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The 2nd Law Tour by British band Muse, voted the world's No. 1 band, is Muse's eighth concert tour which supports their latest album. ER Productions were asked to join MUSE for their world tour starting in October 2012. ER is supplying eight Coherent Tripan lasers. Six of them are rigged across the back of the stage.
The other two are rigged high on the lighting truss where they project down onto the curved stage where 37 target mirrors are placed. Front man Matt Bellamy requested a special laser effect be used where he holds a diffraction grating in his hand. ER supplied a specially designed line grating which Matt holds in his hand during the intro to Follow Me. Using one of the truss lasers a beam is sent down to the stage and Matt Bellamy directs the laser into the roof.
Other Muse laser songs are Madness and Survival. A YouTube video of Madness's lasers is here.
(Added to this page Nov. 24 2012)
ER Productions were asked to supply over 235 watts of laser power to Celebrate Kuwait’s 50th Constitutional Day. Within two weeks of confirmation ER shipped over three tons of equipment to the Middle East. This was a world record-breaking show with 75,000 shots of fireworks within an hour.
ER used the beautiful Kuwait Towers as a centerpiece with a full color system rigged high on the largest tower. Twenty large 2 x 2 foot mirrors were also used around the top of the largest tower to send laser break-up effects around the Corniche.
The towers were also used for some elegant laser mapping which could be seen from Green Island, over 4 km away. On Green Island, ER placed two 24w OPS green systems. Redline wireless Ethernet Solution was used for the control aspect of this.
The show was split into five sections. Each was introduced using five 20 x 20 meter monumental cubes built out at sea. The cubes were 165 meters away from the laser towers so only the beam quality from OPS systems would do. Each section's title was written in Arabic onto the cubes as well as 3D mapping to accompany the headers throughout the hour long show.
ER Productions were proud
to be part of this record-breaking show and a big thank you to everyone
involved who assisted with our works. (Added to
this page Nov. 24 2012)
On Thursday, June 7, LaserNet projected professional sports logos on both coasts.
West Coast: In Los Angeles, the LaserNet crew from Neptune Productions projected the LA Kings logo and messages promoting the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Several locations on the mountainsides were used during the week-long playoff schedule. The locations that were used took advantage of the close proximity of LA’s heavily used freeways. Projecting up to ½ mile onto a dark colored surface required two of LaserNet’s new Super ScannerPro at 22 watts each that were superimposed onto each other. These full color, RGB lasers worked perfectly to put a legible image on the mountain side for all to see.
East Coast: On the same day in Miami, LaserNet supported the NBA home team by projecting the Miami Heat logo onto a blank wall next to the busy I-95 freeway. A single ScannerPro, 15Watt, full color, RGB laser was used with great success because the projection surface was white. A loop of images projecting; “let’s go Heat” with the logo and a basketball player animation was projected nonstop for three hours.
Lasertainment uses six 18-watt RGB systems for Swedish House Mafia concert
Dance group Swedish House Mafia brought their incredulous style with them to the big city, and became the first electronic dance act ever to perform at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for the 20,000 seat arena had sold out in minutes.
To bring even more excitement to the show, and add their own personal flair, Swedish House Mafia contracted Lasertainment Productions International to put on a laser light show that would match the group's high energy performance. To accomplish this, Lasertainment used Pangolin LD2000 systems running LivePRO software to control six Lasertainment Stinger 18 watt RGB laser projectors. The unique setup allowed for a massive aerial beam show synchronized to the group's fast paced musical style, and enthralled the crowd in a spectacle of beautiful white light. The event was broadcast live online, and was featured in publications such as the New York Times, and Rolling Stones Magazine.
LOBO supplies complete show solutions for two major corporate events in Germany
For two of its long-term customers, the multi-awarded show design team of LOBO implemented sensational show concepts.
LOBO's Creative Director Alex Hennig: “We consider our strengths in the synergetic interplay of idea and technology. Often good ideas are born, but without focusing on the technical feasibility. On the other hand, sometimes equipment is applied without any sense or purpose. Poor results and disappointment among the spectators and clients are the results. We, however, consider ourselves as doers and suppliers of ideas; folks who practically experiment with the interaction of different media and means of expression and so create something new.
