Interesting (Relatively) Recent Shows: Travis Scott

As part of my sabbatical research, I’ve been digging through a bunch of notes about interesting shows I’ve been collecting, so I thought I’d share a few here.

Travis Scott has some pretty interesting production elements (lasers, video, moving scenery):

I would have thought with all the money they were spending they could have found a better way than a 6’ ladder to get him into the roller coaster

Apparently Tommy Lee of Motley Crue says that Scott ripped off his ideas. He may have a point:

The truss and related gear was apparently supplied by SGPS in LA, who apparently also supplied the Motley Crue tours.

If you see other interesting shows please let me know!

Interesting (Relatively) Recent Show: Justin TImberlake

As part of my sabbatical research, I’ve been digging through a bunch of notes about interesting shows I’ve been collecting, so I thought I’d share a few here. This is pretty cool:

According to an interview in Live Design, lighting designer Nick Whitehouse of Fireplay says

"There’s a moment where he does some choreography with the mic stand during the laser moment," says Whitehouse. "I’m not sure anyone would believe us if we said that was a week and a half’s worth of programming just for a ten second moment. I would say there are 150 cues in that scene."

Also, lasers are definitely popular again

The Vessel at Hudson Yards

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I went over Monday to see Hudson Yards’ giant inverted copper pinecone (or shawarma) which is temporarily (and pretentiously) named “The Vessel”. While it does look cool with my superwide 14mm lens, that's an illusion: in person, this selfie tower to nowhere feels sterile and soul-less (and, fortunately, my photos are now safe from Hudson Yards’ breathtaking rights overreach). And that fits in Hudson Yards, because the whole development looks like a real life version of an over-polished computer-generated architectural rendering.

I guess the endless steps could be an existential metaphor for life’s meaningless trudge, or something, since there’s no humor or joy or whimsy to be found here. There’s also not even a bench to be found, and that’s fine, because, despite the literal copper-colored reflectors, there’s not really anything to reflect on. I guess they want to process tourists through getting their Instagram selfies as fast as possible. There is a pretty cool elevator to accommodate guests in wheelchairs, but it looks like an afterthought, slapped on the inside of the cone, ruining the symmetry. They could have put it outside but I guess they didn't want to ruin the billionaires’ view from the surrounding buildings. There’s a glass wall of buildings keeping the real city at bay (you can spot the Empire State Building beyond the mall and through exhaust stack waves), and a narrow view of the river beyond the train yards.

The whole structure, which could have been a fascinating, stonehenge-like monument that feels a part of nature, or works with the sun in fascinating ways, instead will rarely even get much of a sunrise or sunset because of the wall of glass towerblocks that surround it.And the copper panels are positioned to reflect down.


This spire of geometric hype, a paean to mall culture, could at least someday be a place for the billionaires who occupy this inhuman monstrosity of a development to station their para-military snipers to keep out the riff raff.

Sebastian Errazuriz's very cool "bluMarble" on Ludlow street

I went yesterday at sunset to see Sebastian Errazuriz's beautiful "bluMarble" on Ludlow street in the east vilalge. It's a very cool art piece with an LED wall showing a processed version of the GOES-East Full Disk weather satellite view of the earth.

It's up at 159 Ludlow Street until April 13.

I actually saw this satellite, formerly called GOES R and then 16, get launched back in November of 2016

Double Blind Professional Live Sound Console Listening Test--Please Respond by March 31

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I’ve been working with one of our students, BaiLin He, on his senior “culmination” project comparing two mixers using the ABX double blind listening test method (something I did for star quad cables back in 2011).

If you have some time, please give him as much data as possible by taking the test by March 31. The test is available here: http://mixerabxtest.online