How to use stage lighting to express music?

What is the success of a party or a show? The stage lighting design effect play a very important role. The ideal stage lighting effect is to better accentuate the music atmosphere and express the music idea.

Whether a party or a TV show is wonderful or not, the lighting design of the lighting engineer is very important. The gorgeous effect of stage lighting can give audience a visual impact. The lighting effect also has an irreplaceable role in manufacturing and adjusting the scene atmosphere. The stage lighting design can drive the scene to resonate and make people remember it. It can be said that the lighting is a gorgeous coat for a party and show. Without the lighting effect, the party loses its viewability.

Nowadays, there are many types of stage lightings. Except for traditional beam lights, spotlights, many effect lights that render the atmosphere, including computer scanning lights, wash lights, moving head lights, as well as sky roses and laser lights. With so many types of lightings, how can a lighting designer use them reasonably to express the ideal lighting effect?

The design of stage lighting relies on the imagination of a designer. It is only possible to realize if the effect is thought of. The foundation of imagination is the understanding of music. Music is the basis and purpose of the design of lighting effects, that is, lighting effects are better to accentuate music atmosphere and express music concepts.

Then let’s talk about how to use stage lighting to express and enhance music!

The mood of music determines the tone of light

The mood of music is colored, such as warm and passionate music, then the light can be used in warm colors, such as red and yellow light. For gentle music, you can use the light blue cold tone.

With the understanding and grasp of the mood of music, we can determine the general tone of light, which kind of music uses which tone color of light.

The rhythm of music determines the rhythm of light

This is what we usually call the co-shooting of light and music.

First of all, you must understand whether the beat of music is four, three, or eight or six, and understand the strong and weak beats. You can use different colors of light and light strength to match the beat of music. If the music is fast, then the light doesn’t have to match every beat, its weak shots can be ignored, only strong shots are reflected, and the rest of the music can be reflected in the dark field.

We can use the changes in the value, intensity, color, and type of stage lighting to reflect the changes in note length, intensity, pitch, and tone.

The structure of music determines the structure of light

We divide the structure of light into physical structure and non-physical structure. Lighting designers often divide the beam light, moving head light, and wash light into different levels, to install in different combinations to form the three-dimensional space effect of the light. This is physical structure (spatial structure).

A piece of music consists of an intro, an interlude, a main melody, and a sub-melody. The lighting should also be divided into different parts, and different combinations and different variations, to reflect different parts of music.

We can make some light changes according to the needs of the rhythm and melody of the music. Then combine the different parts of the music to express them in different ways. The different combinations of these light movement changes constitute the non-physical structure of the lights .

Some special important details in music should be reflected by light

The essence in music, the vSOLO of a certain instrument is a wonderful part of a song, and the stage lighting should be emphasized and reflected.

The design of stage lighting should be based on music, with the purpose of accentuating the rendering of the music atmosphere. Therefore, lighting designers must have a deep understanding of the structure and content of music, in order to design satisfactory lighting effects.

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