Purity Ring showed why they're the buzz band of the moment last night at the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. It was also first time out for their new stage light set, conceived and produced by Tangible Interaction.
Headlining the Blue Stage, a forest of twenty cocoons immersed the duo - Megan James and Corin Roddick - with animated patterns of light.
Cortex, an application developed in-house for lighting and kinetic installations controlled the cocoon lights, assigning behaviours according to drum beats, vocal pitch, volume and more.
"Most striking stage design: Purity Ring
Dozens of orbs, suspended across the stage, bursted out from Purity Ring's equipment and glowed soft pinks and blues as the duo debuted glossy new material from their forthcoming Shrines, after a long operatic intro with twitchy strings and haunted house vocal manipulation. While singer Megan James was at the forefront of the stage, sending out sweet melodies over their fizzing bass, Corin Roddick puppeteered a light show from his MIDI controller."
Purity Ring playing LIVE at Pitchfork Music Festival with Tangible Interaction's interactive Light Cocoons
An angled shot of Purity Ring playing LIVE at Pitchfork Music Festival with Tangible Interaction's interactive Light Cocoons
A stage shot of Purity Ring playing LIVE at Pitchfork Music Festival with Tangible Interaction's interactive Light Cocoons