Chauvet rig reflects spirit of Louis tour
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
louis-the-childThe lightshow on the group’s 21-city tour is powerful, evocative and very approachable
USA - Magical is a word that is often ascribed to Louis The Child’s spacey, ethereal sound. It also accurately describes this EDM duo’s phenomenal career path.
Their focus instead is on creating music that captures real moments, or as they once put it in an interview, “songs that are going to become the soundtrack to your life”. This spirit is very evident on the duo’s current tour, not only in its music but also in its immersive and highly original lightshow designed by Kendall Clark and programmed by Andrew Roman, using all Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Creative Production & Design (CPD) of Austin, Texas.
Like the music of Louis The Child, the lightshow on the group’s sold-out 21-city tour, is powerful, evocative and very approachable. “The lighting really reflects the music and what these artists are all about,” said Justin Jenkins of CPD. “Kendall’s design manages to be complex without being complicated. It isn’t just massive for the sake of being big; every fixture in the rig has a purpose and it contributes to telling the story we want to tell.”
A big part of this story telling comes from the 18 Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures in the rig. “We have a lot of these fixtures in our inventory, and we use them often because there are so many looks you can create with them,” said Jenkins. “They are a truly unique fixture that really helps you add depth and texture to a design without taking up a lot of space.”
On the Louis The Child Tour, 12 of the Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures are used to outline a three-pointed crown (the group’s logo) that was made of pipe and truss and occupies a dominant centre stage position. The remaining six units are mounted three apiece on two truss totems that are positioned stage left and right. Those Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures that outline the logo are mounted on a 90° axis with the menus facing down, while the off-stage vertical Rogues are mounted with the menus facing on stage.
The Louis The Child rig also includes 32 ÉPIX Strip Tour 1-meter LED strips, which are used to fill in the volume under the Rogue FX-B crown structure; four Legend 230SR Beams, mounted on the deck as well as the DJ booth and used for aerial effects; ten Nexus Aw 7x7 panels; two Amhaze II foggers; and 14 PVP X3 LED video panels used to display text and breakout patterns on the face of the DJ booth.
(Jim Evans)

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