sxs-eventsSXS launches dry hire service
Friday, 18 August 2017

UK - With a broad stock of event production and AV equipment, production company SXS has launched a dry hire service.
Available equipment includes arena-scale PA, high-resolution LED video walls, outdoor video screens, staging, marquees and one of the largest stocks of blackout drapery in the UK.
“We now have one of the largest and definitely the broadest of stocks of AV and production equipment in the UK. The equipment we are using is high-end, industry and standard and typically rider friendly,” says SXS project handler Nathan Dunbar who will be heading up the dry hire customer services with assistance from production executive Lucy Payne.
“I’ve been with SXS a while now and have been blown away by how well our team maintains some of the highest standards I have seen in every discipline in which we work. SXS is a genuine one-stop shop with technical and safety standards as good as or better than the specialists in each field.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
axientdigitallaptopShure focus on digital wireless at PLASA 2017
Friday, 18 August 2017

UK - Shure Incorporated will be returning to the PLASA show next month at Olympia, London.
Shure will showcase its comprehensive line of digital wireless systems and participate in the traditionally well-attended PLASA seminar programme. Tuomo Tolonen, Shure UK’s Pro Audio Group manager and RF expert, will discuss how to prepare for the loss of the 700MHz RF band, which is being auctioned in May 2020, and will no longer be available for wireless microphone and in-ear monitoring system use.
Shure now offers several digital wireless systems to meet a variety of budgets. The entry-level GLX-D Advanced system, mid-tier QLX-D and ULX-D, and the flagship Axient Digital wireless system will all be available for demonstration at the Company’s exhibition stand at PLASA (G40).
Launched earlier this year, Axient Digital incorporates a newly designed minimal-latency digital RF engine that builds on the benefits of Shure’s previous industry-standard UHF-R, ULX-D, and Axient wireless systems. Axient Digital offers a wide 184MHz tuning range with high channel density and advanced automatic RF interference detection and avoidance features that will be familiar to users of the original Axient system.
The scalable, networkable system includes a universal receiver, available in dual and quad-band versions (AD4D/AD4Q), which works with two different transmitter types: the AD series and the Showlink-enabled ADX series. The latter range includes the discreet ADX1M, the world’s first micro-bodypack with an internal, self-tuning antenna, addressing many of t

 
jdc102GLP JDC1 LED strobe proves popular
Friday, 18 August 2017

Germany - GLP’s new JDC1 hybrid LED strobe delivers power in excess through a versatile and highly creative design. Already adopted by some of the world’s leading LDs, it has been “flying out the door and into rental facilities across the globe” since receiving its world premiere at Frankfurt Prolight+Sound in April.
Fundamentally, the JDC1 has been designed in three sections, which can be controlled independently or as a complete synchronised unit.
The fixture itself contains a traditional single tube element with an incredible clear, bright, white output, derived from 216 white LEDs, and then combines that with a surrounding, format-filling full face of RGB LED power, utilising 1,320 high quality LED’s. Whether running independently, or together these elements offer the brightest output unit its class with retina burning output.
Adding versatility to the design options, the two RGB plates can be divided into six separate ‘pixel’ sections on each plate and then operated with full pixel mapping control. This alone creates stunning effects, whilst the LED tube can pop through with high intensity flashes.
The JDC1 also allows pixel mapping of the LED tube, which is broken down into 12 individually addressable sections. This enables the tube to create motion effects, either when forward facing or through shadow play behind a performer. Whilst the tube is operated in this mode, the RGB plates can give a solid background colour to strengthen the effect.
he JDC1 also offers dynamic movement, with a 16-bit, 185° tilt range, all

 
 
john-farrChauvet celebrates American spirit
Friday, 18 August 2017

USA - Over two million visitors come to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History every year to view pieces of American culture, from the original Star Spangled Banner, to iconic McDonald’s signs, to a pair of Mohammed Ali’s boxing gloves. It is pure and simple, one of the most concentrated celebrations anywhere of the American spirit and creative innovation.
For one night in July, not all of that famed “Yankee Ingenuity” was on display in the museum’s exhibits. Eric Hertsch of John Farr Lighting Design also exhibited some impressive resourcefulness in the museum, as he overcame a limited power supply and tight schedule to transform sections of the building into a sparkling red, white and blue colour scape with a rig made up entirely of Chauvet Professional and Chauvet DJ fixtures.
As soon as visitors entered this private donor event, from the National Mall, they were greeted by a stunning visual of the Abstract Flag. An impressive sculpture made up of mirrored polycarbonate ribbons, the flag reflected brilliant blue hues created by the WELL Fit uplights. Hertsch positioned 36 of the battery powered RGBA fixtures around the flag and the surrounding wall.
Adding to the patriotic atmosphere were the five-point stars projected throughout the room that housed the flag sculpture. Hertsch created these images with 16 Ovation E-910FC colour mixing ellipsoidals that he positioned on truss towers in the mezzanine overlooking Flag Hall.
On the rooftop deck of the five-story building, the patriotic mood was set by red,