To turn such projects into reality, LOBO maintains a huge multimedia studio complex in addition to its laser, video and CGI production. Jam-packed with the latest media and effect technology including dozens of projection surfaces, a large water basin with Water Screens and particularly rare equipment, like e.g. a 3D sound system from IOSONO based on wave field synthesis, it is possible to see already during the conception phase of a show whether a new idea will really work in practice. Long before the set-up at the actual venue, clients can evaluate the results and undertake corrective actions.
To download the complete press release from LOBO, with many more details, click here. (Added to this page Jan 15 2012.)
Heavy equipment has unique load: Lasertainment laser projector
Lasertainment Productions Inc. performed a laser show for Caterpillar's ribbon cutting ceremony, celebrating their new manufacturing plant in North Carolina that will be building skid loaders. Three 18 watt RGB laser systems were used. The graphic system was placed in the bucket of one of the skid loaders. (Added to this page October 11 2011.)
Manick Sorcar has many laser projects underway
Manick Sorcar of Laser Light Magic is profiled in an article appearing in the Calcutta Telegraph. He is working on a multimedia and laser show to honor his father, famous Indian magician P.C. Sorcar on the centenary of his father's birth in 1913. The article shows a laser graphic image of P.C., done by Manick who is also overseeing a course on laser animation at Jadavpur University. It also describes Manick's background in animation and lighting.
LOBO lasers give birth to BMW's Eco Brand "i"
Under the creative direction of the agency Bluescope and contracted by Rockservice, LOBO delivers special effects with 9 sparks laser systems for the world premiere of the new BMW i8 and i3.
All eyes in the room are spellbound by the shadow-like appearance inside the endlessly seeming tunnel of pure light, which finally turns out to be BMW’s new eco-racer i8. Just a few seconds later, BMW’s vision of an urban everyday e-car, called “i3”, becomes reality when breaking though its birth canal of laser light.
This day is a milestone for BMW. With unbelievable efforts, BMW stages the launch of the new sub-brand “i”. Already two months before the actual start of the International Motor Show IAA, BMW already finished all works on its exhibition stand, which covers the entire hall 11.0 of the Exhibition Center in Frankfurt.
Similar to the presentation of the Vision Efficient Dynamics car, the technological predecessor of the i8, BMW again relied on the internationally renowned laser specialist LOBO for staging its pioneering eco product line.
Above that, the creative brains of Bluescope envisaged an especially nifty role for the laser: cleverly placed and gracefully moving laser surfaces cover all those areas of the vast exhibition area, which were not intended for the public at this time.
LOBO’s Creative Director Alexander Hennig: "Presently we experience an unbelievable interest in our lasers at high-profile events like this one. On one hand this is due to the new technical possibilities of our ultra-bright sparks lasers, which not only revolutionized the handling and use of lasers, but which also reduced the power consumption and the carbon footprint of lasers to only 1% at the same brightness. And on the other hand these lasers of the latest generation are the conclusive response to the question of many creative minds and makers, what kind of innovative techniques will be able to present today’s topics in the post-LED era. Here at BMW e.g. it was the task to the combine the aspect “Innovation” with an uncompromising ecologically-oriented product. And for this purpose sparks lasers were the perfect match, as they share the same philosophy and as they can be applied without goggles to create real three-dimensional effects.
Also in another aspect sparks laser could demonstrate their strengths: thanks to their modular system architecture, LOBO was able to comply with the client’s wish to have an extremely strong light output in blue. It was not more than just re-configuring the blue laser module for this job. Finally each of those high-power RGB lasers covering the entire hall 11.0 with a roof of light, counted on up to 60W output power just for the blue color with an entire brightness of 7698 W/m2. (Added to this page October 8 2011)
Last-minute Inrique Iglesias telecast no problem for LaserNet
Laser Production Network (LaserNet) of Miami was contacted to add lasers to Inrique Iglesias' performance just one week before the live Telemundo broadcast of the Latin Billboard Awards show. They were able to fit nine projectors on stage with the singer. Due to the time, space and safety constraints, the effort was monumental. In the end, LaserNet made a "laser storm" as shown on this video of the broadcast:
LaserNet has details of how they accomplished this on their
for 2011" page. (Added
to this page August 8 2011.)
In 2009, Olesya Kazantseva of Laser Artist Co. in Moscow created the first (as far as we know) full-length laser-animated "movie", The Pirates. She has sent us a photo with characters from the movie, and a note about her work.
(Added to this page March 22 2011.)
Here's another photo of herself with lasers that Olesya sent us, in August 2011.
