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Yamaha consoles in the mix for student drama

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UK - April saw the 61st National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) take place at the University of Hull, forming part of the city’s UK City Of Culture celebrations. Rental company SLX provided a range of Yamaha digital mixing consoles and - as a little light relief for participants - Yamaha Commercial Audio UK co-sponsored Yamaha/SLX/NSDF-branded jackets, awarded to the most inventive photos posted by aspiring sound engineers on social media.
Technical production specialist Stage Electrics has been involved with the NSDF since 1999. This was the first year that SLX - the company’s rebranded rental division - worked on the event under its new name.
“We are what you might call a ‘Yamaha console house’, with a wide range of CL and QL consoles in our rental inventory. In many ways, the NSDF sums up the practical reasons for that,” says SLX business development manager Ryan Stromski.
“Yamaha consoles literally make life for sound engineers easier. For example, at this year’s event most of the student engineers felt much more at home on the CL5 in the main venue than the alternative console we supplied last year.”
As well as the CL5 in the main venue, SLX also provided a pair of QL1s and a QL5. All were also used in a series of training seminars that are a key technical feature of the NSDF.
“Students fill the roles of both mixing engineers and system techs, with the seminars giving them the chance to learn the consoles before working on productions with a range of input sources, including instruments, lapel mics and playback,

 
 

The Week in Light & Sound

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Manchester Arena - A barbaric attack on the Manchester Arena last night has left 22 dead, including children, with approximately 59 people injured. Initial reports suggest a lone male detonated a homemade bomb after last night's Ariana Grande concert. Our hearts go out to all affected by this truly horrific and sickening attack.

Here We Go Again - Abba musical Mamma Mia is getting a sequel, with many of the original cast members returning for the new film. Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfried are among the stars who will reprise their roles in the new movie, which will be called Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. It is expected to be released in July 2018 - a decade after the original.

Producers say the new film will feature a number of Abba tracks which were not in the original. Mamma Mia is the ninth most successful film of all time at UK cinemas, having taken more than £68m at the box office. It was adapted from the hit West End show of the same name, which is one of the longest running musicals ever.

Closing Time - After 146 years, America's most celebrated circus Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus has staged its final performance in New York. Owners of the company said the decision had been made due to falling ticket sales and high operating costs.

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igus linear systems centre stage at ABTT

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UK - At this year’s ABTT, igus will be demonstrating its innovative linear slides and cable management systems that help theatre technicians manage cables and stage props more easily.
On the igus stand (Stand B30) there will be three main demonstrations; the first is the drylin W curved rail system. These rails offer an innovative way of mounting sound and lighting rigs, or displays and control panels – anything that needs to be adjusted regularly. As the aluminium rails can be modified by precision bending, the profile of the curve can be tailored to requirements.
The second highlight will be the e-spool cable management system, which enables users to guide many different cables in narrow spaces and allows them to save space thanks to its small footprint. The innovative e-spool is easy to install and flexible, providing no-break connections in any direction for travels up to 14m. For example, in theatres, e-spools are becoming the preferred technology for connecting between amplifiers and speakers, virtually eliminating the reliability and quality issues often associated with these types of applications.
In modern stage technology, a variety of cables – including power, audio and data – must be managed to move and operate lighting rigs or mobile stage elements, usually vertically. The ‘zig-zag’ module from igus provides a folding energy chain, with all the cables guided safely and neatly stowed away in a standardised box when the platform is in its lowered position.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
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Both AD series and ADX series transmitters are compatible with a shared Axient Digital receiver platform. This scalable wireless system includes a groundbreaking micro-bodypack and provides incomparable sound for a wide range of applications and settings.

