Spain - To commemorate the 20th anniversary of ISE and the 200th anniversary of Passeig de Gràcia, one of the major avenues in Barcelona and home to Casa Batlló, Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) is sponsoring a projection mapping on the façade of the Gaudí building.
Following Refik Anadol's mappings in 2022 and 2023, Casa Batlló has once again invited a renowned digital artist to transform the building into a canvas for technology-driven art. The chosen artist, Sofia Crespo, is a pioneer in exploring organic life and its evolution through Artificial Intelligence. Co-founder of Entangled Others Studio, Sofia is best known for her work with neural networks and machine learning, along with her huge interest in biology-inspired technologies. Her work, including Neural Zoo and Artificial Remnants, explores the potential of AI in artistic practice and its ability to reshape ou

USA - Eric Nam is a “natural born performer” wrote one admiring critic when describing the US-born and South Korean-based star’s recently concluded House on a Hill North American tour.
Matching Nam’s passion and reflecting the nuances of each song on the 39-date tour was a far-reaching and evocative Julien Reux lighting design that was programmed by Matt Reynolds, and featured Chauvet Professional COLORado PXL Bar 16 and Color Strike M fixtures supplied by Kinetic Lighting.
Like the music of Nam himself, the lightshow was an inspired blend of boldness and subtlety. The mood on the stage was set by edge-to-edge colour washes, often monochromatic with white highlights. In some segments of the show, bright beams flared out from centre stage to the left and right, almost, as if opening a pathway for Nam. Throughout it all, regardless of how big the looks go

USA - Latin pop luminaries Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, and Pitbull have teamed up for The Trilogy Tour, a North American arena trek taking the three artists out for shows in 37 cities between October 2023 and March 2024.
Following a successful first leg of sold-out concerts that ran into mid-December, the second half of the Live Nation-produced, Sound Image/Clair Global-reinforced run picks back up in late-January with four performances in California before sweeping east across the continent. The tour is enjoying a tremendous amount of success thanks to the talent and charisma of its headliners, but three unseen performers - a trio of KLANG:konductor immersive IEM mixing systems - are also doing their part to help the three bilingual superstars and their backing bands deliver a four-hour fiesta at each stop.
Eddie ‘El Brujo’ Caipo has worked with Enrique Igles

UK - Visitor attraction Titanic Belfast has used Panasonic projectors to convey the emotional impact of the human tragedy within the Titanic story, through the creation of a new, absorbing immersive space that places visitors at the heart of the liner’s ill-fated maiden voyage. More than 12 years on from the opening of the building, the attraction has refreshed the Titanic Experience for returning visitors and continues to draw crowds from around the world.
Working with integrator, DJ Willrich, Titanic Belfast now uses more than 30 Panasonic PT-MZ16K, PT-MZ780 and PT-VMZ71 LCD projectors to deliver the Titanic Experience, a stimulating re-creation of what it might have been like to be a passenger travelling on the liner. The self-guided tour is the most authentic way to discover the sights, sounds, and stories of the ship, as well as the people and city that made RMS Titan

UK - The Chauvet Professional UK Road Show that begins on 6 February will wind its way through 11 cities in England, Wales, and Scotland.
Developed for install, touring and theatre markets, the new products featured in the traveling show incorporate a range of advanced technologies that make them suited to take designs to the next level in standard lighting projects as well as VR, AR, and AI applications, says the company.
The road show begins 6 February at the Beacon in Bristol and ends 26 February at The Place in London. The stops in between include 7 February in Surrey (Camberley Theatre); 8 February in Birmingham (NEC); 9 February at Nottingham Contemporary; 15 February in Cardiff (Tramshed); 16 February, at City Plymouth College; 20 February in Manchester (Victoria Warehouse); 21 February in Wakefield (Production Park); 22 February in Newcastle (Biscuit Factory);

