Phish Live at Sphere: Moment Factory Harnesses Sphere’s Next-Generation Technologies to Reimagine Concert Experience

A four-night concert series takes real-time content to new heights

LAS VEGAS, NV / ACCESSWIRE / April 19, 2024 / Award-winning multimedia studio Moment Factory is proud to announce its latest collaboration with Phish: a groundbreaking four-night concert series at Sphere in Las Vegas. Running from April 18 to 21, the shows mark a bold step forward in live concert experiences, taking advantage of the venue’s next-generation technologies to showcase immersive multimedia content generated from an innovative fusion of real-time and pre-rendered visuals. Only the second band to perform at Sphere, Phish ventures into new territory with its improvisational style, leading concert-goers on a mind-bending multisensory journey.

Phish Live at Sphere
Phish Live at Sphere
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Moment Factory played a central role in the co-creative direction of the four shows, collaborating closely with Show Director Abigail Rosen Holmes. The studio’s involvement extended to set design, video design, and production, as well as contributing to lighting concepts in collaboration with the band’s longtime lighting designer, Chris Kuroda.

Moment Factory takes a future-forward approach to real-time generative video content, bringing unique visuals to the world’s highest-resolution LED screen each night. Combining scenographic elements, 360° live performance capture, technologies including Unreal and Notch, pre-rendered imagery, and visuals generated with the assistance of AI, Moment Factory uses a number of tools and techniques never before seen at Sphere.

"Phish Live at Sphere is an incredibly audacious project that we are thrilled to have worked on. We feel extremely privileged to have legendary bands like Phish entrusting us with creating immersive universes around their music and identity, enabling them to connect with fans in completely new ways. Moment Factory got its start VJing in the late 90s, and we are particularly proud, nearly 25 years later, to have maintained this initial passion. We are now pushing it to an unprecedented level, creating the longest-ever real-time content show on the world’s most immersive canvas at Sphere," says Daniel Jean, Producer for Shows, Moment Factory.

Powered by the venue’s 21st-century technologies, each show in the four-night series is set apart by a curated setlist, Phish’s signature improvisation, and a customized orchestration of music, visuals, and lighting.

Rising to this creative and technical challenge, the team worked closely with a trusted network of collaborators, including Disguise, whose innovative platform powered Moment Factory’s extensive hours of pre-rendered and real-time visual content on a sprawling 16K x 16K resolution canvas. Fuse Technical Group served as the technical integrator for the video system, managing the incorporation of Moment Factory’s content onto servers and providing supplementary servers for real-time content delivery. Moment Factory also enlisted Fly Studio, Myreze, and Sila Sveta for screen content production; Troublemakers for audio design during Phish’s stage entrance; and Picnic Dinner Studios and Totem Studio for 2D animations during the intermission.

Phish Live at Sphere marks the Montreal-based studio’s seventh and most ambitious collaboration with the prolific rock band. Their long-term creative partnership includes previous concerts at Madison Square Garden and the MGM Grand.

This latest undertaking highlights Moment Factory’s expertise in hijacking technologies to create innovative entertainment – artificial intelligence serving as a prime example. Integrating AI seamlessly into workflows and customizing the technology to meet production demands supports the studio’s commitment to innovation, collaboration, and pushing creative boundaries. Moment Factory embraces AI as a tool for pioneering new aesthetics, modes of engagement, and experiences that blend digital and physical worlds.

About Moment Factory

Moment Factory is a multimedia studio with a full range of production expertise under one roof. Our team combines specializations in video, lighting, architecture, sound and special effects to create remarkable experiences. Headquartered in Montreal, the studio also has other addresses in Tokyo, Paris, New York City, and Singapore. Since its inception in 2001, Moment Factory has created more than 550 unique projects worldwide, including the Lumina Night Walks and Aura Series, as well as The Messi Experience. Its productions span the globe and include such clients as Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Madonna, Microsoft, Disney, Universal Studios, Sony, Boston Museum of Science, Cipriani, and Fontainebleau Las Vegas. The studio explores innovative storytelling and creative uses of technology to craft immersive multimedia worlds that enhance the vital link between artist and audience.

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Myanmar Crisis: ASEAN Urges for Immediate Cession of Violence

The ASEAN Foreign Ministers have issued a statement expressing their concern over the escalation of conflicts in Myanmar and called on all concerned parties to immediately stop the violence and ensure the protection and safety of all citizens.

The full statement AKP received this afternoon reads as follows:

‘ASEAN FOREIGN MINISTERS’ STATEMENT ON THE ESCALATION OF CONFLICTS IN MYANMAR (18 APRIL 2024)

We, the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), are deeply concerned over the recent escalation of conflicts, including in the area of Myawaddy, Kayin State, along the border area between Myanmar and Thailand and in Rakhine State of Myanmar, which have caused displacement of civilians.

