From the moment our friends at Strictly FX reached out to us with the chance to supply custom laser systems for the upcoming Coldplay world tour, we knew this was the chance to create something truly special.
Having the opportunity to support one of this generation's biggest musical acts was simply a massive honor, and once we realized the magnitude of the creative power at play, we knew we had to bring our best. Months of collaboration with the unparalleled team of special effects wizards at Strictly FX and hundreds of hours of in-house development, machining and prototyping all resulted in laser projectors that we named Triton.(Pictured above: Partially completed X-Laser Triton 36W laser projectors during the assembly process at X-Laser headquarters in Laurel, Maryland, USA.)
The Music of the Spheres Tour's lighting and staging setup calls for two versions of the Triton laser projector. The Triton 36, as its name suggests, brings an incredible 36 watts of balanced RGB power. Also an integral part of the lighting plot is the Triton 10; a 10-watt, audience-scanning projector that ends up housed inside each of the set's mirror ball spheres (as in "Music of the Spheres") that were custom fabricated by Tait Towers. The multiple Triton systems are also complemented on stage by additional laser hardware from German laser manufacturer Arctos, which supplied a set of its 15-watt Coral series systems for the production.
Our Triton lasers have to work—and look—great alongside industry-leading moving-head fixtures such as the Claypaky Xtylos and the Ayrton Perseo Profile and Domino S luminaires. Judging by the positive reaction the tour's lighting package is getting from fans, the creative team and the band itself, it's clear that all the fixtures and effects are working harmoniously.
The show's overall combination of lights, lasers, pyro and ambience reflects the world-class concert experience for which Coldplay is known. Plus, the fact that lasers draw much less electricity compared to standard lighting fixtures meshes well with the band's goal for the tour to be as environmentally sustainable as possible. As Coldplay travels the globe on tour through 2023, each performance is an experience that we are beyond proud to have helped create.
Check out these professional photos from the tour that highlight the use of lasers in the set, and be sure to support the photographers by following them on social!
Photos 1-5 by Steve Jennings; photos 6-10 by Mike Golembo
You can read more about the production of Coldplay's Music of the Spheres Tour in PLSN and Lighting & Sound America magazines:
Coldplay 'Music of the Spheres Tour' (PLSN)
Pythagorean Theorems: Working out the complex geometry of Coldplay's Music of the Spheres Tour (Lighting & Sound America, digital)
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