RCF to open new Audio Academy

Friday, 28 April 2017

Italy - RCF is to open a new lecture hall for audio courses and seminars. The new Audio Academy, dedicated to the culture of sound, will be situated in a new building at the RCF headquarters in Reggio Emilia.
Set on pitched floor, and with 46 upholstered seats, the classroom has also been acoustically treated, while a natural/artificial mixed lighting system provides maximum comfort. Finally, the classroom is equipped with audio-video systems and includes a spacious foyer for reception and refreshments.
RCF Audio Academy will continue the series of state-of-the-art seminars hosted by RCF product specialists, teachers and engineers both in the new HQ and laboratories. Since 2010, 127 courses have been organised, welcoming more than 2,200 participants, 381 indoor product demos and 374 outdoor.
The new venue will also host the Sound-Engineering University Course, organised by the Department of Science and Methods of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in collaboration with RCF, now in its sixth edition.
(Jim Evans)


Kenderdine Electrical takes on GLP in New Zealand

Friday, 28 April 2017

New Zealand - GLP has appointed Kenderdine Electrical as its distribution partner in New Zealand..
Kenderdine Electrical was started in 1959 by Hugh Kenderdine, a working theatre electrician, as a hire service to the theatre industry. Over the years, the company grew to be a major supplier of equipment to the theatre and rock & roll industry. By the early 80s the company was purchasing and importing equipment for its own hire stock, but more importantly, reselling to customers around New Zealand.
In 1982, Chris McKenzie joined to form Professional Lighting Services to look after the growing film and TV markets in New Zealand.
McKenzie confirms that his company had been seeking a premium moving light brand to introduce to the New Zealand market. “We had been aware of GLP for a long time but at the time it was being represented by an Australian company who also had distribution for New Zealand.”
However, Kenderdine put up a strong case to take on the brand. “GLP now fits into the top end of our product portfolio to provide our professional customers with a world class brand.”
The company acknowledges that while the brand is well-known in the international touring market by local companies who service this sector, they will set out to educate other potential customers. “We have had very positive feedback from those who know the pr


Hard Rock Café enjoys the Yamaha touch

Friday, 28 April 2017

France - Hard Rock Café is arguably one of the most recognised names in popular, family-orientated dining, its mixture of American style food and music memorabilia continuing to attract millions of customers across the world. One of its newest outlets is in Lyon, France, which features a Yamaha Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) system.
As with all Hard Rock Cafés, the Lyon outlet features dining, live performance, a shop and public circulation areas, as well as a private dining area and a meeting room. Systems integrator Eurosono was contracted to install the audio system, choosing a zoned Yamaha CIS solution because it delivers great sound with very flexible control.
“A main requirement was that each zone and a range of audio sources had to be managed from a centralised point,” says Frédéric Borde of Yamaha Music Europe France. “A Dante audio network was installed throughout the venue, so control via Yamaha’s Provisionaire Touch iPad app was ideal, as it can be highly customised and used anywhere in the venue.”
The eight-zone system is managed by an MTX5-D matrix mixer/signal processor, with control via a bespoke Provisionaire Touch design. Six DCP1V4S surface-mount panels are located in the system rack for emergency manual control of each zone, with two more (linked via a DCH8 hub) in convenient locations. Six VXC6W ceiling speaker


Mavericks and Rogues add up for Simply Three

Friday, 28 April 2017

USA - Erik Parker has supported a variety of different bands from multiple genres with engaging lightshows. However, even he has to acknowledge that nothing in his portfolio was quite like his project for lighting Simply Three. “This was a new type of music for me,” said Parker of Chris Lisle Lighting Design. “It’s a three-piece string band that rocks to covers such as Take Me to Church by Hozier, Photograph by Ed Sheeran and Counting Starsby OneRepublic, as well as many classics from Puccini to Gershwin. Lighting them was challenging, but a lot of fun.”
Parker met this challenge in stunning fashion at the internationally acclaimed group’s recent homecoming concert at the Mesa Arts Center outside Phoenix with help from Chauvet Professional Maverick and Rogue fixtures, supplied by Creative BackStage. He positioned eight Maverick MK2 Spots and 12 Rogue R2 Washes on various truss structures and the stage deck, using them for top, back and side lighting, as well as silhouette and eye candy looks. The fixtures were connected via 5pin DMX through the in-house Cat 5 lines.
To highlight the members of Simply Three, Parker flew one of his Maverick MK2 Spots on the second electric over the group and arranged the other units behind them. “I used these spots for a lot of texture on the guys,” he said. “The Mavericks helped me do co


