Image Production Services Calls On CHAUVET Professional At House of Blues
In late September influential trance creator Armin Van Buuren served up a mesmerising mix of music and lighting In Boston's House of Blues.
At the heart of the show was a towering video wall made of MVP Ta8 Curve SMD LED tiles from CHAUVET Professional. Image Production Services used 136 MVP Ta8 tiles, which have an 8.33 mm pixel pitch, to create the striking display. The majority of those tiles were used to build a 26ft by 18ft main wall, while the remainder went into the construction of a 12ft by 6ft screen in front of the DJ booth. Mounted on a 40ft truss with 4 ½ ton motors, the main wall dominated the venue like some giant digital altar.
“The big wall performed flawlessly,” said Darren Lussier of Image Production Services, which installed the lighting rig for the concert. “Armin van Buuren’s people provided the custom content for the wall. We ran the wall at full brightness because of the intensity of the show. We had an army of moving head beams, washes and lasers to either side of the wall, as well as flying overhead on truss, but the wall had no trouble standing out against them. Whatever we threw at the wall, it was there front and centre commanding attention.”
Aside from being bright, the video wall panels had to be fast and versatile. Even by the standards of trance music, Armin van Buuren’s music is wildly free flowing, filled with rollercoaster-like arpeggios, and veering from big sound washes one minute to frenetic synthesised staccatos the next.
The video walls, along with the moving fixtures on the House of Blues rig, were able to keep up with every twist and turn of the music, reflecting its powerful emotional force with saturated colors, breakout patterns, video images and eye-searing strobing. For example, at the start of the show when the music was slow and sultry, the panels showed flowingly evocative images of dancers. Then when the musical tempo suddenly took off, the breakout images on the panels kept pace with a ferocious visual intensity.
Offering a perspective on his chosen musical genre, Armin van Buuren once remarked to the press: “It's more than just music, it's a lifestyle for a lot of people.” Lighting displays as delivered by Image Product Services on that night in Boston are definitely part of that experience.
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