Adrian M. Wyard is a Seattle-based visual artist, and former designer and program manager at Microsoft. He has over 20 years experience working in digital media, including computer graphics, photography, and videography as well as software design. Adrian also has a Master's degree in the history of science from Oxford University, and has been a longtime appreciator of classical music and an enthusiastic supporter of space exploration.
He is the creator of "The Planets Live," a newly-developed visual accompaniment to The Planets by Gustav Holst. It features spectacular original animations and NASA images that are cued live to follow the conductor. The visuals faithfully reflect the spirit of each movement as they evolve bar by bar, making them true accompaniments. This approach allows the imagery to add a new dimension to the experience while Holst's music retains center stage.
The premiere sold-out performance of The Planets was held on October 25th 2014 with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. The visuals were subsequently programmed by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra for their 2015 Young People's Concert that reached more than 5000 school children, and was broadcast on PBS. Subsequent performances were held with The Imperial Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and the Bath Philharmonia in the UK.
While many of the visuals are original animations, everything shown has some basis in fact and has as its source data from telescopes, orbiting spacecraft, or rovers on the planets' surfaces. Source images, video and computer modeling courtesy of NASA, JPL-Caltech, SwRI, DLR, ESA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center, The Space Telescope Science Institute, The Advanced Visualization Laboratory at the NCSA (esp. Drs. B. Robertson and L. Hernquist), Carnegie Institution of Washington, USGS, California Institute of Technology, Lunar and Planetary Institute (esp. Dr. P. Schenk), Malin Space Science Systems, The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona (esp. Dr. P. Smith), and the Institute of Geological Sciences at The Free University of Berlin. Special acknowledgement to Bard Canning for the enhanced Mars descent, Arthur Lepage for 3D modeling, and Andy Ermolli for deep space astrophotography.