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Lightco Installs New €4.4m Eindhoven Music Complex Lighting

3 November 2008 16.30 BST

(Eindhoven) - PR XL575’s provide PopEi with beam versatility

Situated in the Strijp-S — formerly one of the many concrete utility Philips factories in Eindhoven — PopEi has become one of the first tenants of a new cultural development area, relocating from its previous dilapidated and polluted premises in nearby Zoutstraat with the aid of a €4.4m grant from the local government.

Situated on four floors, PopEi opened last month to reveal 16 rehearsal rooms, a recording and demo studio, 250-capacity performance space, café/restaurant at the front — and all necessary service areas and dressing rooms.

With a low ceiling height, which prevented the use of trussing, and a limited budget, Rob Bours enlisted Lightco for his visual requirements, while sister Ampco Group company, TM Audio, oversaw the sound.

Knowing that the entertainment would range from full on rock bands to all night DJ trance sessions Bours’ solution was eight of PR Lighting’s XL575 heads — which exclusively provide the moving lighting.

Operated from a Flying Pig Systems Road Hog (and powered by 48-ch ETC SmartPak dimmers), the fixtures are divided equally between the stage and dancefloor, where one is fixed to each corner of the rectangular grid.

The XL 575 uses a Philips MSI 575W short arc discharge lamp enhanced by a high quality and efficient optical system. Major features include: large-scale linear zoom, one rotating gobo wheel plus one fixed gobo wheel, two colour wheels, bi-directionally rotating indexable prisms, one frost and one colour correction filter, focus and dimmer, iris and much more.

The technical manager was aware of the Ampco Group’s pedigree installing technical infrastructures through a number of the country’s leading venues — including near neighbour, de Effenaar — where Bours himself worked for many years, before joining PopEi five years ago.

“I chose TM Audio and Lightco because they really helped us along the way — even before we were ready to place the order — and I needed people who could really advise us, particularly on the lighting.” As for the sound, he has judiciously reused some of the equipment from the old venue, mixed with newly-supplied TM Audio kit (including the new Martin Audio LE1200 and LE1500 stage monitors).

Under the direction of Fred Sparringa, PopEi (‘Ei’ means egg in Dutch, suggesting that the venue will nurture new talent) has much to look forward to. “Bands can rehearse here, record their albums here, do their demos and perform,” says Bours. In addition the facility hosts choirs, band workshops and even dance schools.





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