Many people think of drones as tools of war, or surveillance, but have you ever thought they could create art?

Japanese company Sky Magic is attempting to change the way we see drones, by using them to create beautiful displays of aerial art. They shot this video with world heritage site Mt. Fuji as the backdrop, creating a truly breathtaking visual display.

The show uses more than 20 drones, equipped with a total of 16,500 LED lights. They are controlled using a combination of MIDI and DMX512 technology, synchronizing both the flight of the individual drones as well as the light patterns across the whole swarm. The music is a combination of electronic production and live performance on traditional Japanese guitars called Shamisens.

Sky Magic Live at Mt.Fuji : Drone Ballet Show by MicroAd, Inc. from Sky Magic on Vimeo.

This display is impressive in it's own right, but we can't help but imagine what this sort of tech could bring to an EDM festival. Imagine a swarm of these drones flying over the crowd at a festival, working in conjuction with the stage lighting. It would bringing an entirely new 3d element to the stage lighting production, unlike anything we've seen before.

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