My Morning Jacket (MMJ) founder and frontman Jim James embarked on a solo tour this autumn, opening on the West Coast and closing Dec. 18 at Iron City, Birmingham, Alabama. Veteran MMJ Designer Marc Janowitz conceived a "forest” of 57 Solaris Mozarts as a main design feature for the tour.
"The Mozarts are used as stand-alone fixtures,” explains Janowitz, "each one mounted at the end of goosenecks, LP claws, mic stand boom arms, and other lightweight audio accessories. I designed them to look as if they were growing out the ends of these "branches.” There are sets of these "trees” downstage, mid-stage and upstage, creating a three-dimensional forest of lights for Jim and his band. Mozarts are super bright, but not in a way that it hurts to look at them, and although they’re promoted as RGB their mixed white is excellent.”
Space optimization is always a major consideration for bus/trailer tours. Janowitz adds, "I’m always on the lookout for lightweight light sources that can be dispatched with minimal structure or rigging. The 4x4-inch, one-pound Mozart is the perfect solution for creating an intentional and unique environment that is flexible and diverse. We’re using them primarily as a lighting and environmental source, although we do pixel-map them for a few songs.”
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