LONDON: Innovation has at all times been a trademark of musician Damon Albarn and illustrator Jamie Hewitt’s cartoon band Gorillaz, and now they’re aiming to tug off one thing new in a sequence of reside concert events that audiences will pay to stream into their properties.
After releasing an internet sequence this 12 months, the band are gearing as much as showcase new album ‘Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez’ with three on-line exhibits through which human performers work together with animated characters.
“Being in a room where there is no audience, you can really use the trickery and technology that we now have available, which was not available 20 years ago,” Albarn, 52, instructed Reuters from his studio in west London.
“I mean, potentially it’s a whole new thing that no one’s ever seen before; that’s if all the technology works on the day,” he stated.
Performing arts, together with theatre and reside music, have been decimated by the pandemic, which has pressured cancellations and closures world wide and left performers struggling to search out methods to maintain working and join with audiences caught at dwelling.
As properly as having musicians on their new document, together with Beck and Elton John, seem in particular person or as a hologram, Albarn stated their animated characters Murdoch, 2D, Russell and Noodle would even be concerned.
“It’s risky in the sense that there’s so much that can go wrong. But what else can we offer people at this moment in time that’s value for money and also artistically kind of adventurous and retains the spirit of what live music is and what must not be lost?”
Albarn hopes that subsequent summer season reside concert events and festivals will be capable of happen once more in Britain, but when the wait goes on for for much longer, reside music tradition might change.
“We stand perilously on the abyss of a digital avatar where you know, we slowly become insignificant,” he warned.
This 12 months noticed the launch of Gorillaz’s Song Machine audiovisual venture – a sequence of self-contained episodes that ended up changing into an album.
“I just wanted to do something that was sort of much more spontaneous and had had the ability to be far more flexible and fluid,” Albarn stated.
Reflecting on the creation of Gorillaz 22 years in the past, Albarn stated his animated band exceeded his expectations and enabled them to not be “shackled by the usual things that get in the way with bands after a long period of time.”
Albarn dismissed current rumours that he might need a monitor to launch that includes Paul McCartney, explaining that it was only a small recording he had from after they as soon as jammed collectively after dinner.
“I never said that I had a tune or anything,” stated Albarn.
Gorillaz’s three performances are set to happen from London on December 12 and 13.
(Editing by Mike Collett-White)