On November 19th, Justin Bieber, a prominent American artist, did a 30-minute meta-universe concert on the virtual music platform Wave. Justin Bieber’s doppelganger performed a song from his forthcoming album Justice.
The whole performance is performed against a gorgeous background of golden wheat fields, golden sunlight, and golden fireflies flitting over the grass, which further communicates the musical message.
Then, in the screen’s bottom right corner, Bieber’s “real body” appeared. Bieber is clad in a capture suit and serves as his virtual avatar, maintaining “synchrony” with the virtual representation of himself on screen.
As seen in the video, modern motion capture technology is rather excellent. The tiny movements of Bieber’s preferred leg shaking are quite precise, even though there is still some delay visible to the naked eye.
Apart from the scene improvement, the virtual concert has an unprecedented level of audience involvement. The performance will be streamed live on Bieber’s official YouTube channel and the Wave platform.
While the spectacular effect of live-action concerts is still years away, especially in terms of Justin Bieber’s image, the trend toward meta-universe events is evident.
At 2 a.m. on February 3, the game “Fortress Night” and a virtual performance by internationally renowned musician Marshmello went online. Marshmello uses motion capture technology to transmit live in a virtual image. Players may approach and chat with him upon entering the tournament. He engaged the crowd extensively, and the performance gathered a total of 10.7 million viewers.
While viewing the live broadcast, the audience may send streaming golden light to Bieber, and the grass will develop red, yellow, and blue flowers in three unique colors.
Although Bieber, who sang with wheat, is not as vivid as a real person, the virtual situation may compensate for various shortcomings in traditional performances, including the singer’s tone and look.