What Tau Sounds Like – Fulldome Short

Sometimes you just gotta act on inspiration. Upon first watching What Tau Sounds Like, I was inspired by the use of multiple camera viewpoints all connected by music. Just being able to see all the layers fit together and understand how one guy made this beautiful song. And I saw the potential for a unique portrayal of the music and math visually intertwining…

So as an initial music show sketch, I re-edited the video piece for an immersive fulldome environment. While I generally don’t like to put rectangle video footage on the dome, well I figured I should break my own rules and see how far I could push the idea. It was an interesting first experiment in compositing video footage into an immersive experience.

What Tau Sounds Like was originally created by Michael Blake. The song is available on the iTunes store. I did not record the video or audio, I just adapted and enhanced it for the dome. This fulldome version of the video is shared with permission by Michael Blake. Tools used in After Effects: Navegar Fulldome Plugin, Escher’s Droste Plugin, and Fractal Explorer Plugin. The footage of the children running is originally from a PSA: Save the Children – Running Around the World.

1k Quicktime Freely Available

  • Available for planetarium use. Please contact me to obtain a download link.
  • 1k MOV or MP4

Terms: permission to freely screen to the public in planetariums as you see fit. You must screen the short in full and unedited. Not to be used in other shows without permission.


Conferences & Festivals
— Further Fest 2017 (Nashville, TN)

International Planetariums
— Immersive Vision Theatre, Plymouth University (Plymouth, UK)
— Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Portable Planetarium (Heidelberg, Germany)
— StratoSphere Domes (Eastbourne, England)
— Portable Planetarium (Novosibirsk, Russia)
— Çağ University, Space Observation & Research Center (Mersin, Turkey)
— Planet Crete (Crete, Greece)
— Portable Planetarium (Athens, Greece)
— JC Cinesferic (Madrid, Spain)
— Portable Planetarium (Huelva, Spain)
— University of the Free State – Naval Hill Planetarium at the Centre for Earth & Space (Bloemfontein, South Africa)
— Eugenides Planetarium (Athens, Greece)
— Mark Rutherford School, Portable Planetarium (Bedford, UK)
— Portable Planetarium (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
— Museo Laberinto de las Ciencia y las Artes, Planetarium (San Luis Potosi, Mexico)
— Portable Planetarium (Argentina)
— National Kinmen Senior High School, Planetarium (Kinmen, Taiwan)

USA Planetariums
— Museum of Science, Charles Hayden Planetarium (Boston, MA)
— Fort Collins Museum of Discovery Planetarium (Fort Collins, CO)
— Sudekum Planetarium, Adventure Science Center (Nashville, TN)
— Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium, The University of Maine (Orono, ME)
— Arthur Storer Planetarium (Prince Frederick, MD)
— COSI Planetarium (Columbus, OH)
— Acheson Planetarium, Cranbrook Institute of Science (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
— Chaffee Planetarium, Grand Rapids Public Museum (Grand Rapids, MI)
— SciTech Museum, Planetarium (Aurora, IL)
— Collier County Public Schools, Portable Planetarium (Naples, FL)
— The College of Southern Nevada, Planetarium (Las Vegas, NV)
— Manheim Township Planetarium (Lancaster, PA)
— Peterson Planetarium, Emporia State University (Emporia, KS)
— Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium (St Johnsbury, VT)
— Amber Dust Dome, Burning Man (Black Rock City, NV)
— Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Prescott, AZ)

— Kosmos Scientific de México

2 thoughts on “What Tau Sounds Like – Fulldome Short

  1. Hey Jason, I just wanted to let you know that we showed this short last night in Fort Collins during our adult-only evening, and everyone loved it! Thanks again for allowing me to show it!

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