 
rickpopeRivage gets funky at North Sea Jazz
Friday, 18 August 2017

The Netherlands - In July, the Dutch port of Rotterdam hosted the 42nd North Sea Jazz Festival, attracting over 75,000 people to enjoy a rich variety of music. Headlining the Nile stage on the final night was Jamiroquai, where a Yamaha Rivage PM10 helped a capacity audience of 10,000 to get funky.
Taking place across 15 stages in the city’s Ahoy arena, the North Sea Jazz Festival is so popular that it sells out every year. This is partly due, no doubt, to the variety of music on offer. As well as classical, contemporary and futuristic jazz from across the globe, the festival features blues, pop, hiphop, dance, soul, world and funk.
Yamaha Music Europe supplied the pianos and drum kits for all stages at the festival and actively helped to provide a range of backline for many of the artists.
Funk / acid jazz specialists Jamiroquai brought the festival to a close on the Nile stage, with a Yamaha Rivage PM10 helping Front of House engineer Rick Pope to produce an exceptional mix in potentially difficult circumstances.
A Yamaha console user for around 20 years, Rick was very keen to adopt Rivage PM10 as soon as it was announced and is manning one throughout Jamiroquai’s current world tour.
Unfortunately, back problems for Jamiroquai lead singer Jay Kay meant that the first few dates of the tour had to be postponed, so North Sea Jazz was only Rick’s second show on the Rivage PM10. Added to that, the nature of a festival meant that Rick was unable to soundcheck.
“Festivals are always a challenge, because of the tight turnaroun

 
 
specialzSpecialz deliver the goods for Clean Bandit
Friday, 18 August 2017

USA - As Clean Bandit continue their touring progress towards a transatlantic sojourn in the USA in the fall, it seems an appropriate moment to consider the merits of Rob Sinclair’s production design. In particular, the constructions that inhabit the upstage area from left to right, manufactured by specialist show and event design house, Specialz Ltd. These pods are four metres high with eight VDO Sceptron 10 fixtures in each pod. Each one is rigged on a stand that enables the pod to be rotated 360° to be either facing downstage or at 45° degrees making them all but invisible to the audience.
Sinclair elaborates on the basics: “The idea was to have the mirrored pods located behind a black mirrored riser - lots of reflection – with neon edges. They needed to be able to turn so we could choose to see or obscure a video screen upstage. From that original concept we fired ideas back and forth between Specialz, myself, our lighting designer Liam Griffiths and our rather excellent PM, Tec Beint. The choice for the Sceptron LEDs strips – we opted for the 10s with a flat diffuser – was simple; it needed to be something reliable, easily rentable, not too expensive and above all, effective.”
“Rob and Liam had a very clear idea of what they wanted to achieve,” opens Specialz MD, Dave Smith. “We balanced the mirrored conceit with the more prosaic demands of weight and logistics by using laser cut mirrored acrylic to resemble a mirrorball, but much lighter. This was to be a festival package and had to move on and off stage quickly.

 
icc-birminghamB-Eyes burn brightly for Marklew Productions
Friday, 18 August 2017

UK - “This was our first ever Claypaky purchase,” opens Kieran Marklew of Marklew Productions. “We had been looking to invest in some new fixtures and one of our clients had specified the K20 B-Eye so we thought it was time for us to investigate.”
Marklew Productions has been in business since 2007 and has built up a very healthy clientele, from local Birmingham businesses opting for dry hire to those looking for a full production service alongside an extensive number of college and university customers and requests for weddings or special event lighting.
“We contacted Ambersphere Solutions and spoke to Thor Andre from Ambersphere Sales. I was so impressed with the fixture it wasn’t a difficult choice to make. I especially like the added feature of the front lens rotation. It gives an amazing vortex effect which is totally unique to the B-Eye. The colour palettes are the best I’ve seen, making the fixture perfect as an open white fresnel if required; flexibility is always an important factor when deciding whether to invest. We had looked at a couple of other brands but the K20 was the number one choice, pure and simple.”
The first few jobs for the B-Eyes are a good example of how flexible they need to be. “The first show was a Strictly Come Dancing style event at the ICC Birmingham in Hall 3. We needed something that would be the centre piece of our light show. We used drop-down bars off the centre square truss which facilitated the perfect hanging position and gave a great eye candy effect towards the audience and also th

