August - September 2016
Music At Barry Mill
I was asked to supply and install decorative lighting at Barry Mill for an annual day of live “Music At The Mill”. I love outdoor events like these, partly because they replace Party In The Field - which is on hiatus.
I worked alongside an acquaintance from The Rep who supplied the LED wash batons for the ale bar, and the parcans for floodlighting the grounds. In hindsight I should have let him use his slightly better festoon harness on the front of the bar - his had more lamp holders and was an exact fit for the bar whereas mine doubled back on itself.
I decorated the apple tree with LED fairy lights (cold & warm white) along with some LED color-changing floodlights high up in the branches, providing a gentle wash on the branches and people below.
The band marquee had a festoon harness for decorative but also general light, powered from a separate circuit. Typically, a (new) lamp went out of each harness once the bands were on-stage. In addition, we had LED PAR cans, floods and disco scanners also on stage.
I installed some festoons with Chinese paper lanterns and my special hand-painted bulbs inside the kiln/mingling area, but forgot to take photos of them. The ale was from MòR Brewery and featured: Calm & Wise and Tea Vicar?
Long weekend with DJ Ross
Ross and I had our work cut out: a disco in Klozet and a birthday celebration in Roseangle art gallery.
Buy Cheap, Buy Often
I bought some cheap (1st clue) LED par cans from eBay (2nd clue). I wasn’t expecting touring-grade performance but I was expecting some mileage out of them. They lasted 2 gigs before the PSU exploded, leaving the generous 13A fuse in the plug intact. The seller now pretends not to understand english, but eventually agreed to a refund if I used an untracked postal service I’d never heard of outside the eBay ecosystem. Buy cheap and you buy often.
After some diagnosis and repair, it transpired the rectifier diodes had failed short, thus blowing the fusible inrush resistor. I modified the fixture to accept a 12v input from an old modem/router PSU, giving full RGB goodness but no KABLAMMO! I’d advise you to buy from a reputable seller, but if you absolutely must cheap out, at least replace the crappy PSU.
Alba Real Ale Fest & KT Tunstall
I had a long weekend with audioWAVE; first The Alba Real Ale Festival at The Royal Tay Yacht Club in Broughty Ferry, Dundee and then providing PA for KT Tunstall at The Byre, Inchyra. The Alba Ale Fest lights were supplied by a different Steve (Page). I also bumped into an ex-lecturer who had gone to the dark side (environmental noise control). We had to keep the total sound from the stage & PA system below 90dB because of a moaning NIMBY, who chooses to live beside a rail line…
I had a nice 5-cup sampler of the various 40+ ales on offer during the gig: Grape Vine, Bad Day At The Office, St Andrews, Loch Lomond & Harviestoun. Reece made a new best pal who talked his arse off about starting a video production company with him.
Cookies Bar, Hilltown
DJ Ross and I had been asked to put on a disco in Cookies bar in the Hilltown, Dundee - the owners of the venue also owned The Gauger. I was originally booked and cancelled again for: a crew gig, an outside lighting hire and a house party on this day.
Normally when my disco lights are powered up, they usually default to S2L mode. This being a Celtic pub, they all chose their moment to start up in static blue.
What happens in Cookies, stays in Cookies. Dancing on tables for instance. You’ll have to join us next time.
Wedding with Restless Natives
I was asked to do lights for a friend’s wedding in Kirriemuir Town Hall and spent weeks planning it. My early purchase of light mounting clips was scuppered by an eBay seller who took my money, lied about sending the product, abused me then claimed that was her son… I arrived on the day, to find the LED strings put up with cheap last-minute replacement mounting clips had fallen off. No-one noticed the Gaffa tape I used instead.
A few wedding guests informed me they would not have noticed had I not drawn their attention to it. I used my usual disco lights with some extra scans, LED PARcans & floodlights, LED fairy lights around the perimeter walls and on the balcony in addition to Chinese paper lanterns, again with my special hand-painted bulbs inside. My fear of heights and lack of a flying system prevented me installing lanterns on the central truss.
I’m not scared of heights, I’m scared of falling and stopping suddenly.
There was a basic wash onstage for the band and a mirror ball lit by the in-house follow-spots, when they weren’t on the cake or happy couple during the first dance.
Queens Hotel Dundee Wedding
I was pushed to get all the lighting gear out of Kirrie Town hall (somewhat worse for wear) back home and prepped again, showered, shaved and off to Dundee to meet DJ Ross for another wedding in The Queens Hotel. It went pretty smoothly, bar Ross’ mouse dying, leaving me to borrow one from the hotel reception.
I tried taking a selfie in front of a mirror, which reflected me taking a selfie in front of a mirror, which reflected me taking a selfie in front of a mirror, which reflected me taking a selfie in front of a mirror, but it was too washed out to publish.
RTYC Wedding Reception
One More Thing…
Reece and I came up with an idea for a game-show - like the numbers round of Countdown - the contestants are given a resistor value at random, and they must make this with series/parallel combinations of 10 randomly chosen standard resistor values. #BigClive.
Been listening to new albums from Leftfield and Jon Pleased Wimmin, as well as Suede, Daft Punk, Cast, Budgie, Small Faces, Richard Ashcroft, Morcheeba, Gramatik, Ozzy, Simple Minds & Divinyls.
Emit redder time?