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Published on October 19th, 2014 | by Alan Cross

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And Now, from the World of Music and Holograms…

Let’s begin with this story about hologram images and the world of EDM from Medium”

In just a few hours, the arena would be filled with throngs of electronic music fans gathered for EPIC 3.0, the third edition in a series of shows created by Prydz (the title doing double-duty as an acronym for “Eric Prydz in Concert”), in which he brings ground-breaking technology into the live music performance space.

A renowned Swedish producer, Prydz is a force behind dance music — house and techno in particular. He has twice been nominated for a Grammy for “Best Remixed Recording,” and boasts some of the fastest-selling singles in the category. This year, for the first time, EPIC would be staged exclusively at Madison Square Garden, and among the high-tech plans for the set, Prydz and his team planned to unveil the largest hologram ever displayed in an indoor arena.

Keep reading. And then there’s the case of Hatsune Miku, the virtual Japanese pop star.

Last week, mainstream America — and David Letterman — was introduced to one of Japan’s most intriguing phenomenons, the virtual star known as Hatsune Miku. Making a holographic appearance as the musical guest on the Late Night host’s show, Miku was joined by a live band to perform a song chosen specifically for special live performances in the US this month. If it all left Dave (and others) a bit confused, it’s not without reason: Miku is much more than just an animated star in the vein of Gorillaz. Rather, she’s a representation of the evolution of digital music technology, crowdsourcing, and creative collaboration.

Technically, Hatsune Miku is a program — a vocal synthesizer called a Vocaloid, developed by Japanese software company Crypton Future Media. She’s not the only one, but she is the most popular, with a rapidly growing fanbase worldwide. Anyone can buy the Vocaloid and use it to create songs; everything Miku performs live was created by members of a burgeoning global community, with tens of thousands of songs featuring her voice uploaded since its launch in 2007. Over 4,000 of those songs are now commercially available via Miku’s record label, Karent, and her avatar has even opened for Lady Gaga on tour.

Read on. And here’s Hatsune’s appearance on Letterman:

http://youtu.be/qA5pIpdQEr0

 

 




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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