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The Octopus Project's Hexadecagon

Via The Octopus Project's website. Full statement after the jump.
Hi everybody!

We're tremendously excited to announce the project we're knee-deep in creating right now...

As you may have guessed from the title of this web page, it's called HEXADECAGON. That's the geometrical term for a sixteen-sided object, and we chose it because the show we're working on is being written for an eight-channel sound and eight-channel video system: a sixteen-sided audiovisual panorama!
The eight speakers will be set up in a circle surrounding the audience, who will in turn be surrounding us (the band), set up in the middle of the whole shebang with eight images projected overhead. With this setup in mind, we can send all or part of the music spinning around in a circle or jumping from point to point across the space, or put completely different elements in each speaker, putting you and us in the middle of a crazy array of sounds. Add to that the video, which can run in tight synchronization with the sounds (following them around the circle) or behave completely differently, and the possibilities are endless! We're having a blast inventing these songs, building the electronics (the Bend Matrix from 4MS Pedals pictured above) / working with the software (Ableton Live, VDMX, OSCulator) we need to make this happen, and shooting the video (our pal Wiley Wiggins is running the video department - thanks, Wiley!).

And maybe the best part is that the show will be FREE! We're doing two performances on Friday, March 19 on the rooftop plaza of Whole Foods at 6th & Lamar. This is during SXSW, but you won't need a badge or wristband or anything, and it will definitely be all ages. Capacity is very limited though (around 600), and admittance will be on a first-come, first-served basis, so we urge you to make plans accordingly. We'll post more info on times and things you might need to know to attend as details develop. Watch this space!

There aren't enough synonyms for 'excited' to describe how enthused, ecstatic and generally psyched we are to share this with you - hope it sounds like a good time to all y'all and that you can make plans to party with us!

The Octopus Project

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