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Posted: Jul 22, 2017 18:29:29

Please post your reviews of the French display here!

Trav.


Posted: Jul 23, 2017 03:47:30   Edited by: fredbastien

Des conditions météorologiques estivales parfaites et un auditoire un peu plus nombreux que celui des feux précédents ont constitué l’arrière-plan de cette excellente production pyromusicale de Féérie. Avec un récit plus simple que ceux de Roméo et Juliette en 2007 et de Jules Verne en 2012, ce spectacle de près de 31 minutes proposait plutôt une Évolution de la musique, avec un accent particulier sur des oeuvres contemporaines.

La conception technique est l’un des points forts de cette performance. En ajoutant une 5e rampe constituée de cinq plateformes, l’équipe française a exploité au maximum les possibilités du site, en particulier par des mises en scène mettant en relief la profondeur de la zone de tir. Dans plusieurs tableaux, des effets pyrotechniques de bas niveau (des fontaines, des strobes et des fusées éclairantes, notamment) apparaissaient simultanément sur les rampes 3, 4 et 5. On note aussi l’emploi, très peu fréquent, de pièces rotatives horizontales. Ainsi, sur la musique “Royal Garden Blues”, quatre de ces pièces installées sur des échafaudages ajoutés devant la rampe 3 ont efficacement permis la création de spirales incandescentes.

D’entrée de jeu, une narration courte et efficace a situé la thématique du spectacle, en exposant principalement la naissance de la musique : le bruit occasionné par les pierres qui s’entrechoquent, l’ajout des voix, la recherche du rythme, tout cela accompagné d’effets synchronisés à la note près. La bande sonore en 18 parties allait nous transporter à travers cette évolution. Mais après quelques segments évoquant la préhistoire, on nous a rapidement catapultés dans la 2e moitié du 20e siècle, évacuant complètement la musique classique, un choix un peu surprenant, pour laisser la place à de la musique contemporaine et plus populaire. De brèves interruptions séparaient la plupart de ces segments, dont certains étaient des versions “live” avec cris et applaudissements. La synchronisation sur cette bande sonore était généralement excellente, mais il y a eu quelques lacunes, notamment sur “We Will Rock You” où la correspondance avec les percussions n’était pas parfaite.

La conception pyromusicale présentait un certain nombre d’idées intéressantes. La création de formes de toutes sortes par le tir vertical d’étoiles hautement synchronisées a permis de tracer un “I” en vert, un coeur en rouge, et un “U” en jaune en ouverture de One love, qui a ensuite repris cet ensemble chromatique. Sur Johnny B. Goode, des roues ont fait tournoyer des gerbes, parfois pour une seule révolution, suivant le rythme saccadé de la trame sonore. Le tableau sur Hallelujah de Leonard Cohen, avec une accumulation de comètes, de queues de cheval et de “saules pleureurs” était très réussi. D’autres choix m’ont laissé un peu plus perplexe, par exemple l’emploi restreint de la couleur bleue sur “Blue Suede Shoes” et celui des soucoupes à double ascension sur la chanson à répondre très rythmée des Souliers rouges, que j’aurais mieux imaginées dans Hallelujah.

On note une bonne variété de pièces pyrotechniques. La durée des effets produits par certaines d’entre elles est digne de mention, en particulier certains gâteaux qui ont propulsé comètes, étoiles et sifflets pendant 30 secondes et plus. Des bombes ont produit de nombreuses formes géométriques (coeurs, bonhommes sourires, quatuor de cercles superposés), des pistilles et des étoiles éclatant ultimement en d’autres étoiles plus fines et scientillantes. Dans l’ensemble, toutefois, les effets n’avaient pas la sophistication des pièces déployées par les Italiens et les Polonais, où les studatas, bombes fantômes et autres bombes avec changements de couleurs en séquence étaient nombreuses.

Dans l’ensemble, il s’agissait d’une excellente performance de Féérie, qui se démarque par la qualité de sa conception technique et par la volonté de mettre de l’avant un récit thématique plus élaboré que les autres concurrents vus jusqu’à présent. À titre de comparaison, Surex avait opté pour un emploi moins optimal du site de tir et le thème “Tout simplement amusant” était minimaliste. Féérie est probablement une candidate au podium, à ce stade de la compétition. La qualité de la bande sonore et celle des pièces pyrotechniques me semblaient toutefois supérieurs dans la production de l’équipe polonaise. En considérant, enfin, certains choix effectués pour la conception pyromusicale, je ne suis pas certain que Féérie devrait se hisser au sommet du palmarès, mais l’accomplissement de l’équipe française occasionne, dans mon esprit, une lutte serrée entre les deux équipes.

Mon classement personnel, à ce moment de la compétiion :

1. Surex (Poland) (tight)
2. Féérie (France) (tight)
3. Vaccalluzzo (Italy)
4. IP (Germany)

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Visitors who buy their tickets once inside the amusement park had to deal with a price increase tonight. Whereas seats were sold $10 in Bronze section and $15 in Silver section until last week, the price has jumped to $15 and $20 tonight. A ticket in the Silver section used to cost $10 in 2016. A man who sat behind me grumbled and could not believe that he paid $20 for a seat. I thought that he would by upset with the full price paid by some forum members who attend shows at La Ronde from time to time and don’t have a season pass.

