New and longtime fans of several music legends – like Freddie Mercury, John Lennon and Elvis Presley – were able to see the singers’ “current versions” through the viral AI photos.
Music fans today continue to listen to the songs released in the 1950s to 1990s, despite the emergence of new genres and songs. Despite having singers and artists these days, they couldn’t help but wonder what the music industry would be like if the legends were still alive.
Istanbul-based artist Alper Yesitas found a way to reintroduce these current-generation singers by turning their old photos into their supposed current images, if they were still alive.
On the artist’s Instagram account, he started the project “As If Nothing Happened” to show the looks of Mercury, Presley, MJ and more singers through artificial intelligence.
His first project shows Jackson, who died in 2009.
“I want to share with you the first part of my AI-based project called ‘As if Nothing Happened’. Behind this project is the question ‘how would people look like if some great events hadn’t happened to them’. I’m looking We look forward to your feedback and suggestions,” he captioned his post.
Yesitas also created AI photos of Presley, Mercury, Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Curt Cobain, Heath Ledger and more.
On BoredPanda’s website, the artist himself published an article, “‘As If Nothing Happened’: I Used Artificial Intelligence To See How Some Celebrities Would Look Today If They Were Alive (10 Pics).”
On the site, he explained that the project aims to answer the question “how would people look photorealistic if some great events hadn’t happened to them.”
The day the world lost the great musicians
Through the project, Yesitas managed to show everyone that the singers would still be happy to perform if their deaths did not occur.
Mercury died in 1991 after his battle with AIDS. Meanwhile, at 1:30 p.m. on August 16, 1977, Presley died at his Memphis mansion of a heart attack likely aggravated by his addiction to prescription barbiturates.
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The King of Pop, on the other hand, succumbed after being found unresponsive at his LA home. Emergency services attempted to revive him while taking him to a hospital. However, he died upon arrival at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and investigators later concluded that his death was a homicide.
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