XL Video Celebrates The Big Ruby with The Stranglers

Date: 28/04/2014
XL Video Celebrates The Big Ruby with The Stranglers

XL Video is assisting maverick rockers The Stranglers celebrate a remarkable 40 years in the music industry which kicked off with some serious attitude in 1974 at the height of punk nihilism¦ and developed into an enduringly successful career balancing the tightrope of acclaim and commercial success.

Their eclectic music, which embraces multiple genres with an edgy intelligence and much of it highly political, has clocked up 23 UK Top 40 singles and 17 Top 40 albums to date!

XL was approached to provide an LED video and control solution for their much anticipated Big Ruby UK and European tour. Filmmaker and Video Designer James Reed spoke to XLs Project Manager Paul Macca McCauley following the success of working together on last years tour.

As the stage is a smoke-and haze free environment, for the Big Ruby tour Reed wanted to make a really large visual impact with the video¦ and came up with the idea of the four picture frames, which brings a whole new dimension to the stage.

By happy coincidence, this enabled Macca to again renew his acquaintance with the band having toured with them as PA Systems Tech about 15 years ago!

Very excited to be involved, Macca comments, Its been a huge pleasure working with The Stranglers, with James and Stage and Production Manager Louie Nicastro again. Seeing the band on such brilliant form and video used with such thought and imagination is fantastic!

Reed created all the tours video content for the tour from scratch, with the four picture frames upstage representing four decades of the band and the four original members in the lineup.

The frames are made up from XLs Absen 6mm LED screen product rigged in 3 x 4 portrait format. Reed had scenic fiberglass / polystyrene surround frames finished in gold built by Charlotte Maudsley at Props Unlimited, bringing a touch of Baroque opulence to the latest LED technology in a retro look.

In some songs, the frames are lit by MAC 101 LED wash moving lights on the floor which adds another layer of depth.

Reed once again specified a Resolume media server for control after using it on last years tour - which was the first time The Stranglers had used video as part of their stage production - some low resolution video columns were? also supplied by XL.

The content was all created as one flat file and mapped to the four screens, a task Reed finds very straightforward in Resolume, which is operated on the tour by Jake Butler. Out of all the media servers hes worked with, he thinks this is the most appropriate for this style of playback, and other features he likes include being able to lay the show out on a single page and edit in real time.

He took around four weeks to produce the content working in close collaboration with Stranglers bassist Jean-Jacques Burnel.

The first glimpses the audience get of the band onstage is during the video sequence of them descending on virtual lifts preceded by the words from The Aural Sculpture Manifesto. Video features in every song in the two hour set, offering four different styles and treatments.

For the classic Peaches there are multiple images of fruit and canned fruit presented in a factory production-line style with one cheeky bikini-clad bottom flash right at the end. Heroes, the second song of the set, features a selection of snaps and selfies from fans dressed as Stranglers which followed a Facebook campaign; for Threatened, he re-edited trailers to two vintage black and white movies, The Stranglers of Bombay and The Haunted Strangler.

Its a vehicle that adds humour, history, narrative visual drama and also some political reinforcement to a 28 song set action-packed with classic Stranglers edginess.

Photos: Louise Stickland



Tags: XL Video | The Stranglers | LED | Absen 6mm | Resolume media server | video
Submitted by Louise Stickland
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TV Cultura Brazil Prepares for the Future with Grass Valley Posted: 15/01/2019
TV Cultura Brazil Prepares for the Future with Grass Valley

Brazil’sTV Cultura has selected Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, to enhance its production workflow with a newly expanded playout infrastructure. The broadcaster is now equipped with more channels, higher resolution content and smoother integration – supporting its vision to deliver richer content to its viewers.

Tags: Grass Valley | TV Cultura | Brazil
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Location Sound Hosts Wisycom Q and A for Broadcast and TV Professionals Posted: 15/01/2019
Location Sound Hosts Wisycom Q and amp;A for Broadcast and TV Professionals

Wisycom, designer and builder of the most sophisticated RF solutions for broadcast, film and live production, is pleased to announce a Wisycom USA Q&A party to reinforce the company’s U.S. presence, which was announced last year. The networking event, being held at Location Sound in North Hollywood on Friday, January 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., aims to strengthen the brand’s status among film and broadcast professionals.

