25/03/2008

Light up the Roundhouse


Any of you who attended Roisin's gig at the Roundhouse a couple of weeks ago will have undoubtedly noticed the amazing stage lighting. Here's an interesting article about how it all came about:

Award winning UK lighting and video rental companies HSL and XL Video both supplied a specials package to LD Rob Sinclair for Roisin Murphy’s show at London’s Roundhouse. Sinclair has been working with Roisin since January, and this high profile London showcase was a continuation of her ongoing ‘Overpowered’ tour which visits Australia later on this month. Sinclair brought a new design to the Roundhouse which was based around the house rig plus additional visual elements.

HSL supplied four i-Pix BB 16s – which were used on the floor as massive LED wash light sources, described by Sinclair as “rather marvellous and the first LEDs that I’ve used that can happily replace the old skool 4 cell cyc”. These were joined on the deck by four Martin Professional Atomic strobes along the back.

Front and back of stage were some Lowell Omni floods on stands, and at the sides, also on Manfrotto stands, Source Four profiles were positioned to provide tightly shuttered beams of light focussed precisely onto Roisin’s head. HSL supplied a white cyc from their extensive drapes department, which was used as a projection back-cloth, and deployed Ian Stevens to tech all the kit.

This show followed on from HSL’s supply of Robe DigitalSpots for the European leg of the tour in January, plus numerous other projects on which they have worked with Sinclair.

Mike Oates project managed from HSL, described by Sinclair as “a super-project manager – he should really wear his underpants on the outside of his trousers” adding, “We worked to a very tight budget for this gig and HSL pulled out all the stops to help. Ian Stevens was fantastic and it was great to work with him.”

The Roundhouse’s lighting rig contributed 12 Martin MAC 2K profiles, six Vari*Lite 5 moving lights, PARs and Source Fours to the equation. Sinclair controlled all the lighting – house rig and specials – from his Jands S1 console, which also drove a Catalyst digital media server used to store and replay all the video content.

XL Video’s Des Fallon took care of Sinclair’s projection requirements, supplying a pair of Barco R12 projectors, which were front projected and overlaid. The show’s video content was produced by artist Simon Henwood. Sinclair’s lighting and overall show visuals coupled with Roisin’s performance saw the stage transformed from rehearsal room to disco and back again.

From etnow.com/Picture courtesy of Ceats.

1 comment:

Sammy said...

I was there! The show was fantastic! I've read on a message boards about pictures of Roisin in the Sunday Mail posing in giant bubbles? Any chance you've seen them or will be posting them? Would love to see' em!