Victorian hologram technique takes musicians to lockdown audience
LONDON (UK) – A hologram based on Victorian technology is helping musicians reach out to their fans who are under lockdown around the world.
Dan Olsen, a singer from the Faroe Islands, has joined hands with Musion 3D to come out with Fanshare, a tweaked version of the illusion technique known as Pepper’s ghost, which involves a huge sheet of glass used in theatres in the 1860s.
“It’s the closest you’re going to get to a virtual image, a virtual likeness of the real human being,” said Musion director Ian O’Connell.
“You don’t need glasses, you don’t need a headset. You’re sitting here as if you’re watching a regular stage show.”
Accompanied by a guitarist, Olsen performed in a small studio in east London while their images were projected onto a stage in central London where the pianist was performing live.
“It looks like all three of us are on stage playing at the same time but two of us are holograms,” Olsen said.
This technology enables a performer to be anywhere in the world, which is ideal for the lockdown curbs that are altering public life.
“The timing couldn’t be better to do this now because people are looking like how can we play to an audience because we can’t get musicians to travel and all of a sudden with this you can do it anywhere in the world,” Olsen said.
Despite the fact that most fans will not be able to assemble in large numbers, Musion believes that people who spend so much time on social media have a different perception of what an audience is. It is looking at getting gigs onto mobile devices.
“We’ve coined this phrase from home to phone,” O’Connell said.
“If this goes on for many months and we’re able to rock up to a local music pub like the Half Moon in Putney (in London) and do an open day for musicians to play and we stream them out to the wider web on a pay-per-view basis.”