 
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Zero 88 brings new products to ABTT 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UK - Lighting control specialist and manufacturer Eaton Lighting Systems will be exhibiting their Zero 88 product range at the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) Show in London on 6-7 June.
The Zero 88 team are seizing this industry networking opportunity and showcase to highlight some new, exciting and innovative products on stand number E23.
The new powerCON TRUE1 AlphaPack 3 is a three channel portable dimmer unit that can be safely rigged to a vertical or a horizontal bar via a standard clamp attached to one of two new m10 mounting positions. It can also be wall mounted using a custom mounting bracket.
The updated Chilli Pro 12 bypass (with dimmer, relay, bypass, RCD & RBCO options) is a 12 channel, inductive installation dimmer with individual channel bypass switches for use when direct, uninterrupted mains power is needed. Chilli Pro 12 Bypass is available with 10 or 16 Amp, neutral disconnect MCBs or RBCOs per channel … and optional RCD protection on the incoming supply.
Zero 88’s new Apple Watch app is a quick, easy and safe focus remote, providing access to channels and groups with tools such as Highlight and RemDim. It’s a free update available to all Zero 88 customers and users and works with all Zero 88 consoles running ZerOS - FLX, ORB XF and Solution plus legacy consoles like Leap Frog 48 & 96, ORB and FROG2.
Continuing the current series of powerful, incremental updates for both hardware and software, the Solution console has benefited from significantly updated capabilities with the new 7.9.2

 
 
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Yamaha solution for historic Dutch castle

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Netherlands - One of the most historic buildings in Goes, Netherlands, Slot Oostende is a former castle located in the old centre of the city. It opened to the public in April this year as a multipurpose venue, with a Yamaha Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS)-based audio system meaning its spaces can be used for many different purposes.
Some original parts of Slot Oostende survive, while others have recently been rebuilt following excavations in 2009. This mixture of ancient and modern architecture provides a pleasant atmosphere, which was ideal for a restaurant, meeting venue and brewery producing the venue’s own beer.
Slot Oostende officially opened to the public on 19 April this year, with a planned programme of varied entertainment, as well as meetings, presentations and speech events. To ensure every activity enjoyed high quality sound, Peter de Graaf of AV installation specialists Geluid & Beeld NU! sat down with Leo de Klerk of professional audio dealer Bloomline to design a truly multi-purpose audio installation, suitable for every application.
They chose a system built around a Dante network, controlled and managed by a Yamaha MTX5 matrix mixer/signal processor and a pair of XMV8280-D multi-channel power amplifiers. The advantages of a Dante solution were immediately obvious, as it allows one of the amplifiers to be located 80m from the system rack, on the other side of the building, with no issues.
Throughout the building there are six locations, each with Omniwave loudspeakers and a Yamaha DCP1V4S surface-mounted cont

 
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Chauvet pumps up intensity at London’s Cargo

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UK- Underneath the Victorian railway arches in London’s Shoreditch district lies Cargo, one of the capital’s edgiest late-night bar and club venues. While the venue’s genuine Banksy graffiti art-filled courtyard is a magnet for art aficionados and tourists alike, the club itself has been busy building up a formidable reputation of its own thanks to an eclectic music programme.
To install an appropriately multifaceted lighting rig, Cargo recently approached London-based installation specialists, Halo lighting, which specified a number of Chauvet Professional and Chauvet DJ fixtures.
“Cargo approached us wanting a lighting rig capable of supporting a wide variety of dub, house, techno and electro events,” commented Yann Guenancia, director of Halo Lighting. “The combination of Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 Wash and Legend 230SR beams, in addition to Chauvet DJ COLORband Pix and Par Quad 12s provided excellent versatility at an excellent price point.”
Six Rogue R1 Wash and four Legend 230SR Beams were flown from overhead truss to provide the central core of the install. While the R1 Wash’s saturated colours, powerful light output and gobos were specified for their atmosphere inducing qualities; the Legend 230SR fixtures provided the ultimate counterpoint with punchy beams to cut through the dance floor.
“The combination of the Rogue R1 Wash fixtures and Legend Beams are essential for creating the look and feel of an exciting and progressive venue,” commented Guenancia. “Both fixtures provide the energy and drive necessary fo

 
 
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Dual purpose facility refreshed with Heritage

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Germany - Markus Heinzel of Liquidstudio is the proud owner of the first Audient ASP8024 Heritage desk to be installed in Germany. Based in Freiburg, he has recently upgraded his professional recording and music production studio, wanting to “rely on my technology, so I can get on with making music”.
It was last year that his finances finally allowed for the improvements to his space, for which the biggest investment was the Audient. It took him the best part of a year to find the right desk which also suited his budget. “The combination of a well processed and proven, big analogue desk with DAW integration is perfect for me,” says Markus. “I use the DLC module mostly to make automations, it's great to play with that.
“After working with a digital console for 10 years, I wanted to come back to analogue. I wanted to record using the excellent analogue EQs and shape the incoming signals directly,” he continues. “When I mix, I create stems and sum through the desk which gives me the option to fine tune things with the Audient channel EQs. I then love to use the Retro Iron and the Low Bump/High Lift EQs on the mix bus when printing a mix as they lift everything up a bit, and add power and clarity to the mix. Another great feature is the mix bus compressor which adds a nice glue to the final mix.”
In the evenings, Liquidstudio doubles up as a non-commercial live club: The Slow Club. Markus has designed the whole space cleverly to flip between its two distinct roles, whilst managing to utilise every inch of space. When he’s not running

