JDC Line Helps Mark Indochine’s 40th Anniversary Year


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San Fernando (USA), 14 th April 2021: GLP’s JDC Line was out in force when massive French
band Indochine began celebrating its 40th year by playing an exclusive broadcast show at
L’Espace Niemeyer in Paris recently.

This historic event was an isolated, audience-free gig for the French radio channel RTL2, which
was broadcast on air and online, and is also now available on YouTube.

“This was a very special place,” said lighting designer Jean-Christophe Aubrée. “The building was
designed by Oscar Niemeyer, and the band was playing in the main area which is a big
underground white dome with a ceiling made from thousands of metallic fins hung all over the
ceiling. Performing in a space that normally function as a 300-person conference room created
such a beautiful and unique raw atmosphere.”

The artistic direction is driven by the band’s front man Nicola Sirkis. “His brief was to animate the
domed ceiling as a galaxy, bringing even greater dimension to this awesome place,” continued
Aubrée. “Nicola was looking for a very neat and straightforward setup, avoiding the risk of
transforming the venue’s atmosphere into something more technical.”

The LD specified 10 of GLP’s new JDC Line among a small array of fixtures, all of which were
floor mounted.

The fixture itself is another of GLP’s popular hybrids, combining a powerful strobe line with an
LED pixel mapping stick, mixed by a special 500mm lens tube.

“I was originally introduced to the JDC Line by [GLP’s French representative] Bruno Souchard in
November 2020 during a demo of upcoming products. I don’t generally run after new products as
often they are a combination of different kinds of fixtures that work better individually than being
combined in a single piece. However, the JDC Line got my attention straight away as it seems to
be a really simple, efficient fixture—far and away better than most of the light bars available on
the market. It can be a strobe, a blinder, a neon light, a side or foot light with sufficient brightness
to play alongside the rest of the kit.”

The fixture could be seen as a source / lens behind the band members, and was sufficiently
discreet to respect the venue’s unique architecture. All 10 were pole-mounted upstage, and were
rock solid. “The frost lens provided with the fixture produced a really insane convex lens shape—
perfect for bringing depth into the camera pictures and a million miles from any terrible electronic
LED lens look! They were also extremely powerful, adding enormous visual energy to the show in
a small and discreet format.”

Aubrée ran them in standard pixel mode (Mode 5) from an MA Lighting grandMA2, allowing
animation of both white and colour strobe as separate cells. “With this 500 version the white
strobe can be divided into 20 linear cells while the color strobe is divided into 2 x 10 linear cells,
giving two lines of 10 pixels on each sides of the white strobe. This is a basic, but such an
efficient way of programming, especially for previz, as most of the pre-animated patterns are not
shown in 3D.

“The JDC Line gave a really fluent response and was perfectly in sync at any time. As for the
setup menu, this is straightforward and any operator will find themselves comfortable adjusting
the desired parameters.”

In fact, the entire process could not have been smoother as the JDC Line performed flawlessly.
“It met all my expectations and was unquestionably the most suitable fixture for this kind of show,
where efficiency and flexibility were the key words. And the frosted lens really went way beyond
my expectations—the first time I have ever enjoyed such a beautiful lens at low intensity within an
LED fixture.”

Finally, Aubrée credits stage manager, Quentin Crouin and his team from Prodjekt, the main
equipment provider, based in the North of France, as well as David Nulli and the MPM Audio
Light team for set-up support, and Martina Buchwald at GLP. Show production was handled by
the radio station itself.