The South Korea-based lighting and visual expression company, LIVE-LAB, who recently became the fifth disguise studio in the APAC region, and the first one in South Korea, recently used their disguise fleet for two K-Pop (Korean Pop) powerhouses; singer/songwriter Lee Juck and the iconic six member boy band, Shinhwa.
LIVE-LAB designed on-stage and moving truss illuminations for Lee Juck’s 'RESONATE' concert choosing three disguise servers to control illuminations, LED screens and projectors; “disguise has the best software to control complex stages,” says HaeJung Chung, Visual Lighting Designer of LIVE-LAB. “The stage was a mixture of screens, which had to be controlled as one. disguise allowed mapping and design of this complex configuration to be applied correctly and helped create the best picture in the field. We programmed disguise with a grandMA2 console; the timecode signal was received stably, and it was possible to play the exact image required for each song.”
The increased use of multi-media, through video, illuminations, pyro and more, in concerts gives directors a broad creative palette, notes show director Lee Yoon Shin from in next trend (int). At the same time, directors are challenged to focus these elements towards a specific look. “disguise, with LIVE-LAB in charge, is like a magician giving directors solutions and ideas,” Lee says.
Chung explains that for Lee Juck’s concert, “hundreds of illuminations were transformed into various shapes by moving trusses. Each design had to make a proper picture through different set shapes and mapping. These processes were very easy to carry out, and it was possible to minimise the correction time in the field.”
In addition, “the mapping function was important for accurately sending out images to all the LED screens, including the illumination screen attached to the set and the projection screen for each design. This meant a single content image could be exported easily between the devices.”
Lee Jang Eon liked how disguise simulation “showed my design ideas to me and the staff. Thanks to that, we could work with more pictures and effects, preparing for situations that could happen suddenly in the field.”
Chung notes that, “Korea illumination fixtures are 1px type not DMX type. The disguise media server was the best to control video on the the curved 1px video fixtures. We could make unique pictures on this fixture with parallel mapping.”
It's expression scheme offered convenient programming with other devices and protocols. “We were able to create various designs for the moving screen with cues from the lighting console,” says Chung. “We could operate it in accordance with the movement of the screens by syncing with timecode and DMX. It was also very useful to be able to create DMX layers without restrictions and to use the mapping indefinitely.”