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Colour Sound Experiment – Shadowboxing with Good Charlotte

UK based lighting and video rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting equipment, rigging and crew to the latest UK and European leg of Good Charlotte’s acclaimed Generation Rx tour, working with lighting designer Paul McAdams who is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The tour – which culminated in an incendiary show at London’s Ali Pally – was project managed for Colour Sound by Alex Ryan. Colour Sound’s Hadyn Williams was the touring tech. Paul’s design for the tour was based around lighting and specific effects including CO2 jets. Each oh the six lighting towers are rigged with three Robe MegaPointes and two GLP Impression X4 Bar 20 moving LED battens. These were joined by four smaller scaff towers on floor bases, populated with eight Robe Led Wash 600s in total, with another couple of Led Wash 600s on the back of the drum riser. Nine JDC1 LED strobes were scattered around the stage floor. The MegaPointes were the workhorses of the rig.

Paul maximized their multi functionality with big beam looks, piercing aerial gobo effects and stark spot light instants. Utilizing the X4 Bar 20s, Paul made the most of some spectacular depth effect chases. The LEDWash 600s were used solely for key lighting and washing. Five of the JDC1s sat below each banner upstage, washing up the cloths at certain times, also doubling highly effectively as white and coloured strobes. The four downstage JDC1s created colour washes across the stage and augmented the retina-burning strobe-out moments when needed. Paul ran the show on grandMA3. MA has become his primary choice of console over the last couple of years. This tour was the first time he’d used the grandMA3 hardware, still, like many, running GM2 software, and he’s looking forward to going to running the full GM3 setup soon.

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