Daniel Fine

media | projection | system

 design & integration

Conrad Tao's An Adjustment for Piano, Orchestra & Electronics

Digital Media and Orchestra

Video Notes: All video is from the final rehearsal. Almost all the cues in movement 1a and 1b are late. Unfortunately, we did not have a professional stage manager call the show and this was the first time he ever called cues. Suggested to watch fullscreen.

Digital Media Designer



April 2017:

Performance: Sioux City Symphony Orchestra

Orpheum Theater

Sioux City, IA

November 2017:

Article: Author of Ions 2+ Particle Generator App

Commisioned article about how I created the visuals for the show.

Live Design International

October 2018:

Solo Conference Presentation: The Art of Content Creation

LDI 2018 Conference and Tradeshow. Las Vegas, NV

March 2019:

Solo Conference Presentation: From Artistic Inspiration to Final Design

USITT 19 Conference & Stage Expo. Louisville, KY


Commissioned by Sioux City Symphony Orchestra to create custom animations for a new orchestral work with electronics.


I wanted the artwork to feel organic, grow over time and be in conversation with the music and musicians.  The creative team was looking for the musicians to be immersed in the visuals. Given the limitations on space, time and equipment, I suggested that the orchestra be placed behind a scrim, with Conrad on piano downstage of the scrim. This would make it feel like the animations were floating in space between the orchestra and Conrad. I projection mapped the front of the piano and used another projector to map the keys and double as a spot light for Conrad.


I created tests in After Effects using different algorithms in order to have the artwork respond to the music. The tests felt too computer generated. I was after something more organic - something that felt more natural. I landed on using my iPad to draw particle effects while I listened to a recording of the score. I recorded these drawings and then further manipulated them in After Effects. These moving drawings became the basis for the design.

Tech Specs:

Four projectors (one mapping the grand piano, one used as down spot light for the pianist, two stacked for front projection onto scrim), Scrim, Watchout.

Key Creative Team:

Composer | Conrad Tao

Conductor | Ryan Haskins

Assistant Digital Media Designer & Video Programmer | Naoki Izumo

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