So in this post we discussed a 100% synthetic Japanese Pop Star. Go read Silver’s comment in that post for a really in-depth post on who/what Hatsune Miku is, but from what I gather its a CG animation with a really impressive voice synthesizer, plus electronic and physical music as we know it.
No matter what, there IS no Hatsune Miku outside of her performances and CDs, she’s a creation, a digital performer who exists just to actualize the concepts of others.
This got me thinking about the film S1m0ne, a fantastic film where Al Pachino plays a director so fed up with neurotic stars that he creates a digital star, and is overwhelmed by her success.
Can you imagine a world of digital performers? On one part is seems a cold and inhuman world, but on another part it strikes me as heaven.
As a film buff I need to hold my nose when watching excellent performances by people like George Clooney, Sarah Polly, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, amoung many others, because while I respect their ability as an actor, their politics suck. Can you imagine a world where George Clooney gives an expert performance, then is unplugged and boxed in a warehouse? You wouldn’t have to worry about Robert Downey’s next fall off the wagon, because he’d only do drugs on camera in character.
Of course we’d still have the little moral tug-of-war I have when it comes to films by Roman Polanski, as there will always need to be minds behind the performances, and even if the Directors are cut out, writers like Stephen King put out great product but horrible politics.
It just adds a different angle to how we think about the performing art. What do you think?