 
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PSA and PLASA collaborate on mental health

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UK- Mental Health has become a topical subject and has been launched into the limelight with the Royals’ ‘Heads Together’ campaign, promoting conversation to shatter the stigma surrounding the subject. PLASA Focus Leeds 2017 coincided with Mental Health Awareness Week and prompted a collaboration between the Production Services Association (PSA) and the Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA) supported by Back-up Charity.
The live entertainment industry is a fast paced, high pressured industry pushing creativity and technology to the limits with long periods of time away from home and post tour depression just one example of how mental health affects many people in the industry.
The Talk2Me seminar session — introduced by Steve Banks, chairman at PSA and hosting Robert Heath, music Therapist; Chris Madden, student welfare officer at Backstage Academy; Peter Heath, MD at PLASA and Andy Lenthall, GM at PSA — focused on highlighting the emotional and psychological issues faced by so many in the entertainment and creative industries as part of their working lives.
Panellist Chris Madden was the counsellor sent by Production Park to support the Avenged Sevenfold crew earlier this year.
The session referred to the Mental Health Foundation survey quoting only 13% of people report living with high levels of good mental health so therefore most people are suffering or have suffered from a mental health issue at least once in their lifetime.
Robert who has a particular interest in the use of creative songwriting as therapy a

 
 
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Elation lighting success at Eurovision 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Ukraine - Elation Professional played a major role in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv with over 800 lighting products used as audience and stage lighting by lighting designer Jerry Appelt and Eurovision Song Contest head of production Ola Melzig.
Elation Professional served as an official technical event supplier to the 2017 show with a large portion of the intelligent lighting package made up of Elation lights. In the rig were 351 Elation Paladin hybrid strobe/blinder/wash lights, 132 Platinum FLX hybrid moving heads, 140 Platinum 1200 Wash and 70 Platinum Seven moving head LED wash lights, along with 110 SixBar 1000 LED battens. Providing the lighting, video and rigging technology for the show was PRG in cooperation with LITECOM.
The Eurovision stage, designed by Florian Wieder, featured a large circular LED stage floor with a dramatic, modern arch proscenium curving over the stage that ran visual content. The slogan for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest was Celebrate Diversity and Jerry Appelt’s lighting design appropriately reflected the diversification and variety presented on stage.
When Appelt was on the hunt for a strobe effect that he could place behind the huge, curved, semi-transparent LED video wall that served as the all-important visual backdrop, Melzig set up a shoot-out of fixtures in Cologne and Appelt liked what he saw in the Paladin. “I wanted to create an additional layer behind the LED wall, something that had impact but that could also work together with the LED video and other lighting. We chose the Paladin a

 
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Bon Jovi tours with grandMA2

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

USA - Bon Jovi rocked the house with the band’s This House Is Not For Sale Tour. The tour’s complex staging featured a grandMA2 full-size console provided by PRG and was in support of Bon Jovi’s eponymous thirteenth studio album released last fall.
It was the first to feature Hugh McDonald and Phil X as full-time band members. The tour picked up the album’s theme with a set featuring a stylized house under construction.
“The tour represented the next chapter of Bon Jovi,” says Spike Brant, the show’s creative producer and designer and CEO of Nimblist. “It was a dynamic show – a nod to old fashioned rock ’n roll with a fine art, metaphorical abstractness. Nothing about the design was fake, and with no fascia, the machines became the tools to tell the story.”
“Not many shows use this much motion to create a sense of structure,” notes Joe Bay, lighting director and programmer. “The show kicks off by building a house from truss and towers – very powerful and expressive – and throughout the show, we construct various abstract versions of the house. With this amount of automation driven from a console, we needed to use grandMA2. And with the incredible power of Stage Markers, it expanded our creative possibilities.”
“Bon Jovi has been using MA for almost 10 years now,” says Brant. “The last tour really tested grandMA2’s ability to talk to the TAIT Navigator system for motion control. On this tour grandMA2 acted as the show controller, working with Navigator and video playback, not just as the lighting desk.