 
 
rewind-festival-2017PRG XL Video relives the 80s with Rewind
Friday, 18 August 2017

UK - Celebrating some of the finest music and artists from the 80s, Rewind festival takes place over three weekends each summer.
Starting in Scotland at Scone Palace, near Perth, then moving on to Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire, and with the final weekend at Henley, the festival includes performances from a variety of eighties superstars including Human League, Nik Kershaw, Go West, Level 42, Kim Wilde, the British Electric Foundation, and the Trevor Horn Band.
PRG provides support to production manager, Keith Morris, lighting designer, Martin Nicholas, and video content director, Miguel Riberio, supplying lighting and video technology, and experienced technical crew for all three weekends. Unlike many festivals which take place over a single weekend, sometimes in dual locations, Rewind is a ‘touring’ festival, taking the same production package to different sites over several weeks.
As well as the main stage, the site includes a silent disco, tribute band tent, funfair, and even an inflatable wedding chapel! For the production, PRG XL Video’s senior account manager, Paul McCauley, supplied three large LED screens, plus cameras and PPU system for IMAG. The rear upstage LED wall formed the backdrop to the stage, and two large portrait screens were flown one either side of the stage.
Ian Jones oversaw the video crew on site, which, for the Scottish show, consisted of Chris Johnson, Mark Eisen, Steve Wood, and Fabrizio DiLelio looking after LED, and Rod Williams on cameras. Mark, Steve, and Fabrizio also doubled as cameramen over the weekend.

 
tim-brooksbankTaiwan’s Coretronic acquires Calibre
Thursday, 17 August 2017

UK/Taiwan - Coretronic Corporation Taiwan has completed the acquisition of Calibre, a privately held British image processing technology manufacturer based in Bradford, Yorkshire.
Coretronic manufactures the largest number of DLP projectors in the world, and is the ODM supplier to the majority of the world’s Tier 1 DLP projector brands.
The acquisition of Calibre expands Coretronic’s technology capability by the addition of Calibre’s compelling range of HQUltra image processing technology and in-house R&D capabilities.
“It reflects Coretronic’s strategy to strengthen its leading position in display and image processing technology with a rich set of capabilities afforded by the Calibre team. This will help Coretronic Group with its plans to further advance in the pro-av markets as well as assisting with entry into the rapidly expanding direct-view LED display markets,” enthused SY Chen, president at Coretronic, Taiwan.
“The acquisition will accelerate the company into new markets as well as to help Coretronic continue to drive its move to being an all-round display systems provider. In particular Calibre will leverage Coretronic Group’s wide reaching sales coverage and growing pro-av channel sales, particularly in Asia, North America and Europe.”
Former Calibre CEO, Tim Brooksbank will lead as managing director of Calibre UK Ltd, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Coretronic.
“We’re delighted to become part of the Coretronic family. We share a common entrepreneurial ethos driven by market development, innova

 
 
colin-quekCloud confirms new Singapore distributor
Thursday, 17 August 2017

Singapore - Cloud Electronics has appointed Loud Technologies Asia (LTA) as its new distributor in Singapore. LTA, a subsidiary of Trektech, is a principal distributor in the region, providing the Singaporean market with a portfolio of products from a number of reputable brands, such as K-array, One Systems and Chauvet.
Having confirmed the appointment following a productive meeting at ISE2017 earlier in the year, Cloud managing director Simon Curtis feels his decision to appoint LTA as their distribution partner has been fully justified.
With offices in Singapore, Indonesia and Cambodia, LTA is managed by Colin Quek. ‘I’ve been a fan of Cloud’s engineering quality, such as the perennial Z4 and Z8 zone mixers for many years, representing the brand is a great honour’, Quek comments.
“From an installer’s point of view, the reliability of their easy-to-install range and design features set them apart. Their new wall panel products allow easy extension over Cat-5e cabling and I’ve been particularly impressed with the new loudspeakers.
“Furthermore, Cloud products also fit well into Bose applications, which is another distinct benefit. With its ‘Made in Britain’ credentials the Cloud brand is well established in the hospitality and corporate market sectors, but LTA will enhance visibility further,” concludes Quek.
Simon Curtis adds: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be working with Colin, whose reputation for professionalism and outstanding brand representation precedes him. I’m very excited about the future possibi