(Added to this page August 15 2011.)
Two million people attended the Muscat Festival, the highlight of the festivities celebrating 40 years of reign of Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said. The highlight of the festival was a magical multimedia spectacle created by German company LOBO, which made many headlines and news stories in the Sultanate.
In Qurum Park, at the heart of the capital city Muscat, the park was illuminated by thousands of sparkling lights. Suddenly massive drum rolls broke the silence and then strong laser beams pierced the darkness. In the next 30 minutes the audience experienced a show, never before seen in the country. Images floating like holograms on the lake visualized in a symbolic, yet understandable way the achievements of the nation in the recent 40 years and also provided a look at the future. Over and over again, the show transformed the lake into different abstract dream worlds, shaped by ever-transforming three-dimensional laser sculptures, lights, water, fire and sound.
Behind the scenes, LOBO made this dream come true. In less than than six weeks, LOBO creative director Alexander Hennig and his multi-awarded team developed the overall show concept and production. Said Hennig, ”The whole video content and most of the laser content has been exclusively produced for this show. It not only included many video recordings, but also uncounted 3D computer animations of existing and future landmarks of the country.” After finishing their work on the production in the LOBO Multimedia Studios, the creative team went on site, where LOBO’s engineers had already spent weeks for the setup of the equipment and the coordination of all works on-site.
The layout of the venue was demanding, requiring that spectators all around the lake should have a perfect view on the show To accomplish this, LOBO used seven ultra-bright laser systems, 24 fog generators with wind machines, many sets of special outdoor laser mirrors, four video systems, three water screens, one of the largest mobile fountain systems consisting of 66 individually controllable water jets with a height of up to 35 meters, 20 fire effects, 90 high-powered searchlight-type light fixtures, as well as fireworks (40 line arrays) all around the lake.
After four nights of
adaptation work on-site, Hennig and the LOBO show production team
finalized the 30-minute spectacle appealing to all senses and causing a
lot of sensation in Oman. In a country with an overall population of not
more than 3 million people, it can be considered an extraordinary
success having a total estimated attendance of approximately 2 million
visitors within 28 show days. (Added to this
page March 10 2011.)
ER Productions puts Muse in laser prison for
"The Resistance" tour
ER Productions toured 10 high powered laser systems including one system controlled entirely by Muse front man Matt Bellamy. Three 8 watt OPS green lasers were mounted high on the 360-degree circular truss, two 8 watt OPS green Plus systems were rigged far stage left and right, whilst four 8 watt OPS green lasers were placed on the upstage edge.
The tenth laser. a 10 watt whitelight, was mounted in Matt’s hydraulic riser. This produced a beam that Matt then directed into the audience using a diffracted mirror to throw coloured beams around the arenas and stadiums during the track "Uprising."
bounce mirrors were used around the 360-degree stage, which were hit by
the three 8 watt OPS green lasers. Four rotating burst diffractions were
placed on the downstage edge for use during track "Undisclosed Desires"
again hit with one of the hung 8 watts. These effects were used in
conjunction with the effects inside the PLUS systems stage left and
From a press release dated Jan. 12 2011, sent by Laser Production Network (LaserNet).
Drake was the featured artist for New Year’s Eve at the
W Hotel on South Beach with an amazing stage built in the middle of the
pool! LaserNet’s powerful, eight watt full color laser kept the
place rocking by blasted moving patterns over the entire area. Everlast
Productions provided the staging, lights and sound for the evening.
The posh Karu & Y Nightclub in Miami featured an all night DJ Jam on New Year’s with two our new 3Watt full color systems. The new design of the lasers features a RGBB with two specific blue lines. This double blue creates the whitest white ever seen by our techs.
For the 22nd year in a row, LaserNet projected a New
Year’s Eve show onto the Intercontinental Hotel in Downtown Miami.
The digital countdown started at 6:00pm and over 50,000 revelers watched
every second tick off to the New Year.
On January 3rd, 2011 LaserNet was proud to be a part of the annual Orange Bowl Halftime show. This year’s show featured the music of the Goo Goo Dolls. Watched by over 20 million viewers on Nationwide television, this live event featured 5 lasers; two 25W Verde Beam Raiders, two 8W RGB ScannerPro’s and a new 3W RGBB for scanned images on the white scrim behind the band. All worked perfectly. You can see part of the show here:
In addition to the live performance shows, LaserNet
also helped clubs in Key West, FL; Aspen, CO; and Montego Bay Jamaica
celebrate New Year's with new laser installations. For more information,
please contact Tom Harman or Christine Jenkin at
(Added to this page Jan. 13 2011.)
