AIMING TO immerse his audience in a “sensory bath” of music and abstract visuals, Thom Yorke is deploying a curved array of three to five screens for his Modern Boxes Tour, which plays at Glasgow SEC Hall 3 (cap. 5,000), Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse (3,500) and London’s Eventim Apollo (5,040) next year.
The Radiohead frontman invited audiovisual composer Tarik Barri to provide visuals for the tour, working with video designer Jake Hogenson. They opted for five 2.5m wide by 4.5m high 6mm Leyard CLM hi-res LED screens, which also create a front projection surface.
Projecting imagery from front-of-house (FOH), across the band are three Epson 25k Projectors. The custom package is provided by Tring-based Universal Pixels (UP).
“The video element of this show impacts the entire performance greatly. Tarik’s visuals provide a unique view of the songs,” says Hogenson. “With Tarik’s bespoke Versum programme, each piece of content evolves between shows.
“We use multiple channels of Tarik’s content to drive the LED, projection, and pixel mapping of the X4 bars. I also use Tarik’s content to mix and overlay with our IMAG camera feed. This creates even more depth in the live show, in a production that is so