Earlier this spring we spent a couple days helping the artists from UK-based Arcadia Spectacular* automate part of a production at the 2016 Ultra Music Festival in Miami. In this case, they were using the ‘Spider’ stage, an enormous structure which travels in four full trucks and requires 15 people and two days each for setup and strike. The distance between the spider’s feet is about 62 feet.
In this installation, they needed to convert DMX input into a very precise and real-time set of MIDI output commands. The MIDI was monitored by a PC running custom software which in turn drove the pyro system. Our DecaBox with custom firmware was a perfect fit.
And here’s a short video clip showing the entire system in action. Note that the fireballs and the right LED for ‘MIDI OUT’ in perfect sync.
Thanks, Arcadia Spectacular, for the opportunity to work with you on this project.
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- Seriously, check out their website. The photos and video galleries are breathtaking.
- Here’s a third-party article about the festival and specifically this stage. Lots of neat photos here as well.