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The melding of art, music and visuals in the dome has created many impressions over the years. The original Hansen Planetarium had a well known reputation for “laser shows” in the 1990s. When the new Clark Planetarium opened in 2003 we introduced fulldome three-dimensional digital animation as a new art form. Local tradition perpetuated an expectation of lasers in music shows so we kept them in the mix as beamwork. The new combination was perceived as different and interesting, but times have changed. And we are changing with it!

In 2012 we did a “Brad Stock Listening Party” that not only exposed new local music to the community but also introduced a new way of mixing a *variety* of visual elements. We think of it as a new “performance art.” A mix of multi-media with new music. Digital fulldome art in 3D space, concert effects, added lasers, and live-performed elements that make these kinds of shows a unique experience.

Brad’s music compositions represent a wide variety of styles. There’s an almost hypnotic element to some of the melodies, especially with the “depth” that provides a natural match to the wide spaces of the dome theatre. The studio mix is top notch, created by the renowned local producer Matt Winegar. A special 5.1 surround sound version for the dome was created by our audio producer Joe Stohel.

The listening party was an amazing success that sent ripples through the Utah music community, and from that event we decided to play two limited runs of the show to the general public. The performances were very well received!

The visual choreography and performance elements were the brainchild of our producers Nick Jarvis and Jordan Smith, and Brad Stock himself was present to meet with audiences at many of the performances.

One of the keys to making this production work was finding enough fulldome video content to fit to the music in a short time frame. We accomplished this by accessing our own library of entertainment-themed animation. This library (now almost 5 hours worth) is available to other dome theaters who would like to do the same! Check out the Build Your Own Music Show page to learn more. We also produced a 100% fulldome playback version of a track from Brad's album called "The Sun" so you can see an example of what's possible (check that out Here). For more information about the production and impact of this kind of programming, feel free to contact Mike Murray, the Clark Planetarium's Program Manager.