Spider’ weaves his magic with Ayrton in Warsaw
Tuesday, 14 January 2020
percepto-lab--hThe concert featured singer Dawid Podsiadlo and rapper Taco Hemingway (© PERCEPTO [LAB] / H.Karapuda)
Poland - When production, lighting and multimedia designer, Pawel ‘Spider’ Pajak, and PERCEPTO [LAB] - the team responsible for creative visual production - were approached by production company, East Eventz, to design and deliver creative solutions for a one-off concert, they chose Ayrton MagicPanel-FX and Khamsin-S fixtures to provide contemporary, densely-coloured and dramatic effects for this very special evening.
The two-artist concert featured singer Dawid Podsiadlo and rapper Taco Hemingway, and was the first sold-out gig for Polish artists in the history of Warsaw’s PGE Narodowy Stadium, attracting an attendance of 60,000 people.
Spider chose Ayrton’s state-of-the-art technology - 64 MagicPanel-FX and 44 Khamsin-S fixtures, supplied by Transcolor - after many successful years using the brand: “I have also adopted Ayrton’s range of more classic, but still distinctive, moving lights, starting first with Ghibli, and this year added one of the latest releases, Khamsin-S, and I want the brand to become even more available in the Polish market,” he explains. “I’ve been able to rely on Ayrton fixtures for several years on so many different productions, from club tours and special events, right up to large scale stadium shows.”
The MagicPanel-FX units were hung in four groups of 16 pieces each on separate truss structures run by Kinesys motors and used for various truss looks, both as lighting effects and in combination with the video content as low-res screens.
The Khamsin-S fixtures were rigged on four straight trusses – holding eight units each - above the stage and also powered by Kinesys motors, from where they were used to produce numerous beam and stage lighting looks based on different truss positions above stage.
A further 12 Khamsin-S fixtures were positioned on the upstage floor to create key looks from behind the band and with the effects being highly visible throughout the show. “They also produced some beautiful silhouettes,” says Spider.
“Khamsin-S fixtures are definitely top of my list these days when considering powerful and effective LED based spot luminaires.”
Spider states his favourite moments with the MagicPanel-FX were when the ‘banks’ fly in and out and can transform rapidly from lighting fixtures to moving low-resolution screens. “The whole set up of 64 MagicPanel-FXs on four separate truss elements gave me a lot of creativity and were fun to use.
“I find the pixel mapping features very attractive and useful, and with a matrix of 25 pixels you can create many different looks. Using groups of pixels for different purposes during a song gives a lot of options, and the variable zoom is very useful, particularly on a single pixel, as you can have a nice single, strong, beam of light or an eye-catching diffused point of light, both of which also work well in a group.”
Spider concluded, “I’m very happy with the performance of all the Ayrton fixtures that I’ve used for this show. They were very important for the whole lighting design and helped to create the very spectacular and vivid stage looks throughout.”

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