Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Lights of Music!

Last night I had the pleasure of going to the Jason Aldean concert featuring the Jane Deer girls and Eric Church.  I love country music therefore was very excited about it.  If you’re not a fan of country you still might be interested in what caught my eye during the show, an aspect of design that I haven’t paid much attention to before.  As the concert progressed the show got more and more exciting. The music began with the Jane Deer girls, and then Eric church was really fun and got all of the super country guys riled up and excited.  And then with Jason Aldean the show had a change of pace from really “hick” country to a production. By this time everyone was completely enthralled with the show and singing along. Everything was in full swing! Lights! The lights and smoke were dramatic yet in perfect rhythm with the music. This amazed me!
Lighting is one aspect of design that I am most interested in, creating a mood or atmosphere for the setting. I also have a passion for music and the talent of those who play the instruments. With that said I have been to rock concerts before where the lights and smoke were dramatic, fast, and exciting, but I have never noticed or taken the time to pay attention to how they conduct the light show.  At least at the concert last night while I was recording a few of the songs I really noticed that the lights flashed and moved along to the beats and feel of the song.  After I had realized this I felt more connected to the show, I appreciated how the smaller details were taken into consideration to make the experience of the show more enjoyable to the customer.
I wanted to post one of the videos for you to watch; even if you don’t like country music you can watch the lighting and see how design can play a role in this career field. Toward the end of this video is the most dramatic part of the lighting and production, see if you can catch on to how the lights and rhythm are in sync.  Please excuse how much the camera is moving, I too was enjoying the show and got caught up dancing and moving to the music as well.

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