Rowdytown II at Red Rocks

An Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival called "Rowdytown II" combined several forces of nature to entertain 10,000 fans, 6,400 feet above sea level, using Barco HDQ-2K40 projectors to show a dazzling array of images with 280,000 lumens brightness. The stage? The breathtaking geological phenomenon known as "Red Rocks," which is the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world. Live-Online Television orchestrated the deployment, providing its expertise and manpower to install, test and perfectly converge the projectors to create the show canvas.

Five Barco HDQ-2K40 projectors with 1:1 lenses were used on the largest projected area, 200' x 500', once masked to follow the rocks, while two HDQ units covered the 150’ x 250’ area. Live-Online president Dave Jensen describes the technical feat: “It took six stagehands and two projectionists about five hours to place projectors and run signal/power from FOH."

The projectionists started converging as the sun went down to provide as much testing time to the designers as possible. With only one night for set-up and testing, they simply converged images rather than blending them. Since the canvas was comprised of rocks and small bushes, the loss in resolution wasn’t a concern.

3D-mapped animations were designed in collaboration with Big Gigantic and their lighting director to visually compliment the production. With Ghost Pixel at the controls, a custom workflow delivered 100+ unique visuals engulfing the 100’ monolith rock walls.

About this project

Date 17 December 2013
Location Denver, Colorado, United States

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