Goedde lights Goose with Color Strike M
Monday, 20 June 2022
goose2-photo-credit-adam-bertaThe band is now playing more notable venues like Red Rocks and Radio City Music Hall (photo: Adam Berta)
USA - Andrew Goedde, lighting designer for Goose since 2018 has been creating a procession of deeply evocative looks for the quintet from Connecticut as they’ve played live music venues and festivals.
The band is now playing more notable venues like Red Rocks and Radio City Music Hall, as well as major festivals in the US and Europe. For Goedde, his client’s blossoming career has opened a new world of opportunities. Not only is he touring with a larger rig that features The Chauvet Professional Color Strike M, which was supplied by Main Light, he’s also collaborating with one of its leading designer/programmers Tony Caporale.
“For the first time ever with Goose, we have the luxury of having the same tour design for almost all venues,” comments Goedde, owner of Indianapolis-based Goedde Sound & Light. “It’s really cool to have the same consistent design and fixtures for every show this tour. As for festivals, we are able to bring in our tour ground package for most of them.”
Having this level of consistency in his rig has made it possible for Goedde to take a different approach to lighting his client’s shows. “Given that we always have this rig, or most of it, with us, we can get really deep on cue stacking songs,” he says. “This is also a first for Goose, as our shows have been 100% punted in the past.”
There are 16 cue stacked songs on the band’s summer 2022 tour, while the rest of the show is still punted “jam band style”. This change in the composition of his Goose show, led Goedde to Caporale, the widely known and respected LD who has proven his chops programming shows for major tours.
“I reached out to Tony because I wanted to integrate more structure on the lighting for the composed parts of the songs,” explains Goedde. “I haven't had much experience with the cue-to-cue style of lighting, so I wanted to bring in someone who could help make my Goose punt show file into more of a hybrid file that would allow cue stacking and punting.”
As part of the collaboration, Caporale has programmed song macros in the tour’s show file, so when Goose starts a song Goedde can jump to that page and have everything cued out, Once the band segues into an improv section, he jumps back into his punt pages.
“Typically, I will programme certain follow/BPM sequences to keep the tempo of a particular song so Andrew can run with more intricate parts of the music,” says Caporale. “Andrew and I wanted to develop a hybrid style of show file. We basically starting dialling in the newer songs from Goose’s most recent album and worked backwards from there.
“The idea is to be able to make customised looks and details for the core components of the songs such as verse, chorus, bridge, and solos. Then, when the band heads into a jam, Andrew busks, drawing on a plethora of various looks when they extend the music. We have a very balanced show file. There is definitely no timecode in this show which is a nice change for me. It’s been a great experience.”
Goedde shares this enthusiasm for the collaboration. “Writing cues with Tony has been very inspiring because his vision for how a song should be lit up is very different from mine and I love having the different styles come together. Working with Danny McDonald our tour tech has also been great. A lot of the stuff that I have been working on over the last few years with Goose is still there but they’re evolving and now they involve more exciting new lighting tools.”
Prominently featured among those new tools are the rig’s 18 Color Strike M motorized strobe/washes. Mounted vertically at a 20ﹾ angle on upstage, mid-stage and downstage truss in equal numbers, the high output fixtures are used to create a wide array of free-flowing colourful effects and intense audience lighting.
“The Color Strike Ms give us a lot of options,” says Goedde. “We use them in 96 channel mode and create some great, unique looks when we pixel map the face of them; then at selected moments, we’ll hit the crowed with cool white light from their LED tubes. They’re as bright as it gets.”

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