Robe helps Martin Garrix launches Anima
DJ Martin Garrix launched his “ANIMA” live performance concept at Amsterdam’s RAI with the five-day Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) festival and conference as the backdrop. Garrix’s lighting designer Gabe Fraboni once again had the chance to create a spectacular new visual experience – to be enjoyed by Martin Garrix fans globally for the next 12 months – which he did with the help of nearly 300 Robe moving lights – 80 x MegaPointes, 166 x Spikies and 52 x LEDBeam 150s. Gabe uses Robe for all of his designs, and comments, “Robe is my default brand of moving light right now! The products are so versatile and the range so diverse that it fulfils everything I need.” Once again, he worked closely with scenic designer Bart Straver and VJ / video content creator Lorenzo de Pascalis in a rich, provocative and imaginative creative collaboration that rocked some breath-taking results and ensured that Garrix’ shows are right up there among the best and most exciting in the world of dance music. This year Gabe introduced automation to accentuate echoes and repeat patterns, a concept that required symmetry yet was totally dynamic. To ensure the complete feeling of envelopment, he decided that this should be above the audience to fulfil the immersive goals of the design. The grid of MegaPointe / LED pods above the crowd was created utilizing 30 of the Robe MegaPointes each rigged on an individual Cyberhoist motor for up / down movement. The automation system was supplied by Unlimited Productions sourced by production manager Bert Kelchtermans. The chain and cables for each Cyberhoist was enclosed in a custom-designed spun aluminium telescopic tube which expanded and contracted as the hoist lifted and dropped the MegaPointes in and out, going as low as 5.5 metres, just above the heads of the audience. The ‘top’ of each hoist pod was clad in a 3×3 metre square of 3.9MM LED screen with a gap in the centre for the aluminium tube. The home position was 10 metres above the floor which was as much headroom as they could squeeze out of the RAI. “MegaPointes can be SO many different things” commented Gabe, “that these 30 fixtures combined with the ones on the main rig and the automation … gave me a different lighting rig for each song.” Out in the house, the LEDBeam 150s were located between each of the LED / MegaPointe / Cyberhoist pods. As well as the Robe fixtures, the design featured 76 x LED strobes, 100 x 1-lite blinders and 21 x 4-lite blinders, all supplied to the show by lighting vendor Focus / RentAll. Thirty lasers were integrated into these RAI shows, provided by Laser Image from the Netherlands. Gabe operated the show using a two grandMA2 full size consoles and a light, also triggering the Pangolin laser control. Lorenzo operated a Resolume and Notch VFX Server for video content and camera control.