Violinist and composer Charles Nichols, who is also an assistant professor of composition and creative technologies in the School of Performing Arts, premiered Badstar: A Concert of Immersive Audio and Video, an hour show in three movements inspired by fusion, old-time, and drone metal, for electric violin, electric banjo, electric guitar, electronic drums, and computers, with multiple projections of interactive processed video mapped to custom architecture.

The performance was a collaboration with banjoist and composer Holland Hopson, guitarist and composer André Foisy, drummer and music major Denver Nuckolls, video artist Zach Duer, and architect Jon Rugh. It took place October 11–13 in the 134.2 spatial audio system in the Cube of the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech.