We are working hard on our latest fulldome production show about NASA engineering, but we do try to squeeze some fun projects into the mix. So lately we have been creating some custom dome visuals for an upcoming live music event in the planetarium — Cosmic Loops: Music Beneath the Stars
But there are some interesting challenges in trying to create pre-rendered dome visuals for live music. The musicians supplied the songs they will be playing live, so we at least had an understanding the specific moments to match. We have seen that many entertainment shows try to stay synced to the beat. But we realized that in an immersive space you just want to soak it up the moment of beauty around you. So we have taken a different approach of grandiose scenery with gentle camera moves. We aren’t making a music video but instead an experience where the music and visuals amplify each other. We aspire for goosebumps. For frisson!
Cosmic Loops: Music Beneath the Stars
Charles Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Science
Each of these live shows have nearly sold out:
October 2013, January 2014, April 2014
As you soar through nebulas, galaxies, and star systems in the immersive space under the dome of the Charles Hayden Planetarium, live music with simple beginnings builds layer upon layer into an intricate universe created by Ian Ethan Case. This acoustic double-neck guitarist fluidly combines a staggering variety of self-invented playing techniques necessitated by his multi-layered compositions. Experience the moment of creation in a live performance complimented by visions from deep outer space.