ABTT Collaborative Doctoral project deadline

Friday, 28 April 2017

UK - The application deadline for the new Collaborative Doctoral Award, an initiative between the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD), is fast approaching.
The Award, which offers a postgraduate student the opportunity to pursue a fully funded PhD at a leading centre for research in theatre and performance, together with the ABTT – one of the earliest organisations to represent the interests and needs of theatre designers and technical practitioners – has attracted much interest and praise for the legacy the resulting body of work will have for the industry.
The purpose of the Award is to enable a researcher to examine the historical context of the establishment and development of the ABTT, as well as its impact on the evolution of theatre design and standards of architectural, engineering and stage arrangements for places of entertainment. For clarification, the term “theatre design” is used in this context to describe the design of premises to accommodate the presentation of live performance.
Full Project Description information is available on the RCSSD's website (www.abtt.org.uk), as well as the ABTT’s website under its News section, alongside details of how to apply. The deadline for completed applications is


White Light on 42nd Street at Theatre Royal

Friday, 28 April 2017

UK - Considered by many to be one of the biggest Broadway musicals of all time, 42nd Street has now arrived in London where it has received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. Starring Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton, this all singing, high-kicking spectacle is currently playing at Theatre Royal Drury Lane – London’s biggest stage. WL was called upon the provide the lights on this production.
42nd Street tells the story of young Peggy Sawyer who is fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line on Broadway’s newest show. Yet when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom which she’s always dreamed off.
The lighting design is by Olivier Award winner Peter Mumford. He comments: “Despite its iconic status, I have never lit nor indeed seen 42nd Street before. I’d say this was an advantage though as it allowed me to enter the process with no preconceptions. With all classic shows like this, they offer you the chance to reimagine the piece and bring your own specific look to what is a timeless story.”
Due to the show’s extravagant and colourful set design, Peter had to ensure that his lighting design not only worked alongside this but also enhanced it. He comments: “There’s a lot of scenery in this production which includes a large number of beau


Hawthorn hot off the press with The Wipers Times

Friday, 28 April 2017

UK - Following a run at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury and a UK tour in 2016, satirical play The Wipers Times has arrived in the West End with a limited run at The Arts Theatre. Full technical service provider Hawthorn were chosen to provide lighting equipment for this dark comedy from the trenches.
A stage adaptation of their award-winning BBC film, The Wipers Times by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper that was created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme.
The team at Hawthorn worked with lighting designer James Smith to provide lighting equipment for the production when it toured in 2016 and were delighted to be asked to be involved once again when it arrived in the West End.
Smith, explaining why he chose to get Hawthorn on board once again, said: “After seeing the success of how Hawthorn delivered the UK tour of Wind in the Willows, of which I’m the Associate LD, it was not a hard decision to ask them to supply the lighting equipment for The Wipers Times, both on the original tour and the transfer to the Arts Theatre.

In line with technical enhancements within the industry, the rig for the West End production utilises a mixture of LED fixtures, such as the ETC ColorSource Spot, alongside more traditional tungsten fixtures such as the Vari*lite VL10


SGM fixtures star in high impact art installation

Friday, 28 April 2017

Belgium - As part of Bright Brussels Festival, ACTLD (ACT Lighting Design) contributed with a very innovative art installation as a total immersion of light, sound and mist. Lighting-wise, the spectacle totally comprised by SGM LED fixtures.
Mounted on a specially constructed trussing, forming a symmetrical matrix (35mx35m), 64 G-Spot moving heads played the leading role, strongly supported by Q-7 RGBW and Q-7 W flood/blind/strobes as well as P-5 and P-2 wash lights.
Koert Vermeulen, principal designer at ACTLD chose to explore the urban space of their hometown and offered a brand new experience to the public in a highly unusual location; a 70 x 80 meter construction site. Senior lighting designer and console operator, Luc De Climmer, explained: “Minimalism, geometry and reflection are some of the words that can describe this installation, playing with the industrial character of the site. A crucial detail in the installation was interaction with the water that flooded the entire construction site to get reflection effects from the light. The heavy loads of Belgium rain certainly made its contribution to ensure this request was met.”
This outdoor ephemeral installation was placed directly on the wet and muddy ground which reduced the possibility to hide the equipment and cabling system. That demanded very ingenious techniques to ensure the power s

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Prolight+Sound Frankfurt

Earlier this month, Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre became the meeting place for the entire event industry and the showroom for the latest trends and technologies. There, visitors found new products by key players from the fields of lighting, sound and media technology. The fair was rounded off by an extensive conference programme aimed equally at newcomers and experts.


