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Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving Light in Theatre, Live Performance, Broadcast, and Entertainment by Richard Cadena

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Chapter 21

Digital Lighting

Once there was a time when the bringing-forth of the true into the beautiful was called technology. And art was simply called techne.—Martin Heidegger, German philosopher

The year 1999 was a watershed in automated lighting. At LDI in November of that year, Light & Sound Design (now part of PRG) displayed the first digital light, called the Icon M. It was a moving yoke fixture that projected “soft gobos”—gobos that could be created with software rather than hardware—and animation created by the use of a Texas Instruments Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) under the control of a microprocessor. It was the first time that the idea of marrying automated lighting and video was presented to the industry, and after it was ...

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