New York (February 27, 2007)–Techno and Rave culture in the U.S. isn’t quite the force it is in Europe, but the culture still has its highwater marks. Here, one of the biggest events of the year is the Bang! Music Festival in Florida. This year’s edition recently took place and key to the event was Daft Punk, bringing together not only beats and bleeps but a conceptual stage show, featuring a fusion of lights, LED and video. Technical Production Manager for the Bang! Music Festival in Florida, Andre Serafini, used a d&b J-Series PA rig for the show.
He explained, “This was very much an eleventh hour production. As soon as we saw the renderings of their huge triangular set with a mass of Pixel Line, Versa Tubes and video wall we knew there was no way we could put other acts that same stage on in front of that stuff without revealing the magic.” Hence, an additional 60 x 40 outdoor stage was built just for the group’s set. That meant, however, that the stage needed its own PA.
Serafini noted, “My company, Beach Sound Incorporated, already had the other four stages covered, but we were max’ed out equipment-wise with some simultaneous corporate events elsewhere taking the last of our inventory. However, this needed to be a top line system; Daft Punk has a reputation for extreme high energy performance, I didn’t want to draw upon any old pick-up system.”
While Serafini had recently purchase a d&b audiotechnik Q-Series line array for a specific installation, he’d also recently seen a demo of d&b’s J-Series, a full size line array. “It was astonishing,” said Serafini, “I didn’t think a midsize line source box could exceed a large frame system’s output and performance. Very fat and rich sounding.” The J-Series rig being demonstrated belonged to Spectrum Sound out of Nashville, “They’d obviously done a good job there” he continued, “so I had no hesitation in contracting them there and then to cover the Daft Punk extra stage for Bang! Music.”
Daft Punk’s audio supervisor Peter Franco remarked of the system afterwards, “I thought the clarity was great. Frequency response was pretty stellar, and we had good coverage all the way to the back.” It may have been four o’clock in the morning when Daft Punk came on, but reportedly the performance was a hit.