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Kinesys control system for Zac Brown Band tour
Zac Brown Band's ‘Jekyll + Hyde' North American stadium tour was the band's largest tour to date and featured a production design created by James Scott and Louis Oliver, of UK-based creative specialist Okulus, which involved several moving elements with a Kinesys control system at its core.
ARS has used Kinesys control on every Zac Brown Band tour that they have rigged - most recently the presence was seen in the acrobatics featured during the band's show with members of the band flying across the stage supported by rigs using the Kinesys control.
The Kinesys control system was specified by the tour’s rigging contractors Atlanta Rigging Systems (ARS) and was running 39 axes of movement facilitated by 38 Lodestar 1 tonne chain hoists and a custom screen element. Ten of the axes ran with Kinesys variable speed Elevation 1+ controllers while 28 ran with encoded fixed-speed hoists. The system also featured eight pile-wind winches, which were custom-fabricated by ARS to control a gauze screen in front of the stage to be used as a projection surface at integral moments throughout the show.
To ensure the entire set was visually fluid 19 sections of truss on the rig were designed to move - primarily providing lighting positions - and were suspended on the 38 Lodestars, including a fan of five ‘spine’ trusses mid-stage centre. The Kinesys control system and Vector software was being operated on the road by Michael Shields aka ‘The Lord of Automation’.
(Photos: Andy Sapp, Southern Reel)
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