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Tupac is alive (as a 3D 'hologram')

We already announced some 3D holographic concerts, but this time the featured artist was dead more than 15 years ago...

On Sunday night’s closing act to week one of the 2012 Coachella music festival, a hologram of the late Tupac Shakur joined Snoop Dogg seamlessly on stage as he performed “Hail Mary,” and  ”2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted.”

Shakur, who passed away for more than 15 years ago, rapped among other popular hip hop artists such as Eminem, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, and Wiz Khalifa. The display looks oddly realistic in a terribly creepy way. In his first few minutes of resurrection, he was even able to greet the festival goers and named Coachella in his acknowledgment. 

The digital magic behind this astonishing concert was designed by AV Concepts (San Diego, CA,USA) with Musion (London, UK)'s patented technlogy.

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AV Concepts Holographic Technology

There is also an entertaining video blog about the Tupac hologram by Rhett and Link.

Natt Garun from Digital Trends commented on April 16, 2012 : "With a lot of Tupac fans still around to support the late rapper, we wonder if hologram concerts will be the next big thing to keep music alive even when the artists have passed? Considering how realistic the hologram looked, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a hologram concert of The Beatles with the still very alive Paul McCartney leading the show. Who do you think could be next to get revived for a musical performance?".

How does it work?

In fact, the Tupac 3D Hologram is not an hologram, and is even not in 3D either....

The illusionary technique is provided by a semi-transparent screen placed at 45° angle in front of a dark room, working more or less like a TV teleprompter. The original trick on wich the AV concept is based is known as "Pepper's Ghost", according to the name of its inventor, John H. Pepper in the middle on the 19th century. You will find plenty of "Pepper's Ghost" details on Wikipedia and at Musion

The original virtual concerts were initiated by Musion Systems limited, a UK company which called the system "Musion Eyeliner". The semi-transparent screen on which one (or more than one to give a 3D volumetric look and feel) on a metallized foil. When correctly placed on stage, the screen allows for a full working stage or set to be constructed behind it. As such, live actors or performers are able to interact with projected images in such a way that it appears to the audience that all of the objects they are seeing are on stage. It is therefore entirely possible to have a live performer sing a duet with a ‘virtual’ partner, a cartoon character or even their projected double.

All the images appear as three-dimensional images, but are projected as two-dimensional images (2D/3D) onto the foil screen deployed in a 3D stage set. The mind of the audience creates the 3D illusion. This means that production costs are minimal, needing only a single projector for the playback (and a camera if you are creating a double of the live actor).

The Eyeline 'hologram' is unique worldwide and protected by patents granted in countries all over the world, including the USA, Japan and Europe. The Musion Eyeliner has also its Wikipedia page.

About AV Concepts

AV Concepts creates hologram of living (and sometimes dead too) performers with a battery of Christie projectors located in front of a reflective angled screen (45° angle) placed on stage during concerts, intermixing virtual chacters with live performers. AV Concepts is located in San Diego, California with corporate offices in Tempe, Arizona.