Cosmic Loops – Dome Visuals for Live Music

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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
Thursday, October 24  |  7:45pm-9:00pm
Charles Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Science

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.

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2 thoughts on “Cosmic Loops – Dome Visuals for Live Music

  1. What a terrific show. Very relaxing, and somewhat transformative.
    Great works by both artists, visual and acoustic, blending seamlessly.
    We’ll be attending the April 17 show for sure.

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