 
 
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ETC ColorSource Relay adds wireless RDM

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

USA - The ColorSource Relay system kick-started a new era of power control, bringing budget-friendly system infrastructure with data distribution to theatres, houses of worship, schools and community centres. Now the ColorSource Relay is upgrading its simple configuration and wireless performance with the addition of wireless RDM.
The latest release of the Relay software – version 1.1.0 – is available to download and offers venues the ability to add wireless RDM to their ColorSource Relay system. RDM makes the convenient system even simpler to use, letting users identify and address their equipment wirelessly and then configure and monitor it, no matter where it’s placed in the rig. The Relay and ColorSource Transmitter have a 100m (328ft) range and require minimal setup and no programming.
“The ColorSource Relay system was already a ground-breaking tool, but now it’s even more powerful with the addition of wireless RDM,” says Ned Keitt-Pride, power controls product manager. “The ColorSource Relay makes it easy to get DMX, power and the benefits of RDM into remote locations.”
RDM is available in all ColorSource Relay units with an upgrade to software version 1.1.0. . In order to upgrade their units, users should contact ETC technical support. In addition to adding wireless RDM, the latest version of the ColorSource Relay software also includes upgrades for performance optimisation of wireless DMX.
The problem-solving ColorSource Relay offers configuration and control without cords and gives experts and beginners alike the super

 
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Beware of the shark in Park Royal

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UK - Curry and a beer as a social concept has much to recommend itself. Easy, fast, tasty, and satisfying; what could you possibly add that would make it better? Well, how about a couple of life size shark holograms? Liz Berry of Hologramica is gaining quite a reputation for juxtaposing reality with illusion. For Avolites’ founder director, Steve Warren the opportunity was irresistible.
“We do a couple of these a year in the demo room at our London HQ in Park Royal. The ‘Avolites and Robe Designers’ Curry Club’ is an open house for people working in video and lighting live events.
“Yes, people come to the curry night knowing it will have an element of product presentation, but we also make the effort to promote the evenings as a networking event; it’s more than just a sales pitch. Tim Meadowcroft, one of the LD’s who attended this one said to me before coming “You’re always telling me ‘come on down, you never know you might get work out of it’ so I’m coming”. Sure enough, Tim called me the day after to say he’d picked up some work at Light Initiative on the back of it.”
As it turned out the second of Berry’s shark holograms was an on the hoof adaption of what she had originally intended. “It was only a couple of days before, that I discovered the main warehouse had skylights. The illusion wasn’t going to look very good with daylight flooding through the roof so it was a bit of a nightmare until I spotted an office with a window overlooking the party space.
“The flexibility of our new 3D Holonet meant t

 
 
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Protec wins at the Middle East Event Awards

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UAE - Approaching the end of a very busy season in the Middle East, there was one more important event that the events industry in the region would be looking forward to – MEEA17.
Protec’s persistent desire to continually innovate and provide new and creative ways of using technology, was underlined yet again by the award the company received at the Middle East Event Awards 2017 for Best use of Event Technology - Product for the use of robotics across multiple event disciplines at the Expo’s associated awards event for the second year in succession – cementing its status as an unrivalled industry leader in the region when it comes to innovations and creative delivery of staging and technical solutions.
Before the company had time to digest this win, Protec was called on to receive its second award of the night for Best Event Video Solution for the prestigious Dubai Canal Opening Ceremony.
It wasn’t long before Protec’s wins went to number three with the award for Best Temporary Venue or Structure for the IDEX 2017 Opening Ceremony.
Stephen Lakin, founder and CEO of the company said: “Allow me to first congratulate all the winners this year. For us however, it’s not about winning awards but being able to raise the bar of creativity and delivery with consistency and reliability. We are humbled by the awards we have won though and would like to thank our clients for their continued faith in our abilities.”
(Jim Evans)

 
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Arena Group at Royal Windsor Horse Show

