The mega-band Muse has never been accused of lacking ambition, in a sense making them a modern day Rush or Emerson, Lake & Palmer. For their seventh and latest record, Drones, Muse craft a concept album around the idea of drones as human and inhuman machines of war. For the Drones World Tour, Muse brought immersive multimedia group Moment Factory aboard to create interactive visual elements for the stage. And, in doing so, they’ve turned the visuals up to the proverbial 11.
For Drones World Tour, Muse performs in the round, rotating on a central stage that features two extended catwalks that Moment Factory “enhances” with giant projection screens. There, “gyrating apocalyptic figures, epic battles, and sensational symbolism (including some high-tech surprises)” play out. Designed by Oli Metcalfe, the show used one of the biggest BlackTrax 3D tracking systems ever deployed, which features 38 infrared cameras to coordinate visual effects, sound and light on stage.
“This tour is one of the most ambitious and innovative concert projects Moment Factory has ever undertaken,” Moment Factory announced today. “A system of 3D cameras and custom-developed real-time visual effects pumps out responsive visuals to 12 Barco projectors, while custom-built particle, distortion, and mosaic effects process I-MAG feeds also in real-time.”
“There’s a lot of new interactive and 3D technology in this show that’s never been put on tour before,” says Dominic Audet, Moment Factory’s co-founder and Chief of Innovation. “Muse has always been forward-thinking with their concepts. They are fearless with concert experiences that make the most of cutting-edge stage design and interactive media.”