If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good light show. Some of my fondest memories of summers growing up in Georgia were the laser light shows they used to have at Stone Mountain. Something about 80s country songs and animated laser light flapping American flags just spoke to 9 year old me.
As I’ve grown older, my some of my tastes have changed. For example, I live and breathe electronic music and modern country has long since fallen off of my radar. I still love a good light show, however. These days, it seems like electronic musicians have engaged in a form of of LED panel/laser light oneupsmanship—much to my delight. Below is a selection of some of the greatest light shows out there today.
Let’s start off with what many consider the “clarion call” of this electroluminescent arms race. Daft Punk at Coachella 2006. The lights, the pyramid, everything about it was complete eye candy. The word-of-mouth reaction to the show and the videos on YouTube made their 2007 ‘Alive’ tour the music event of that year.
Canadian producer Deadmau5’s show at Coachella 2010 was obviously influenced by Daft Punk. From the off-axis cube platform to the animated helmet Deadmau5 took the best parts and made them his own.
Not to be outdone, dubstep artist Bassnectar took the concert light show to dizzying heights in 2011 with the most eardrum pounding in-your-face experience.
Sometimes, however, you also get let down. This year, Simon Posford of Shpongle toured with the “Shpongletron Experience”. Judging by the video below, many expected it to be a raucous experience. However, from personal experience, I’ll just say it was a bit of a let down.
Now that 2012 is coming to a close, all I can do is wait in rapt anticipation to see what some of my favorite artists have in store for us next. UNTIL NEXT CONCERT SEASON!!!