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UK - Royal Windsor Horse Show organiser HPower Group called upon multiple Arena UK & Europe divisions to deliver 5,000m² of temporary structures complete with full interior fit-out, 3,689 seats throughout three Castle Arena tiered grandstands and event catering equipment.
Spurred on with the success of last year’s expansive additions to the equestrian show’s temporary infrastructure in honour of The Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations, HPower Group once again entrusted Arena Seating and Arena Structures to deliver and maintain the same level of hospitality and finish this year.
At the south end of the Castle Arena, two Members Enclosure viewing areas were installed by Arena Structures utilising the curved Arcus roofs to offer 250m² of premium sightlines. Situated behind, a multi-deck temporary Members Restaurant, provided 600m² of contemporary dining and hospitality restaurants and lounges.
Throughout the Royal site, an additional 800m² of Arcus structures played host to the Windsor Enclosure Bistro, Reception Structure, and the Royal Entrance Structure. Peaked roofed Aluhall temporary structures were home to the Stirrup Cup Kitchen, the Riders Lounge and the Members Kitchen.
Arena Seating’s project director Bradley Merchant and his 25-strong team installed three temporary covered grandstands offering unrivalled spectator views of equestrian entertainment in the main Castle Arena.
Merchant explains: “It was key this year for HPower Group to keep building on the precedence set at last year’s royal celebrations, so it

 
 
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MIPRO helps spread the word

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Ireland - The Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary in the Archdiocese of Armagh, Ireland, was founded in 2012 by Cardinal Sean Brady, Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh, to train priests who are both diocesan and missionary for what is known as the New Evangelisation.
Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, recently presided at the official opening of the Seminary’s new premises, the former De la Salle brothers’ residence in De La Salle Terrace, Dundalk. The buildings have been completely refurbished to provide housing, worship and study areas for the sixteen young priests from eight different countries currently in training.
While the Seminary is based in Dundalk, celebrations and meetings take place all over Ireland and involve people and volunteers from all over the world. As a result, the Seminary decided to invest in a portable simultaneous translation system to improve communication in multilingual environments.
After evaluating a number of different systems and brands, the Seminary’s technical advisory team finally decided on MIPRO as the optimum solution for their needs. The equipment was supplied by AV integrations specialists AVworx in Bedford via MIPRO’s UK distributor, CUK Audio.
“We wanted something that was compact, reliable and portable as we have meetings all over Ireland involving people from many different nationalities,” explained Nicola Ondei who is himself Italian and advised the Seminary on their technical needs.
Redemptoris Mater’s system comprises three MTS-

 
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The Design Museum appoints Blitz|GES

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UK - Blitz|GES has secured a multi-year deal with event venue, the Design Museum. Blitz|GES was awarded a preferred supplier contract, placing it on the museum’s accredited production list.
The museum hosts a range of events each year, from conferences and awards nights, to major brand activations and product launches. Blitz|GES has worked with the venue since its move from Shad Thames to Kensington in late 2016, and will continue to deliver full AV and technical event production services to its clients.
Livia Puggini, head of events at the Design Museum commented: “I am delighted to continue our relationship with the team at Blitz|GES over the next three years. I’m looking forward to working alongside them to provide exceptional service to our clients.”
Graham Pope, group commercial director at Blitz|GES added: “We are proud to have been appointed a preferred supplier for such a prestigious venue and are excited to be working with the Design Museum to continue to deliver innovative technical production solutions.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 

Green Hippo captures the Snow Fairy

Tuesday, 23 May 2017


Finland - Finish singing sensation Saara Aalto – aka the Snow Fairy – played a sold-out homecoming gig at Helsinki’s Hartwall arena and Green Hippo technology ensured a great view for all. Saara, who shot to fame in the UK through her runner’s up spot in 2016’s X Factor, is a firm favourite in Finland, having appeared in Finland’s Got Talent 2007 and The Voice of Finland in 2012.
Bright Finland, the Finland and Scandinavia-based experience provider, was at the helm for Saara’s 360° screen show employing a Green Hippo Hippotizer Boreal to control six iMAG screens. The Hippotizer Boreal was running Notch – the all-in-one, real-time graphics workhorse – enabling the Bright Finland team to create, simulate, composite, edit, and play, there and then, in the moment. The set-up also used Green Hippo’s compact and powerful 1U Media Server, the Amba.
Hippotizer’s seamless operation with Notch was key here. Four cameras with operators, plus two robocams grabbed the raw material, and the Bright Finland team edited on-going blocks via the network in the studio, resulting in a smooth workflow. Not to mention stunning visuals, for all to see.
The Helsinki crowd was clearly impressed, as was the Bright Finland team. Mikko Linnavouri of Bright Finland said: “Notch is a great extension for Hippotizer: we can create custom effects, which give us new possibilities for making graphics for our shows. The implementation is great.”
(Jim Evans)

