Inside the Music of Neon Indian

As part of our recent work for Microsoft, we collaborated with Neon Indian to bring a brand new live performance experience to the 2015 CMJ Music Marathon. Powered by Microsoft technology, Neon Indian’s show came to life through immersive visuals created in real time, taking full advantage of the latest interactive technology. Five Kinect sensors were used to capture each  band member, reacting to the music and movements happening live on stage.

This unique collaboration between Microsoft and Neon Indian, produced by Listen, will allow Neon Indian to continue bringing his unique vision to life each night as he continues to tour throughout the United States. Following our activity at CMJ, a performance tool-kit is being released, granting other musicians, developers, and artists access to the blueprints that were used to create this dynamic concert experience.

In conjunction with Neon Indian’s updated live show, CMJ badge holders were invited to attend a panel discussion on the evolving role of interactive technology in the music space. Attendees got an in-depth look at the creation of Neon Indian’s show as well as the creation of DELQA, a previous Listen project, that transformed the music of Matthew Dear.

Watch Neon Indian perform “The Glitzy Hive”, live from Webster Hall below.

Just a few of the kind words written on the project:

Wired: The Light Show in Neon Indian’s New Video is Kinect-Powered

Spin: Neon Indian Enters a Laser-Lit Jungle at ‘VEGA INTL. Nightschool Show’

Slant: Neon Indian and Microsoft Want to Change the Way You View Music


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