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The death of the laser show: birth of the new psychedelics? The American Museum of Natural History started a new sound and light show using computer graphics called SonicVision. It's a 35-minute movie projected onto a spherical roof 75 feet in diameter (6,550 square feet).

Some details:

  • It's a $600k project, with $1 million in hardware donated by Sun Microsystems.
  • The soundtrack was mixed by Moby and features the music of Radiohead, U2, Coldplay, Queens of the Stone Age, David Bowie, The Flaming Lips, Stereolab, Fischerspooner, and Boards of Canada.
  • It's powered by a Linux-running 78-processor supercomputer that can manage nine terabytes of data, 13 times the size of the data in a two-hour digital feature film.
  • It uses seven ultra-high-resolution video projectors and hundreds of speakers, two 24-channel digital audio players, and bass shakers under every seat.

An image from Atmospherex, the company that provided some visuals for the show:
Some commentary:
But the main reason I mention this is because they show some of Alex Gray's art in the show. This feels almost exactly like a mushroom trip I took:
As this type of experience gets cheaper to create, perhaps one day we'll see more artists and other types of visionary people making use of it!
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