Season 7 of Game of Thrones is coming. Don’t worry. You’ll find no spoilers here … just a mouth-watering tease in the form of one fantastic digital installation. That’s right, the summer 2017 release date of everyone’s favorite fantasy show’s second-to-last installment is looming just over the horizon, and what better way to get in the mood than a full-on immersive experience for the senses. Game of Thrones, the episodic saga that frequently “breaks” the Internet due to massive downloading and binge-watching preparations, is now touring North America with a live concert experience full of digital screens and other sensory stimuli. Cue the iconic theme music.
Helmed by the actual show composer, Ramin Djawadi, the same German-Iranian maestro behind the theme for HBO’s other massive hit Westworld and several other movies and television programs, The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience is making the rounds in 24 North American cities. With custom instruments and a traveling musical band of more than 60 performers that collaborates with a new orchestra in each town, the show is never exactly the same twice. What does remain consistent is the seven custom stages, the 807 linear feet of LED screens, the 255 pieces of lighting equipment and the three-tiered, 360-degree structures on each side of the stage that serve as video canvas by evolving and adapting to each particular sequence.
As the video below illustrates, this endeavor is about more than just cashing in on popularity and demand, and the digital technology involved is also about more than just providing a closer view for the nosebleed section. The immersive experience and the digital signage used here allows Djawadi’s beloved music to stand on its own, breathe and actually enrich all of the events that transpired throughout the show’s six previous seasons.
Those gargantuan LED screens are utilized in a way that supports the music of Westeros … not the other way around. The all too common preoccupation with technological bells, whistles and other practicalities can often lead to losing sight of the content’s endgame somewhere in the process from brainstorming to execution. Props to Djawadi as well as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for extending their tastefulness to another art medium. The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience started on February 20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and runs through April 2, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.