(From the United Visual Artists press release: "Speed of Light uses over 148 lasers across four floors and six rooms of the Bargehouse, a raw and industrial warehouse on the South Bank. The installation will be open to the public from 9-19 April 2010.")
For the "Speed of Light"
installation, ILDA member ER Productions were brought on board by United
Visual Artists to supply and install eight automated full colour laser
systems, and incorporate a 140 red diode artistic display.
(Additional information and links regarding this exhibition are in the ILDABlog article "London art installation uses 148 lasers." Added to this page April 23, 2010. Photo supplied by ER Productions.)
Lasers featured prominently in one of the most-watched events of the year, Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. On February 7, 106.5 million U.S. television viewers saw The Who perform at halftime, backed by over 400 watts of laser beams from 16 sources on the field and in the stage. The lasers were produced by Laser Design Productions of Markham, Ontario and Las Vegas, who had only 8 minutes to set up their equipment.
Fourteen Pangolin laser control cards were networked under the main stage. Eight full-color lasers were positioned on the field. Eight additional lasers including four 50-watt YAGs and four full-color air-cooled lasers were located upstage of the New Orleans Saints' bench.
The show was programmed by Doug Adams and Jason McEachern at LDP's Markham, Ontario office using Light Converse previsualization software. The initial laser effects were designed as a "classic green laser look" reminiscent of The Who's pioneering 1970's laser shows. Later, full color lasers transitioned into purple, red, white, blue and amber/brown, choreographed with the standard stage lighting.
For much more detailed information, download Laser Design Productions' Super Bowl press release. A larger version of the photo is here. (Added to this page March 3, 2010. Photo credit: Touchdown Entertainment Inc./Brad Duns.)
Doug Adams of Laser Design Productions and Pyrotek (Toronto) sat down for an interview focused on Metallica's "Death Magnetic" world tour. He discusses how recent small, easy-to-use diode lasers have improved touring situations. Metallica's lighting designer wanted to open the show with a 7-minute song using primarily lasers; Adams talks how he accomplished this. He did pyro as well, which is covered in the interview. Finally, he talks about future laser technology advancements.
Here is an excerpt where Adams discusses laser safety:
The full interview with Doug Adams is here, in a PDF format. (Added to this page March 17 2009. Metallica laser photo credit: Jeff Yeager)
Lasers shine at the Maroon 5 tour
Vegas, NV -
Design Productions of Toronto incorporated a number of distinctive
looks into the set design of Grammy Award winning group Maroon 5 for
their latest North American Tour. The co-headlining tour includes Maroon
5 and the Counting Crows who rotate as the headlining act from city to
the Jonas Brothers' summer 2008 tour Burning Up,
Laser Design Productions of Toronto added lasers into a series of
songs, including “Hold on”, “Tonight”, “SOS” and “Can’t Have You”. Given
carte blanche on the design of the lasers, VP Lorenzo Cornacchia worked
with programmer Jason McEachern.
60-watt white-light laser highlights Mediam techno party
the Mayday - New Euphoria show November 10th, in the 10,000-seat Spodek
arena in Katowice, Poland,
provided one of the most powerful full-color
lasers in the world. Mediam used a 60-watt RGB laser from
Kvant to provide colorful beams and patterns. This was flanked by eight
8-watt green lasers, plus two 5-watt green lasers on the stage.
Justin Timberlake adds even more lasers to his tour
Design Productions, Inc. has added three
more lasers to Justin Timberlake's Future Sex Love Show tour.
(See May 2007 item below.) This was
initially done at the request of HBO, who wanted a "heavier laser look"
for a documentary filmed at Madison Square Garden. Timberlake liked the
new look and requested that the additional lasers remain for the rest of
LaserNet at the Met
On October 8, 2007
to New York’s Metropolitan Opera, an 8-watt 532
ScannerPro laser projector to be used in the Met's latest production of
Lasers used on promo for NBC's new show "Chuck"
RPI Entertainment and Media
Group used real lasers to recreate a famous Tom Cruise scene, for
the new NBC television show "Chuck". Series stars Zachary Levi and
Yvonne Strahovski hang from a harness, inches above laser beams used for
security in a secure vault. RPI quickly developed and set up the beam
grid, using "custom-made optics that widened the laser beam while
keeping the size and brightness consistent throughout the pattern."
