The Light Side
By Luke Stratton Designs
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Lighting Designer and Audio Engineer Luke Stratton (Dopapod) sits down with various lighting designers, directors, and programmers from the live music industry to find out what makes them tick, what tools they use to get the job done, and what it means to be a wizard, a mad scientist, and sometimes even a Jedi.
||CleanEp007: Candace Brightman||Legendary Grateful Dead lighting designer Candace Brightman discusses her 40+ year career lighting live music and explains her design process through four decades of technological evolution. She also reflects on being a woman in a male dominated industry and the role psychedelics played in her career.||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp006: Phish Part 2 (Chris Kuroda, Andrew Giffin, Terry Smith)||In the 2nd half of their two part interview, Lighting Designer/Director Christopher Kuroda, Associate Designer and Programmer Andrew Giffin, and Lighting Crew Chief Terry Smith dig deep into the inner workings of Phish’s light rig. Recorded at Front-of-House and back stage inside Madison Square Garden during the band’s historic 13 night “Baker’s Dozen” run, Chris, Gif, Terry, and Luke discuss Gif and Terry’s origin backstories, the inner workings of programming the lighting and automation systems, and Kuroda’s secret tricks for lighting the vocal jam in You Enjoy Myself.||1/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp005: Phish Part 1 (Chris Kuroda, Andrew Giffin)||Lighting designer and director Christopher Kuroda and associate designer and Programmer Andrew Giffin tell all in this exclusive two part episode on Phish's new light rig. Recorded at Front-of-House inside Madison Square Garden during the band's historic 13 night "Baker's Dozen" run, Chris, Gif, and Luke discuss the new truss automation system, the history of Phish light rigs over the years, working with Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, and this season of Game of Thrones.||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp004: Michael Smalley||In this three hour marathon episode, Luke delves into the mind Michael Smalley of Twin Designs. From his storied history lighting EDM DJ/producer Bassnectar to his culturally rich experiences working with rapper Pitbull, Smalley tells all from his creative design process and the interworking of his lighting console to a crash course in “timecoding” and the balance of ego versus art.||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp003: Paul Hoffman||In the 3rd episode of the Light Side, host Luke Stratton sits down with lighting designer/director Paul Hoffman (Widespread Panic, The Dead, Fare Thee Well).||4/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp002: Greg Ellis||In the 2nd episode of the Light Side, host Luke Stratton sits down with lighting design/production designer Greg "The Lazer Shark" Ellis of Pretty Lights.||12/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp001: Jefferson Waful||In the premier episode of the Light Side, host Luke Stratton sits down with lighting design/director Jefferson Waful of Umphrey's McGee. Topics include how Waful became an LD, his influences, how he lays out his console, and his experience working with Phish and Chris Kuroda last winter in Mexico.||11/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Informative and Entertaining .. Great Work !
I enjoyed this episode and I'm definitely amped for future podcasts !
This got me to pursue lighting
I've been a musician (now software developer) my entire life. After listening to the interview with Chris Kuroda and Giffin (been a Phish Phan since the 90's), I've decided to pursue an armature career in lighting. I've always been interested, but hearing the passion from Stratton has got me geeking out. Well done Luke. Keep them (and videos) coming. I'm your new biggest phan ;)
Where is Part 2 of Phish/CK5?
Loved the first part, but it's been almost 3 months and no sign of part two.