I play live in the UK a lot - sometimes in electronic acts; sometimes in bands; sometimes where I am purely doing visuals. The common problem that I’ve come across is that unless you are playing a fairly large and serious production, there are always issues with the visual component. Even in venues that are set up with large LED walls or screens and projectors and crap like that - You get stuck with a dickish AV person, or a broken HDMI line, or poor communication from promoters. Not to mention tiny places which have no screens or projectors. No matter how well prepared you are; no matter how many different adapters or converters or projectors or shite you bring, this crap always happens and often has resulted in me not being able to perform, or display any of the visuals that I’ve spent so much time creating and setting up. When it works, it’s brilliant, but often it does not.
Anyway… Given that this is the nature of live performance in small to medium sized places in the UK, I am wondering about self sufficient, portable setups which I could use that would be portable and could be used wherever we went. This must be something that other folks have considered. So far I’ve thought about:
- Multiple CRTs. Heavy. Bulky.
- Some kind of short throw projector. Won’t help if there’s no screen…
- Projecting onto us instead of a wall/screen. Kinda meh as I lose a lot of the detail, colours, etc.
- A bunch of large, old cheap digital plasma flat screens that I could just… stack.
- A white sheet?!
I’ve tried a bunch of things, and none have been great. Perhaps getting a really decent, high power projector with a short throw might work for displaying stuff on us… but I do also like the idea of a few big plasma screens. Is that even plausible for a decent price? I would need some kind of HDMI multiplier or something… or maybe an ‘LED wall’ distributor.
If there was some kind of flexible screen that I could roll up and plug an HDMI or composite into… brilliant, but…
Anyway, I open up the floor to all of your experience and expertise. Any tips or thoughts welcome.