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GLP impression X4 Rises Up For Tim McGraw
USA - Country music icon Tim McGraw embarked on his Sundown Heaven Town 2014 tour in May, with Silent House production designer, Baz Halpin orchestrating a typically inventive set that evolves as the show unwinds.
“Tim wanted this show to look unlike anything he had done before — moving away from the traditional imagery of country music and into something more modern looking” says Halpin. To help him implement this, he selected no fewer than 134 of GLP’s impression X4 LED moving heads to create a highly imaginative lighting dynamic.
Along with colleagues Chris Nyfield and Alex Reardon, they worked on designing a series of 41 custom motorized lighting ‘crates’ that would rise up from behind the stage. Each would contain three of the X4 heads along with hundreds of feet of LED tape, with the remainder of the X4 heads used as ‘shin busters’ from floor side positions, and from within the stage, built into the set.
“We have the LED ‘scoops’ on the floor and we hide the lighting crates behind these.” continued the designer. As the show progresses the crates are deployed, rising up to create a massive vertical wall, capable of delivering a variety of different looks.
Baz Halpin has a long history of using GLP impressions for his LED solutions — in particular the popular X4, with its 19 x 15W RGBW LEDs providing a powerful, homogenized beam. “It’s a solid, bright, reliable fixture with low power consumption and high output with beautifully consistent colors. The scope of the zoom is great and the quality of the light that’s output is fantastic. It’s my go to LED fixture,” he confirms.
Aside from performance, economy is an essential part of the selection criteria, with the combination of reduced running costs, form factor and weight allowing him to use more of these versatile fixtures. In addition, they conveniently truck pack, travelling within the crates on custom mounting brackets. “The saving on load-in times makes this a huge bonus” concludes Halpin.
10th July 2014
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