Lighting / Visual Designer:
Pioneer / Gary Stewart Audio (GSA)
Project Submitted By:
SOUND 4 x GSA customised loudspeaker stack; 4 x GSA customised bullet tweeter array; 8 x GSA coaxial cube; 8 x GSA asymmetrical two-way loudspeaker; 1 x GSA (RLA) three-way electronic crossover; 2 x QSC Q-Sys Core 500i processor; 9 x Powersoft X4 amplifier; 1 x Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus 2 DJ mixer; 4 x Pioneer CDJ-2000 Nexus 2 multiplayer; 1 x Lake LM26 processor; 6 x L-Acoustics KARA loudspeaker; 4 x L-Acoustics SB18 subwoofer.
Lighting & Visual
ROBE, Martin, Clay Paky, Chromelech, American DJ, Elation and Minuit Une for the lasers. As light consultants, we first think of the sensation that we want people to feel with the lights and the different special effects when we are designing/building a piece. Naturally, we take into consideration the most suitable technology that is on the market, but more than using branded hardware, it’s about the end product and what we want to achieve from it. But of course, we like to work with brands which we know will deliver in performance, provide warranty and pre/after sales service.
In this case, for this project, we chose the brands which are able to provide small and powerful moving lights. For example, the ROBE Mini Pointe is ideal for a nightclub setting because it has a good balance of properties and size, then to achieve our idea of creating a “multi narrow beam forest”, we found that the American DJ Event Bar Pro was a good solution. It was also good fun playing around with sort of a retro disco lighting effect with the Asteroid 1200 from American DJ.
A great surprise for us came in the use of the new Minuit Une lasers thanks to the technical innovation integrated into their concept, in which laser becomes just like any other light source. In addition, the linear actuators controlled by Wahlberg DMX solutions was one “surprise” factor allowing the lasers to be hidden in “mothership” and lowered when required, showing yet another facet of this unique centrepiece. We also enjoyed the use of the Martin Atomic LED, which can be as powerful as the Atomic 3000 but with the RGB detail on the reflector which make it very versatile and interesting in its display.
In summary, in Zouk (mainroom), we have a total of:
- 850 metres of digital LED strip RGBW which has individual control across every 8.5cm as a single pixel embedded in the central “mothership” structure of 7m in diameter and the 8 perimeter pieces of 4.5 x 5m each, with 3,500 RGB pixel dots within the “mothership”
- 32 American DJ Event bar distributed in the “mothership” and main beams of the venue
- 8 American DJ Asteroid 1200 around the “mothership”
- 16 ROBE MiniPointe
- 14 Martin Atomic LED at the back of the DJ booth. For the LED screens there is a distribution of a central screen of 4 x 3 m and 3 strips on each side of the central screen, each measuring 0.25 x 3m. All screens comes with a halo effect behind the LED panels
Behind the DJ console, we have one central LED screen measuring 4 x 3m with a pitch of 3.9mm, and on both sides of the central screen we have 3 strips (total 6 strips on both left and right sides) measuring 0.25 x 3m each, with 0.5m distance between each strip. We included a subtle glow/halo effect behind each of the modules to illuminate the brick wall that sits as the backdrop of the DJ console.
We also have a perimeter LED screen that runs around the venue below the balcony (on the second floor) of 50 linear m by 1m height and a pitch of 10mm. LED screens are also installed behind some of the bars across the venue and behind the DJ console in Phuture.
For the routing of the system, we used the Extron XTP Crosspoint system along with the Barco ImagePRO II that is installed into the system to support the requirements in today’s fast-moving visual technology landscape.
For transmission and receiving of signals, we go through a twisted pair and fiber optic I/O boards to deliver end-to-end capability for extending 4K video along with audio, control and Ethernet over a single cable.
