As deep house and electro music producer The Avener pursues his stellar career performing at ADM concert festivals, we thought it would be worthwhile to go back and have a look at his Flash Deep Tour, from late 2015, to focus on the interactive concept developed by All Access Design (AAD). The concept is that the artist can maintain manual control over part of the lighting rig – live and in real time.
A superb display of Hardellet’s showmanship, with pixel-mapped LED emitters all following the artist via motion control (four moving triangles and the MagicBlade-R units rotating on truss totems); the vertical shapes are accentuated by light shafts projected from the Mythos units hung above the stage and the (laser-like) Sharpy beams, also mounted on the totems.
Leveraging the latest technology on the market, Alex Hardellet, lighting and video designer for The Avener, applied this interactive concept in his stage design using multiple planes with forced perspective.
It was no mean feat for AAD and Moving Load to automate the four embedded arrays of LED fixtures for both horizontal and vertical movement, with each weighing about 150 kg. The four components form the DJ cage. © Baptiste Herment
Generously mixing tungsten-based fixtures, LED luminaires and video equipment (and even some video game components), he created a rig of connected objects all under a man-machine interface to permit the show to be controlled from the stage.
In addition to selecting his music, beats-per-minute, and transitions, the DJ controlled the visual ambiance, acting as a virtual orchestra conductor of the stage design. To get the desired perspective, Hardellet and All Access Design’s engineers integrated LEDs directly in stage components made up of four triangular parts, which were fully mobile.
Any interactive and ultra high-tech design concept should include one of today’s most versatile luminaires, Ayrton’s DreamPanel™ Twin. In a matrix installation, the hybrid fixtures, moving HD video displays, backed with brilliant LED graphic beam projectors, were combined with other multifunctional fixtures like the Clay Paky Mythos, Ayrton MagicBlade™R, and other standards like Clay Paky’s Sharpy and the Martin’s Atomic 3000 strobe.
We sat down with the AAD team members and Alex Hardellet, the atypical young lighting designer who’s in charge of this wild project.