All Eurovision Song Contest fans remember the breathtaking pyrotechnics that lit up the stage when Finnish winning act Lordi rocked the performance hall in Athens. The special effects were designed and realised by Oy Pyroman Finland Ltd, one of the undisputed forerunners in the field globally.
Established by Markku Aalto, who still owns the company, Pyroman is also known for its spectacular fireworks and pyromusicals. Pyroman has competed in pyromusical competitions in Ukraine, the Philippines and Japan, finishing second among 12 participants in one of the events.
Aalto has produced the pyrotechnic special effects for several Eurovision events, including the 2016 contest, to be held in Stockholm.
Collaboration between Pyroman and Woikoski has continued for more than a decade,
with Woikoski supplying carbon dioxide and propane to the pyrotechnics company. The special-effects smoke that covers the stage floor and eye-catching columns of fog that can reach heights as great as 10 metres are produced with carbon dioxide. It is also used to propel larger volumes of confetti up into the air.
Pyroman’s pyrotechnician and fireworks display designer Teppo Hakkarainen appreciates Woikoski’s flexible customer services.
He explains: ‘In this field, things happen quickly. I’ve been in situations where a world-class artist has arrived in Finland, with the production team realising that they’ve forgotten to order gases needed for the show. Then we’ve had to call Woikoski’s Järvenpää office late at night, in a frenzy. Every time they have come to open the gates for us, supplying the necessary products, even in the middle of the night. That’s the kind of good, flexible service that is pivotal for us.’
Pyroman knows that strong expertise delivers excellent results. The company’s expertise in pyrotechnics is recognised by the organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest, along with organisers of numerous other major events in Finland and abroad.
EMD artists boost demand for carbon dioxide
A few years ago, demand for carbon dioxide spiralled upwards on the back of the growing popularity of electronic dance music (EDM). Nightclubs in Ibiza started a global trend of launching carbon dioxide columns above the crowds on the dance floor, which, in addition to their visual aspect, had a cooling effect.
‘In the EDM genre, you need to create a strong visual impact around the DJ. In addition to pyrotechnics and fireworks, LED screens, lights, and lasers play a big role in the show. We have worked on most of the main EDM shows in Finland, including Weekend Festival and Summer Sound. It seems that we will be using a record amount of carbon dioxide this year,’ Hakkarainen concludes.