Vocalist and performer Hatsune Miku is a rising star in Japan's fast-moving pop scene. But she is also a virtual avatar - created by Crypton Media.
According to Aaron Saenz of Singularity Hub, Miku manages to wow Japanese crowds with her perfectly tuned pitch, which is generated by Yamaha's Vocaloid voice synthesizer.
"The mid-range shots of the crowd with Miku in the background show how great her 'hologram' appears live on stage," wrote Saenz.
"[Sure], close-ups do reveal a bit of pixelation, but if I was in the crowd I don't think I would have noticed this."
As Saenz notes, the current high definition quality of Miku's hologram only illustrates how virtual rockers can potentially "hold their own" against real-world rock n' rollers.
"Who knows, maybe these software singers will grow to dominate the world of music.
"After all, human pop stars already seem like they were created in a science lab, why not just take the next step?"
Seriously, dude, is this wild or what?!