On December 21st, the darkest night of the year we turned a 5000 sqm office building into a giant interactive music sequencer, generating a vibrant light show defying the midwinter darkness.
On the darkest night of the year we were set a challenge by the prestigious Carlyle Group: to defy the nordic darkness and illuminate the face of Stockholm by turning a 5000 m2 building into the world’s largest sequencer.
Together with Graviz, B-reel and Plan 8 we offered the public the chance to create their own breathtaking light and music show that could be seen for miles. We installed LED lights throughout an entire residential block and paired our collaborator’s cutting edge technology with our own bespoke software that translated all incoming data to DMX signals. The result was an enormous screen ready to be instantly controlled by the tap of a finger on any smartphone or tablet.
Inspired by Aurora Borealis, the beautiful northern lights, we recreated nature’s own palette with subtle shades of magenta and cyan gently accompanying contemporary music as the improvised luminous compositions played out over the cityscape. The perfect way for our client to shine a light on Nacka Strand, a timeless and inspiring area situated right at the inlet of Stockholm’s harbour.
Client: Carlyle Group
Production Company: B-Reel, Obscura Stockholm, Plan 8
Obscura provided the technical solution to light up the building, creating custom software that converted pixels to DMX allowing us to light up RGB LEDs in all windows, as well as animations and concepts for the look and feel of the installation.
Creative Director: Fredrik Forrest
Executive Producer: Fredrik Bergström
Technical Director: Niklas Lundbäck
Art Director: Emil Rydberg
Film directed by: Patrik Gyllström (B-Reel)