Students play key role in the April 6 Ludacris concert

Ludacris students

Student crew from the Department of Electronic Media Communication provided video and programming support for the campus concert of rapper Ludacris.

Students in the Department of Electronic Media Communication (soon to be Media Arts) provided all of the LED video content and programming support for the April 6 Ludacris concert at Murphy Center.

The student crew worked alongside the artists and campus production services to coordinate the stage setup.

“It was a massive effort,” said Mike Forbes, “but it looked phenomenal!”

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Students building the video wall.

Forbes, the EMC assistant director of technologies, leads the Media Technology class that provides the video wall for events all over campus. The crew handles the content and video elements for each of the acts, then loads up and stores the equipment after the concert.  

 

The $1 million LED video wall is on loan to the university from VER (Video Equipment Rentals) Nashville, a leading national provider of video wall installations for the concert industry. Students who are learning this technology are being hired directly by the companies in Nashville that are in need of people who know LED technology.

 

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Building the video wall for the Lucadris concert.

“We’ve been extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful relationship with companies and vendors in the Nashville area, such as VER, that have helped make this possible,” Forbes said.  

 

The concert kicked off at 8 p.m. and was free for MTSU students, faculty and alumni. Ludacris, Grammy Award-winning rapper, known for the hits “Southern Hospitality” and “Rollout,” is also a regular in the Fast and Furious franchise.

Ludacris lights

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