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Roskilde Festival goes Cyber on the Net

26th August 1997

In an excellent show of initiative and efficiency, Pan and Tilt A/S of Denmark, the major lighting contractor at this years Roskilde festival, enabled all of the lighting designers appearing at this famous festival to download from the internet, WYSIWYG stage designs and Wholehog II patches for a number of the working stages, allowing them all to pre-program their shows well in advance of the festival dates.

WYSIWYG, the lighting visualisation software package, allows any stage or venue to be replicated on a computer monitor in a full 3D environment, and with the connection of any DMX lighting control console allows the full pre-programming of the show off site. Once on site at the festival, lighting designers were then able to take advantage of a backstage programming suite to carry out any last minute adjustments. Due to various circumstances, the Orange stage lighting rig did change quite dramatically from the initial designs, and so this on site facility enabled all of the designers who had pre-programmed their shows to adjust them accordingly, and finish their shows, all before taking their place at the control tower ready to load their shows into the consoles located there.

The Wholehog II was used extensively for the control of all of the major stages at Roskilde, one of Europe's largest, and most famous, festivals, in total four Wholehog II's and three Wholehog II expansion wings were used. Combined with WYSIWYG, the Wholehog II can make use of 'Autofocus', a feature of the software that allows two way communication between the console and your 'virtual stage' on the WYSIWYG monitor, allowing pre-programming of any show to be fast, accurate, and extremely cost efficient.

Pan and Tilt reported that many lighting designers made use of the facility by downloading the files and pre-programming their shows. Even more designers then made use of the on-site backstage suite saving a lot of time and stress for everybody involved and reducing the number of all-nighters that everybody had to work, a popular move by anybody's standard.