LED VIDEO WALL
When the electronica band Starf–ker wanted a conveyable video show, it turned to Hans Lindauer and Alex Norman, two members of a Portland, Oregon–primarily based hacking group known as DorkbotPDX. The duo designed an 80-pound, 8-by-13-foot LED wall that shows the band’s trippy-looking movies from an iPod. Lindauer constructed translucent scaffolding out of plastic greenhouse panels and tucked strings of red-green-blue LEDs inside; Norman wrote software program to translate incoming video alerts for the collapsible wall. In-built three months for $8,000, the wall carried out flawlessly throughout a pretour stage efficiency at Musicfest NW in Portland, the place Lindauer and Norman set it up in 20 minutes and tore it down in three.
Suitcase Stage Lights
SUITCASE STAGE LIGHTS
In 1937, PopSci printed directions to construct a light-weight stage-lighting package. The plans included a $10 ($161 in the present day) switchboard-in-a-suitcase, a tin-can highlight, compact footlights, and a dimmer constructed from working electrical energy by a bucket of saltwater. Some package builders lived to share their glowing evaluations: “The switchboard has been used very efficiently by Wesley Gamers, an novice dramatics society performed by college students on the universities of Wisconsin and Purdue.”