Welcome to the (not so) distant future.
The year is 2018.
The music is changing fast, but humans?
Here’s a handful of possible outcomes.
Go freely to all.
1) Your favorite singer is not real
One of japan largest pop stars Hatsune Miku (above) is not a real person.
But that small detail doesn’t prevent the humanoid singer since the release of another new music video last week.
You may also have some duets aligned – since he’s already collaborated with Pharrell.
The end of the Youtube post of the Creators
If the name of the fictional J-pop is unknown, then try this on for size:
The Big O died in 1988, but now his hologram 3D world tour come to life, together with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the 8th April in Cardiff.
His son, Roy Orbison Jr, who hopes that his dad, avatar, one day, have a Las Vegas, says: “We are really excited that we had the chance to do this: the first great tour of a deceased artist with a hologram.
“I do not believe that it is still possible for the hologram to go out in public, then there is definitely a lot of potential for live applications.”
And he adds: “But above all, this is just the icing on the cake.
“The cake is one of those amazing songs that my father wrote and his incredible voice.”
The Rapper, activist and the real woman M. I. considers the virtual alter-ego can benefit from living musicians.
“Artists are at the cusp of embrace TO. But what is the political activism in the IA phase?” she pondered to the Collapse.
“I think that I should do my next video in virtual reality instead of me?’. I find that the sexy – new technology.
“I could take the hippie route to sing to people face to face… or I could stream this virtual exhibition of people’s bedrooms all over the world, and my show, wherever you are.”
He continued: “The amount of data you can collect is so fast growing that the future I will be the best way anyway!
“But it will be the future me, the less politicized?”
Talk about James Skelly of the Merseyside psych rock band The Coral and he will tell you that would have made the digital switch years ago.
He says: “We wanted to create a version of the holographic Coral, when we were doing well in about 2002, for a tour of Japan.
“If there is a group that could do another concert, as well as us, and we could split the profits, I’d be up for it!
“But you need to songs – it’s always about the songs”.
As far as we know, the future is already started for Guy Garvey of Manchester band Elbow.
“How do you know that we are not already holographic?” he quips.
Well, enough of that.2) The parameters have shifted
From the hippies at Woodstock in 1969, Ed Sheeran, and his loop pedal at the Glastonbury festival this summer, the festival has been changing for ever.
By next summer, virtual and augmented reality, as well as “3D mapping” – could mean that they are more interactive than ever before.
Ben Robinson, creative director of Bluedot Festival at the Jodrell Bank Observatory (you know, the one in Hitchhiker’s Guide), is giddy at the thought of “shifting parameters”.
“We had Orbital play , 20 years ago, they were very sharp, watching the laser and light production, and not just for some guy standing on a stage,” he says.
“Today, the inclusion of images and the production that goes on is pretty crazy.
“The 3D mapping manipulates the appearance of a 3D object. Has been done on the castles to make them look like they have fallen down.
“Now people can experience being on stage with the artists. Or the concert could move out of the stadium.
“We are a generation of spoiled with possibilities.”
Animated heroes Gorillaz hosted a day of celebration, Demon Dayz, Margate theme park, Dreamland, last summer.
Co-creator Jamie Hewlett has told the Daily Star that he and Damon Albarn can always be “too old”, but Ben sees no reason why the show can’t go on without them.
“In the past, a band’s legacy have left a record and a VHS recording of a concert. Now, you can let the tools for someone else and to be effective 50 years in the future.”3) The recording studio in your laptop
Noel Gallagher has confessed to Radio X, John f. Kennedy last month that he had never actually met the bassist on his new album, Who Built The Moon?
Jason Falkner, and he’s doing his thing, along the line, while Noel was having his mind blown in Belfast and London.
Noel said: “it was all in front of the thing that I have ever done. My thing with Oasis was to be in a room with a group of people and contact with the eyes.
“I’m here at two in the afternoon to talk about with a guy on an iPad, and for him it’s four in the morning and I can feel the song through his speakers, and says:” What do you think of this? Maybe, if I can do this?’
“And I’m like ‘this is so far, it’s amazing’.”
Butch Vig and former Nirvana producer and drummer of Garbage and 5 Billion dollars in Diamonds, confirms that the technology is now available for the new band, who are short of cash, but the long distance and the imagination.
“There is a new editing program where you can work on the same song in real time in different cities,” he says.
“You have to be creative with the tools you have and, because of the digital technology, everyone can have a powerful portable recording studio.”
Beth Orton (who, incidentally, describes Hatsune Miku as “the music industry is the perfect woman”) is part of this kit in his latest album Kidsticks, and in some cases preferred to computer-generated sounds with real instruments.
She says: “The ability to play the keyboard and the sound to any sound possible, it was very liberating. That would influence the melodies that you created.”
But only a little of that human touch still goes a long way in the creative process.
“Making an electronic record was about the connection with the producer and other musicians.
“Personally, I like a bit of imperfection.”4) There is a direct line between you and your favorite act
Jack White’s Third Man Records to reward their subscribers, and deliveries of exclusive, limited edition vinyl.
DJ Gramatik gone a step further, last week, becoming the first artist to “tokenise, in and of itself, which means fans who buy the token using the cryptocurrency Ether potentially can share in his future income.
Jeff Smith from the music database Discogs considers that this block chain technology “set up a direct line from the creator to the consumer to be able to send things directly, without any form of piracy”.
He says: “We have been able to see subscription platforms, such as Third Man records, to be able to send out Jack White exclusive without which they traded or shared in any way.”
This is not to say that the fan is not still full of physical records and materials from their new crypto-favorite.
“We’re definitely seeing a universal, disconnect and physical music becoming an important part of people’s lives.”
London all star hip hop Loyle Carner is currently not available in token form, and he is happy to keep the fans waiting for the follow-up to his Mercury-nominated 2017 album Yesterday is Gone.
“A song comes out and people say ‘I like – – – – OK now I’m bored. Where is the next?”,” he explains.
“Are the individual chapters of a book, and if you want to listen to my music you have to wait.”5) But the new music technology will not be for all
For all the head-bending technology of the future, for many, music has always been and always will be the people… man.
Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy, says: “I’m going to come across as a complete out of the blue, but now I think that music gets worse the further you take people and humanity.
“I expect that if they insist to come down this non-existent path, then you’re only going to get a other punk of some description that rewrites the rules.”
Punk bands such as Irish rock band The Strypes perhaps?
The bass player Peter O’hanlon says: “Our new approach will be that we just come to play the concert! All the other flying across the stage, and we just stand in front of you and play the game.”
Guitarist Josh McClorey agrees: “The other stuff is cool, but it’s a gimmick.”
Fellow countryman Lisa Hannigan, it is not possible to find jamming on the internet or appear live as a hologram any time soon.
“I don’t think that will be my bag of chips!”, says Lisa.
“I just like rocking out in a jam with my friends. I can barely work the camera on my phone.
“Cancel the Lisa Hannigan Hologram tour. We lost the cable!”
Just because you can, does not always mean that you must and how to launch ourselves into the new age, the companions of folkee Marcus Mumford prefers to keep the sacred spirit of the past.
He says: “I don’t know what the future of music is going to look like, but if I’m not playing I don’t want no part of it.
“If it sounds good and people are having a good time, then it is enough for me.”
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