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Clay Paky flies high on Flight Facilities
Lighting Designer
Matthew Smith
SWS Melbourne
Photo Credits
Pat Stevenson and Life Without Andy
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Australia – Electronic producer duo Flight Facilities have soared through the Australian leg of their ‘Down To Earth’ tour, with lighting designer Matthew Smith of Colourblind specifying the ultra powerful and award-winning Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20s for his aviation- themed design.

Smith rigged two of the fixtures, supplied by SWS Melbourne, either side of the DJ decks, which were the focal point on stage.

“The B-EYEs are hung from three metres of 450mm box truss which extends out from the DJ console set piece. I wanted them to represent jet engines on an airplane,” explains Smith. “As always, I made use of the amazing effects you get from running the fixtures in shapes mode to create some really cool looks.”

The B-EYE’s front lens may be rotated to create never-seen-before graphic light effects. Flight Facilities played such intimate venues as The Forum in Melbourne and The Enmore theatre in Sydney, with Smith employing the fixtures to deliver tight columns of colour and twinkling effects.

“The colours that the B-EYE delivers are some of the best I’ve seen out of an LED fixture, and the zoom is fantastic,” continues Smith.

The Clay Paky B-EYE is brighter than any LED-wash with the same rated power and is made up of 37 RGBW LEDs for endless vibrant colour possibilities. It has a zoom range of 4° to 60° and is therefore suitable both for environments with low ceilings, such as the smaller venues on this tour, and for arena shows.

“I really do love using the B-EYEs and can’t wait to take them out on some more shows,” concludes Smith.

Flight Facilities continue their tour around the USA, before playing several Australian festival dates this summer plus a performance at the UK’s Bestival.

Show Technology is the distributor of the Clay Paky products in Australia.