 
azizChamSys appoints international business manager
Thursday, 17 August 2017

UK - ChamSys has named Aziz Adilkhodjaev as the company’s international business development manager. In his new role, he will be responsible for expanding and strengthening the international distribution network of the brand, as well as improving international customer support and training to enhance the user experience.
Chris Kennedy, ChamSys managing director, comments: “With his detailed knowledge in the field of lighting control, Aziz will assist in taking the MagicQ MQ500 and MagicQ software to a new level, and his expertise in international distribution will also help ChamSys to expand into new markets.”
Aziz states, “I am really excited about the MQ500. It’s an extremely powerful product with up to 200 universes from a single console and many unique functions - it can really deliver a punch. I am looking forward to playing a major role in its evolution. With ChamSys’ quick turnaround on new software features, which is second to none, I’m sure we’ll see even more ChamSys consoles in the front of houses and venues around the world.”
Tony Cameron, sales director, adds: “We are very pleased to welcome Aziz to the growing ChamSys family. His appointment comes at the perfect time with our new and exciting MQ500 Stadium range and our continued expansion of our distribution network.”
Aziz will be overseeing distribution in the Middle East, Africa, Asia - Pacific regions and Russia.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
ben--john-mamba-republicMamba Republic supports SOS charity
Thursday, 17 August 2017

South Africa - Not tip-toeing around what’s wrong and very wrong in the Rainbow Nation, South Africa, Mamba Republic is a rapidly-paced satirical sketch theatre comedy which reunites the talents of Ben Voss (Beauty Ramapelepele) and John van de Ruit (Spud). This brutally amusing production, from its opening at Durban's Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre through to its performances on the Main programme at the National Arts Festival in July, and its current run at The Theatre on the Square in Sandton ending 19th August, has continually had its audiences in stitches.
The Mamba Republic team generously donated R13 000 towards the SOS Charity Fund from ticket sales.
With their blend of sharp wit, hopeless optimism and clever characterization, the duo sank their fangs into the fiascos and foibles of South African life.
“As a theatre show, Mamba Republic is very pleased and proud to be pledging support to SOS,” commented Julia Clarence, from the Mamba Republic team. “We became aware of the charity through conversations with long term colleague and friend Michael Taylor-Broderick. He offered us his superb eye in an advisory capacity and in turn, we decided to pledge some money to the charity as a thank you. Michael's vision has been key to the look and aesthetic of our show, and we are grateful to have had his wisdom on our team. It is not often that theatre show can find such a direct avenue to give back to charity, so we are delighted that this venture was made possible by Michael and DWR Distribution.”
The SOS Charity

 
brolga-theatreMaryborough theatre switches to Elation LED
Thursday, 17 August 2017

Australia - The Brolga Theatre in Queensland’s Maryborough is a typical regional venue – its 900-seat proscenium arch theatre hosts an international ballet troupe one night, Jimmy Barnes the next, and a local dance school the day after.
Though the venue is just 17-years-old, changes in technology mean replacement lamps are no longer available for their wash lights, leading the staff to assess how to upgrade for the future. The future, as they see it, is Elation’s Platinum Seven RGBWAC-UV LED wash light.
“We knew we had to move to LED and intelligent fixtures,” said Robert Haigh, operations technician at the Brolga. “We could afford to replace our wash, but not our profiles, so it was an easy decision to go to a moving fixture that could provide a wash, and in the case of Elation’s Platinum Seven, work as a profile in many senses.”
Twelve Elation Platinum Sevens have now replaced 48 Fresnels in the Brolga’s rig, leading to big changes in the crew’s workflow. “Since we’ve installed the Platinum Sevens, we haven’t had to focus a profile,” reported Robert. “We can focus the Platinum Sevens down to an 800mm circle on the floor from our wash position, so we can quite happily use them as a drum or lead singer profile. For a rock band, for example, we get all of the benefits of movers from the bling point of view, but when we turn off the wash, we can refocus as a profile.”
The Brolga Theatre was introduced to the Elation Platinum Seven by Graeme Hicks of Entertainment Production Supplies, whose regular visits to The

