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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
November 11, 2013

Lighting for DJs, Part 1

Lighting, or perhaps good lighting, is an art form that is probably more mysterious than DJing itself.  The DJ is actually a very noticeable part of the room.  They are there to attract your attention, and they emit a sort of energy that can be infectious throughout the crowd.  However, if the DJ was put into a hospital room or a dugout at a baseball game, the effect would not be the same at all.  There is a certain type of ambiance that comes from the right type of backdrop and the right scenery in a room – and this is the job for the guys who control the light.

Light can be very deceiving if used the right way – just take a look at the way lighting is used in movies.  It is used to trick the brain into thinking of an emotion, even though it may be …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 23, 2013

EDM Gets Cirque du Soleil-ed In Las Vegas

Lighting itself is somewhere between an art and a science.  If you take a basic photography class or tv/film class, you learn basic ideas like three point lighting.  In easy terms, you want the light to be focused on your subject – but not enough that it overexposes them to the light.  At the same time you need a bit of light for your camera, but not directly into your eyes as to glare the picture.  This is where the creativity comes in.  When you are lighting  a DJ setup or doing lights for a performance, the lights are hardly static – they are constantly moving in order to create or distract attention into and from a certain direction.

For an EDM show, lights are necessary and are expected to be part of the audience’s experience.  There are many forms of lighting, including LEDs, lasers, sodium halide, and there are …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 19, 2013

Four Tet Spins With Accompanying Trippy Visuals

To put on a good show as a DJ, you don’t need much other than some talent and some good music.  But wait, you also need someone to play to – because if you’re just spinning for yourself then you might as well have not been DJing at all, right?  The problem is that watching an DJ select tracks from his laptop using Serato and staring into a computer screen all day isn’t that fascinating to watch.  It’s great to listen to but your eyes will be left wanting something more.  Add-ons like Video SL for Serato aren’t as popular as the DVS themselves but they do have utility when putting on a show.

Adding background visuals can be very simple or very complicated depending on what route your take, but either way it adds another dimension to you sets.  You could go the standard route and add some serious …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 26, 2012

Welcome to Nothing Major

Music is just one sliver of the art world, and only makes use of one of our human senses.  Sure we can touch and see our instruments and find ways to interact with music – but the end result makes use of our ability to hear, above all else.  You cannot talk about art in general, without considering the visual side of things.  After all, whenever we attend a concert or a movie it is the combination of the visual and the sound that really melds everything together.  Pitchfork, whose focus has always been centered on music, is finally bridging the gap by creating what they call “Nothing Major”.

Nothing major will break out of the shell of music alone, and will explore ideas and artists who are creating works of art on the visual side of things.  They will observe innovations and innovators in the field of visual arts, …

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Chris

Chris
November 8, 2012

DMX Lighting Tutorial Part 4: DMX Wiring

Find out how to wire your DMX lights in part 4 of this UniqueSquared.com DMX lighting tutorial. If you’re new to DMX lighting you should check out parts 1 through 3 of our DMX lighting series. They’ll get you up to speed. In this video, we’re going to talk about DMX cable connection types, mistakes to avoid when wiring, and how to handle large DMX lighting setups. We’ve got all of the current parts of our DMX lighting tutorial posted below.

DMX Lighting Tutorial Videos

Part 1. What is DMX?
Part 2. What is DMX Addressing?
Part 3. Dipswitches
Part 4. DMX Wiring
Part 5. Hardware and Software Setup

Transcript

Hello my name is Chris. Welcome back! This is part 4 of the uniquesquared DMX lighting series in which I’m explaining some of the basics of DMX lighting with the help of this marker board and these turkeys. In this