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The Delta Heavy Tour with Sasha and Digwed
The show itself is also somewhat different from the average rave. The tour emphasises higher production values than you often see at raves with a stage set, props, high quality video and a massive full colour laser show. Rather then the typical half dozen DJs, there is one opening DJ who plays a one hour or 90 minutes set, and then Sasha and Digweed take over giving the crowd a 4 to 5 hour tag-team set of the type of trance and electronica they are famous for. Much more satisfying that the typical 90 minute or 2 hour set from the often over hyped and overpaid “star” DJs one usually gets.
AJ explains, “Flexibility is very important on this tour. We are playing in different venues with different stage sizes and ceiling heights each night. The rig is designed so that it can be placed in its optimal location behind the DJ booth with beam and scanned effects projected through the space above the DJ both and below the central video screen; or off to the side of the stage when space is not available. The positioning of the
fiber optic remotes also has to be varied to suit the staging on a show to show basis.”
The control system [shown above] consist of a DMX console that controls projector functions such as the main shutter, beam effects pick-off, beam table, fiber optics pick-off and colour box. The graphics and scanned beam effects signals for the main projector are generated from a laptop and docking station with Pangolin LD and a QM32 installed running the “Live” software. Beam effects for the remote fiber optic heads are generated by a separate Pangolin system running from a second laptop and docking station but colour control signals on these effects are ignored as the DMX console controls the colour through the colour box in the projector. The system uses ILDA standard Db25 throughout which is very helpful for working in an environment where long signal cables are often overlaid over lighting and power cables.
The laser show itself was the fairly standard fare ones sees at raves and clubs. A heavy emphasis on static and scanned beam effects with some grating effects but no graphics at this particular venue. There was a good interplay of the intelligent lighting effects and the lasers even though the lighting operator was located some distance from the control position and there was no clear-com between them. AJ explained that even though the material played by the DJs varied form show to show, he and the lighting technician had worked out which parts of the music selections were better suited to laser, which to lights and which to a combination of the two.
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