What are now called "disco balls" were first used in nightclubs in the 1920s. An early example can be seen in the nightclub sequence of Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt, a German silent film from 1927. In the 1970s, these devices were a standard accompaniment to disco music, and by the end of the 20th century, the name "disco ball" had largely eclipsed the earlier names that had been applied to the object.
With the appearance of infrared networks, disco balls have found a new application, as a method of dispersing the infrared signals.
Pink Floyd used a disco ball on their 1987 and 1994 world tours. The disco ball used on the 1987 tour was somewhat larger than normal but nowhere near as large as the disco ball used on the 1994 tour. This particular disco ball is one of the largest in the world. 4.9 metres in diameter, it rises to a height of 21.3 metres before opening to a width of 7.3 metres, revealing a 12 kilowatt Phobeus HMI lamp. Both can be seen on the video of each tour: "Delicate Sound of Thunder and "P*U*L*S*E" during the song "Comfortably Numb".
POP MUSIC; rocking the good fight; Glitter Ball is another example of how Rock the Cause helps musicians and fans help others.(VARIETY)
Apr 08, 2011; Byline: CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER; STAFF WRITER Back in 2007, while still working his "meaningless" but successful job as a retail...