Gaga’s Bowie medley began with a stunning “digital makeup” sequence: a projection on her face that followed her movements and made it seem like a spider was erupting from her eye in a nod to Bowie’s infamous Glass Spider tour. It also cast Bowie’s iconic lightning bolt from the Aladdin Sane cover across her right eye.
Later in the performance, Gaga’s live image flashed across an LED screen trailed by real-time kaleidoscopic effects. She also sat down at a robotic piano that lurched back and forth in time to the music’s beat.
So how exactly did Gaga pull off all those stunts? In an interview with Mashable, the star explained that she wore specialized jewelry that triggered the visual effects behind her. Those giant glowing rings weren’t just for show -- they looked like Playstation Move controllers for a reason.
Her creative team Haus of Gaga teamed up with Intel to build the tools needed to create such a kinetic live experience. "In this performance, it is important for me to continue to build upon something that he was truly the first person to do,” Gaga saga. "The first person to bridge music, fashion, and technology. These things were at a cultural crossing in Bowie."
She hopes that her performance will help usher in a new generation of Bowie superfans, too. "I want people to be fully immersed in the experience of him, because when I fell in love with him, as a fan, I didn’t just love him and his music. I didn’t just buy his records. I lived the lifestyle that he lived. I became like him, I dressed like him. I worshipped him. I read the materials of his life," she said.
"That is the fully immersive experience. That's what makes a superfan. I want people to have the experience of being a David Bowie superfan, because that’s a wonderful thing."