Video: Japanese holograms now giving pop concerts or something

posted at 9:42 pm on November 11, 2010 by Allahpundit

A palate-cleansing reminder from Snapped Shot that Japan is “different.” But then, longtime HA readers know all about that. Why is this going viral today, you ask, when the clip is almost two months old? That’s just how the Internet rolls, my friends. Although the fact that the LA Times profiled her — I mean “her” — yesterday might explain the timing.

Miku is a singing, digital avatar created by Crypton Future Media that customers can purchase and then program to perform any song on a computer.

Crypton uses voices recorded by actors and runs them through Yamaha Corp.’s Vocaloid software -– marketed as “a singer in a box.” The result: A synthesized songstress that sounds far better than you ever have in your shower…

A few months ago, a 3-D projection of Miku pranced around several stadium stages as part of a concert tour, where capacity crowds waved their glow sticks and sang along.

We’ve got Miley Cyrus, they’ve got this. What would be really clever is if the animators followed the traditional Hollywood career arc for teen goddesses: First comes success, then come paparazzi photos of the hologram club-hopping, then suddenly she’s in hologram jail trying to kick a coke habit. YouTube has lots more concert clips — see the sidebar here — but as you gape in wonder, understand that the hologram is but an intermediate transitional technological stage. We all know where this is headed, and we’ll get there sooner than you think.

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OT: Anybody see ’30 Rock’ tonight? They did an entire episode basically calling the tea party a bunch of nut-job cry babies. Wow.

Meric1837 on November 11, 2010 at 9:45 PM

That’s it, I’m moving to Japan

Kini on November 11, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Japanese terror threat…

Ugly on November 11, 2010 at 9:47 PM

I’m speechless.

Sure hope there’s no crotch shots.

Yeah, I had to go there.

Guess I really wasn’t speechless.

SteveMG on November 11, 2010 at 9:48 PM

wow. that’s kinda freaky deaky cool

ted c on November 11, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Thank a veteran, this coulda been us.

Daveyardbird on November 11, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Hmm, I think Japan is once again getting kowaii and kawaii mixed up. Honest mistake guys.

Grayson on November 11, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Yamaha Corp.’s Vocaloid software

That’s the same software from the dancing robot post

I WANT ONE!

Kini on November 11, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Slow news day. Poor AP.

KeepOhioRed on November 11, 2010 at 9:50 PM

OT: Anybody see ’30 Rock’ tonight? They did an entire episode basically calling the tea party a bunch of nut-job cry babies. Wow.

Meric1837 on November 11, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Isn’t that the show that all the liberals say they watch but very few actually do? Kind of like Mad Men I guess.

Grayson on November 11, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Her outfits and hair should morph or something.
Yeah, I’m a buzz kill.

bbz123 on November 11, 2010 at 9:57 PM

I, for one, welcome our Japanese Holographic overlords…

;)

Can anyone watch this without saying “WTF?” while loving it at the same time?

tickleddragon on November 11, 2010 at 9:58 PM

That is awesomely awesome!

thekingtut on November 11, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Why are the Japanese 25 years ahead of us?

SouthernGent on November 11, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Thank a veteran, this coulda been us.

Daveyardbird on November 11, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Not sure what that angle is, but thank American technology which allowed the Japanese to exploit from their imagination into advance robotics and imagery.

Who else can take Beta recorders, redesign them, and market VHS technology right back to the original designers.

I very much would like to see more of this innovation designed and marketed here. Japan is obviously doing something right.

Kini on November 11, 2010 at 10:01 PM

She was lip syncing. I can tell.

pedestrian on November 11, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Why are the Japanese 25 years ahead of us?

SouthernGent on November 11, 2010 at 10:00 PM

They commercialize their technology.

Kini on November 11, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Hologram pop stars? The future is now, baby!

Inkblots on November 11, 2010 at 10:04 PM

I hadn’t realized Hatsune Miku was THAT big in Japan.

Keljeck on November 11, 2010 at 10:04 PM

A palate-cleansing reminder from Snapped Shot that Japan is “different.”

Yes, it is. And I love it.

Emily M. on November 11, 2010 at 10:06 PM

We’ve got Miley Cyrus, they’ve got this.

