Chinese fans paid to see a Virtual Hologram Singer

Hologram Performance

Thousands of convened at Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz arena on Saturday to see an unusual show: a virtual singer named Luo Tianyi, accompanied by world famous Chinese pianist Lang Lang.

But rather than basing the holographic performance on a particular human performer’s movement and voice the way holograms of Michael Jackson and Tupac have “performed” on stage over the last decade Tianyi’s performance is the result of six months of hard work by roughly 200 production staff, as the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reports.

Virtual Celebrity

Because she doesn’t exist as a real person, Tianyi is an intriguing vision of the future of entertainment.

Her voice and personality are created through sophisticated tech, including motion capture and 3D modelling. A backstage voice dubber and motion-capture actress even allowed Tianyi to interact with Lang Lang in real-time.

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