Robert Plant and his band The Sensational Space Shifters returned to The Royal Albert Hall on Friday 8 December 2017. They haven’t played in this amazingly iconic building in nearly 4 years; their returning solo performance was a sell out and eagerly anticipated by the industry and fans alike. The event didn’t disappoint, Plant and his band delivered an array of new and old songs to the captivated audience.
Having been approached by Trolcharm the weekend prior to the concert. Matrix obviously did what Matrix is renowned for, seamlessly delivered the client brief all be it on a very short timespan. Matrix was asked to project a live camera cut to enhance the audience experience of Robert Plant in the Albert Hall.
To do this, Matrix supplied a 6 Camera system; One Sony HXC with 90 LENS (FOH), Three Sony Brc-h900 (downstage edge) and 2 Marshall CV 500 (keys and drums). The camera input was fed into the Matrix PPU and mixed by the Camera Director, utilising the Ross Carbonite Black mixer. This “mix” was fed to two Laser projectors (supplied by Matrix) on the touring front truss via the touring catalyst.
Ruary Macphie from Matrix comments “As Camera Director for this event, I had a long conversation with Robert Plant and discussed the style of imagery he wanted – it was to be organic with very few ‘TV shots’. Using the DVE Channels on the desk we sent a heavily treated camera mix to the catalyst where Josh Key (media server specialist and part of the matrix team) used the catalyst to add to the effects. The combined Treatments gave a very unique representation of the music which was in line with the wishes of Robert Plant.’