In 2021, the Academy of Ancient Music welcomed a new artistic leader, Laurence Cummings, whose first task was to direct their ambitious production of Haydn’s Creation at The Barbican. The team approached the award-winning Nina Dunn of Pixel-Lux studios to create a reactive musical experience that would be as impactful as a live production as it would live-streaming.
Working through mood boards and Notch pre-visualisations, the creative team delivered a concert-ready visual experience that combined footage, 3D animation and real-time rendered Notch designs that were closely allied to live music. The creative vision was driven by the desire to strike a balance between dramatic, overarching gestures and musical punctuation without the narrative getting lost in a live stream. They also wanted to feature the beauty of the raw elements described within the piece’s creation story theme.