Project Title: “Waking the Monster”
Commissioning Agency: ILLUMINUS FESTIVAL
Medium: Site-specific / existing architecture, sound, interactive, light, projected / mapped video
Contributing Artists: Maria FInklemeier (co-producer), SAMO (projection artist and mapper)
The banner piece in Boston’s ILLUMINUS FESTIVAL, “Waking the Monster” brought Fenway Park’s Green Monster to life. The exterior of the famed left field wall provided the existing architecture the team sought to activate.
Careful site research, extensive audio sampling and mapping of the acoustic structure, as well as 3-D modeling for projection purposes began months before the event. The production team identified the preferred surfaces to play on, and established a notation system, as well as placements for 9 percussionists in the structure - 3 per level / up 3 levels.
Through an open-call for submissions, 6 New-England composers were identified to write new music for this percussion instrument. Off and on-site rehearsals and testing coupled with city-permitting, collaborations with sound and structural engineers prepared the team for the event.
SAMO worked closely with the producers to design projected motion graphics mapped to the structure and relevant to each piece of music. In addition, drum triggers were placed on the structure to provide “midi bangs” via a Roland TD-30 module to the projection desk - allowing SAMO to key video content synchronized to the drummers activity.
A truly historic undertaking, the Monster came to life and the Illuminus Festival drew over 30,000 attendees.
Project Managers / Presenters: Dan Sternof Beyer, Jeff Grantz / Materials and Methods
Lighting Designer: Jon Gahndo
Photos: Aram Boghosian
Video / edit: Rob Eckel
Additional video: C49 Productions
Project Support: Roland Corporation, Vic Firth Drumsticks