See how Eric Prydz’s most formidable reside rig was made, EPIC 6.zero: HOLOSPHERE

Eric Prydz is embarking on his most technologically revolutionary stage setup but, EPIC (Eric Prydz In Concert) 6.zero: HOLOSPHERE, set to debut at Tomorrowland on July 20. The premise of EPIC is the DJ celebrity’s brainchild the place expertise and music coincide as one, and on this iteration, he’ll be performing in a two story LED clear sphere.

The information of the technological enterprise was shared earlier this yr, and a snippet of the masterpiece was teased on social media final month.

Prydz has been performing EPIC exhibits since 2011 with the objective of blowing folks away by means of the wedding of expertise and music, and the Swedish DJ’s manufacturing group has been comparatively profitable utilizing lasers, larger-than-life LED screens, and large holograms. EPIC 6.zero will take the idea to new heights, because the Holosphere engineers have been engaged on the spectacle for the final two years. The venture is eight meters broad, and the manufacturing is so giant, the competition needed to redesign its grounds to accommodate the tech artwork.

While EPIC 5.zero centered round a 44-meter-wide holographic projection that hovered over the gang, this new iteration is a multi-story sphere intertwined with greater than 2.four million LEDs that may remodel into varied artistic objects all through the efficiency. Prydz’s longtime collaborator, Mark Calvert from the tech entity Realtime Environment Systems (RES), advised The Verge,“All these [EPIC] exhibits have been superb, however on the finish of the day they had been two-dimensional projections,” he stated, explaining the transfer away from hologram and in the direction of an LED construction that gives extra depth with out distortion.

The Holosphere is made up of 72 handmade panels designed by Light Initiative founder Bryn Williams. Each panel has LEDs on each facet, various in form, and are puzzled onto a metallic skeleton. The five-tone design needs to be cut up in two to accommodate for the utmost weight allowed on the stage, the highest half is bolted to the ceiling, whereas the underside half is supported by the stage.

While the bodily nature of the sphere is actually huge, visible animations and results will grasp competition goers consideration with intergalactic house themes and a reported large eyeball. The present designers thoughts altering animations had been made utilizing an amalgamation of Cinema 4D, Houdini, Maya, and Adobe After Effects. They used a yoga ball for testing the spherical format, which had the designers pondering otherwise since they’ve been used to designing for flat surfaces.

The sphere isn’t the one factor on stage. On each side of the gargantuan sphere, there can be two equally giant video screens. Lighting designer Ross Chapple has additionally geared up the stage with greater than 500 fixtures that embody 150 laser diodes, lamp beams, and LED bars which might be on motors to maneuver across the Holosphere. There can be a lighting rig above the centerpiece that may help with an exploding impact for epic moments.

With all of this put in place, one other loopy facet is your complete manufacturing can be performed reside. Typically, larger spectacles are synced and time-coded, however after all, Prydz has to go above and past. The “Call On Me” producer may have cameras of the gang to dictate what he desires to play subsequent. Liam Tomaszewski and Ross Chapple will take management in entrance of home with in depth data of each Prydz music, minus the order wherein he’ll play the songs.

The reside entertainer continues to hit new highs together with his present, putting the showcase on a pedestal of reside efficiency. After two years of constructing this reside spectacle, the group has two hours to execute its full potential on the greatest stage on the planet.

H/T: Dani Deahl for The Verge