Abba: Benny Andersson explains how the Voyage residency works

Benny Anderson has explained how the Avatar technology will work for Abba’s forthcoming Voyage residency.

The Swedish pop hitmakers reunited last year for their first album in four decades. travelto be followed by a groundbreaking residency in London.

After years of refusing all sorts of financial reform offers, Abba finally decided to get back together after British entrepreneur Simon Fuller pitched a futuristic idea the Swedish superstars couldn’t refuse: that Abba Voyage stay.

“We got turned on by the thought that we could actually be on stage without being there,” said ABBA singer-songwriter Benny Andersson.

Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Andersson return to London – as Abba-tars – on May 27 to open the 196-show concert residency, taking place at the newly built Abba Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park .

Fuller, along with producer Ludvig Andersson (Andersson’s son) and Svana Gisla (music video producer for the likes of Beyoncé and Radiohead), have teamed up with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) to ensure the music and engineering are combined to create a realistic to offer performance.

ILM is the special effects company founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas who has worked on projects such as Star Wars, Marvel films and more Jurassic Park .

1,000 visual effects artists are working on the Abba Journey, making it the largest project ILM has undertaken to date, according to reports Rolling Stone.

How does it all work?

With seven concerts a week, the Abba-tars will perform 90 minutes per show.

Digital avatars will embody the stars in their 1970s heyday and perform a 22-song set of their greatest hits, backed by a real human band put together by the Klaxons’ James Righton.

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Towards the end of the pandemic, the Swedish group met every day from 10am to 5pm for four weeks to perform in front of 200 cameras and a crew of 40 in motion capture suits. “It was really a joy for all of us,” said the elder Andersson Rolling Stone.

The songwriter said each star is paired with a younger body double. “We kind of merged with our body doubles. Don’t ask me how it works because I can’t explain it,” he said.

“When you’re 75 you don’t jump around like you did when you were 34, so that’s what happened.”

Starting the Abba Voyage in the UK was a breeze for the group. “The English have always treated Abba as if we were their own for some strange reason,” Andersson added. “They have taken Abba into their hearts and they show it to us.”

Abba Voyage will take place from May 27th to December 31st, 2022 at Abba Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. you can find Tickets here.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/abba-voyage-residency-avatar-b2080060.html Abba: Benny Andersson explains how the Voyage residency works


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