February 14, 2019

Watching Excellent People Do Their Jobs Excellently

Lighting Designers know that there is a God and He loves us, because there are Pink Floyd concerts to light.

"So, Mr Lighting Designer... my concept for the lights on Run Like Hell is throw as many instruments as you want into the arena and just live it up." 
"I think I can work with that."
Seriously, though... whoever thought up the "projection screen with lights around it" idea had better have gotten a raise that day.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 07:40 PM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 The ring of spots around the arena doing that wave motion effect, I could watch that for HOURS, never mind the rest of it. Wowza.

Posted by: GreyDuck at February 14, 2019 09:30 PM (rKFiU)

2 I could probably write a whole essay on the change and evolution of the original Pink Floyd vs later performances.  The lighting here is amazing indeed, but the music itself... I'll stick with the Pulse or Echoes recordings.

Posted by: David at February 14, 2019 11:40 PM (JMkaQ)

3 Know what gets me?  Around about the 1:45 mark on Run Like Hell, the lights around The Circle aren't really illuminating anything.  They're just nodding to each other.  Left-right-left-right...
I saw that and immediately started looking for other easter eggs in the lighting rig...

Posted by: Wonderduck at February 15, 2019 05:20 AM (PzbzM)

4 "We're gonna need a lot of Vari-Lights."
"How many?"
"All of them."

Posted by: Mauser at February 21, 2019 09:52 PM (Ix1l6)

5 Mauser, I suspect I can narrow down the first time and place that was ever said.
September 26, 1981.  The day AFTER Genesis began their "Abacab" world tour in Barcalounger Spain, but the day before the second concert.
While it's not from either of those shows, let's go back to the wonderful time of 1981, and watch a lighting crew in action.
"Some of them are airplane landing lights."  Cue me falling over from laughter.

Posted by: Wonderduck at February 21, 2019 10:50 PM (PzbzM)

6 I worked for a guy once whose claim to fame was installing lighting at Studio 54. One of his other installations was in a hotel in Mexico where he installed rectangular car headlamps in the stair risers. Apparently if you run 10 of them in series, it's fine to hook them up to the mains. At least in Mexico....

Posted by: Mauser at February 22, 2019 09:09 PM (Ix1l6)

7 Eighty aircraft landing lights. Oh how things changed in later years, eh? I sort of wonder who in the band really pushed for the Vari-Lite deal, or if that was a Tony Smith thing.


Also: It's weird to see the Genesis trio when they were big-ish but not post-Invisible-Touch big. Total dorks, all three of 'em.

Posted by: GreyDuck at February 23, 2019 04:54 PM (rKFiU)

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