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Urström at the 1999 Stockholm Water Festival
Day 5 - Saturday August 7 - Show day 2
The crew gathered at 10:30 to begin working on the show. The artistic group went off to a quiet corner on one of the floating restaurants for a production meeting. Arvid went along to take notes on what adjustments would have to be made.
The tech crew, under Adela's
leadership set about their tasks. It was determined that the time code cable
(provided by the local production company) to the Pani projectors was
defective so it was replaced by a cable from Obscura Magica. Once this was
done, testing found that the signal level was too low so frantic phone calls
to the sound company got us a line booster amp. Working at the beam
projection site was almost impossible as the power had been cut off due to a
large crane being placed in front of the Opera house to re-rig the laser
projection screen so that sponsor advertising would be displayed when the
screen was stowed in the daytime.
The smoke machines were re-located and re-wired to take changing wind conditions into effect. We wanted to mount two of them under the bridge so as to take advantage of the prevailing winds. One location was a large floating platform moored under the bridge but we were told that this was reserved for the press and we could not mount equipment there. Another boat trip under the bridge found a spot where the steel supports for the streetlights could hold a small platform. The local production company was contacted and promised to provide a platform forthwith. We also requested a second power drop under the bridge so that we could power up another boat mounted smoke machine if needed.
Jan returned to master control and
was soon hard at work adding more beam effects into the show. Örjan brought
his portable computer and MIDI equipment to the site to make minor changes
in the levels and instruments for the musical score.
The audience seemed to enjoy the show much more with cheers and lots of people attempting to take flash pictures of the laser projections and the images projected onto the Royal Palace. While the show was much improved, the post-mortem meeting again decided on some changes that would be required the next day.
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