Photos, Video & Article by: Michael Placencia
After 5 long years of getting the chance to see my favorite artist of the EDM industry, the feeling of joy I experienced from finally seeing deadmau5 return here to Houston was insurmountable. There’s a reason why this person is my favorite artist of this industry, and it’s all because of the vision behind his craft. Joel Zimmerman (deadmau5) devised his plan years ago for a new version of his iconic cube. Except this was no ordinary cube as you will soon see from the pictures and videos below. This was an entirely new entity upon itself.
With a cube nearly two stories high, there are a lot of aspects that go into a behemoth like this. Here are a few specs on the cube v3:
It takes, on average, 3 to 7 milliseconds to generate a full 1920×1080 image. (one frame) of cube visual, depending on the internal complexity of the shader
Each and every pixel of the 1920×1080 image runs through a shader (which is several hundreds of lines long). That’s 2,0736,00 executions of the shader (looping) every 3 milliseconds… on a 60hz monitor with VSync on, you only see a new image every 16.67ms.
With so many things going on in that cube, it’s insane that the stage crew and all the hands that go into making this a reality are able to do this show after show. They truly deserve a lot of credit, because it takes hours to assemble that titan of a cube. So big respect to everyone who helped make the cube v3 what it is.
Now then, the grand spectacle. Only deadmau5 can make an exceptionally humorous entrance by use of PUBG. Seeing it displayed upon the cube, and the screens that line the backdrop of it is a hilarious sight to behold. From there, the entertainment kept coming. Songs such as “Moar Ghosts n Stuff” provided outrageous visuals, while tracks like “Cthulhu Sleeps” and “Where Phantoms Sleep 04” gave off some dark and beautiful vibes respectively.
A huge highlight of the show was when Lights came onstage to perform her and deadmau5‘s hit single, “Drama Free.” What no one expected, was her rendition of arguably one of the best deadmau5 songs ever, “Raise Your Weapon.” Admittedly, I was worried about how it would turn out, since the original is pretty much perfect. Vocalist and all. Thankfully, Lights blew it out of the park. And with flying colors too.
Even the new tracks deadmau5 played were beautiful. One of which, (“SATRN”) has a very 80s-inspired sound to it. The synths are absolutely powerful, yet masterfully utilized. The other track was even more addictive than the last. This was one of my favorites of the night. Although the calamity that transpired once “Ghosts n’ Stuff” was played is hard to compete with.
Among all of these hit tracks, anyone who’s a deadmau5 fan knows that there’s only one song people purposely wait for. And that song is “Strobe.” The track itself is already a beautifully elegant, epic masterpiece; But hearing it live with hundreds of people around you is a sight (and experience) to behold.
All in all, this was a show for the books. From production, to lighting, and everything in between. Deadmau5 knows how to make his presence upon the world known. He may be a troll at times, but when it comes to music production, he can definitely back up what he says. This entire show is proof of that, and continues to add onto the extraordinary legacy Joel Zimmerman has built for himself.
This was the greatest show of the year for me, and it’s gonna take a lot for deadmau5 to top this. Regardless of what he does next, it’ll definitely be worth the wait.
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