Phenomenal Performances Leverage Custom Content Creation and Bleeding-Edge Projection Mapping from Leviathan and VSL
CHICAGO – Leviathan chief scientist Matt Daly and his colleagues at the design-focused, Chicago-based production studio are very proud to detail their artistry in conjunction with V Squared Labs (VSL) which is contributing to the acclaim of Amon Tobin’s live tour supporting his new Ninja Tune Records release entitled “ISAM.” The tour has recently added new dates and venues, to include upcoming stops in the Netherlands and Poland this month, before returning to many major cities in North America for a dozen performances to occur in September and October. The latest information is available online at http://www.amontobin.com/tour.
As described in countless high-profile media articles and reviews, Tobin’s breathtaking set for his ISAM performances features an array of interconnected boxes, including one central cube that acts as the artist’s own cockpit. The use of real-time projection mapping and generative, audio-reactive graphics, mixed with traditionally rendered media creates one-of-a-kind experiences for each audience.
Daly and Leviathan are pleased to have built upon their longstanding working relationship with VSL’s VJ, producer and director Vello Virkhaus to form the engineering and production team behind this groundbreaking project.
“As his fans know, Amon is partial to melding organic and mechanical sounds within his music to create narrative, and we wanted to do the same with his performance visuals for ISAM,” Daly said. “Once concept development started, the team began factoring in a spaceship, nebulae, asteroids, and other abstract, otherworldly imagery to represent the journey concert-goers would experience. Creating original, long-form content in this style for live-performance projection mapping was taken to a whole new level when we saw the stage’s projection surface: a visually stunning array of stacked white cubes.”
While Leviathan creatives including executive creative director Jason White, creative directors Sam Gierasimczuk and Bradon Webb, and a dozen more artists set about creating animated content for five of the album’s tracks, Daly and programmers Peter Sistrom and Adam Berg focused on other key challenges. “Until now, aligning projected, mapped content on such a complex structure as Amon’s stage set would take hours, but using the new tool we developed specifically for this project, it can now be done in less than 20 minutes,” Daly said. “As a result, our capabilities for handling complex projection mapping projects have just grown exponentially.”
Microsoft Kinect hacking is another major technical innovation that is radically impacting the world at present, and courtesy of Leviathan and VSL, that also plays a big part in this project. The Kinect 3D imaging device is used to capture a 3D representation of Amon, which is projected on-stage in real-time during the performance, and also acts as a virtual controller for Amon to pluck invisible strings in mid-air and control visuals during his performance.
“This live 3D camera feed of Amon is distorted with effects and projected onto the structure’s facade, over the pre-rendered animation,” explained Jason White. “The result is quite unbelievable, and in fact, every aspect of each performance is custom tailored for Amon to be able to deliver amazing, one-of-a-kind performances. This project is really a perfect fit for Amon, VSL and Leviathan: The perfect blend of cutting-edge technology and progressive sound, design and animation, in the hands of one of the most phenomenal musical artists of our time.”
Along with Vello Virkhaus, Emilio Sa and Peter Sistrom, additional credits for VSL include producer Anastasia King Jaress, and animators Carlo Sa, Dave Foss and Bryant Place. Leviathan’s project team also included executive producer Chad Hutson, producer Brandy Olsen, 3D animators Jody Evenson, Katrina Nelken, David Brodeur, Blake Cartwright, David Brodeur, Dan Tiffany, Jimi Filipovski and Dave Pasciuto, compositing artists Tim Sepulveda, Erik Jensen and Chris Beers, designers Derek Weglarz, Gareth Fewel and Aaron Edwards, assistant producer Krissy Estrada, and editor Daniel Ryan. Credits for the stage set go to production designer Alex Lazarus, set designer Heather Shaw and Vita Motus, and set fabrication artist Stefano Novelli.
Leviathan is a design-focused production studio specializing in the creation of large-scale visual experiences across all media. The emerging studio’s leaders are champions of breakthrough design and branding who draw from experiences earned within the world’s leading digital agencies, production companies, VFX and motion studios. Also leveraging the talents of extraordinary storytellers, software developers, producers and artists, Leviathan develops cutting edge content that maximizes the greatest capabilities of today’s media platforms, from broadcast to experiential installations. Since launching in 2010, the studio’s collaborations with agencies, brands and leading filmmakers have resulted in sensational projects across all markets and industries, and its strategic alliance with V Squared Labs (www.vsquaredlabs.com) further reinforces its leadership role in large-scale experiential event production. To learn more about Leviathan, please visit www.lvthn.com, or call executive producer Chad Hutson at +1.312.878.1500.
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