Visuals from USC enhance “Pictures at an Exhibition” with new technology

Posted on: September 14, 2015

Allison Engel reports Tuesday (9/8) on the University of Southern California news website, “Live orchestral performances from the USC Thornton Symphony and conductor Carl St.Clair will be augmented with striking multimedia images to accompany a production of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition Sept. 12 and 13 at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre…. Along with high-definition projections on a large screen, the two concerts will feature Muséik, a new technology developed by Ion Concert Media, that allows a human operator to manipulate the multimedia visuals as the operator sits amid the orchestra’s musicians. Muséik’s developer, Ion Concert Media founder Scott Winters, will be ‘playing’ the visuals from an iPad, taking cues from conductor St.Clair.” The visuals were created by USC digital arts faculty members Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger, “along with 11 of their animation students and graduates. Patterson and Reckinger premiered the projections in 2011 with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Fla., as part of the celebration for that symphony’s new building. There the projections were shown on five screens that surrounded the audience inside the concert hall. This summer, Patterson and Reckinger … spent several weeks reconfiguring the work for a single panoramic projection.”  

Posted September 11, 2015