Tags: D. Pagan Communications | WISYCOM
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BP Energizes Its Media Production with EditShare Posted: 15/01/2019
BP Energizes Its Media Production with EditShare

EditShare® a technology leader in intelligent scale-out storage, AQC and media management solutions, announced today that global energy brand BP, has invested in the XStream EFS scale-out storage platform and Flow media asset management to manage the commissioning, producing and publishing of BP-related media projects.

Tags: EditShare | BP | media | storage | film | documentary | production | production | postproduction
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CRYSTAL VISION SOLVES BROADCASTERS IP AND SDI PROBLEMS AT BVE 2019 (STAND E50) Posted: 15/01/2019
CRYSTAL VISION SOLVES BROADCASTERS IP AND SDI PROBLEMS AT BVE 2019 (STAND E50)

Crystal Vision will be showing its flexible IP platform, the MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware and the initial six software apps which run on it. These apps are IP . Crystal Vision will also be showing its extensive range of modular interface and keyers for those planning SDI projects, including its popular chroma keyers, video delays and fail-safe routing switches.

Tags: Crystal Vision | BVE 2019
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Calrec Brio audio consoles see major success in Japanese market Posted: 15/01/2019
Calrec Brio audio consoles see major success in Japanese market

In 2018, Calrec Audio generated serious momentum in the Japanese broadcasting market with the sale of 40 of its Brio audio consoles to a number of Japanese broadcasters. The customers are a mix of existing and new.

Tags: Audio; audio consoles; audio routing;
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New Cobalt Digital Customizable 4K Encoder Cards Now Shipping Posted: 14/01/2019
New Cobalt Digital Customizable 4K Encoder Cards Now Shipping

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Cobalt Digital today announced the availability of its 9992ENC series of HEVC/H.265/MPEG-5 encoders for openGear® frames. Designed for a variety of broadcast applications, the dual-slot card offers customized I/O options and extensive audio support for cost-effective contribution, distribution, ENG, IPTV, and OTT solutions.

Tags: Cobalt Digital | encoder | distribution | ENG
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TVU Networks Receives End-of-Year Innovation Awards Posted: 14/01/2019
TVU Networks Receives End-of-Year Innovation Awards

TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, today announced the company was awarded two 2018 Product Innovation Awards from Future Publishing. Publishers of TV Technology, Government Video, Radio World and Creative Planet/DV and VE magazines, the annual Future Publishing awards honor the year’s top product introductions in TV, professional video and broadcast/online radio technology.

Tags: video-over-IP | IP-video-production | TVU-Networks | automated-video-content-management | cloud-based-video
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RHC to Present Lava Cable Product Line at NAMM 2019 Posted: 14/01/2019
RHC to Present Lava Cable Product Line at NAMM 2019

RHC will showcase the Lava Cable product line at the 2019 NAMM Show (Booth #11510). RHC acquired the brand’s assets last spring and has streamlined the Lava Cable product offerings to focus on the company’s best-selling products.

Tags: RapcoHorizon | BVE 2019 | BVE 2019
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PMC Showcases Dolby Atmos Adoption at NAMM 2019 Posted: 14/01/2019
PMC Showcases Dolby Atmos Adoption at NAMM 2019

A Dolby Atmos® demo suite will form the centerpiece of PMC’s booth (16112) at NAMM 2019, giving artists, producers and recording engineers an opportunity to experience Dolby Atmos through a world-class monitoring system.

Tags: PMC Speakers | NAMM 2019 | Dolby Atmos Demo Room | Capitol Studios
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Rising Star Elle Exxe Is Named As Pro7ect 2019 Resident Artist Posted: 14/01/2019
Rising Star Elle Exxe Is Named As Pro7ect 2019 and rsquo;s Resident Artist
Elle Exxe, the formidable and fully fledged electro-clash pop star, will be the resident artist at this year’s Pro7ect songwriting retreat, which teams top songwriters with top producers for three days or pure collaborative inspiration at Brighton’s Hotel Pelirocco.
Tags: Pro7ect 2019 | Songwriters Retreat | Elle Exxe | Hotel Pelirocco | Brighton
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