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While I rated “excellent” the Polish and French shows, there is room for better. With only two remaining contestants, the door towards the podium is open for the Portuguese and British entrants. Furthermore, I know from very reliable sources that an interesting news for montreal-fireworks.com forum readers is coming about Team Jubilee!

Fred


Posted: Jul 23, 2017 08:38:33

Very good to see the wind and humidity cooperated so we could see and enjoy this show properly!

The video is up, now, for members (as well as the one for IP, but it's very smoky)

Paul.


Posted: Jul 23, 2017 13:41:51

From Notre-Dame street

https://youtu.be/8si6Uf1WU1I


Posted: Jul 23, 2017 17:56:26   Edited by: Smoke

The most ideal weather conditions of the season (so far) made an appearance for the French team, and, indeed, this was the first rain-free fireworks day of 2017. As projected, a few mid- to high-altitude cloud clusters were present during the evening, and temperatures were at 22-23 C (22 C during the display), and then 21 C not long after the display had ended. Humidity was also borderline low to moderate (this was the first time since July 13th when such humidity levels occurred), and this prevented thicker smoke accumulations from occurring. Winds were also in the form of Northerlies to NNW, which caused the smoke to move to the left of the La Ronde audience. However, wind speeds were a little stronger than expected (speeds closer to 13-16 km/h throughout the late-afternoon to evening), and this caused the smoke to move fairly rapidly, as opposed to gently.

The display began a little slowly during some brief narration supplied in the introduction, but the skies quickly came to life from low- to eventually mid-level. As the display progressed, I quickly found that several of the sequences, especially at low-level, were elaborate and graceful, and given the width of the display, the firing patterns often appeared very pleasing visually. The gold-glittering double-ascension girandolas, in “Mes Souliers Sont Rouges”, were absolutely stunning and represented the associated musical track well in its opening (although more activity would have been welcomed). These are always crowd-pleasers when they appear, but I thought that they really provided a profound sense of emotion in this display, and often in previous displays when utilized. Other effects that really captivated the audience, as usual, were the “ “ “ @ “ and heart shells.

The color richness was excellent, as was the case in all of the displays so far this year, but I felt like the color diversity and richness were more distinct in this display because of the weather conditions (lower humidity levels and minimal smoke build-up). The interplay between colors, especially with the firing patterns at low-level, were interesting and brought vibrancy to the display. Transitions in rhythm and pace were evident and flowed well during the show while usually evoking good changes in emotion. I also liked the display for its product quality and often well-executed choreography. Indeed, the one-shots and rainbow-firing patterns represented well key elements that encompassed some soundtrack. The one-shots were notably effective during the narratives that had been given, at the introductory section of the show. In particular, the segment that I admired most was that of “Mes Souliers Sont Rouges”. The audience really came to life during this segment, and you could see some spectators engaging with the music here! I enjoyed the sequences featured in this segment, especially the rapid left-to-right and right-to-left firing at very-low level – this made the music very immersive!

As much as I thought that the display was enjoyable, one principal criticism was that the thematic premise was somewhat elusive. This may be that I was expecting a more sectioned approach to represent the theme, as what we had seen for the Italian display in 2013. Specifically, I was hoping to experience a more organized arrangement/selection of soundtrack to transport the audience on a musical journey that highlights how music has evolved through time, and I did not typically receive that impression.

I cannot say that I enjoyed the overall musical selection, as I felt a high variability of enjoyment, that is, there were some songs that I really liked, while there were others that I did not too care for – almost evenly split. Similarly, some songs seemed out of place in this display relative to the theme, so it was difficult for me to really make the connection. Also, I thought that some segments needed more representation and energy to really bring out the essence of those tracks; there were about three segments where it appeared that the conclusions of songs were “left hanging”. For instance, at the end of “One Love”, the music was in the process of fading for a fair amount of time and no pyrotechnics were occurring. Also, “We Will Rock You” and “Rabbi Jacob” needed more energy for representation and, for me, required a more distinct conclusion before transitioning to their next piece. Although I did not really care for the song, “Feeling Good”, I felt that Sweden demonstrated a better representation of it last year. As such, there were a few moments where transitions were not too clean, and I felt like the display lacked a higher level of complexity/creativity, as well as energetic sequences, as compared to the previous displays. Some firing patterns were a little redundant, too, notably with respect to the rainbow-firing along low-level. This made some segments appear somewhat similar as opposed to truly unique and led to, at times, a more simplistic pyromusical design. As for the finale, it was intense, but much too brief and monochromatic for my taste.

Overall, a very enjoyable display, and definitely a contender for a Jupiter award. Although I was expecting a little more, the display was a little stronger conceptually than the previous three competitors, which does give it an advantage, in my humble opinion, and some of the musical choices were quite interactive.

Trav.


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