Lighting Designer Alexey Zhivanov relies on Martin M-Touch and M-DMX to run show featuring RUSH MH 3 and RUSH MH 4 beams in sub-zero temperatures.
Martin by HARMAN lighting recently lit the wintery stage of Kyrgyzstan’s second annual “Song of the Year” music awards. The ceremony, which has already established itself as an important cultural event in the country, not only awards prizes to artists, but also offers a truly remarkable show broadcast on the popular “New Year’s Night” program on Kyrgyzstan’s NTS TV channel.
Kyrgyzstan’s Martin Professional dealer, Sound KG Rental Company, provided full technical support for the project, which saw the central ice rink of Bishkek transformed into the ceremony’s main stage. A range of Martin RUSH fixtures were involved, including six MH 3 Beams and six MH 4 Beams, along with three Atomic 3000 DMX strobes to provide lighting effects. The light show was operated by Martin controllers, including the M2GO and M-Touch.
Russian Lighting Designer Alexey Zhivanov was invited to work the event. His task was to offer a technical solution for the show based on the existing fixture pack of Sound KG and the capabilities of the venue itself. "After discussing and coordinating the whole script with the director, I suggested our assembling of an L-shaped video wall and adding lights for colorful effects and dimensional looks,” said Zhivanov. "My idea was to create a ‘colorful picture’ in the background that could be always visible for the camera."
Zhivanov used LED video elements (panels of five and 25 pixel lines) as the main decoration. The five-pixel line panels were assembled into one "chandelier" and hung on two corner brackets at different levels. The 25-pixel line panels were combined into three “lozenge” suspensions.
Getting access to a selection of amazing and beautiful effects in this type of installation required individual control of each pixel, so the designer could not have his possibilities limited due to a relatively small number of available DMX channels. “Before coming to Bishkek, I knew that Sound KG would provide me with the M2GO console. But just in case, I decided to bring my recently purchased M-Touch and M-DMX interface with me,” said Zhivanov. "As it turned out, it was an absolutely correct decision. After the concept was defined, it became clear that the M2GO with four lines and 10 playbacks on board would not be enough for this project. So the Martin M-Touch and M-DMX came to the rescue for me. Martin’s set of controller solutions helped to implement the idea and gave me comfort and efficiency during ‘live’ work.”
But it was not only LED displays that were used in the project design. Television had its own demands—like depth, volume and explosive effects at certain moments. Sound KG’s inventory allowed Zhivanov to involve RUSH MH 3 and MH 4 Beams as well as Atomic 3000 DMX strobes in the show. With these, the designer succeeded in creating powerful effects in the haze over the rink. "I am really glad that all the fixtures continued to function without any problems even at sub-zero temperatures," said Zhivanov.
The event took place under the large domed roof of the skating rink that functioned like a balloon. If the doors were kept open, the roof would come down and cover the whole rink within an hour. In addition, due to low access gates, the equipment trucks could not come close to the rink.
All those challenges considerably complicated and slowed down the installation process. "The technical team could open the door only once every 20 minutes, so they had only five minutes to bring the fixtures inside each time. At that moment, one person was looking after the dome, and the others quickly carried fixtures in. As soon as the roof began to hang down, the process stopped," said Zhivanov.
"I want to give my special thanks to the team of technicians, who despite all the difficulties, coped with the task, especially Sound KG Company for the trust and cooperation,” said Zhivanov. “Also, thanks to the team of NTS TV channel for the understanding and creative approach.”