 
 
miss-saigonMiss Saigon tours UK with White Light
Thursday, 17 August 2017

UK - Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Boubil and Schonberg’s classic embarked on a record-breaking run in the West End and is now touring the UK. Having supplied the most recent revival, along with the original run thirty years ago, White Light has been called upon to provide the lighting equipment for this latest UK tour.
The lighting designer for the tour is Olivier Award-winning Bruno Poet who also lit the West End revival. He comments: “When Cameron asked me to light the 2014 production for the West End, it was daunting to start work on a production with so much history, yet thrilling to be asked to approach it with fresh ideas. I treated it as a completely new show. After the successful West End run, and revisiting the show for Broadway, the UK tour has been an opportunity to revisit my design and hone it for touring.
He adds: “It’s a challenging show to light – extremely fast-paced, with many changes of mood and location, from the smoky sleaze of Dreamland, to the bleakness of the refugee camp, to the military formality of The Morning of the Dragon, and the fantasy of the American Dream. At times, it needs to be as epic as an opera, and at others as intimate as a play. A lot of my job would be as much directing the darkness as directing the light. Many moments of the show rely on hiding things with darkness and smoke”.
In terms of feel, the touring production still remains very similar to the West End. Bruno comments: “The main difference with the rig is that the touring version uses far less c

 
rolf-dresslerAllen & Heath dLive ignites Mannheim Castle
Thursday, 17 August 2017

Germany - The spectacular classical music production Schloss in Flammen (Castle In Flames) in the courtyard of the Mannheim Castle was recently mixed on an Allen&Heath dLive C Class C3500 provided by Auditiv from Kassel/Germany.
Schloss in Flammen – a classical music highlight in the festival season in Germany – is a stunning mixture of classical music and synchronised fireworks. The orchestra and solo singers from the National Theatre of Mannheim perform arias and other parts of various famous operas.
“The big challenge of this production is that we have nearly no time for rehearsals and soundcheck,” explains FOH engineer Rolf Dressler. “This is where the easy handling and flexibility of the dLive shines and it got even better with firmware 1.4 and 1.5 and new features like DCA spill and the improved scene management. I also love the sound, the compact size and the low latency of the dLive – that’s why I mixed over 100 concerts and events last year on dLive.”
As an open-air event lacks the familiar acoustics of a concert hall, Dressler uses dLive’s internal FX library to simulate them. “The reverb programs of dLive sound really convincing and natural,“ says Dressler. “I’m using six different reverbs for high and low strings, woodwind and brass instruments, percussion and vocals.”
Even very dynamic signals like high forte voices with headsets can be handled easily by the dLive FX. “Normal compressors don’t help here anymore,“ explains Dressler. “But the frequency dependent multiband dynamic

 
 
evans-avEvans AV Staging equips Balloon Fiesta
Thursday, 17 August 2017

UK - Evans Audio Visual Staging provided equipment and scenic elements across the whole site of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta - the biggest event of its kind in Europe.
Thousands of people visited Ashton Court, on the edge of Bristol, during the four-day Fiesta, and Evans was involved in multiple locations across the large site, normally a country park.
For the Balloonists’ Marquee, where pilots gathered several times each day for all-important briefings, Evans supplied six Nexo PS8 speakers, hung from Utopium’s truss, for background music and announcements. These were relayed using Shure hand-held radio microphones and a Yamaha QL1 mixing desk. Evans provided a 42inch screen which was used for presentations in the media suite.
Multiple LED screens were placed around the Fiesta site to carry live close-ups from the displays, sponsor adverts, content for radio presenters who were broadcasting live from the site and public announcements. Evans operated the video content, which was sent to the screens using two Panasonic HE60 Hot Head cameras, an RP50 controller, two Macbook Pros which ran Playback Pro and a Datavideo HS2000 vision mixer.
A giant ‘Bristol’ sign stood over the main arena at the Fiesta, provided by Evans and lit up at night by Utopium. In the Members’ Enclosure, where sponsors of the Fiesta and VIP guests enjoyed close-up views of the balloon launches and aerial displays as well as corporate dining, Evans supplied several pieces of equipment.
This included two Samsung DM65e 65inch screens which were mount

 
carreras-peter-schneeklothRivage tours Brazil with José Carreras
Thursday, 17 August 2017

