Colour Sound Experiment with Madness
Friday, 1 February 2019
colour-sound-madness-mad212204544Video is a massive part of the band’s live show (photo: Louise Stickland)
UK - London-based lighting and visual rental company Colour Sound Experiment supplied video, including LED screens, cameras, PPU and crew, to Madness’s most recent tour.
The Sound of Madness arena tour was production managed and designed by ‘Luton’ Pete Hosier, who was also the LD, with the video elements co-ordinated by Toby Vogel, who has worked with Madness since 2010.
Video has been a massive part of their live show, especially for the last three of these biennial arena tours, and the screens were in use for most of the band’s lively, up-beat set.
Utilising over 175sq.m of Colour Sound’s BT-6 and BT-7 mm LED product, the main screens comprised a 10m-wide by 5m-high upstage centre surface, flanked either side by two 5 x 5m ‘return’ screens positioned diagonally upstage/downstage.
As well as co-ordinating all the video hardware, Toby creates, generates and formats the content, an area in which he works closely with band members Chrissy Boy (guitarist Chris Foreman) and keyboardist Mike Barson.
Colour Sound supplied a three camera/Blackmagic 2ME PPU package, plus video director Phil Woodhead, who brought his own aesthetic to the visual mix as an integral part of the video team. Phil also worked on the 2016 arena tour.
Toby’s control system was based around Mac Pro Resolume 6 media servers which he ran from FOH, with Phil’s camera mix fed in via Blackmagic external capture cards.
(Jim Evans)

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