Rammstein puts faith in grandMA2
Friday, 23 August 2019
rammstein-copyright-manfred-vogel-13The show design was realised by Woodroffe Bassett Design (© Manfred H. Vogel)
Germany - For Rammstein’s latest stadium tour, lighting designers Patrick Woodroffe and Roland Greil specified four grandMA2 full-size consoles, one grandMA2 light, 15 x MA NPU (Network Processing Unit) and seven MA 8Port Nodes.
Roland Greil explains: “Together with our programmer Marc Brunkhardt, we made the decision to specify a proven workhorse in the form of a grandMA2 system. The reasons are its reliability, performance and all our positive previous experiences with this console.
“Our concept from the beginning was to create a range of unique scenes,” continues Greil. “Our approach was quite theatrical. Obviously, the whole design needed to work hand-in-hand with the overall production design and be different to the more regular concert designs out there. Besides the very industrial look, we also wanted to create a modern aesthetic for part of the show. All that said, whatever we did needed to fit into the very specific world of Rammstein.
“We didn’t want the design to be too generic. It had to be potent and memorable in every way. Therefore, we designed various lighting elements to be integrated into Florian Wieder’s set design, which could be used on their own to create incredible scenes, or combined with other elements for the later parts of the show, making bigger and even higher impact looks. The overall lighting design follows a strict dramaturgy and story line running through the whole show, and gets bigger and more energetic towards the end.”
The show design was realised by Woodroffe Bassett Design. Florian Wieder was the production designer, Cuno Hahn the set designer and Marc Brunkhardt was the LX programmer and Tim Hornung is the video programmer. Faren Matern and Marc Brunkhardt are the lighting directors, Sven Offen is the camera director. The live visuals were created by Haegar De and David Gesellbauer. Nick Barton is the LX crew chief and Nicolai Sabottka the production director.
Neg Earth Lights is supplying the lighting equipment, Solotech the video equipment. Jeremy Lloyd (Wonder Works) was the technical consultant.
(Jim Evans)

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