Over the past two years, Comix have produced video content for MDLBEAST’s Big Beast Stage at Soundstorm Festival, hosted over three days in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. For each festival, they’ve aimed to bring Production Designer and MDLBEAST Creative Director Alex Reardon’s massive mainstage to life, creating visuals that organically bring out the very best from the stage’s unique design.
Emil Bardh, Comix’s Lead Notch Designer, chose Notch for its rendering capabilities, which gave the creative team the power to render millions of high-resolution particles at heightened speeds while previewing their particles textured on a real-time 3D model of the on-site setup. In Bardh’s own words, “Notch allows for an authentic experience where what you see is what you get.”
Their greatest challenge was to output a vast amount of content at 10K resolution quickly while updating and adapting their material quickly as pixel maps and show conditions changed, but incorporating Notch into their workflow helped them deliver everything with time and energy to spare. The Independent praised Soundstorm’s immersive escapism and declared the festival “the Middle East’s very own Glastonbury.”