One day, the famous German theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, was out walking, when he bumped into a stranger. Introducing himself Einstein asked, “what is your IQ? “176”, replied the man. “Great,” said Einstein we must talk. After a while, Einstein continued his journey and met another individual. His IQ was 160, so they sat and chatted for a while. Eventually, Einstein moved on, whereupon he bumped into a third man. “What is your IQ? enquired Einstein, “46” the man replied. “ So, how long have you been a musician?”
Dying is always a good career move, like Elvis or Michael Jackson’s demise. But in Ireland, the pay-off can take a while. Brian O’ Nolan also known as Myles na gCopaleen became the primary satirist of his day with a daily column in the Irish Times. His humour was sly and sometimes bitter.
Pick up a book by Brian O’Nolan, Myles na Gopaleen, or even one under his third pen-name, Flann O’Brien and invariably you will find, somewhere, a paragraph that is a paean to his wit and style, concluding with words such as.. his reputation is steadily growing.. or some such platitude. D’ye think maybe we should dig him up and tell him the good news. Maybe we should have a party for him in another dimension and invite James Joyce, another one who also failed to crack it in his lifetime. James is always good for a few songs and a soupcon of bitterness.
Meanwhile, Einstein earned $10 million last year, without a musical note being played, but when I read that he had dropped to No. 8 in the 10 Richest Posthumous stars list, I wondered was he (his people) getting the sums wrong.
Albert was no daw with money. In 1919 he signed divorce papers from his first wife, Mileva Maric and in a notarized document, left her his Nobel Prize money. This was an extremely prescient move by Albert, as he was not awarded the Nobel Prize for psychics until two years later in 1921!
“Us physicists” Albert once said, “believe the separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one.”
Sounds like insider trading to me.
The biggest problem that rising stars now face is the combination of technology and death. As early as 1979, Deborah Warner, a Nashville, country, singer-songwriter, got a call from Jim Reeve’s widow, inviting her to sing duets with Reeves, who has been dead since 1964.
Now we have moved on to visuals, full-blown holographic extravaganzas. Last year in America, at a festival called Coachella, a hologram of the late hip-hop star,Tupac Shakur, who was shot to death in Las Vegas in 1996, took the stage alongside Dr.Dre and Snoop Dog. The “appearance”astounded the audience.
Even though we had been tantalised by the hologram of Princess Leia in Star Wars and even though Celine Dion had dueted with a holographic Elvis, the technology wasn’t great at that time so neither was the fuss. But is it time to make a fuss now. Jimi Hendrix and Elvis are “alive” again as holograms and so is Jim Morrison.
“We’re trying to get to a point where 3-D characters will walk around,” Doors manager Jeff Jampol told Billboard. “Hopefully, ’Jim Morrison’ will be able to walk right up to you, look you in the eye, sing right at you and then turn around and walk away.”
Burke and Hare are alive and well. There is an endless supply of greedy, shady grave robbers out there, who will exploit the dead artist in any way they can. Its just another kick in the teeth for “live” music. Its bad enough, with bands being replaced by a DJ, but with the advent of 3D printing, the hologram may already be on the way out and instead of projections in the ether, we’ll get plastic avatars of our dead heroes.And plastic DJs.
No doubt it’s interesting to bring back your favourite dead artist, but there is a sinister twist that doesn’t augur well for the future. Instead of just using vintage videos to make the holograms, there are plans to generate new product. They may even stoop to writing new material in “the style of” Tupac and other artists.
Thankfully Dr. Stephen Hawking, an admirer of Einstein, has a few words of encouragement for all of us, urging us to avoid getting stuck fast in our 3 Dimensional global mess.The past, present and future are all looking bright in our 4th Dimension space–time continuum and Hawking has an optimistic handle on our prospects of immortality.
“The conventional afterlife is a fairytale for people afraid of the dark. I think the brain is like a programme in the mind, which is like a computer. So it’s theoretically possible to copy the brain onto a computer, and so provide a form of life after death.”
You said it., buddy. Rock my brainy head.
Article Written by Shay Healy First Published in The Irish Daily Mail, Saturday 2nd Nov 2013 Shay Healy’s latest eBook ‘The Danny Boy Triangle’ is Out Now on Kindle 2.99 Free Kindle Reader – download app