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Eden, San Antonio

November / December 2008


Eden, San Antonio, has celebrated its tenth anniversary in style with a full make-over including the installation of a state-of-the-art video curtain.

Eden has reinvented itself, what was once an 18-30’s club is now a credible alternative and is feisty competition to Es Paradis which is located right next door. Together they are putting up a fair fight against their rival clubs Space and Pacha located across the island.
Eden has a huge capacity, it is split over two floors, has 13 bars, and three music rooms. Its playlist includes R&B, trance, funky house, electro and minimal.
With its latest install Eden is attracting some big names including DJ Pete Tong, who actually worked alongside the installers on the design process. It was UK based company Microchunk Ltd who completed the lighting and video install. Managing director, Irina Levy said: “The concept for Wonderland (Tong’s weekly club night in Ibiza this summer) came from Pete Tong - in terms of music policy, artwork and dancers but the visuals installation was left very open for us to propose ideas in line with the architecture of the club.”
The idea was to incorporate the lighting into the sound environment and be able to change it in tune with the audiences mood. To achieve this Microchunk’s Todd Graft designed the main dancefloor with a 360º installation made up of a wide panelled screen and a LED curtain. Then they devised an image package, drawing inspirations from slick disco glam to low-fi street art in the form of animations, film, and 3D graphics. The video curtain is the first of its kind to be installed in a club anywhere in the world. The  technology of the LED beads which the curtain was made up of was a new concept for the designers and they had to construct it piece by piece.
The control for the visual effects was provided by a pre-release Addict server, the idea came from Graft and Pixel Addict’s Dave Green who had working together previously. Microchunk set out to Beta test the server over the summer at Eden which was preparing to launch at London’s matter in September (see our matter review on page 56). Using a Beta (hardware and software) was extremely challenging in a live environment – two of them were needed, although technically one could control both outputs. There is also a third HD server, the Hippotizer as a live input - to cope with live VJ styles.
Spanish distributor Adagio delivered Martin Audio, MC2, XTA products and along with the other equipment local company Sonitec completed the install. The DJ booth is fitted out with Pioneer equipment, including DJM-800 mixers, EFX-1000 effects units and CDJ-1000s. There is also a turntable to accommodate any DJ’s who bring along vinyl. The whole sound system in the main room is by Martin Audio, which is a state-of-the-art system custom designed especially for Eden nightclub. The system set up is changed each day to achieve an original sound for each night of the week.
The second room, formally known as the Funky Room, is home to the Lovebox on Fridays (part of the Groove Armada label) for which a Funktion One sound system has been installed alongside more Pioneer mixers and Martin Audio monitors and full sub bass unit. The decoration is fairly minimal, comprising a smoke machine, lasers, revolving glitter balls and coloured lights which creates the ideal vibe for this room. The third room is the White Room which was originally the VIP area but has now become a small party room and is fitted with a DJ console in the centre of the room.
Of the finished project Levy says the most successful element is “Definitely the overall impact. The balance was very important - a darker screen used as a cinematic backdrop to bright LED beads. The 360º visual element was achieved - we plan to take that even further next year by extending into the dome in the back
room.”


TECHNICAL INFORMATION

SOUND
12 x Martin Audio H3T; 12 x Martin Audio WS218W; 72 x Martin Audio HTK CT06; 3 x MC2 E-25; 9 x MC2 E-45; 1 x XTA DP446; Pioneer DJM-800; Pioneer EFX-1000; Pioneer CDJ-1000

LIGHTING & VIDEO
1888 x Chi- sphere Beads; 2 x Pixel Addicts Addict servers; 1 x Green Hippo Hippotizer V3; 2 x Sanyo XT35L projectors; 1 x Van der Graaf custom made video screen

www.edenibiza.com

 

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