Maybe they’re willing to trade?

Grayson on November 11, 2010 at 10:06 PM

First comes success, then come paparazzi photos of the hologram club-hopping, then suddenly she’s in hologram jail trying to kick a coke habit.

Do robots dream of electric sheep?

Kini on November 11, 2010 at 10:07 PM

But can she drive?

Ugly on November 11, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Just think, this could obsolete the teleprompter.
Obama in 3D..Yeah Baby!

Electrongod on November 11, 2010 at 10:07 PM

I was a Hatsune Miku fan way before it still wasn’t cool to be one.

theperfecteconomist on November 11, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Why are the Japanese 25 years ahead of us?

SouthernGent on November 11, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Which is bigger, Avatar or that Anime singer? They are basically the same technology.

pedestrian on November 11, 2010 at 10:08 PM

A whole crowd of zeta-males waving their wands at an imaginary anime girl. Yup, that’s Japan.

keep the change on November 11, 2010 at 10:09 PM

but as you gape in wonder, understand that the hologram is but an intermediate transitional technological stage. We all know where this is headed,

Yes we do, yes we do

Kini on November 11, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Which is bigger, Avatar or that Anime singer?

pedestrian on November 11, 2010 at 10:08 PM

At least the Anime doesn’t put a anti-American, anti-Military message into their product.

And you don’t have to wear cheezy 3D glasses looking like a dork.

Kini on November 11, 2010 at 10:14 PM

tough night up on the threads, eh AP?

ted c on November 11, 2010 at 10:16 PM

And you don’t have to wear cheezy 3D glasses looking like a dork.

Kini on November 11, 2010 at 10:14 PM

That’s because to look at an oversized cartoon you can use a low fidelity hologram projector. To watch a feature film, you need the glasses. The real technology is in creating the movie itself, which the US is ahead in.

pedestrian on November 11, 2010 at 10:18 PM

tough night up on the threads, eh AP?

ted c on November 11, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Actually, redemption from last nights QOTD

Kini on November 11, 2010 at 10:19 PM

OT: Did anyone notice that Google actually decided to show some respect to America by updating their page for Veteran’s Day? About time…

angelwing34215 on November 11, 2010 at 10:20 PM

pedestrian on November 11, 2010 at 10:18 PM

You cannot interact with a film. A film is not live.

This is.

Kini on November 11, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Do robots dream of electric sheep?

Kini on November 11, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Are you channeling Gary Numan or Kate? :)

tastes like chicken on November 11, 2010 at 10:21 PM

I dont think its a hologram. It is just a glass pane that has an image projected on it.

PrezHussein on November 11, 2010 at 10:22 PM

I wonder if there is anyway Japan could replace my Cowboys with some Hologram players…….

……..then they could at least pretend that they can play football.

Baxter Greene on November 11, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Baxter Greene on November 11, 2010 at 10:23 PM

I’d start with the owner and work my way down..:)

Dire Straits on November 11, 2010 at 10:24 PM

What would be really clever is if the animators followed the traditional Hollywood career arc for teen goddesses: First comes success, then come paparazzi photos of the hologram club-hopping, then suddenly she’s in hologram jail trying to kick a coke habit.

You forgot the sex tape. Maybe from the unrated version of Tron 3D?

malclave on November 11, 2010 at 10:25 PM

That was interesting. (a good thing)

xplodeit on November 11, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Are you channeling Gary Numan or Kate? :)

tastes like chicken on November 11, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Donno who they are, but

I should have said: “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”
It was Blade Runners original title

Kini on November 11, 2010 at 10:26 PM

I dont think its a hologram. It is just a glass pane that has an image projected on it.

PrezHussein on November 11, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Dude. I remember copying pictures like that as a kid ;)

Ugly on November 11, 2010 at 10:29 PM

Are you channeling Gary Numan…

tastes like chicken on November 11, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Donno who they are

Kini on November 11, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Cars dude!

Ugly on November 11, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Wasn’t this in a Macross episode years ago?

irishspy on November 11, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Baxter Greene on November 11, 2010 at 10:23 PM

I’d start with the owner and work my way down..:)

Dire Straits on November 11, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Heh!!!!