"Great Parade of Dragons" showcases great groups of green beams
Ltd. continued its busy 2007 schedule with a
laser show for the Groteska Theater in Krakow. For the
seventh year, the Theater has organized the "Great Parade of Dragons".
The event coincided with Krakow's 750th anniversary celebration, and
Mediam Ltd. was there providing outstanding laser effects.
Mediam entertains with "Lasers from the Lake"
Loch Ness monster -- is it true? Was it ever true? What if in every lake
there is something?
World volleyball championship features lasers by Mediam
Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World League
championship was held in mid-July, in Katowice, Poland. The main
attraction during the closing ceremony was a
laser show by
Mediam Ltd. featuring almost 60 watts of total power.
Ltd. delivered an impressive laser display
for the sixth annual Eska Music Awards in Poland. Mediam
filled the sport hall in Lodz with 8 large, powerful lasers. More then
4500 people in person and millions of people in front of TVs viewed the
show, broadcast by Polsat television.
Design Productions, Inc. is excited to once again team up with
Justin Timberlake to create a laser design for the Future Sex Love Show
tour. Designer Doug Adams, president of Laser
Design Productions, created a club feel effect for three of Justin
Timberlake’s hit songs: Rock Your Body, Love Stoned, and
An article in LiveDesign magazine gives a good overview of current lasershow technology and applications. The article is subtitled "Advances in Lasers: New Light Sources, New Control, And Audience Scanning." More details, plus links to the complete article, are here.
LaserNet Provides Lasers to Four Stages at Ultra Music Festival
provided complete laser systems for four stages
at the recent Ultra Music Festival in downtown Miami. The 9th
annual music festival ran two nights on March 23 - 24 and saw nearly
50,000 people fight the rain and jam the venue for the love of music.
The full press release with additional details are here at LaserNet's website. (Added to this page April 17 2007.)
LaserNet chosen to assist Décor Design Team for 2007 Super Bowl
LaserNet was chosen by
the NFL’s Creative Team to enhance the look of Miami’s skyline by
adding six (6) lasers to the rooftops of the downtown skyscrapers for
Super Bowl XLI.
an enormous display of cutting-edge technology, LOBO lasers created an
unforgettable highlight of the opening ceremony at the 15th Olympic
Asian Games in Doha.
To read the full press release from LOBO, with additional details, click here. (Added April 18 2007)
LaserNet returns beam to Monterrey, Mexico
ILDA Founding Member
repaired the green laser beam that rotates over the City of Monterrey
restoring a long held tradition. The 240-foot tall “Light House of
Commerce” had been idle for 2 years due to various attempts to repair
the system by others. The beam over the city was restored just in time
for the September 15th Independence Day Celebration.
LaserNet Verde Beam Raider laser projector on tour with Poison
began with a bang as ILDA Founding Member
LaserNet was selected
to join the 20th Anniversary Tour of the legendary rock band, Poison.
To read the complete press release from LaserNet,
(Added August 16 2006)
Lasers and Pink Floyd are a natural
guitarist David Gilmour is using lasers by ILDA Member
StrictlyFX for three Pink Floyd songs at the
climax of his recent concert tour. As reported in an
the show features elaborate beams from a 50W YAG and a 10W copper-vapor
Additional photos are available at StrictlyFX's
website. Go to the "what's new" section and scroll down to the 04-12-06
listing. (Added July 12 2006)
Baltimore Ravens video intro features lasers
NFL Baltimore Ravens football team shot their 2006 intro video using
lasers, haze, pyro and other special effects from ILDA Member
Image Engineering. The
video, "I Am A Raven," will run before each game on the stadium's giant
screen TV. "It should be incredibly energetic and really juice people up
for the game," said the Ravens' senior director of broadcasting Larry
Image Engineering brings disco lasers to Heineken Light
An ad for new Heineken Premium Light beer uses laser beams from ILDA Member Image Engineering to give excitement and a disco feel to the beverage. The beams are set to the Pussycat Dolls' hit song "Don't cha (wish your girlfriend was hot like me)".
The ad can be viewed at www.heinekenlight.com. After the Flash intro loads, click on "The Latest" tab, then on "The Ads", then on "TV Campaign". (Added April 25 2006)