e-Luminating Cambridge with Pearce Hire

Friday, 28 April 2017

UK - Earlier this year Pearce Hire, a Gold Sponsor of the e-Luminate Cambridge Festival, provided full production services, technical support and equipment for the stunning lighting event that, each year, dramatically covers the entire city of Cambridge.
The 2017 e-Luminate Cambridge Festival celebrated its fifth edition and during the past five years has become a key highlight in the city’s cultural calendar. The festival, which ran for 35 hours across six nights, commemorated the diversity and rich architectural offerings of this historic city – with ‘light’ as the star of the show.
Cambridge Live, the organisers of e-Luminate, which is recognised as a contemporary arts festival, approached Pearce Hire as their trusted technical production partner to work with the latest creative lighting fixtures to produce stunning architectural lighting illuminations at several venues around the city.

As the organisers explain, “Light seamlessly crosses both Art and Science, and the e-Luminate Cambridge Festival is a celebration of the infinite possibilities created by this intersection.”
Throughout the festival, there were several architectural lighting installations for visitors to enjoy, as well as various activities, talks and concerts, all using the city’s architectural heritage as the backdrop. The aim of the festival is to expl


Shure schedules Axient Digital open day at RADA

Friday, 28 April 2017

UK - Shure recently launched its Axient Digital Wireless System at the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas and will now host a London-based open day on 18 May at RADA to showcase their new high-tier wireless offering to the UK market.
Axient Digital builds on the benefits of Shure UHF-R, ULX-D, and Axient wireless systems to create a new, highly scalable system featuring a universal receiver that works across two transmitter ranges (AD and ADX series) to effectively replace UHF-R and Axient. Designed from the ground up - and having listened to key customer needs - the new system proudly features the world’s first micro-bodypack with an internal, self-tuning antenna.
Axient Digital Open Day is free to attend and will consist of a full product overview followed by drinks and refreshments. There are three allocated time-slots for the presentation throughout the day to enable visitors to pick a time around their schedule.
Tuomo Tolonen, Shure Pro Audio Group manager comments: “Axient Digital has been designed from the ground up to overcome the challenges users encounter in a wide variety of applications—including pro touring, theatre production and television broadcasting. Axient Digital will allow both engineers and talent alike to confidently rely on pristine digital audio in the midst of even the most challenging of environments.
“It is a pleasure t


LED Creative expands projects team

Friday, 28 April 2017

UK - Illumination specialists LED Creative has welcomed Tim Rees to the role of projects assistant as part of the small but growing team at their Hertfordshire base.
Having spent over 10 years delivering a broad range of production solutions, with a particular focus on lighting, Tim’s experience encompasses client liaison, budgeting and supplier management and is augmented by in-depth working knowledge of production equipment and IT systems.
Speaking about the new appointment, LED Creative’s Adam Howard says: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Tim to our team. We pride ourselves on being able to offer the very highest levels of support to our clients - Tim’s technical understanding and strong project management skills are a fantastic addition to the LED Creative service.”
Commenting on his new role, Tim adds: “The opportunity to join such a dynamic team is incredibly exciting. LED Creative share my passion for excellence in customer service and I’m looking forward to playing a part in the further development of the company.”
(Jim Evans)


Philips Lighting adds funk to Bruno Mars tour

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Europe - Philips Lighting has announced that VL6000 Beam and VL4000 BeamWash fixtures from its Philips Vari-Lite rock and roll lighting product line have been selected by production designer LeRoy Bennett and lighting designer Cory FitzGerald to add punch to Bruno Mars' 24K Magic world tour.
"We chose the Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam because there isn't a light out there like it," said Bennett. "It's a very raw Philips Platinum lamp, which delivers this really cool, large column of light. It's a texture that doesn't exist anywhere else, which makes the fixture really special. It's almost like having the old Vari-Lite VL4 on steroids! Not only that, the big, retro-style aperture fits in with the whole nineties feel of the show and keeps everything clean, bold and strong - the type of look that comes out well on a phone camera. Like a lot of young artists now, it's really important to Bruno how the show is conveyed on social media."
Bennett and FitzGerald have captured the essence of the '90s era and added a contemporary twist by mixing the classic rock and roll look of Par Cans with the beam work and vibrant color palette of high-power moving lights. Forty-eight Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 Beams are rigged on vertical truss facing out, while 53 Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 BeamWash fixtures provide backlight, sidelight and a myriad of bright, bold effects. The light


