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Tupac Performs Live At Coachella 2012
by ShyGuy,posted Apr 16 2012 10:41AM
Tupac - Dead? or Alive?
Weird as it sounds...thats been the debate since he passed 15 years ago. Mostly due to the unusual circumstances involved in his passing along with the vast majority of 'new material' that was released for years after he has been gone.
Well last night (Sunday) at Coachella, the 3-day music festival in Southern California, Tupac was indeed very well alive. Via Hologram.
Yes we are now officially living in the future. Holograms that were prominent in early Star Trek episodes, even the Jetsons, have now found their way into our present-day lives.
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, the headliners of last nights portion of the music festival treated the audience to a wide array of special guests during their set. But Tupac was the one that people cant stop talking about.
Check out his eerily lifelike performance and then afterwards i'll explain how it was done...
According to online magazine 'The Verge', the way the hologram works is as follows:
The performance reportedly used the same technology that enabled Mariah Carey to perform a concert in five cities simultaneously. Executing the Carey illusion relied on both modern day techniques and an old magician's trick dating back to the 19th Century. First, a video was composed by New York SFX company MPC using a mixture of live footage, wire-framing, and CGI. This was then fed into Musions holographic technology which projects the image onto a special foil. The foil is based on principles set out in the old magician's illusion 'Peppers Ghost' which trick audiences into thinking they're viewing a person or object rather than a simple reflection. By using a lightweight foil which mimics the properties of semi-transparent glass, Musion is able to extend the concept's scale without limiting the efficacy of the illusion.
The result...was spectacular...and leaves us wondering if we will start to see more posthumous performances in the future. Grammys maybe? Now that the Tupac stunt went well time can only tell what the next big one will be.