Il Mass Spectrometer Lightshow e il Cerebrum Light

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Il Mass Spectrometer Lightshow e il Cerebrum Light

Postby Rael Matrix » 08 Aug 2007, 13:28

Sono nomi per indicare il gestore delle luci e il tipo di fornitura negli show che vanno dagli anni 69 al 74.

Lo Mass Spectrometer Lightshow fu usato negli anni 69 e 70. I Genesis lo usarono il 24 gennaio 1970 all'Ewell Technical College.
Facevano da spalla agli Atomic Rooster.
Atomic Rooster

Mass Spectrometer Lightshow

Il Cerebrum Lights fu usato il 9 luglio al Kingston Polytechnic.
Con i Genesis c'erano: Chicago Climax, Wild Wally & Mirrors.
Chicago Climax

Wild Wally

Cerebrum Lights

Dalle memorie dei datori delle luci:
The Mass Spectrometer Lightshow, based in Surrey, ran from 1969 to 1970 (semi-pro) and Cerebrum Lights from 1970 to around 1974, when they started putting the projectors into mothballs in favour of stage lighting. Cerebrum Lights became Cerebrum Lighting Sales in 1974 and Cerebrum Lights Ltd. in 1976, by which time they had moved into wholesale of effects lighting. John Lethbridge who ran these lightshows sold his interest in the company to Lighting Technology Group only two months ago (2000), 30 years after the first show as Cerebrum Lights.

From John:
As Mass Spectrometer, we were resident lightshow at Eel Pie Island in Twickenham and The Star in Croydon and during '69-'70 we worked with Atomic Rooster, Black Sabbath, Chicago Climax Blues Band, Edgar Broughton Band, Caravan, East of Eden, Egg (whose keyboard player freaked if you used a strobe), Free, Genesis, Grope, Hawkwind, Keef Hartley's Apaches, Junior's Eyes, Idle Race, Juicy Lucy, Love Sculpture, Mott The Hoople, Quintessence, Rare Bird, Small Faces, The Strawbs, Stray, Tuesday's Children, Uriah Heep, and Van Der Graaf Generator.

Our first experimental projector was my Father's 12v 50w Boots cheapo cheapo - he freaked when he went to show his holiday slides and found coloured ink all over the projector. Our first projectors in the light show were Hanimax Halinamats, which we took the heat filters out of to boil the slides, but before long, we realised we needed Aldis Tutor's to do it properly - starting with the original tungsten 500 watt model, and eventually progressing onto Rank Aldis Tutor 2's, which all the respectible light shows used. Rank, in their wisdom, decided the Tutor 2 got too hot, so they brought out the Tutor 2e with additional ventilation and a second heat filter. This was a pig, because we had to take out the heat filter to boil the liquids, and it was hard to achieve in the Tutor 2e.

As the lightshow progressed we got to work with acts like David Bowie, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, The Faces, Elton John, The Nice, Pink Floyd, Queen (who were managed by my friends Paul Conroy & Lindsay Brown and were third on the bill!!!) and Yes. When The Nice split up, we had become a professional stage lighting company as Cerebrum Lights and lit every gig for Refugee (Lee Jackson and Brian Davison from The Nice plus Patrick Moraz on keybords) and the first European tour for Bad Company. Bowie was one of the first acts to insist on stage lighting and Genesis, Deep Purple and The Who all invested in their own PAR can rigs in the early 70's, which killed off the projected lightshows in the U.K., but it was great fun while it lasted........
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