Depeche Mode, formed in 1980, continues to astound with its epic live performances. The Global Spirit Tour sees the band crossing the globe in support of Spirit, its 14th studio album. During the European leg alone, the boys will play to 1.5 million fans in 32 cities in 21 countries. And at each venue a pair of Hippotizer Boreal Media Servers will provide the technology required to manage the show’s video playback.
SRae Productions, the full-service design and production company owned by Sooner Routhier and Robert Long, takes charge of the tour lighting direction for Anton Corbijn’s production design.
For Depeche Mode, the Hippotizer is a playback machine. We used the system for IMAG effects on the rear wall. We also used the colour block system in some way, shape or form. We trace the screens to give them the look of being lined in modern, neon-esk lines. We also were able to use each LED tile as a lighting fixture, taking a bit of pressure off the content team.
Sooner Routhier, Show Designer/Creative Director/Producer, SRae Productions
Key to the success of this world tour’s video & lighting show is Hippotizer, Green Hippo’s award-winning proprietary software, including its ZooKeeper user interface. ZooKeeper talks to ‘The Engine’ (the core of the Hippotizer system) and the latest version enables best-ever real-time control.
We love the new layout and its workflow,” she said. Evaluating the latest version of Hippotizer V4 with previous release, Sooner added: “It’s still similar to V3, but with a bit of added flare, new functions and features. The ViewPort controls are fantastic! And we were absolutely thrilled with the technical support. It was really easy to get someone on the phone, the instant we needed help with anything at all.
Sooner Routhier, Show Designer/Creative Director/Producer, SSRae Productions
‘Depeche Mode managed something you don’t often experience at such large gigs: I could not see a single member of the crowd, from the front to the back of the enormous stadium floor to the very top of the place’s towering stands, without their arms aloft.’
James Hall- the Telegraph
The resulting show is a triumph for the band, SRae, and Hippotizer Media Servers. With a set-list bulging with hits from Depeche Mode’s extensive back catalogue, as well as new favourites from its critically acclaimed new album, Depeche Mode continue to show other bands how it’s done.
SRae has really become one of the foremost driving forces in touring production design today. Sooner and Robert love to push the limits of technology with their designs, requiring every piece of the system to work in unison in order to give the show the cohesive, seamless relationship between lighting and video that they are so well known for. We, at Green Hippo couldn’t be more honoured to be given the opportunity to support their designs, while also expanding the toolset.
Cory Froke, SuperTech at Green Hippo Media Technology