W-DMXâ„¢ by Wireless Solution Sweden AB recently helped make a monumental concert possible in a delicate setting. Rome authorities rarely give permission for concerts to be held inside the Colosseum but made an exception for legendary Andrea Bocelli to sing in a benefit to help victims of the April 6 Italian earthquake.
Bocelli, together with conductor Marcello Rota and the Symphonic Orchestra of Abruzzo put on a spectacular and emotional 90-minute concert, broadcast live across Europe.
The concert was produced and organized by Four One Music & Events in collaboration with Comune di Roma and the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage of the Capital. Bocelli sang 12 arias and Neapolitan songs to an elite audience of several hundred people who paid 1,000 euros ($1,400) a ticket to witness the historical event. The proceeds of the evening were given in support of Abruzzo, to help rebuild the music conservatory of L'Aquila, which was severely damaged in the quake that killed some 300 people.
Lighitng designer Nicola-Manuel Tallino created a scheme which not only played up the charm of the famed monument, but also followed strict guidelines as to what could and could not be installed. Because wires and cables were forbidden, Tallino turned to W-DMX for wireless control of the fixtures.
24 SGM Giotto Spot 1500 fixtures lit the lower sections of the stage, with 12 Giotto Beam 1500 moving head projectors, supplied by AgorÃ , lining the perimeter of the arena to give backlight. The soft pastels complimented the architecture of the arena. The Giottos have W-DMX receivers built directly into the fixtures and ship directly from the factory.
The console was connected to a single W-DMX S-1 Transmitter and broadcast the DMX signal wirelessly to perfection for the entire duration of the concert, in spite of a heavy amount of live broadcast equipment and thick ancient stone walls.
SGM Lighting Group was a pioneer in implementing W-DMX technology as default into their fixtures starting in 2006 with the Palco 5 and continuing with the Synthesis and Giotto 1500 Series.
More and more OEM applications are proving the multitude of benefits in offering a wireless DMX option with their products. In addition to saving time and money, the elimination of excess cable leaves an eco-friendly carbon footprint, which is becoming ever important in all applications.
W-DMXâ„¢ by Wireless Solution Sweden AB has become the world standard for wireless DMX, winning awards on both sides of the Atlantic. W-DMXâ„¢ “outshone the rest” in an independent test (Lighting & Sound International). Specified with perfect results in high-profile lighting projects everywhere, W-DMX has been used for lighting the Pyramids of Giza; Céline Dion's Taking Chances Tour; Times Square in New York City; the 2008 Nobel Prize Banquet; the world's largest Ferris wheel, the Singapore Flyer; and many more.
For more information about W-DMXâ„¢ by Wireless Solution, visit www.wirelessdmx.com.