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Erwin van Lokeren creates simple complexity for Racoon with ChamSys MQ80

Reflecting the multi-faceted style of Dutch rock stalwarts Racoon in light calls for a design that can convey a wide range of moods in a clear, but subtle fashion. Erwin van Lokeren, the band’s lighting designer, is accomplishing this feat on the band’s Fall ’18 tour with a lightshow that is at once straightforward and complex. An indispensable tool in helping van Lokeren achieve this is his ChamSys MagicQ MQ80 console. Limiting his three-universe show to 62 fixtures, van Lokeren is keeping his rig uncluttered to evoke an intimate hardcore basic mood on stage. This sense is reinforced by his use of retro theatrical fixtures that are hung at varying heights over the band. Changing the position of these fixtures creates a sense of movement on stage, in addition to leading audiences through the different emotions evoked by the music. “It is really very nice that the MQ80 gives me such a wide range of different options in the effects section,” he said. “I like having so many possibilities to search and create the right effect that I desire. The intensity master fader also works great for me, allowing me to adjust the brightness in venues, for example, where the roof reflects a lot. Given that this is a mood driven show, I need precise control, which is why I’m very happy to have the MQ80 with me.” In addition to his MagicQ MQ80, van Lokeren is using an extra PC Wing to control front lights and hazers. “The Wing allows me to adjust smoke at any time during the show,” he said. “My biggest challenge on this tour is to get the right amount of haze on the stage. We are often at venues that have a lot of air-conditioning, which is a challenge. On this tour, haze is 90% of my show, because it’s great at setting the right mood.” Meeting the challenges is easy for van Lokeren, thanks in part to the work of his systems techs Bertje Ploegh and Marcel Koeter. He notes that this tour will mark his 1000th show using a ChamSys console. “You can describe me as being very loyal to ChamSys,” he said. “For years, it has helped unleash my creative spirits.

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