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October 21, 2013

This is the first part of a Nine Inch Nails tour documentary -- find out how they go about doing the entire visual and audio aspect of a Nine Inch Nails tour. Watch them work through everything before the tour, then see how it performs as they start the tour with the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan.

After Nine Inch Nails being on hiatus, they really felt like they had something to prove this time around. Trent Reznor is the creative insight and focal point, Rob Sheridan is the art director, and all the different players bring a different role to making the whole thing happen. They dreamed big dreams and made the reality even bigger.

They created a five-panel display with each musician lined up in front of their own panel, a la Kraftwerk. Each panel had to be mobile,  so that it could be moved around to accommodate a different set up on each song.

The logistical challenge of this proved to be huge, as there were always factors that got in the way of their mobility. Cables collided with cables, panels had to allow for separate video on each screen as well as working as one continuous giant screen, as well as be interactive in allowing for live motion capture using Kinect to be manipulated as a video image in real time.


Nine Inch Nails Tour: How They Pulled Off The Video Wall



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