Direction, VFX and 2D/3D, A/V System Programming, Stage Design

Working with Grammy Awarding winning DJ, Ali Shirazinia

Commonly known by his stage name Dubfire, we set out to create a cinematic, techno music concert experience for his Dubfire Live HYBRID tour. The show premiered worldwide on October 16 at the Roest Warehouse during the annual Amsterdam Dance Event 2014.


dubfire live HYBRID is a fusion of physical expression with the latest in dynamic, sound reactive a/v solutions. 2D and 3D animation is richly textured into a narrative and synced with live audio to explore the interaction of science and technology-of man and machine- and their resulting evolution.

Beginning at the Micro Level

Micro-organisms expand and form greater parts, pieces are drawn together and evolve into an autonomous entity. The entity is but a small mechanism within the greater “server.” The entity reacts. Tension develops and the narrative unfolds.

A Blending of Physical and Digital

The background animation was created using 3D and composting software, as well TouchDesigner. Using TouchDesigner, VVOX created a reliable playback system that efficiently handled HYBRID's heavy load of video and geometry information while minimizing GPU memory. The result was a beautifully driven show with no frame loss or delay. The team also used TouchDesigner to generate real-time sound reactive scenes in between the 3D pre-rendered scenes.

The physical representation, a foreground multi-dimensional stage piece, was synced with content that was entirely reactive to OSC signals from Dubfire's Ableton session. Custom effects, and on-the go manipulation were used onsite to create a unique performance for each show.


• Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) exclusive live show world premier of Dubfire Live Hybrid feature on VICE and The Creators Project, Netherlands. • DJ Times, Sound & Vision: Dubfire Details Revolutionary Live:HYBRID Concept. • Decoded Magazine: Dubfire brings critically acclaimed live HYBRID show to Ibiza‏. • Magnetic MagazineBlending Man & Machine with Dubfire's New Live Hybrid. • The Future of FM: Exclusive Interview with Dubfire. • The Music Essentials: dubfire:live HYBRID World Tour heads to Paris, Brazil and Argentina. • Mix Mag Best: Dance Music Outside of the SAHARA TENT, Coachella.

Big Thanks!

A shout out to our good friends at Derivative for helping make this dream a reality! Much love Jarrett for introducing the team to Ali.

VolvoxLabs Team:

Kamil Nawratil - Art, Narrative, and Technical Director/TouchDesigner Programming Alicia Martin - Concept Development Josh Planz - Character and Environment Development Maxime Causeret - Houdini Effects Javier Cruz - TouchDesigner Development Vincent Houze - TouchDesigner effects Marvin Woodyat - Character animation Daniel Sierra - TouchDesigner effects Pa Her and Taylor Cole-Narrative Development