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Battle of the broadbands

Great show, good connection
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Walking on stage this time was surreal. This was the first time the entire audience was remote. I could remember when the avatar companies would only sell out a portion of the mezzanine. Seeing their LCD eyes follow my movements was creepy. I know they appear to clap, but the sounds were replicated for our experience. It wasn't the same. But to play to a full house, that was worth it. Some of the audience was local people, but most were in Europe. There was a stagnant silence cut only by computer rack cooling fans. The three of us looked at each other, the only flesh and blood except for the other bands behind the curtain. It was a great set. Our 2 best songs. The sound of replicated clapping and servo motors filled the room. Some of the avatars actually stood up. Must have been a new feature. We enjoyed the cardboard arms and hands waving wildly.

When the other bands played, we got to see the companies creations up close. Cheaply made, cardboard and PCBs made up the "bodies". It looked like they were designed to fold flat, only to be unfurled and connected to the show via the internet. I knew the avatar company was trying to make the performer connected to his remote audience, but it still felt strange. And the online voting was strange too. No more crowd noise to determine winner. Now it was a precise tally. We didn't win that night. No, one of the other bands played better to the digital crowd.

evilpenguin, Jan 23 2013

Reminds me of these guys for some reason... http://www.youtube....?NR=1&v=9LCYGmJ1MXM
[RayfordSteele, Jan 23 2013]

ITS REAL! http://www.youtube....?v=BBiRLYu8Wjo#t=81
Almost my exact idea... [evilpenguin, Jul 24 2014]

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       Sounds like Eurovision.
UnaBubba, Jan 23 2013
  

       [UB] I corrected the spelling, this time.
evilpenguin, Jan 23 2013
  

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UnaBubba, Jan 23 2013
  

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Brian the Painter, Jan 23 2013
  

       I can't see wanting to view a concert like this. [-]
Kansan101, Jan 23 2013
  

       Excellent work [ep]. You've really stepped up your game.   

       I'll bet the winning band was that virtual one that never actually practices together...
RayfordSteele, Jan 23 2013
  

       first come, first serve for "seats": your connection could end up behind a post.
FlyingToaster, Jan 23 2013
  

       Ummm, OK, NOT about hairbands designed for battling broads....
Vernon, Jan 23 2013
  

       Check out my link... They actually built it in Japan. I wish I could see them in action
evilpenguin, Jul 24 2014
  

       This may be a possibility now with the virus and all. //end self promotion
evilpenguin, Apr 17 2020
  

       Mindless cardboard avatars, operated remotely by unseen hands ?   

       Isn't this just Congress ...?
8th of 7, Apr 17 2020
  
      
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