While doing the layout and color chart, you must be thinking ahead to how the cues will work with your plan. Does the layout give you the degree of flexibility you want? Does the color chart work as a palette in harmony with the music? A separate design skill now enters the picture. The designer must take the raw data from the light plot and make the design come to life in the same way a musician does with notes in the score.

From the first time you hear the artist's music, you should be mentally planning the choreography of your lighting, breaking down the music into cue points. Songs are like movies and novels; they have formulas. If you listen to a song all the way through first before writing anything, you will hear the ...

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