With the proliferation of smart phones, radio communication has become incredibly difficult to make reliable in stadium settings. To address this for Ariana Grande’s Honeymoon tour, Brian Mayton and I, along with Bill and Nick at Shure, designed custom hardware and software to support wireless control of Ableton and hardware vocal effects using the UHF
A recent Opera of the Future experiment has been the creation of several symphonic works in collaboration with entire cities. This is often facilitated by an arts festival happening in the city. We’ve so far collaborated with the cities of Toronto, Edinburgh, and Perth. There are currently projects in progress for Lucerne, and now Detroit
Redstar is capable of live multi-camera HD video production (7 cameras) with studio grade audio, including a Euphonix System 5 Fusion and an L’Acoustics PA system in the live room.
We recently put on (Pulitzer finalist!) Death and the Powers in Dallas, TX and broadcast the last show to 9 venues in the US and continental Europe. We created a relatively complex broadcast performance system which connected to people’s phones as well. I also mixed the performances. The audio system required careful thought— we added
Joi started an initiative at the lab to support low pressure experimentation with party technology, so Brian and I have been having fun connecting things to other things. We’ve got a system (actually mostly Brian has a system, but I’ll brag about it because its awesome) where the DJ’s is analyzed and broadcasted in a
We’re seeing a rapid blurring of studio and stage production techniques. Five years ago, going on tour meant racks of analog outboard gear. It wasn’t easy to take studio toys– they’re often too delicate to make it through a load-in.
A small sound design and show control experiment in quad, using a playing card with transducer on fitted the back, a strobe light, a par can and some RP. Reaper sequenced the whole thing sending MIDI to control the lighting and 5 channels of sound. There’s a bit more information on the project in the
Sleep No More is an awesome show running in New York (you should go!) It’s a 3 hour long immersive experience based on Macbeth and influenced by Film Noir, created by the genius theater group, Punchdrunk.
In 2010 we went to England as artists-in-residence! As part of the project we did a 20-channel ambisonics system and a TEDx event.
For MIT’s 150th Anniversary, we put together a concert celebrating 50 years of music and technology at the Institute.