Brazil - As one of the world’s most famous tenors, tickets for the final world tour by José Carreras have been in huge demand. The A Life In Music tour has seen sold out shows around the globe, but a particular highlight for Front of House (FoH) engineer Peter Schneekloth was the Brazil concerts, which he mixed on a Yamaha Rivage PM10 console.
Peter has been the live sound engineer for Carreras for 16 years, mixing hundreds of shows in concert halls, arenas and stadiums in more than 50 countries. The A Life In Music tour started in 2016 with a sold-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall and has included concerts throughout Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, USA, Central and South America, Australia, Russia and other territories. Sell-outs and standing ovations have been a regular feature, with Carreras’ management hoping to book more for 2018.
Because of the size and complexity of the tour, it is impractical for Peter to tour with his own mixing console, so he has used desks supplied by local rental companies. The four sold-out Brazilian shows in May 2017 meant he was finally able to use the Yamaha Rivage PM10.
Peter attended an early Rivage PM10 presentation at Yamaha Commercial Audio’s European HQ at Rellingen, Germany, in June 2016. “Peter immediately understood the potential of the console, even at that early stage, and he promised to add it to the requested consoles list for Carreras shows,” says Yamaha’s Arthur Koll, who ran the sessions. “He’s always been a fan of Yamaha consoles and we enjoyed frank discu

 
 
josias-feeling-elecric-2DWR SOS Charity and SILV sponsor Vegas training
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

South Africa - An energised and confident Malesela Josias Mashiane returned to South Africa after attending training at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas (SILV). His journey abroad was made possible thanks to sponsorship from the SILV and the SOS Charity Fund, a DWR Distribution initiative.
To further expand his knowledge and for him to gain hands on experience, SILV extended an offer to Josias to participate in the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas 2017 programme. He had already achieved good results in the 2016 SILV, and this year was admitted to the Track 2 Advanced Level which covered Movers, Media and Rock ‘n’ Roll!
When Josias was asked what was the greatest thing he learnt, he answered that he found all the courses so interesting. He conceded that he gained so much like the correct process of ordering items from hiring companies, learning the importance of Health & Safety, understanding the importance of preparation work from obtaining correct permits to accurate paperwork.
A special weekend class which focused on tech management covered all aspects of management, budgeting, taxes and the importance of working within a budget.
Josias thoroughly enjoyed the role of a lighting designer. “It is important to have a concise picture in your mind, to communicate your vision precisely to all technicians involved, ensuring that all check and balances are put in place so that the programmers are able to follow instructions handed to them and then implement exactly how the stage should be lit,” he said.
On the Rigging prog

 
martin-opolkaillumination Physics opens European base
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Europe - illumination Physics has opened a European office in Bremen, Germany.
Martin Opolka will assume the role of European manager, effective immediately. Martin is a career lighting professional and his experience and specialisation are ideally suited to illumination Physics’ core business in architectural and architainment façade lighting, says the company. He has been involved in many international projects including The Chicago Bridges illumination, London Television Tower, London, and Aspire Sports Dome in Doha.
"My new role as European manager for illumination Physics represents an exciting challenge that I'm honoured to accept," says Martin. "I have known the company directors and have been familiar with their work for many years and am delighted now to be part of its success story.”
The office is located at Bruno-Bürgel-Strasse 11, 28759, Bremen, Germany (+49 421 17421689).
(Jim Evans)

 
 
robe-shawn-mendes-1143Illuminating Shawn Mendes with Spikies
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Europe - UK based creative design practice Okulus – James Scott and Louis Oliver – was asked to create a production design for rising Canadian singer songwriter Shawn Mendes’ tour.
This followed their work for the launch of his second studio album, Illuminate at Madison Square Garden in September 2016, and Okulus’ penchant for bringing fresh and interesting visual perspectives to a show.
39 Robe Spikies are incorporated into the lighting scheme, crafted with Okulus dexterity and imagination in close collaboration with the show’s creative director, Paul Caslin and 24/7 Productions. The overall stage look is clean and definitive with attention focused on the artist.
The set is built from a multi-layered fixed riser system with curved frontage and a high-gloss black floor, fabricated by TAIT. It keeps the band positions balanced across the upstage area, creating a geometric flow for the performance. Under-lit by strobes, the set also becomes like a lightbox at certain moments.
A 60ft wide LED screen at the back ran stunning content produced by Sam Pattinson from Treatment.
There are eight overhead trusses including a distinctive 20ft diameter circular truss flown directly above Mendes’ central marks – dubbed the ‘halo’ by the creative team. Two of the trusses are upstage of the screen for blow-through lighting effects and another two ‘wing’ trusses extend the stage sideways into the arena.
Sixteen Spikies are rigged around the halo truss, with the other 13 in the footlights position around a circular B-st

