Lightpower at the remote concert
In times of Corona, Purpe Schulz was looking for ideas on how to give concerts despite the restrictions – with success. A collaboration recently emerged that could not replace live music in the future, but could change it. Specifically, it was about a concert in which all trades were brought together completely decentrally and by remote control. Lightpower was there with various components.
For the lighting control, Lightpower contributed a Grandma3 system on which the Grandma3 software ran. The following were used for the lighting:
- Prolights Pixie Zoom,
- Portman Lights P1 Retro,
- Portman Lights P3 Pix3l,
- Mac Viper Airfx,
- Mac Viper Profile.
Lighting designer Roland Greil from The Black Project, who worked on the Purple Schulz project in Munich, explained what the concert was about: “The idea for a remote concert came from Peter Brandt from Remote Recording Network GmbH Coming to the sound department, he and his friends at Riedel developed a concept of how this could be implemented, not just for the sound, but for all the disciplines involved. So I was involved in this project. “
Greil explained the set-up of the concert, which was recorded in Bottrop in the rehearsal room of TDA Rental GmbH Produktions- und Vermietungsgesellschaft, while Marc Brunkhardt, who acted as light programmer and director, sat at a Grandma3 full-size in Frankfurt and controlled the rig. Sven Offen from Vienna directed the broadcast, while the cameras were controlled from Mainz. The sound was mixed from Cologne and New York. Another world first was that all remote setup and transmission was based on normal standard Internet connections rather than expensive dedicated fiber broadband connections. While all remote stations were connected via standard connections, the other end in Bottrop was connected via two 10mB DSL uploads and a couple of 4G and 5G routers with consumer SIM cards.
Regarding the lighting and production design, Greil commented: “My vision was to create a cozy, intimate design and atmosphere for the show that would provide the perfect background and atmosphere for Purple to appear. That’s why I and my partner Michael Kuehbandner put together a flexible but manageable rig with an old school tungsten touch. Since we had no audience, we wanted to fill the room with some life and added 40 tungsten lightbulbs on tripods. In that regard, everything was pretty normal for an acoustic gig. The real challenge was in the controls as we controlled the rig completely remotely. We decided to use the Grandma3 software as it was the best platform for remote setup. The system with one The desk in Frankfurt, which was connected to the on-site system in Bottrop in a session, worked flawlessly after we and the great Te at von Riedel had solved all internet problems. “
“The further collaboration was another challenge after the entire technical set-up worked. At the beginning it felt strange to sit behind a few monitors in Munich while Marc sat a few hundred kilometers away behind the desk and did the only communication Since the two of us have worked together many times, we got together pretty quickly and also mastered all the hurdles that arose from the fact that we had no way to see our rig and design in real life. At the end of the day we had learned to deal with the scenario. We have had a lot of new experiences and are proud of the fact that we have achieved something that has never happened before – as far as we know. “