December 7, 2012

The Desktop Orchestra

Audiences tend to think of lighting as a “passive” addition to a performance.  When you head out to the club for a night, you’ll realize that the club is usually lit with some form of lighting – but you never stop to think about what it would be like if there were NO lighting.  Sure, the talent, the audio, and the drinks are probably the most essential influences on having a good night out, but without the right ambience to control peoples’ moods, it would be hard to separate the club from a regular house party.

Lighting and the ability to stage lights correctly, is a talent on its own.  Many movies that are produced depend on the talent and skill of gaffers and sparks to add feeling to a picture.  The same goes from stage crews who setup lights for weddings and performances.  American DJ myDMX2.0 DMX-512 offers a way to use computers and lighting together to create visual shows, rather than simply backlighting a venue.  Among all things, it requires creativity and a good sense of what to use and what not to use.

Lighting doesn’t necessarily have to be performed with complex equipment and stage lights.  One creative artist from Montreal, Battle Lava, has create a virtual light show using the monitors setup in a school’s computer lab.