 
quiz-show1, 2 or 3 celebrates with GLP
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Germany - Forty years on the air and 1,000 episodes are really a reason for celebrating 1, 2 or 3, the legendary children’s quiz show from ZDF - with a 150-minute prime time show from the MMC Studios in Cologne. Moderated by Steven Gätjen and Elton, prominent guests included actress Stephanie Stumph, comedian Bülent Ceylan and singer Mark Foster. Günther Jauch, who presents Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, also made an appearance and superstar Helene Fischer appeared on stage.
For the lighting design of this special anniversary show, MBTV, the production company for ZDF, awarded the design work to mo2 design, run by lighting designer, Manfred "Ollie" Olma. Olma is one of the long-time users of GLP fixtures, and on this occasion he also made the most of it - specifying more than 100 impression X4 atom, as well as 92 GT-1 hybrids and 60 impression X4.
"We arranged the atoms in two rows, next to and underneath the Videowall. Together with the performing area in front, this Videowall is a central part of the show and it was accentuated by the atoms. The idea came up because we originally decided to use the compact atom only as an effect light - however, due to the rich output, the 30 Watt LED engine and the zoom, these lamps are actually great all-rounders,” says Olma, speaking of one aspect of his show design.
Matthias Allhoff, who is responsible for planning at mo2 design, also makes an important point about these LED spots: "The highlight of these fixtures is the connectors which make it possible to link large quantities very quick

 
 
el-clubdetroit2Elation at Detroit’s El Club
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

USA - Graeme Flegenheimer, owner of El Club in Detroit, Michigan, fell in love with music at a young age. That may explain his diverse taste in music and the wide variety of acts that play at the popular live music venue, which has featured a customisable Elation Professional lighting rig since opening in 2016.
“I pride myself on El Club having an eclectic calendar,” says Flegenheimer, who has a background as a music publicist. “There’s not a typical night here. It’s always changing and Elation is able to meet every requirement of the artist coming in here and capture the vibe of the evening.”
Since opening in May of 2016, El Club has arguably become Detroit’s hottest night-time venue with a mixture of acts that is attracting a wide audience. “It's really an amazing room that's giving a massive high-end light show experience to underground artists in a 300-capacity venue,” stated Adam LaBay of Future Weapons Laser & Lighting Design, who chose the Elation lights for the venue. “There's nothing quite like it and it has a very unique aesthetic.”
Built in 1950 as a banquet hall with an adjacent bar that dates from 1921, Flegenheimer renovated the space by restoring much of the interior and exterior of the building then completed the project by installing a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system.
El Club’s Elation lighting rig is as diverse as the acts that play beneath it: 12 ACL 360 Bar LED moving bar effects, 12 compact ACL 360i beam effects, eight Elar Ex Quad Par HP LED lights, six Sniper 2R effect lights, six

 
jubilee-library-public-area-imageSound masking solution for Brighton library
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

UK - Jubilee Library is the main public library in Brighton and forms the centrepiece of the Jubilee square development in the city centre. Opened in 2005 by the Princess Royal, Jubilee Library stands at the heart of a multi-million pound scheme for redevelopment of a 40-year-old brownfield site and was recognised at the time of opening as one of the most energy efficient structures in England with a carbon footprint half that of a traditional public building of comparable size.
In addition to an extensive literature collection, Jubilee Library offers local communities state of the art IT facilities within its IT Connect room, a full business suite with five conference rooms and a one-to-one meeting room.
Kier Group Facilities Management, responsible for the management of Jubilee Library for Brighton & Hove City Council, called in unified business solutions provider TwistedPair to provide a sound masking solution for the library’s conference and meeting rooms earlier this year.
“Our aim is to guarantee privacy and confidentiality for users of our meeting and conference rooms”, commented Louise Millard, commercial and conference coordinator for Jubilee Library. “Users of our spaces are often discussing sensitive matters and we do not want this information overheard in public areas or corridors.”
Hanieh Motamedian, business development manager for Sound Directions, UK distributor for Cambridge Sound Management Sound Masking systems subsequently met with TwistedPair at Jubilee Library and successfully demonstrated a viable and affor

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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