Inside the Music of Neon Indian

Coinciding with the release of his 3rd studio album, VEGA INTL. Night School, Neon Indian debuted a brand new live performance at the 2015 CMJ Music Marathon. Powered by Microsoft technology, the show came to life through immersive visuals created in real time, taking full advantage of the latest interactive technology. Each of the five Kinect sensors used captured a different band member, reacting to the music and movements happening live on stage.

This unique collaboration between Microsoft and Neon Indian, produced by Listen, is allowing Neon Indian to continue to bring his unique vision to life each night as he continues to tour throughout the United States.  A performance tool-kit has been released following CMJ, granting other musicians, developers, and artists access to the blueprints that were used to create this dynamic concert experience.

In conjunction with Neon Indian’s updated live show, CMJ badge holders were invited to attend a panel discussion on the evolving role of interactive technology in the music space. Attendees got an in-depth look at the creation of Neon Indian’s show as well as the creation of DELQA, an interactive installation powered by Microsoft, that transformed the music of Matthew Dear. The Microsoft Cube, an experiential art installation, was also present at the panel to further demonstrate the possibilities of Microsoft technology.

The project was powered by a custom built PC, especially built for the collaboration.