Mando Diao on Tour
For the video design of their current tour, the Swedish band Mando Diao chose Matt Finke from LOOP LIGHT GmbH with a Pandoras Box Media Server, the brand new Widget Designer PRO and a Nintendo Wii Controller.
Production Manager Roland Beckerle and Lighting Designer Robert Claesson created the concept for the Mando Diao performance. For their specific needs they were looking for a video designer specializing in both content design and live operation. The basic lighting design needed to be completed with video elements and from their very first conversations the three of them realized that they were speaking the same design language and that they complemented one another well.
The main goal in video design was to transport the style and musical atmosphere of the band through videos, pictures and effects. The video operation should also follow the strong vitality of the band’s live performance. The Pandoras Box Media Server had four live inputs for finger cams, pit camera and B-Stage camera and was controlled via a GrandMA ultra-light. A coolux Media Manager was used at the FOH for content management.
Matt Finke about the Video design: “Pandoras Box made an overwhelming good job during the tour. When creating my designs, my main focus is to integrate the artist and to achieve a certain dynamic for the whole installation. The Widget Designer PRO from coolux is a magic box offering an unlimited range of creative brain childs. For the Mando Diao tour we integrated Nintendo Wii controllers which were mounted on the artists’ microphone stands. We’re using the acceleration sensors of the Wii Controller to take influence on the picture effects. Furthermore, the band can control the audience blinders over a keystroke on the Wii Controller and thus can actively influence the light show. The band has integrated this creative opportunity on the fly. They were not forced to learn something new but were able to just do what they always did: ROCK!”
Mando Diao singer Björn Dixgård: "I like the idea, it’s great!"