 
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Out of this world show for K3

Monday, 22 May 2017

Europe - Popular Belgian / Dutch girlband K3 are on the road again for an extensive live schedule through 2017 reaching out to their young and enthusiastic fanbase with a completely new lighting and video design originated by Luc Peumans of Genk-based creative practice, Painting with Light.
This is the first full tour with the ‘new’ K3, since a TV competition staged last year found three new faces to take over from the previous band members, two of whom had been part of the foundation of the K3 phenomenon in 1998. This was followed by a transition tour featuring all six K3 girls performing both together and in their two separate line-ups.
Painting with Light has worked with K3 – known for their colourful, high-octane power-pop stage shows – for the last 15 years. The band is managed by Studio 100 and the staging concept for this tour was developed by Stefaan Haudenhuyse, with Painting with Light being asked to create the touring production design.
This involved translating Stefaan’s initial mood boards into an energised and tourable technical production scenario, achieved in conjunction with equipment vendors PRG Belgium who also co-ordinated the show’s automation elements.
Setting the show in ‘other worlds’ gave the whole creative team plenty of latitude to make it fun and cool for K3’s young audience.
For the show flow, it was essential that lighting and video were integrated, and being involved in both mediums from the start enabled Painting with Light to control the process with great effect.
Painting with L

 
 
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d&b to host electroacoustic seminar at ABTT 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017

UK - On Wednesday 7 June, d&b audiotechnik will be presenting its time honoured Electroacoustics seminar at the ABTT Theatre Show, at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace. The free to attend education event is ideal for anyone wanting to know more about how loudspeakers interact with their environment and how that affects what the listener hears. Plus, anyone who registers will automatically receive free admission to the exhibition floor, an environment in which to meet industry professionals and see what’s new in theatre technology.
With the scheduled seminars at d&b GB’s Gloucestershire base often booked up, it’s a great opportunity to take part this year and a natural stepping stone to d&b’s more product focused workshops.
The seminar has played a central role in the international d&b education calendar, and is for anyone looking to better understand the principles of electroacoustics for sound system design and engineering. Now something of an industry standard, the session is suited to all levels of experience, and asks questions such as: how does sound propagate? And how do sound waves combine? In typical d&b style, the friendly approach will provide informative answers in a light-hearted way, with plenty of practical experiments and demonstrations.
“I’d argue this seminar is the most important thing d&b does in terms of its education and training programme,” says presenter Oran Burns. “It goes back to the absolute basics. We know some sound engineers out there go about their work, and whether out of rep

 
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Scenius Unico centre stage at Eurovision 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017

Ukraine - Internationally renowned lighting designer and director of photography Jerry Appelt specified the new Claypaky Scenius Unico as the main stage workhorse fixture for his richly composed lighting design for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, hosted at the International Exhibition Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine.
This year, 42 countries participated in the global TV phenomenon, each supported by a striking stage and light show embracing video, special effects and a procession of scenic props and costumes, all of which combined to make the lighting of this world famous event an ever more challenging proposition.
Taking up that challenge for the third time, Appelt’s lighting solution was born from a creative collaboration with scenic designer Florian Wieder. This was centred around a fresh take on the Proscenium arch, which curved majestically from upstage, and was further complemented by a video floor and an arena-wide LED video backdrop.
Appelt harmonised this with an entirely kinetic rig, based around a huge, three-dimensional structure affectionately known as the ‘Beehive’. Saturated with lighting and media technology, the Beehive hung above centre stage, behind Wieder’s arching scenic projection surface and in front of the video backdrop to offer a versatile central focus to the stage lighting. This in turn was encircled by layers of curved, automated truss elements, all carrying Scenius Unico, equipped with Osram Lok-it! HTI 1400/PS lamps
“My primary goal was to design a lighting architecture that could be as multifunctional as

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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