Published Monday, April 28, 2014
by Philips Entertainment

"Striking, stylish and slightly strange" are the words that established lighting designer Rob Sinclair uses to describe his eerie lighting design for musical duo Goldfrapp's latest tour. Similar words could also describe the effects that he gets from the Showline SL NITRO 510 LED Strobe Luminaires, which Sinclair has specified to deliver cinematic, crisp, cross stage washes alongside stark, ice white strobe effects.

Inspired by the 'film noir' artistry of Goldfrapp's latest album "Tales of Us", Sinclair's high contrast lighting design uses 10 Showline SL NITRO 510 luminaires to create unadulterated up-lit washes and acid-flash strobe effects that accompany some of the band's most haunting tracks.

"We worked hard to create a lighting design that would complement Alison Goldfrapp's double exposure photography, which is currently used as the artwork for the stage backdrop and also on the album cover," explains Sinclair. "I wanted the atmosphere to come across as sinister and rural but with a slightly urban, man made edge to it."

The SL NITRO 510 luminaires, which were supplied by lighting rental company Neg Earth, make up the bulk of Sinclair's floor package, "We use the fixtures to deliver strobe effects at various intensities and full on cross stage washes," explains Sinclair. "The SL NITRO 510 fixtures have a slightly narrower beam than I'm used to and the result is a longer throw that has proved really useful for lighting people from a distance. More traditional strobes often need to be very close to the subject and then prove to be too hot. The SL NITRO 510 luminaires performed brilliantly from the side of the stage, particularly during the song 'Lovely Head' which has a number of entirely strobe lit sections."

Sinclair's overall design concept is built around an asymmetrical, dual purpose "forest of light" that veers from providing subtle lighting effects to full on dramatically dynamic sets to disappearing altogether.

"Before the SL NITRO 510 I had been reluctant to use LED strobes," continues Sinclair. "That was until I did a little shoot out at Neg Earth. What impresses me most about them is the sheer brightness of the strobe and the fact that it needs absolutely no recharge time."

The tour's lighting operator Louisa Smurthwaite is equally impressed, "What's great about the SL NITRO 510 fixtures is that you can program them in a 4 channel Mode and pretty much get anything you want out of them quickly. I think it's great that you can run video through them, although, due to the nature of this show, we're using them in strobe and wash light mode only. As a strobe I am impressed, they're great for lighting people and I really like how directional they are. It just keeps everything crisp and tight looking."

Martin Palmer, Vari-Lite and Showline Product Manager EMEA for Philips Entertainment says, "We are delighted to see the SL NITRO 510 luminaires being used so creatively by Rob Sinclair on the Goldfrapp Tour. The array of over 1300 tightly packed, high power LEDs are giving him a maximum potential output of over 68,000 lumens and, as he says, even distribution of light across its six programmable zones. The fixtures are built for touring and are suitably robust and multi functional, potentially cutting down on the number of fixtures required. As Rob has proved they can be used as a high impact, directional strobe or a static white wash, plus of course there are the six controllable zones that can be used to pixel map effects."

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