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This website is dedicated to the famous radio-DJ Charly 2000. Since 1987 Charly had been on air on many broadcast-studios all over Southwest-Germany. With his mobile discotheque he gained great success in the early seventies and later on, being technically ahead of the most state of the art technology in sound and light available at that time. For a period of four decades Charly toured through the towns and cities across the area of Baden and beyond, making people happy with his unique shows. He was a visionary radio-pioneer and a true legend in broadcasting-business with a huge community of people following the spirit of Charly 2000 up to date.

Being a professional broadcast-engineer with a remarkable voice and a strong demand for perfection in technology, Charly did have the best startup conditions to become what had been always his very own mark: an excellent showmaster in the domain of live-disco-entertainment, radio-presenting and television. Incredibly, running multiple solid clubs at the same time, Charly's Fun-Factory, Hurricane and Amun, just to name a few, was an outstanding act of genious evaluation and rock-hard implementation of business. To organise every single part of such a largescaled project sucessfully, it needed a mastermind of logistics – and Charly was the very right one for that job.

Grewn up in the era of analogue broadcasting, Charly 2000 started his career by turning an idea into real, which entertainer Thomas Gottschalk pictured in his early movie "Radio Powerplay": To build up a true pirate-radiostation. Of couse nothing was intended to be illegal in terms of law, but the nature of time and place the project was done in, made it difficult to be safe one-hundred percent regarding licensing issues. 1987, the year when the situation of transition from state-monopole radiostations into private-driven radiostations led to a legal limbo, still everybody was hurrying to be among the first ones "on air". The number one transmitter Charly set up, had been located in Strasbourg (France), power supply one kilowatt. It was mandatory to entitle the real thing same as the fictional one with a little extension: "Euroradio Powerplay". Due to requests on bigger audience and for competition, expanding his operating-distance was essential for Charly 2000. Further antennas with higher power were raised and bought from other stations that went bankrupt. 1989, when the french government authorities started to close all radiostations whose licenses were not one-hundred percent accurate, Euroradio wasn't among the lucky ones that were allowed to keep running their program. The good news were however, Charly 2000 himself had became a well-known identity in the small hours of the broadcast-industry, so, the listeners remembered him and therefore it was only logical that Charly could make a successful comeback at Radio Ladies First, one year later.

Since Charly was an extraordinary of a workaholic, he got to push further on his sucess. He made his way over to Radio Regenbogen, one of the biggest broadcasters in business during the 90s and today. With a huge response, the Charly 2000 friday-night-program ran for a whole decade, nonstop. Alongside his mobile roadshow quadrupled, now en route as a four seven-and-a-half tons monster-treck, Charly headed for the very peak of his career when television queried him to present his own show simulcast on TV-Baden. Turn of the millenium, digital transmission was raising fastly, it became necessary again to come up with a new idea for Charly 2000, in order to sustain the great success in media business. Thinking XXL, the consequence had to be to construct and build a solid club 
a monument  that would guarantee persistence beyond lifetime: It was called The Codex-Club, located in Achern, Southwest-Germany. The revolutionary technique behind its sound and light was high-advanced of course – even for today's standards. Thousands of fans, famous musicians and celebrities from all over the world were visiting the Codex during the following years, to be part of the big show: Charly 2000.

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Charly 2000 3D-Disco AHere are some pictures of my 3D-Disco rebuilding-project. Its work is still in progress, more details and improvements will follow. All objects and effects were modeled in Blender. The real discotheque was used for mobile entertainment and consisted of a big part of connected traverses, which could be raised up by four motors, one on each corner. Under every motor, a black catch-bag for the chains was attatched. This made sense, and was done to prevent the outcoming chains from touching ground. All motors had to run precisely synchronized, to keep the main truss in horizontal position. The "cages" which contained professional lightning effects, were special constructions, holding whatever was installed inside in its center, saving room and space during transport. When unlocked and raised, the inner devices sank out of the bottom, getting in ready-position for operation. Fantastic visuals came from the "lightning-rows". They were made up by a line of ten spotlight radiators each, their angles could be controlled individually by the VJ on the console next to Charly 2000 himself. Since Charly wanted to present additional spotlights which could be moved one-by-one separately, he installed a pair of "eight-star"-VFX devices in extra at the front of the traverse-truss. Another one of the very main attractions at Charly 2000 mobile discotheque was the unique "special-roundabout-carousel" projector. Heavy-weighted and more than two meters in diameter, it could be remote lowered and raised independently from the upper truss it was attatched to. Its outer hull looked like a space-satellite 
with bright glittering metal. Five plates on the corners were capable of being deployed. Colored inner lightning was optional switchable. The outer radiators, on top of each other, counted ten in numbers (they were the biggest ones). Smaller lightning emitters (also ten in numbers) had been arranged circular directly one level down and, finally on the bottom, six bigger emitters could be found beside a flowerlike cut-out of small holes at the center. The whole unit and its functions was controllable via remote by the VJ.

Charly 2000 lightning-carousel
Charly 2000 chain-motor

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