The latest chapter of the Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes tour features live onstage content creation together with a custom video package from Universal Pixels.
2nd December, 2019
Thom Yorke’s decade-spanning career has been spent at the cutting-edge of music, addressing it as a complete art, where sound and vision combine to create an all-encompassing force. His latest tour embodies this approach; a live show that immerses audiences in a sensory bath of abstract visuals and captivating music.
Yorke is joined onstage by long-term Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and audiovisual composer Tarik Barri, who is working in his own Versum software. The trio cuts a mesmerising hustle of creativity before a landscape of beguiling visuals.
Universal Pixels has supplied the tour since it first set out for a short US run in December 2017, providing a curved array of three or five (venue dependent) projection screens. For the latest shows, which included tour dates and festival slots across Europe and the US, UP created a newly-devised, adaptable video package, which has been designed for quick deployment and speedy load-outs.
It features a custom dolly package of five 2.5m wide x 4.5m high 6mm Leyard CLM hi-res LED screens, that also create a seamless front projection screen, three Epson 25k projectors (to project onto the LED screen and across the band from FOH), and a compact five camera (five robos and one UP 3G minicam) package to provide IMAG feeds at festivals and larger venues with house screens, all interfacing with Barri’s custom servers and Pixel Taco’s Catalyst servers. The set-up has been supplemented by a locally-supplied FOH long-lens when available/feasible on a show by show basis.
Discussing the collaboration with Universal Pixels, Video Designer Jake Hogenson says: “Working with UP is always a pleasure. I have a long-standing relationship with Phil Mercer, as well as others at UP, that creates trust and confidence each time we work together. The kit is always clean and well prepped.
“With a bespoke media server driving the bulk of the visual elements in this show, it’s important to have all the right components in line. Together, we have evolved this show from using a small projection-based kit in clubs and theatres, into a show that can tackle outdoor festival stages, arenas and large theatres. UP has packaged the kit for us to have maximum efficiency in whatever venue we play. I’m looking forward to evolving it even further next year!”
Photo by Dominic Smith