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SGM LB-100s add dimension as flexible backdrop
Denmark – Working with the Danish award-winning band Carpark North since 2014, renowned lighting designer Johnny Thinggaard Lydiksen raised the bar at this year’s festival tour, creating a unique 16-metre-wide LED screen as fuse to mind blowing visuals. The 5,8m long LB-100 LED ball strings complemented the five 4.5x2m video screens, while creating a flexible stage screen perfect for different stage sizes on tour.
Combining Denmark’s top band within electro rock with one of the most influential lighting designers in the country was a perfect match for spoiling festival audiences with a creative and first-class show. Recently, at Denmark’s second biggest festivals Smukfest 2017, Johnny and Carpark North performed in front of 25,000 music fans.
“I wanted to create a large background behind our video system, adding an extra dimension. At first, I worked with traditional video screens but due to the rapid 45-minute stage changeovers at festivals, it was impossible to realise considering the size of the production,” Johnny explained. He added that he had first discovered the SGM LB-100 as a guest at a corporate event and immediately noted to himself that one day he would have to try to build a big video screen out of them.
“In addition to how quickly the SGM curtain can be rigged, I have fallen in love with the low-res output, which appears a little like 8 bits compared to high-res video screens. The result is a contrasted expression and it fits the music and our creative vision perfectly,” he affirmed.
Johnny is very much fuelled by the band’s passion for their own art, he calls it an inspiration in itself and he enjoys to interpret and express their music. Darkness, contrast and timing is key for their productions and Johnny elaborated on how he loves simple and clean visual expressions. To him, those three ingredients broaden the possibilities to put the artists in focus without lighting directly on them, resulting in the strong graphic display for which they aimed.
The LB-100 LED balls came through as expected creating an astonishing scenographic effect.
SGM’s LB-100 LED balls are designed to form a video light curtain with a 120mm pixel pitch. Each curtain string is 0.85 metre and contains seven 28mm LED balls, with two powerful RGB LEDs built into each of the white plastic spheres. The strings can extend to a maximum length of 6.8 metres (using 56 balls) consuming just 42W.
The IP65-rating makes them the perfect choice for any outdoor events such as festival scenes, and the 360° view angle adds to the designer’s possibilities to create alluring 3D spatial effects. Johnny’s massive backdrop added that dimension and subtle underlining of the band that he had envisioned to the delight and enjoyment of the many fans throughout the tour.
6th September 2017
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