ABBA is back, but as a hologram; how does that work?

For laymen ‘holograms’ sounds complicated, but it’s actually not that bad, says Frencken. “What they do on stage: they stretch a transparent screen that reflects, at an angle of 45 degrees. They make a projection on the floor or on the ceiling. It reflects in that canvas, making it look like the performers are standing upright on the stage,” said the expert. Recently, this was also done with 2Pac, he says.

Incidentally, the holograms are not the members of ABBA themselves, but ‘avatars’ of their young versions. They are recorded using special suits with balls that register movements. If you put a lot of time into this, it can be lifelike, says Frencken. “It’s so bizarrely realistic that you can’t tell it from the real thing anymore.”

music legends

Radio 2 DJ Jeroen Kijk in de Vegte was present at the announcement event in London. He spoke with the male half of ABBA, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. They were themselves, not holograms. “Benny said he sits behind the piano every day making songs. Sometimes they go straight into the trash and sometimes he calls Björn with: is there anything in this?” Jeroen thinks it’s nice to see, he says: “They are still those music legends!”

ABBA put two new songs on streaming services during the event: I still have faith in you on Don’t shut me down. Look in de Vegte is happy with it: “The first one has a Christmas atmosphere, I actually like that.” The atmosphere at the event was also very good: “It was a kind of Eurovision atmosphere”, he laughs.


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