The purpose of this competition is to find the best live laser jockey at the annual ILDA Conference.
Entrants must be current ILDA Members at the time of the competition. Entrants either must be registered for the full ILDA Conference, or must have paid the attendance fee for the Lase-Off/Laser Jockey event. The event will take place as part of the Lase-Off evening.
During the Lase-Off, each Laser Jockey entrant will perform for a maximum of 3 minutes, to music provided by ILDA. This will be music "with a beat" such as techno. The music will be selected from more obscure or lesser-known songs. The entrant will not know the music selection in advance.
All persons in the room who have paid to attend (as full Conference registrants or for the Lase-Off/Laser Jockey event) are eligible to vote, except for the entrants. ILDA will provide a voting form. For each performance, voters will give a single numeric score from 0 to 5 points. It is up to each voter as to what this score represents (artistry, creativity, musicality, overall impact, etc.).
After the performances are completed, the voting forms are collected. For each performance, the points are totaled. The entrants with the top three point totals are awarded First, Second and Third Place.
In case of a tie, a coin will be flipped to determine placement. This is because the trophies are already manufactured prior to the Conference; the only engraving is for First, Second and Third Place.
The only connection with the music is via the room's sound system. Entrants will NOT have an audio feed. They can use their own microphone to pick up the room sound.
For 2016, ILDA is trying to provide the following laser equipment: 4-6 RGB laser beam projectors. They will be arranged on stands in a row, all the same height and distance apart. All can be used for beam/atmospheric effects.
In addition, there is a sixth projector for graphic images. The graphics screen is centered on the stage.
There will be no effects, other than scanner-produced beams, atmospherics and graphics, allowed during the performance, even if available on the projector. This means no DMX- or MIDI-controlled lumia, gratings or other effects. This is to keep the competition focused on scanner beams & graphics.
For the 2016 competition, if you are using Pangolin equipment, the following applies: There will be two laptops set up, one with five QM2000.NET boards and one with five Flashback3QS boards. Each will have LD2000, BEYOND, and LivePRO installed. If you use these programs, you can bring just a USB drive with your workspace (frames etc.) to load onto the laptop. Pangolin is also providing AKAI APC-40 MIDI consoles if you wish to use them as controllers.
Some Pangolin users may prefer to use their own laptop and/or controller. If you wish to use your own laptop, you must plug into the USB cable provided by Pangolin with the QM2000.NET or the Flashback3QS cards. You will not be allowed to use your own QM or FB cards.
If you wish to use your own controller on Pangolin's laptops, please check with Pangolin prior to the ILDA Conference to be sure this is OK with Pangolin and that the controller drivers etc. can be installed.
For the Baltimore conference, there will not be audience scanning. All beams will be set to be at least 3 meters above the floor, and 2.5 meters laterally from where a person could stand or reach.
All five projectors will be aimed at the audience and thus can be used for audience scanning. (As noted above, if the rear-projection screen is down, the middle three projectors' beams are blocked from the audience and only the leftmost and rightmost projector will be audience scanning.)
Any systems with "projection zones", "image masking" or similar software-controlled beam power reduction can be adjusted during the setup time, prior to the Lase-Off. A reasonable time, no more than 5 minutes, will be allowed for this.
All persons using audience scanning during the Lase-Off will be required to certify to ILDA and to the host company that their scanned effects take into account audience safety; for example, no tunnels collapsing into a full-power beam. Further, they will not override safety features such as projection zones or safety lenses and thus increase beam power over the previously-set limits.
The entrants' equipment will be set up prior to the Lase-Off. ILDA will provide information onsite as to the timing of the setup and any rehearsal.
Each entrant has 15 minutes for setup and testing. This normally happens in the afternoon, on the day of the Lase-Off.
If they cannot set up in this time -- and this includes any laser safety settings such as projector zones -- then they will be disqualified.
The order of the entrants' performance shall be determined by the Lase-Off technical director, based primarily on ease of switching between equipment, and then by randomization.
For example, if three entrants are using the same equipment, these three should be grouped together to minimize switchover time. The position of the three in the overall order would then be randomized.
There is a time limit of four minutes between entrants, to allow for changing over and setting up from one entrant to the next. If any entrant goes over the 4-minute limit due to equipment or any other problems, then they are scratched and the next entrant can begin setting up.
In case of any problems, ILDA has the final say over whether an entrant will be able to perform. While ILDA will make its best efforts to accommodate all entrants, ILDA will not be responsible if there are technical, safety or other problems impeding or preventing a performance.
Entrants should note that currently the Lase-Off and Laser Jockey competition are informal events, primarily for fun and social interaction (notwithstanding the fact that winners also receive official ILDA Award trophies).
There is a maximum of twelve entrants. This is so that the event does not exceed more than about an hour.
If more than twelve persons enter, first priority is given to persons who paid for full Conference registration, based on the date of their registration payment (preference given to the earliest-paying registrants). This is then followed by persons who paid only for the Lase-Off/Laser Jockey event, again based on the date of their event registration payment.
Any entrant limitation shall be determined by the Executive Director based on his or her registration records.
This is an Awards vote, not an ILDA business vote as described in the Bylaws. This means each person in attendance counts as a single voter. (The voter must be a Full Conference registrant or Lase-Off single ticket buyer.)
The scores that voters give to the competitors are NOT multiplied by their ILDA membership category number of votes.
First, Second and Third Place trophies will be manufactured prior to the ILDA Conference; the trophies will not have the winners' names engraved.
The Laser Jockey winners' names will be listed along with other ILDA Artistic Award winners, and the Laser Jockey award counts as a standard ILDA Artistic Award.
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Photo: Kyle Garner and Tim Walsh at the 2014 Laser Jockey competition; photo by Patrick Murphy, ILDA