Robe on tour with Nutcracker in Italy

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Italy - Amodio and Luzzati’s renowned production of ballet classic The Nutcracker made its debut at Teatro Comunale in Modena in November 2016, before touring to other key Italian cities for 10 weeks. It was produced by Daniele Cipriani Entertainment and lit by Marco Policastro using Robe DL4S Profiles and the new Spiider LED wash beams.
This production – which had been originally staged by the company AterBalletto in the 1980s and 1990s – was again choreographed by Amedeo Amodio (then AterBalletto’s director) and featured eye-catching set designs by Oscar-nominated Italian designer, painter, animator and illustrator, Emanuele Luzzati.
It was also acclaimed for its highly imaginative shadow work which featured prominently in this show. This was devised for the original production by the artists of the Teatro Gioco Vita.
“Nothing has essentially changed over the 30 years in the approach to lighting this piece, apart from the types of lights available,” says Marco, who chose the 12 x Robe Spiiders, 14 x DL4S Profiles, together with two Robe Haze 400 foggers and other fixtures.
“The big lighting challenges were to create specific and detailed scenes for when the stage was full of artists, and preserving the impact of the emotive and compelling shadow work whilst giving it a new and contemporary twist 30 years on.”


Rental houses opt for Nexo Geo M10

Thursday, 27 April 2017

France - Nexo’s home market of France has been quick to sign up for the new mid-size line array launched by the company at the ISE and PLS tradeshows earlier this year. Geo M10 inventory has been ordered by several leading French rental companies, and is already earmarked for an important installation project.
Créative Studio in Guadeloupe is the company that has taken delivery of the first 000001-registered module. Well-known pro-audio figure Franck Bessol runs this rental company, which has ordered M10 line array modules and MSubs.
Frederic Guinand’s company MK Plus from Lyon has placed its order for Geo M10 and MSubs inventory. In Besançon, Espace Concept has augmented its own purchase order for Geo M10 modules, adding a number of 45°N-12 line monitors. Blackline in Angoulême has recently taken delivery of Nexo’s STM Series modular line array and now adds Geo M10 to its rental stock. And in Rennes, the long-time NEXO user West Evenements has done the same.
“My customers are very appreciative of this new technology, its new patents and appealing ergonomic rigging,” explains Jean Jacques Vias, NEXO’s sales manager for France. “This is a sound reinforcement solution for mid-sized gigs and a broad range of venues that are looking for permanent installations.”
One such installation is the Salle St Martin de Crau, a municipal arts


Colston Hall redevelopment programme

Thursday, 27 April 2017

UK - Bristol Music Trust (BMT) has revealed the next stages in its ambitious £48.8m redevelopment programme for Colston Hall, including a name change for the venue.
Louise Mitchell, chief executive of BMT, said: “We are on track with our transformation campaign and at this stage in the process, we can now focus on the detailed plans for the redeveloped Hall, including what its future name should be.
“The name Colston does not reflect the Trust’s values as a progressive, forward-thinking and open arts organisation. We want to look to the future and ensure the whole city is proud of its transformed concert hall and so, when we reopen the new building in 2020, it will be with a new name. This overall rebrand is part of transforming the Colston Hall we have today into the new National Centre for Music Entertainment, Education and Enterprise.”
With two-thirds of the funding raised and public consultation complete on the pre-planning application, the Trust is now heading into its final campaign stage. This includes raising the remaining third of the money and finalising detailed plans ahead of the planning application being submitted to Bristol City Council later this year.
Louise explained: “We have always been clear that the option of commercial sponsorship would be part of our transformation fundraising plans and we are now looking to e


Rocktopia USA tour rocks with Chauvet

Thursday, 27 April 2017

USA - Heralded for its acoustics, which are said to rival those of La Scala in Milan, the Hungarian State Opera House has hosted many of the greatest artists from the orchestral and operatic worlds. Gustave Mahler called this building home as the opera’s director, as did Otto Klemperer. At no time in this Budapest landmark’s history, though, did it ever ring with sounds quite like those created in Rocktopia, a wildly original mash up of classical and classic rock music.
After making its global debut last year at the opera house in a PBS broadcast, Rocktopia is now bringing its far-ranging musical mix to the US with a tour of mid-sized venues. Supporting this eclectic concert is a lightshow created by Michael Stiller of upLight. Stiller’s design remains true to the flavour of that PBS special, while still being portable and road friendly, thanks to some help from a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures, supplied by Squeek Lights.
Rocktopia adds violins, horns and operatic choruses to songs like Queen’s We Are the Champions at one point, then proceeds to turn up the temperature on compositions by Beethoven, Handel and Mozart with hard-driving rock riffs, before adding orchestral flourishes to Pink Floyd's On the Turning Away. Stiller’s design keeps pace with the show’s wild musical turns, all while keeping a