If I could get a hold of the owner…..working my way down would include kicking his arse straight through that over compensating scoreboard of his.

What a pathetic embarrassment this ego manic is.

Baxter Greene on November 11, 2010 at 10:39 PM

That reminds me; didn’t Al Gore have some kind of hologram of himself at that stupid “Save Gaia by having a big expensive concert” thing years ago? So maybe it’s more like we get Al Gore, they get this?

Grayson on November 11, 2010 at 10:39 PM

Cars dude!

Ugly on November 11, 2010 at 10:32 PM

D’OH!

Kini on November 11, 2010 at 10:44 PM

irishspy on November 11, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Aren’t we pretty much in a Macross episode now? We just need alien overlords to invade…

I’m signing up for variable fighter training now just to make sure.

Rightwingguy on November 11, 2010 at 10:57 PM

Second song is about veggie juice. I’ve heard it was for a commercial, but really have no idea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0-2lzA7_Cg

And these concert clips have been linked in the comments here at HA on more than one occasion over the past few months…someone even made a flippant comment in the Jazz Robot post about Miku.

Anyway, I like this one…she ‘introduces’ the band a couple of minutes in.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQi_eue52rc

Asher on November 11, 2010 at 10:58 PM

First song: catchy.

Second song “Po pi po po po pi po?” I can only handle so much, Japan.

Rightwingguy on November 11, 2010 at 10:59 PM

William Gibson is smiling. He wrote Idoru in 1996.

Topic? Why a Japaneses holographic popstar of course.

Idoru

roy_batty on November 11, 2010 at 11:04 PM

Puppets are cool.

ronsfi on November 11, 2010 at 11:09 PM

I assume you’ve already posted this video AP…it’s a freaking robot female singing and dancing and it’s not new.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcZJqiUrbnI

Unlike the Vocaloid clips, this one is not so cute…a bit creepy, actually.

Asher on November 11, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Wasn’t this in a Macross episode years ago?

irishspy on November 11, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Sharon Apple, Macross Plus.

James on November 11, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Sharon Apple, Macross Plus.

James on November 11, 2010 at 11:22 PM

I was just going to mention that. Of course, Sharon’s music had the benefit of being composed by Yoko Kanno.

Caiwyn on November 11, 2010 at 11:31 PM

Ahhh, my dream can come true.

This is fine for the pop concerts, what I really want is total CG movies.

Imagine no real actors or singers despoiling society, no low IQ statements nor disgusting antics from Hollywood fools because they are GONE!!!

FOWG1 on November 11, 2010 at 11:40 PM

A friend just notified me that the Gorillaz already did something like this… pretty impressive.

Caiwyn on November 11, 2010 at 11:45 PM

I am mightily pleased to see that I was not the first or only person to remember Macross Plus.

Cylor on November 11, 2010 at 11:57 PM

It’s The Wonder Girls reduced to a mono-datastream.

Japan is heading to be the brain in the pan.

profitsbeard on November 11, 2010 at 11:58 PM

The holographic humpbot is near…

BallisticBob on November 12, 2010 at 12:02 AM

Caiwyn on November 11, 2010 at 11:45 PM

I you look at Gorillaz concert footage you can see they are just rear protected images, and still have a flat quality and can see the screen. The Hatsune Miku footage show how far the technology has come and soon even the glass will not be needed.

Wolftech on November 12, 2010 at 12:05 AM

THIS REMINDS ME OF THE CHARACTER SHARON APPLE IN MACROSS PLUS:
Macross Plus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macross_Plus

StewartIII on November 12, 2010 at 12:18 AM

Idoru
William Gibson

ignatzk on November 12, 2010 at 12:45 AM

Japanese people scare me

Just gonna’ come out and say that

blatantblue on November 12, 2010 at 1:05 AM

I watched Star Trek Voyager. This won’t end well.

Ronnie on November 12, 2010 at 1:05 AM

You cannot interact with a film. A film is not live.

This is.

Kini on November 11, 2010 at 10:21 PM

the only thing live about this was the musicians’ performance and since they are using a click track it’s easy to stay on pace with the recorded vocals. It’s the same as is done for real live pop stars. You can no more interact with that character as you could with a cartoon. It’s precreated and recorded.