Completing the visual system, we have the main LED screen (as mentioned above) with a pitch of 3.91mm (3-in-1 SMD LED Wall) that measures 4m breadth by 3m in height, flanked by 3 strips of LED panels measuring 0.25m x 3m each, on each side of the main screen (total 6 strips on both left and right sides).
Bar areas were also installed with the same 3-in-1 SMD LED Walls with 3.91mm of pitch. Each of these units also come with a protective splash-proof coating. Here’s a breakdown:
- 1 x 5.5m wide by 1m high located Bar 3*
- 1 x 2.5m wide by 1m high located at Bar 4*
- 1 x 2.5m wide by 1m high located at Bar 5*
The VJ console utilizes the Resolume Arena 5 to control content. We are also set up for live scene can be captured through a Panasonic HD PTZ HE130 and fed through all screens across the club. Previewing of the scenes are done by the Datavideo TLM monitor that we have installed.
Here the details of the mechanical construction and development of the “mothership” and the perimeter pieces mentioned: A. The Centrepiece (“mothership” – 1 piece): This is a modular sculpture kinetic light system, base on a decagon configuration.
It consists of the following parts:
- Central double ring 5 mm aluminium (x1)
- Custom 4 mm aluminium beams (x10)
- Custom 3 mm aluminium decagon slides compose of 3 sub-parts (x10)
- Custom 4 mm aluminium joining plates (several)
- Custom 3 mm profiles to join surface layers (several)
- Custom perforated 1,5 mm aluminium flakes that form the surface of the Mothership (several of different shapes and sizes)
- Custom 4 mm structural steel beams (x7)
- Custom 4 mm structural steel joining plates (several)
- Custom 4 mm structural steel plates for hanging kinetic actuator
- Custom 3 mm structural steel plates for hanging Lasers (x6)
- Custom 3 mm structural steel pieces and 3 mm metal wiring solution that join the Mothership with a pre-rigg structure
- Custom cut and perforated 3 mm Dibond aluminium composite sheets (x30)
B. Perimeter Pieces (8 pieces): This is a modular sculpture static light system, base on a pattern configuration.
It consists of the following parts:
- Custom 2 mm aluminium shape based on profiling system (x40)
- Custom 2 mm steel joining plates (several)
- Custom 2 mm aluminium frames (x8)
- Custom cut and perforated 3 mm Dibond aluminium composite sheets (x8)
- Custom perforated 1.5 mm aluminium flakes (x8)
MATERIALS USED ON SCULPTURES:
- Aluminium sheet quality EN AW 5754 – the thickness of the sheet changes according to whether are structural or surface base pieces.
- Structural steel quality S235 jr – used in 3 and 4 mm for the pentagon base pre-rigg structure.
- 3A Composites 3mm Dibond sheets made from polyethylene core with exterior 0,3mm Aluminium external layers. Used as a base for pixel base grids.
- Silent-block washers for screws and rivets.
- Rubber strips for vibration reduction between pieces.
- Rivets and Metric screws.
TECHNIQUE/EQUIPMENT USED ON CONSTRUCTION OF SCULPTURES:
- CNC folding machines for metal sheet.
- CNC water jet cutting machines for metal sheet.
- CNC hydraulic punching machines to metal sheet regular perforation.
- Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) machines for aluminium.
- Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) machines for steel.
- CNC Milling machines for Dibond.
- Powder coating painting treatment with heating curing process.
Main challenge we faced during the installation was time. We had a very short lead time to install all the equipment, but we were very lucky to have access to all the required facilities and the support of the Zouk team and all other vendors/contractors, allowing us to respectfully deliver on time without compromising on the quality of the finishings.
Something that I would like to mention is that this design, along with all the iconic pieces, is unique and exclusive to Zouk Singapore. I would also like to mention that the patch in the MADRIX was very complex as the perimeter pieces are all not configured the same, and we had to click on pixel by pixel to create the shape in MADRIX. In total, we have more than 120 DMX Universes (light patterns) created just for the LEDS.