Adlib reinforces Emeli Sandé with L-Acoustics

Thursday, 27 April 2017

UK - Adlib supplied an L-Acoustics audio system, with all associated rigging and crew for the recent UK and European leg of multiple award winning Scottish singer / songwriter Emeli Sandé’s Long Live the Angels tour.
Adlib was asked on-board by production manager Steve Martin (Tourhouse Productions) and was delighted to be working with Emeli’s FOH engineer Max Bisgrove and monitor guru Andrew Williamson.
Their system tech on the tour – fine tuning and looking after the PA each day – was Adlib’s Kenny Perrin, who commented, “It was a pleasure to work with everyone on this tour – amazing people, a great show and an extremely positive environment.”
The itinerary featured a mix of venues – academies, town halls and arenas – so the requirement was to cover all of these, for which they toured a selection of L-Acoustics K1, K2 and KARA loudspeakers.
There were 32 x K1 elements on the truck, with the largest configuration typically 12 – 14 K1s a side for the main hangs, with four KARA-downs. The side-hangs – when used – would be six K2s and two K1s a side.
They utilised the new KS28 subs, six-a-side ground stacked, which brought plenty of bottom end atmospherics, complete with four ARCS on top for out-fills.
When it came to front-fills, stage and visual designer Jamie Thompson wanted to keep the lip of the stage co


Game on as Hawthorn helps launch studio

Thursday, 27 April 2017

UK - Technical installation experts, Hawthorn was approached by Multiplay, a subsidiary of high street retailer GAME, as it launched its new studio.
Hawthorn has previously worked with Multiplay on the technical production of live events, so when they were looking for support to create a bespoke broadcast studio its Install team was more than happy to help.
Based at GAME head office in Basingstoke, this shared broadcast facility will be used for a wide range of live internet gaming programmes.
Steve Wilson, head of production and broadcast at Multiplay, asked Hawthorn to develop a specialist lighting and acoustic solution for the new broadcast space. Using their extensive experience in this area, Hawthorn utilised the latest ETC Irideon track lighting system along with ETC’s new ECHO modular control system. LED Tape and drivers from City Theatrical were used to highlight the many faceted set with ETC Desire D22 track fixtures to compliment the colour and mood desired for broadcast.
Additionally, Hawthorn provided lighting design services for their initial broadcasts and worked closely in developing a feel and look for their programmes.
It was felt by both client and installer that the Echo system provided a simple control solution with Wi-Fi control from a tablet computer. The ETC Irideon proved to be an ideal lighting solution as they wer


Specialz are EPIC in Dublin

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Ireland - EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum is Dublin’s newest museum, dedicated to one of the pivotal facets of Irish history: that of Irish emigration. In the appropriate location, the museum is situated in Dublin’s Docklands on the Custom House Quay, the departure point for many of Ireland’s emigrants in the 19th Century. Within the museum are twenty themed interactive galleries that take visitors on a journey through Irish history and, through interactive and immersive technology, connects all those who claim Irish connections and heritage with powerful experience.
Amongst the myriad of rooms dedicated to the global influence of the Irish culture through migration is a space entitled Science & Innovation. Within this gallery, visitors are familiarised with those of Irish descent who have been key in the development of scientific and technology progress. As an introduction to the mysteries of the Irish psyche, the Synapse provides a spectacular visual interpretation of the brain’s inner workings. This artistic impression that also provides light and visual movement to the gallery was designed by Adam Grater.
“There was indeed a dual purpose to this installation,” opens Grater. “It’s title, The Synapse, explains what it represents but it also creates atmosphere and provides ambience in the way it physically illuminates the space. Once I


Laserworld launches modular laser system

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Europe - With the RTI Neo Oone, Laserworld presents a completely new laser unit that is concepted as modular effect for professional productions. DMX / ArtNET makes it compatible to existing control infrastructure, no other control system is required.
The RTI Neo One is designed as a multi-projector-laser-system: Several units can be attached to each other with a quick-lock system. Due to the octagonal shape, it is not only possible to use several units side-by-side, but also allows to create shapes of laser systems or mount them at unusual positions, like e.g. flanking the sound-line-arrays on big stages, arranged as circle or in other shapes on stage.
It is a powerful white light full colour laser system. With a power of 24W RGB per meter or 4W RGB per unit, it is also well suited to large scale and long throw applications. An internal playback system can be individually configured with custom patterns or animations (free software for creating ILDA patterns is included).
The high-speed scanning systems allow for graphics and logo projections as well. Up to six units of the RTI Neo One can be run with one power supply. Units and power supply have the same octagonal shape, so can easily be combined with the same type of quick-lock mounts.
The system was especially designed to be run as an array, matrix or for creating shapes of lasers. The capabi


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