holly revived as a hologram for a show in Los Angeles © Jeff Minton for The New York Times

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