It’s not really new. The Gorillaz first did it in 2006 with Madonna, but it looks like it’s catching on. With the advent of Vocaloid in Japan, there are more and more people interested in the music that are being released. If you don’t know what Vocaloid is, it is a program used to create voices. By putting syllables together and changing the variance in the pitch, tone, and other parameters, you get a word. No real person is singing or talking. It’s all digital programming. It’s has struck Japan by storm, There’s even one that made at the top of the music charts there. Along with the vocaloid voice, they usually have characters to put an image with the voice. They are mostly good looking female anime characters.
It’s pretty surprising how far vocaloid has come. Now there are concerts in Japan just for it. I’m guessing everything is live from the vocaloid to the instruments. The techniques they use to show the character is very similar to the way the Gorillaz did it. There seems to be improvements, but it looks like you have to be at a good range of angle before the effects turns flat. As seen in the video, it’s really not a 3D hologram, but more of a projection. It’s pretty surprising how good it really looks when you’re at a good distance. When up close, you can see some artifacting going on. I wonder how long far we are from a true hologram ala Star Wars/Star Trek. Check out the video below. Be warned, if you’re not accustomed to high pitched voices, hit the mute button.