When it comes to live performance visuals, Joshua Light Show wrote the book. Those blooming, psychedelic, lava-lamp-inspired forms you’re used to seeing behind old-school images of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix can be attributed to Josh White, the founder of JLS and a pioneer of live concert visuals. Recently, the group played three shows at Germany’s Transmediale Festival, and unlike many of the computer-generated light shows currently in favor, Joshua Light Show creates their visuals with handmade or repurposed machinery operated by a group of artists backstage.
To get a sense of Josh White’s world, check out the video above from last year’s performance at New York’s American Museum of Natural History.
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