I dont think its a hologram. It is just a glass pane that has an image projected on it.

PrezHussein on November 11, 2010 at 10:22 PM

That’s correct. This has nothing to do with holography. It’s a 3D film rear projected onto a glass plate. It’s looks okay because the characters themselves are rather simple. It also only looks good from a distance and nearly straight on. The closer you get, and greater angles, the worse it looks.

The Hatsune Miku footage show how far the technology has come and soon even the glass will not be needed.

Wolftech on November 12, 2010 at 12:05 AM

If not glass then something else. Smoke maybe. There has to be something to defract the light.

Rocks on November 12, 2010 at 1:09 AM

What would be really clever is if the animators followed the traditional Hollywood career arc for teen goddesses

But that’s the point, isn’t it? Real idols can turn into sluts, do drugs, or just get old. Synthetic idols are always perfect.

Socratease on November 12, 2010 at 1:20 AM

Seriously,
Japanese people over there are weird

I’m sorry — it is simply too much to take

blatantblue on November 12, 2010 at 1:22 AM

But that’s the point, isn’t it? Real idols can turn into sluts, do drugs, or just get old. Synthetic idols are always perfect.

Socratease on November 12, 2010 at 1:20 AM

True. Which is why Gorillaz faded after people found out they’re just a bunch of old farts trying to extend their careers by getting people to forget they are old.

This stuff plays in Japan but almost nowhere else. I love anime but it’s amazing how much of it exists solely to indulge the fantasies of middle age pervs. So much of it deals with subjects for which live actors would get locked up that it can only occur in cartoon form. The Japanese allow that but here it would never play. Even voice actors doing that stuff here would be ostracized and it would never be shown anywhere except PPV.

Rocks on November 12, 2010 at 1:29 AM

The Gorillaz-yes. This mess-firm NO.

di butler on November 12, 2010 at 1:39 AM

Sharon Apple, Macross Plus.

James on November 11, 2010 at 11:22 PM

That’s it! Thanks. I recall it being pretty good, too.

irishspy on November 12, 2010 at 1:48 AM

This stuff plays in Japan but almost nowhere else. I love anime but it’s amazing how much of it exists solely to indulge the fantasies of middle age pervs. So much of it deals with subjects for which live actors would get locked up that it can only occur in cartoon form. The Japanese allow that but here it would never play. Even voice actors doing that stuff here would be ostracized and it would never be shown anywhere except PPV.

What about South Park?

Socratease on November 12, 2010 at 1:50 AM

What about South Park?

Socratease on November 12, 2010 at 1:50 AM

It’s different. South Park satirizes it while anime and manga “explores” it at best and some would say glorifies it. Even Matt and Trey won’t touch incest while brother-sister desire, if not actual love, is a staple of some manga and anime. Then there is lolicon.

Rocks on November 12, 2010 at 2:06 AM

So now we see that Milli Vanilli were just ahead of their time. I went to a ZZ Top concert where everything was just too well synchronized for me to believe it wasn’t all pre recorded. I felt ripped off. I guess fake is OK if it’s openly fake.

deewhybee on November 12, 2010 at 2:27 AM

the only thing live about this was the musicians’ performance and since they are using a click track it’s easy to stay on pace with the recorded vocals. It’s the same as is done for real live pop stars. You can no more interact with that character as you could with a cartoon. It’s precreated and recorded.

Rocks on November 12, 2010 at 1:09 AM

I know, I use a sequencer for my compositions.

It could be on glass, but I see no reflections. However,it’s clever entertainment. The entertainment factor is real time, and I like that.

Without 3D goggle. I’ll settle for beer goggle first.

Kini on November 12, 2010 at 2:39 AM

It could be on glass, but I see no reflections.
Kini on November 12, 2010 at 2:39 AM

You can see it pretty clearly in the long shots when they use the lights. It’s impressive, don’t get me wrong. But it’s far more impressive watching a tape of it than live. The camera misses subtleties which stick out to the eye in person.

Rocks on November 12, 2010 at 2:56 AM

I posted links to this about a week ago in the Star Wars hologram headline. A friend sent me a link to an article about this two weeks before that. It’s kind of old news.