To avoid further humanitarian impacts of such escalation of all forms of conflicts, we urge all parties for an immediate cessation of violence and to exercise utmost restraint, to uphold international humanitarian law, and to take all the necessary measures to defuse tensions and to ensure the prote
ction and safety of all civilians, including foreign nationals and citizens of ASEAN Member States.

We call on all parties to take urgent steps towards mitigating the impact of conflicts on the civilians, including creating a safe and conducive environment to ensure the timely and safe delivery of humanitarian assistance to all those in need in Myanmar without discrimination. We support the continued efforts of the AHA Centre, as well as Thailand’s humanitarian cross-border initiative, which are in line with the Five-Point Consensus and coordinated with the ASEAN Chair through the Special Envoy of the ASEAN Chair on Myanmar. We call for the mobilisation of support on efforts towards humanitarian talks in addressing the humanitarian consequences in Myanmar and for an inclusive national dialogue toward a durable and comprehensive political solution in Myanmar.

We reaffirm our commitment to assisting Myanmar in finding a solution by helping to create a conducive environment through the full and swift implement
ation of the Five-Point Consensus in its entirety, as it remains critical in helping the people of Myanmar to achieve an inclusive and durable peaceful resolution to the crisis that is Myanmar- owned and led, for peace, security, and stability in the region. We also reaffirm that a peaceful and unified Myanmar is in the interest of ASEAN. In this regard, we reiterate our support to 2024 ASEAN Chair and its Special Envoy on Myanmar, including its continued engagements with all stakeholders in Myanmar.’

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse

Senate President Meets an Old Friend

Senate President Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen received here at the Senate Palace this morning an old friend Mr. Pierre Tami, a social entrepreneur.

In the meeting, Mr. Pierre Tami said he is honoured to work with younger leaders of Cambodia in different fields including hospitality, food production, etc.

Mr. Tami expressed his conviction that with the current trend, Cambodia will achieve her goal to become an upper middle-income economy by 2030.

In response, Samdech Techo Hun Sen said Cambodia has enjoyed peace and stability for more than 25 years since 1998. Eight months ago, a new generation has come to power and as a result, the legacy of peace and economic growth has continued.

The new cabinet works well, maintaining stability and continuing to drive development, the Cambodian senate president underlined.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen recalled his first meeting with Mr. Pierre Tami and his daughter in 1997 in Preah Sihanouk province, and nominated Mr. Pierre Tami as his adviser.

Mr. Pierre Ta
mi is known as Sen Seila, a Khmer name given by Samdech Techo Hun Sen when he was Prime Minister of Cambodia, in recognition of his contribution to Cambodia’s development.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodian PM Determined to Enhance Human Resources in Military Sector

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet said the Royal Government will continue to improve the quality of human resources in the military sector.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony of new achievements of the National Defence University of Cambodia in Phnom Penh this morning, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet said the Royal Government will further strengthen the national defence.

‘It is the duty of all of us, especially the armed forces to enhance our national defence,’ he underlined.

Samdech Thipadei encouraged the senior armed personnel to further upgrade and improve their strategic skills not just in the country’s defence, but also in development, international relations, communication and so on.

The Royal Government plans to transform the National Defense University into a centre for military training, national defence policy, and security for the senior officials from different national institutions, he said.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse

MALAYSIA CLOSELY MONITORING SITUATION IN WEST ASIA, REITERATES CALL FOR ALL PARTIES TO EXERCISE RESTRAINT

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia is closely monitoring the situation in West Asia and reiterates its call for all parties to exercise restraint and to continue to engage diplomatically, said the Foreign Ministry on Friday.

The ministry, widely known as Wisma Putra, in its statement advises all Malaysians in or travelling to the region to exercise high precaution.

‘The Foreign Ministry advises all Malaysians in or travelling to the region to remain vigilant, adhere to local authorities’ instructions, stay informed about potential disruptions to flight schedules and plan their journeys accordingly,’ the statement read.

Malaysians requiring consular assistance can contact the embassy of Malaysia in Tehran, Iran, at No. 25, 2nd Alley, North Zarafshan St., Shahrak-e-Gharb or call +98 21 880724444 or +98 21 88078606 or through email addresses mwtehran@kln.gov.my or mwconsular.teh@gmail.com.

Media reported explosions were heard in several Iranian cities early Friday amid an alleged Israeli attack inside Iran.

Explosions wer
e reported in Isfahan in central Iran and west of Tabriz northwest of the country, Anadolu Agency quoted the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Tension escalated between Iran and Israel after Tehran launched a drone and missile attack on Saturday in response to the April 1 attack on its consulate in Syria, in which seven military advisers were killed.

Israel has vowed a military response to Iran’s weekend attack.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency