Rap artist Logic is touring North America with a visually ambitious show using two Avolites Ai servers to drive immersive content to multiple LED surfaces.
Logic’s Bobby Tarantino vs Everybody tour takes in performances at some of North America’s most famous venues, including NYC’s Madison Square Garden, the LA Forum and Las Vegas’s Park Theatre.
Production design, programming and Notch content for the tour has been masterminded by Visual Endeavors’ creative director Aron Altmark.
He comments: “We have a number of custom servers that we’ve built up for interactive and media server duties over the past year, and our Ai servers for the Logic tour are based around this robust build – namely, Intel i7 8th-gen hexacore processors coupled with Nvidia GTX 1080Ti GPUs and lots of PCIe solid-state memory. There are two servers on the tour for full backup capabilities, and each has an Ai Bondi and Notch Playback licence attached.”
Visual Endeavors’ design for the show is based around a 15ft x 15ft riser centre stage, with built-in lighting and lasers overhead, and one massive 50ft x 25ft upstage LED surface, as well as side IMAG screens. There are vertical towers flanking the stage, with large angled trusses overhead, loaded with fixtures.
“Our brief was a design aimed at creating an architectural environment on stage for Logic to perform in, on, and around,” Altmark continues. “This environment is comprised of technical elements that allow for reactive and immersive content and experiences for the audience and performers on stage alike. All of the lighting, video and content combine to create a unified visual canvas that is as dynamic as Logic’s music and personality on stage.
“Our Notch integrations for Logic are all IMAG-effects – Ai’s Notch implementation allows us to programme the Notch effects much more seamlessly from the Ai profile on our lighting control console,” Altmark explains. “In the programming process, we dedicated a single layer of each video surface to Notch effects, such that we can always call up effected IMAG and interweave it in the show.
“Logic’s fans are amazing; they love seeing his energy on the screens, and the Notch / Ai workflow has allowed us to manifest this is entirely new ways.”
Altmark worked with UK-based multimedia outfit COMIX to provide visual content for the screens. All lighting, media, and laser programming is handled by Altmark and Dan Norman, who is out with the tour as lighting director / server operator. The Ai servers, licenses, and Notch licenses were supplied by Visual Endeavors.