Chroma-Q LEDs Provide Effective Visuals for Eurovision Song Contest Oslo 2010

Jun 5, 2010 Lighting designer Al Gurdon specified nearly 1,900 Chroma-Q LED fixtures to provide a stunning lighting and video effects wall forming the centrepiece of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.

For this year’s event, 2009 Eurovision Song Contest lighting designer, Al Gurdon, wanted a flexible system with which he could create a sufficient variety of visual moods and textures to underpin the tones of the musical performances.

Al’s lighting design featured a series of layers across the entire back wall of the set that moved up and down via a Kinesys motion control system to create different looks. A key component of the design was an array of nearly 1,900 Chroma-Q LED fixtures providing the main layer. Other layers included Jarags, moving lights and Starcloth curtains, plus a 3D curtain of 2000 X-Balls in the center and other textural elements.

The Chroma-Q LED fixtures were controlled via DMX from a Virtuoso VX show lighting console and fed video content pixel mapped from a Catalyst V4 media server through Artnet and DMX merge software using the PRG S400+ node system. All content was specially created for the event and triggered from timecode for every song from either the Catalyst or the Virtuoso and sometimes both.

The Chroma-Q LED fixtures were used to provide a blend of video effects and lighting, sometimes with one element coming to the fore during certain songs. Some performances featured abstract images such as waves or ripples, mimicking the amplitude of the music. By contrast, other songs featured low resolution moving video, such as an image of five stick figures simultaneously mimicking the same simple dance moves as the live performers onstage during the Lithuania performance.

Author:  BIO T&T

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