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Nine Inch Nails’ New Tour Design Pretty Much Nine Inch Kicks Ass

Do you know who Roy Bennett is?  Are you in the lighting industry?  Let me help you out here — go check out Roy Bennett, then come back here.  I’ll wait.

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I wouldn’t say that I’m a NIN fan; but then again, I wouldn’t say that if one of their tunes came on the radio I would turn it off.  Nine Inch Nails has their place for me in the world, but then again I’m one of those trippy dippy jamband people who love the groove.  Call it what you will.  One thing is certain — Roy Bennett’s kick ass production and lighting design work for NIN is definitely just that:  kick ass.

Check out some great video of the pre-production, with those excellent mobile video panels — video put together by The Moment Factory:

NIN Festival Tour – Teaser from Moment Factory on Vimeo.

Then watch this — an AWE-SOME pre-production video of the rehearsals and interviews with tour staff:

Then, Nine Inch Nails fans, a video of the entire performance at the Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands. Here’s the setlist, followed by the video!

00:00:00 — Copy of A
00:06:09 — Came Back Haunted
00:11:28 — 1,000,000
00:15:32 — March of the Pigs
00:19:45 — Piggy
00:24:24 — Terrible Lie
00:29:27 — Burn
00:34:16 — Closer
00:38:50 — Gave Up
00:43:55 — Help Me I Am in Hell
00:45:19 — The Warning
00:49:01 — What If We Could?
00:52:53 — The Way Out Is Through
00:56:33 — Wish
01:00:21 — Only
01:04:41 — The Hand That Feeds
01:08:17 — Head Like a Hole
01:13:58 — Hurt

Sweet.  Roy, you’re AWESOME.

Thanks to Pitchfork for the first video and The Auto Didactic in the Attic for the green smoke image!

The NIN/JA Tour and the Chamsis MagicQ

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I just got a press release from PRG about the latest Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction tour – yes, they’re calling it the NIN/JA tour. Roy Bennet and Jason Bullock have decided to give the Chamsis MagicQ lighting console a go on the show – this is a console that I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on quite yet, but every single person who has had their hands on it says it’s fantastic. Check out the press release below, and check out the Chamsis products here.

ChamSys MagicQ takes control of the Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction summer tour

Las Vegas, NV—July 30, 2009—For the current Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction tour, NIN|JA Summer Tour 2009, lighting designer Roy Bennet and co-designer Jason Bullock, who is also the lighting director/programmer, chose the increasingly popular ChamSys MagicQ console.

“Both shows were originally written on a single desk,” said Bullock. “It was around 900 cue stacks before they were separated.” Bullock had used other consoles on previous NIN tours but this was his first experience with the ChamSys. “I’d been looking for a new console that could combine the attributes of other desks. After some investigating, the ChamSys looked the most promising. I downloaded the offline version and got a general feel for syntax. The intuitive way the syntax is constructed made me confident that this was a risk I felt comfortable taking.”

PRG Distribution North America sold the two ChamSys MagicQ+300 consoles and wings to Upstaging, Inc., who provided the lighting for the tour. “When I opened the road case at the shop and actually was able to map out all of the things that I had created in the MagicQ offline editor, I knew that I had made a good decision,” commented Bullock. “Within an hour I had built new fixture profiles, patched the desk and begun to build palettes. For a system with 1,850 different heads, that was impressive.”

The MagicQ console continues to find favor with Bullock. “I still find new things I like about this desk everyday. Just a few of my favorites include Live Timing when using the programmer; Live FX manipulation, I can’t state how great this feature is, you are able to tweak all functions of FX during show without entering into edit mode. Plus the familiar cue structure let’s you walk up to this desk and immediately begin to work in a style you are accustomed to.”

For Bullock the pixel mapper in the MagicQ is one of its key features. “This console is a generation ahead of all the others in dealing with the growing amount of media that lighting is now controlling. This includes media servers and large configurations of LED fixtures. I really like the fact that the desk can create an entire media server-type control interface for any fixture in the system, while still retaining the light as a light. The two don’t interfere.”

Chuck Spector, tour support for Upstaging, believes the ChamSys is an ideal touring console, especially for Bullock. “Jason is very cue intensive; he puts a lot of information into the desks,” Spector said. “Also, his style often puts a lot of wear and tear on a desk because of the way he programs. He runs through so many cues—that for a desk to keep up with the way he runs a show—it’s really put through its paces.”

Spector is pleased with the addition of the ChamSys consoles to the shop noting, “The product is pretty damn solid so far. And the support from PRG Distribution was great, particularly product specialist Esteban Caracciolo. It’s a pleasure to be doing business with people who understand the importance of supporting shows.”

For more information on PRG Distribution, please visit www.prgdistribution.com.

Nine Inch Nails Lights In The Sky Tour A “Vision of Splendor”

There’s a great article on Wired about NIN’s latest tour, and how fantastic the design and video work is.  There also exists on the Wired article a video of Lights in The Sky, so check it out.  People are calling the Lights in The Sky Tour’s video work “everything from a “vision of splendor” to “the pinnacle of video art,”” so you gotta get you some of this.