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January 20, 2012 10:01 AM Subscribe
Can you explain to me how the lighting works for your average touring rock club show? Two specific examples for you to consider inside.
posted by Admiral Haddock to media & arts (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Both examples from shows I've seen in Boston in the past year:
Echo & the Bunnymen at the Paradise
(mediumish club): There weren't any amazing light effects, but there were light cues timed to some key moments in some songs. Throughout the concert, the lights cycled through various setups that didn't seem wholly computer-randomized, but also didn't suggest serious work was put into it.
Yelle at the Roxy
(largerish club): Lots more lighting effects, much more timed to the music--cascading lights and strobes timed to the beat, different spots coming up and down etc.
How do bands touring clubs deal with this kind of lighting?
- Do they travel with a lighting person (if so, how does that work with unions)?
- Is there a cue sheet that they hand out to the club's lighting person to work through?
- Do they play the whole set in soundcheck and have the lighting person improvise a set of pre-programmed actions to be triggered later?
- Is the lighting board linked to the soundboard so that certain sounds (i.e., snare keeping the beat) trigger lighting effects?
To be clear, I'm only interested in these kinds of club shows, not Lady Gaga touring stadiums.