In its first manifestation as a visual accompaniment to a live classical music performance, the concept of a “virtual venue” offers an opportunity to explore how immersive technology can affect the audience experience and to re-energize audiences by augmenting the physical context in which classical music is performed.
The system includes generative visuals, projected onto scrims on either side of the musicians, transforming the space through immersive media without a cumbersome headset.
Visual content is provided by artist, Brad Johnson, whose photogrammetric captures of natural scenes from the Pacific Northwest are rendered in real-time with new cinematography tools developed by Glowbox. The collaboration results in ephemeral point cloud projections that offer a sense of travel through the spatial capture.
Volumetric audio and visual capture of Les Boreades will be used to create a VR application intended to challenge how we can experience, document and share live classical music.
The VR artifact of the live performance will enable 45th Parallel Universe’s art to reach new and diverse audiences.
45th Parallel Universe
Ron Blessinger, Executive Director
James Shields, Program Development
Gregory Ewer, Program Development
Thomas Wester, Technical Director
Ben Purdy, Technical Direction
Thomas Newlands, Technical Artist
Billy Haugen, Developer
Kate Wolf, Producer
Cat Ross, Production Coordinator
Brad Johnson, Artist
Tools & Technologies
Real-time rendered point clouds