What gets me is, people paid good money to go see an animated character sing a concert. It must be dang easy to get otakus in Japan to part with their yen. Especially if it involves cute females in short frilly costumes.

theotherone on November 12, 2010 at 3:08 AM

Not a hologram…there is a large glass-type screen across the stage and the pre-recorded 3D animation video is projected on it.
You can see the glass screen several times in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQi_eue52rc

albill on November 12, 2010 at 6:34 AM

Star Trek meets Anime..

“Oh no, she’s spaced out on coke again? Activate the emergency musical hologram!”

“Please state the nature of the musical emergency.”

The_Livewire on November 12, 2010 at 7:10 AM

Oh no! It’s “Macross II” come to life!

DethMetalCookieMonst on November 12, 2010 at 7:16 AM

the FOOLS! Don’t they realize that holograms will take over your ship? THEY’LL TAKE OVER YOUR SHIP

jollycynic on November 12, 2010 at 7:22 AM

Whoops! After looking through the comments looks like I meant “Macross Plus”. It’s been too long since I’ve seen either.

DethMetalCookieMonst on November 12, 2010 at 7:22 AM

I was just going to mention that. Of course, Sharon’s music had the benefit of being composed by Yoko Kanno.

And controlled poeple’s minds, don’t forget…

crazy_legs on November 12, 2010 at 7:26 AM

A whole crowd of zeta-males waving their wands at an imaginary anime girl. Yup, that’s Japan. – KTC

Thank you GrandPop! And all the other Vets of the Pacific Theater!

This is weird, but it’s better than bushido.

Tony737 on November 12, 2010 at 7:38 AM

Nice fluid motions. They put a lot of effort into that.

Count to 10 on November 12, 2010 at 7:57 AM

Technological artistic garbage.

shick on November 12, 2010 at 7:59 AM

Technological artistic garbage.

shick on November 12, 2010 at 7:59 AM

Pretty much.

Count to 10 on November 12, 2010 at 8:01 AM

This has got to be quite possibly the coolest thing I have seen in a long time……..at least until I check out “Tron: Legacy” at the theaters in December.

pilamaye on November 12, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Imagine what the outcome would be if their could povide a holigram of a live singer to project at multiple sites giveing multiple concerts simultaneouslty.

Then you would really have a is it live or is it MEMOREX momentent.

MSGTAS on November 12, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Well the singer sure has Zettai Ryouiki.

Fizzmaister on November 12, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Whoops! After looking through the comments looks like I meant “Macross Plus”. It’s been too long since I’ve seen either.

DethMetalCookieMonst on November 12, 2010 at 7:22 AM

Macross Plus was an absolute classic and truly groundbreaking for its time. Macross II…not so much.

Cylor on November 12, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Robot singers . . . robot actresses . . . robot girlfriends . . . what the hell is the world coming to?

Ryan Anthony on November 12, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Did anybody try to rush the stage?

Coronagold on November 12, 2010 at 3:07 PM

I don’t think its a hologram. It is just a glass pane that has an image projected on it.
PrezHussein on November 11, 2010 at 10:22 PM

That’s correct. This has nothing to do with holography. It’s a 3D film rear projected onto a glass plate. It’s looks okay because the characters themselves are rather simple. It also only looks good from a distance and nearly straight on. The closer you get, and greater angles, the worse it looks….
Rocks on November 12, 2010 at 1:09 AM

Rocks,
You’re wrong. It is a hologram. You can tell because of the rotation of the figure as the viewing angle changes. A flat screen image would not show a different aspect.

An aside:
I was in Germany during the 1970s and saw Yes in concert. One of the most impressive things I ever saw. They had a 20 foot holographic image of a prima ballerina in what looked like a green body sock (including the head) dancing in perfect time to one of their hits (I think it was Siberan Kutu (sp?) from YesSongs. Just like this, I was left wanting more and obviously it impressed the hell out’a me!

rspock on November 12, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Wasn’t this in a Macross episode years ago?

irishspy on November 11, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Exactly. Interesting, isnt it?

Shambhala on November 12, 2010 at 7:43 PM

I’m in love.

Dandapani on November 14, 2010 at 7:25 PM