PHISH in Live Design

So, if you haven’t seen the piece that Marian Sandberg wrote in Live Design about Phish’s New Years’ Eve 2012 bash, you’re missing out, it’s a great piece.  If you’ve never been to a jam band New Years Eve show, you’re missing out, too.  Phish is kind of known for doing absolutely crazy stuff for the NYE show runs, as are other bands in the genre.  Typically across space and time it’s Auld Lang Syne and a huge bunch of balloons that fall from the ceiling at midnight, but depending on the band and the venue, it’s a pretty great experience.  I mean come on – hundreds of ten foot balloons falling from the ceiling of an arena with a bunch of people having a great time?  How could that NOT be fun?!

Check out Marian’s article, and check out this video of the midnight transition at Madison Square with Phish – pretty awesome!!!  There’s a part two coming up about the lighting design with Chris Kuroda, so stay tuned – and if you haven’t seen the Jam Cruise 10 lighting seminar with Chris Kuroda from Phish and Jeff Waful of Umphrey’s McGee, that’s something you should check out too!

I was at the NYE run in St. Louis at the Pageant with Jeff Waful and Umphrey’s McGee for the New Years run this year, and a very prominent music writer said, on the night of the December 31 show, “I just came from Madison Square last night from Phish, and this [Umphrey’s McGee] is the better show here in St. Louis.”  My face WAS IN FACT ROCKED over the four days I spent with Umphrey’s McGee.  Stay tuned for that footage, I have tons and tons.

Photo Credit – American Songwriter

Jeff Waful Rocks the Hell Out of New Years Eve 2009

Folks, I just cannot hold off on posting these images any longer.  I am editing a phone interview I just had with Jeff Waful of Umphrey’s McGee right now into a podcast, but I just felt I was actually depriving the world of these awesome images by not posting them.  Jeff Waful posted some info on his blog about the New Years’ Eve run at the Vic Theatre in Chicago (December 29) and the Aragon Theatre (December 30-31) also in Chicago.

These shots are unbefreakinglievably beautiful to me.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  Great work, Jeff.  Stay tuned for the interview!

For those who don’t know, Jeff’s out rocking the Mac III right now.  Video below, and photos below that.








The New Years’ Eve Ball is An LED Supernova!

Have you seen the NYE ball for this year?  It’s a massive LED Ball of Awesomeness!

LEDs Mag has an article about the big LED star that will help us bring in the new year – 2009 will at least start with some idea of brilliance as that ball hits the contacts at the bottom, signalling the end of 2008.  The picture’s caption, from LEDs Mag’s post about it, says that the New Years’ Eve Ball is “powered by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDS,” and that “the new Ball is capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns.”

Awesome.  Do you think it will make it less cold and miserable to stand in Times Square waiting for that thing to fall?

Apparently this new ball is an extensive product of multiple tests and experimentation.  From the article:

Lighting Science Group, which designed, developed, and produced an integrated lighting system for this year’s and last year’s ball, tackled the weather obstacle. Extensive electrical, mechanical, thermal, and environmental tests were performed on the system’s 672 LED modules, power systems, and power and data distribution networks to assure long-term performance through all kinds of weather.

“We had a proven LED module design [from last year’s ball] that we were able to modify in the time frame for the increased weatherproof-ness because it’s becoming a permanent installation. It had to be ready for whatever the New York environment could throw at it,” said John Burne, special projects lighting manager with LSG.

An integrated thermal management system was installed to, among other things, help cool the ball during the baking heat of the NY summer. Every LED board has substantial heat sinking on the rear with active thermal management. Thermal sensors inside the bulb that communicate back to the media server can dim the bulb as temperatures rise. Blowers inside the bulb can also evacuate the hot air, if necessary.

I’m looking forward to seeing it!