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Philips Entertainment adds ‘vital color’ to eccentric opera

30th December, 2015

Australia – International lighting designer Hartley T A Kemp has employed Philips Selecon and Showline LED luminaires alongside classic Philips Vari-Lite tungsten to deliver crucial color vibrancy and consistency on a production of English Eccentrics by the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music.

Based on the literary classic by Edith Sitwell and composed by University of Sydney alumnus and former Master of the Queen’s Music Malcolm Williamson, this rarely-performed tragi-comic opera celebrates an assortment of outlandish – and real-life – characters from various echelons of 19th century English society. The piece satirises the eccentricity that typified the British, and examines the often strange and lonely lives of these 19th century celebrities and eccentrics.

In Kate Gaul’s production, conducted by Stephen Mould, LD Kemp was tasked with evoking the world of an asylum or institution which the characters may or may not inhabit, and of creating the colorful worlds of each character’s individual stories.

He therefore specified an array of Philips Selecon PL3 and PL1 and Philips Showline SL BAR 620 LED luminaires to add “vital color” to the set up and shift between the individual vignettes making up the piece, which each had a different look, feel or location.

“The Philips Entertainment LED fixtures were used for their ability to smoothly cross-fade from one color to another,” explains Kemp. “I was impressed with the units’ consistency in recalling the same color time after time, their deep saturated hues, and their quiet running.”

Kemp positioned two PL3 units as top backlight, with a further two as side backlight, saying: “I hadn’t used the PL3 units before, but selected them on this piece for their color-changing ability and punch.”

The Philips Selecon PL range of profiles offer a high-output beam and four RGBW LED chips to deliver limitless color mixing capabilities and variable color temperature.

“I was also pleased with how well the LED units worked alongside the conventional lights in the rig, including the VL1000TS units,” continues Kemp. “These were used for their accurate positioning, shutters, and their tungsten output, which helped them work well with the rest of the rig.”

English Eccentrics ran between the 12th and 17th of October.

Philips Showline delivers ‘immense output’ on Rocking The Daisies 2015

3rd December, 2015

South Africa – Lighting designers Willie Botha and Matthew Meyer have employed an array of Philips Showline SL NITRO 510 LED strobes to give extra eye candy and punch to the tenth edition of Rocking The Daisies festival.

One of South Africa’s biggest music events, the festival takes place at the Cloof Wine Estate in Darling over four days and sees a line up of international artists and DJs. The 12 SL NITRO 510 strobes, supplied by event producer and supplier Kilowatt AV, were rigged at the ‘Electronic Dome’ EDM stage.

“Our concept was to immerse the crowd in a high-octane visual experience,” explains Botha. “We wanted it to feel as if the action started on the stage and then stretched out over and around the crowd.”

Meyer and Botha therefore positioned the strobes behind the DJ booth, up into the stage’s domed roof and over the audience. They worked alongside more than a hundred LED panels that surrounded the stage and dance floor to create a plethora of crowd-mesmerizing looks.

“The immense output from these little beasts meant they had no problem keeping up with the rest of the lighting or even the LED screens,” continues Botha. “Their versatility combined with the positioning meant that we could either submerse the crowd in a strobe effect or use them as mind-blowing blinders from the front.”

The SL NITRO 510’s tightly packed array of more than 1300 high power LEDs ensures maximum output of more than 68,000 lumens. Its six zones of control allow ultimate flexibility while unique built-in chases aid in creativity and simplicity.

“In single flash mode the chase possibilities are endless, while using the zone mapping at lower intensities made for some interesting eye candy effects,” says Botha. “Not to mention, Rocking the Daisies is well known for being a green festival so the pressure is always on to keep the power consumption to a bare minimum. When compared to traditional strobe and blinder fixtures the SL NITRO 510 draws barely any power and this definitely counted in its favor.”

Rocking The Daisies festival took place at the beginning of October 2015.

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