Watch a Japanese Pianist Battle a Holographic Version of Himself

Not since Donald Duck faced off against Daffy Duck in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? has there been such an epic piano battle as Japanese pianist Yoshiki squaring off against a holographic version of himself.

The performance—staged to promote Yoshiki's upcoming classical world tour—happened at the recent SXSW festival, and had the artist competing against, and interacting with, the virtual version of himself during a brief duet. To date, holograms have really only been used to let deceased performers take the stage again. But this could open up an entire new world of bands composed of all the same musician. [YouTube via Gizmag]

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1. Pepper's Ghost. I'm guessing that they're not using actual holography (just like the Tupac postmortem performance)

2. Vocaloids. This technique is used for Vocaloid live concerts all over Asia, including a gigantic projection over Yokohama Bay in which the moving image was projected onto a 'screen' made of water mist. (