Hippotizer Boreal+ harmonizes the wraparound visuals of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Sweden – Sweden’s Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra recently performed a “musical adventure” in the imposing Göteborgs Konserthus, wrapped in video projections driven by Hippotizer media servers.
The 90-minute orchestral performance, titled The Crescendoing City, immersed the audience in a “visual flow” designed to perfectly complement the piece.
Stockholm-based Pixelfield Studios – called PXLFLD – was commissioned by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra to design a visual concert experience based on ‘The City’ as an overall concept. The PXLFLD team responded to the brief by considering what defines a city, taking into account architecture, communications, culture and, most importantly, people. Over two nights of performances, audiences were treated to expansive cityscapes, eerie urban scenes, and flashes of color and abstract patterns.
“We needed a reliable and flexible media server solution that had the power and capability to generate very high resolution images through the six projectors installed in the concert hall,” says Anders Granström of PXLFLD. “In order to keep the visuals flowing alongside the musical score, the media servers had to offer flawless playback of multiple layers of high-resolution content, and allow for geometric fine-tuning and color correction. The right servers for the job were a mix of Hippotizer Boreal+ and Taiga+ media servers, with two standalone FOH and backstage Zookeepers, and we certainly made good use of Hippotizer’s ScreenWarp, LiveMask, and PixelMapper features.
All visual content was produced by PXLFLD Studios artists Andreas Skärberg and Per Rydnert, alongside Granström. This was projected onto the stage, wrapping the back, left and right walls in a seamless blended visual. The visuals were broadcast into the space using five Barco HDX-4K20 projectors, which were placed outside on rolling podiums near the concert hall section entrances, and a Barco projector UDX-4K40 positioned in a custom isolation box inside the room itself. The architecture of Göteborgs Konserthus is clean, open and offers a seamless ceiling, lending itself to beautiful enveloping projected visuals.
“Hippotizer played a huge role in the final stages of composition, as everything was anchored in the music and dynamics of conductor Johannes Gustavsson and pianist Víkingur Ólafsson,” Granström continues. “The ability to remain flexible and free for adjustments on the spot has been hugely beneficial.”
Granström and the team controlled the show using AKAI APC40 MKII MIDI controllers and an Elgato Stream Deck XL.
“We had two absolutely amazing shows and the response from the audience was overwhelmingly positive. Working with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, mezzo-soprano Karin Torbjörnsdóttir, virtuoso pianist Víkingur Ólafsson conducted by Johannes Gustavsson was an absolute thrill from start to finish.