An otherworldly Boston music takeover at the Planetarium.
Boston psych rock aficionados Ghosts of Jupiter moved forward in this years Rock N’ Roll Rumble on a tie-dyed cloud of reverberated solos and riffs brought back from the golden age of noodling. Now, with their self-titled album behind them, they’re taking their show to an oddly appropriate venue: the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science. Why the jump from the footlights to the cosmos? Nate Wilson, frontman of Ghosts of Jupiter, and production manager Bret Wohlgemuth have a few answers.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a Boston band taking advantage of a crazy resource like the Planetarium before. What do you think Boston music fans will enjoy most about this production?
What’s really cool is that this is a local landmark that’s been around for over 100 years that’s working to help elevate a Boston band.
They’ve recently renovated the Planetarium, and they had all sorts of music and entertainment shows that were based around lasers. They’ve replaced all the lasers in there, so this is not a laser show, but it’s definitely in the spirit of that style of show. This is the museum’s first Planetarium entertainment show which does vary quite a bit from their other shows, in that it’s primarily meant to entertain. After some of the test screenings, some people expressed that they need to hang for a second afterwards, that they’re not sure they can even get up and walk out.
What was the toughest aspect of putting this experience together?
NW: The actual work part of it was pretty easy. We just made an album and then we gave it to the folks at the Museum of Science and they did their thing with it. There was actually very little collaboration, so it wasn’t, like, some sort of laser project where we’re going back and forth and fighting over ideas or any of that kind of stuff. Their animators just kind of took our album and did their thing with it, and when they showed it to us, we loved it. So that part of it was easy.
What can we expect to see? I’m assuming there’s some kind of intergalactic theme given the band name and the venue.
BW: I will spill the beans and say that there’s an image of Jupiter in there at one point in time but it’s actually just a fairly quick thing, and the imagery blends aspects of the band’s artwork from the album, plus we’ve got live footage of the band.
Are there any songs that matched up perfectly with the visuals?
NW: The last song on the whole album is called “Passengers” and it’s a slow, acoustic sort of ballad, and they did this really cool thing where they go up to Jupiter in a Hydra. The animators literally created this meteor that flies through in the song, and it’s very slow. I don’t want to spoil anything, but they didn’t take anything literally. It’s not all verbatim from the lyrics. It’s all very abstract.
What part of the Ghosts of Jupiter Music Experience works the most, in your opinion?
NW: Most of the animation that they did was in house and it was just neat to see how they took our music, my songs, and just interpreted them in a completely abstract way.
I like that. The whole show is really great.
GHOSTS OF JUPITER
FRIDAY 6.22.12-THURSDAY 7.14.12
CHARLES HAYDEN PLANETARIUM
1 SCIENCE PARK,
TIMES VARY/ALL AGES/$10 ADULTS; $9 SENIORS; $8 CHILDREN