Germany - DirectOut has relocated its headquarters in Mittweida to modern and spacious premises, meeting the demands of the rapidly developing work and technology landscapes.
For the past 15 years, DirectOut has focused on producing audio solutions for broadcast, studio, live and installed sound applications. The company offers a wide range of interfaces, routing, conversion, audio network infrastructure and DSP-based solutions. The team serves customers worldwide and is dedicated to customising audio solutions to meet individual requirements.
"With the addition of three talented new team members, DirectOut is taking a decisive step into the future. These dedicated professionals are ready to strengthen our corporate vision and drive our growth with fresh ideas and innovations," says Jan Ehrlich, CEO of the company, welcoming the new colleagues.
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Europe - CAST Group of Companies has announced Controllux as an exclusive distributor of BlackTrax in Europe. Controllux will cover key areas in the Benelux region including the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Expanding on its established role as a key distributor of CAST’s software solutions, wysiwyg and Vivien, Controllux has further expanded its portfolio with the inclusion of the entire BlackTrax hardware range.
BlackTrax is a vision-based tracking system that connects to different third-party applications, such as lighting consoles, media servers, immersive audio systems, game engines, and any other third party that accepts the RTTrPL or RTTrPM open source protocols.
"We are excited to extend our partnership with Controllux and expand the reach of BlackTrax in the Benelux region,” says Dekkar Densham, sales manager at CAST Group of Companies. “With o

Sinéad & Shane - A tribute concert for Sinéad O'Connor and The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan is set to take place in New York City's Carnegie Hall on 20 March. The one-night-only show called Sinéad & Shane at Carnegie Hall will be a celebration of both their lives. Artists such as Mountain Goats, Cat Power, and Dropkick Murphys are set to cover a number of O'Connor and MacGowan's songs.
Many of the artists performing at the concert had previously performed with O'Connor and MacGowan when they were alive. They include Glen Hansard, who performed a rendition of Fairytale of New York at MacGowan's funeral in December, and David Gray, Amanda Palmer and Gordon Gano. More acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Concrete Crisis - The Broadway Theatre in Barking has become the latest venue to close due to the discovery of potenti

UK - Sound Technology has announced the addition of Dante AVIO adapters by Audinate to its professional audio distribution portfolio in the UK.
Dante AVIO adapters bring the modern AoIP connectivity to audio devices without on-board Dante. Available in 8 versions – Bluetooth, USB (USB A and USB C versions), Analogue Input (1 and 2 channel versions), Analogue Output (1 and 2 channel versions) and AES3 - Dante AVIO adapters are all fully-functional Dante interfaces.
Alison Charters, business manager, Sound Technology comments, “We're very pleased to be working with Audinate to help bring these brilliant tools and problem-solvers to market. Particularly through our pro audio Application Team’s project design work, the Dante AVIO devices will provide incredible flexibility to match the needs of our customers and their clients.”
Jochen Wainwright, EMEA systems

UK - Audio solutions company 2B Heard is stepping into the world of high-end microphones following its recent acquisition of microphone brand Sontronics.
2B Heard director, Sam Nankivell, comments, “We feel very privileged to take on the reins of this highly respected microphone brand, which is known for its superb quality products, award-winning customer service, international reach and unique lifetime warranty. Sontronics will fit perfectly into the 2B Heard portfolio and we are excited to be working with the skilled and knowledgeable Sontronics team to build the brand even further and put a wealth of new ideas into practice. The future is looking very bright for Sontronics.”
Sontronics was established in 2004 by engineer, musician and microphone designer Trevor Coley, who, together with wife Lisa, built it into the brand it is today. Sontronics is supported by

USA - World Changers Church International (WCCI) was founded in 1981 by the author, conference speaker and bible teacher Creflo Dollar. It is a thriving Christian worship centre which in 1995 moved to its present location, the 8,500-seat World Dome in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2021, during the global Covid-19 pandemic which forced the closure of many churches, Jason Farah of Outline US was approached by WCCI who expressed a need to upgrade their existing sound system.
Although it was a flagship product from a major brand, the sound team felt that the audio throughout the large sanctuary could be improved - their initial inclination was to remain with that brand but they were also aware of Outline and asked Jason to undertake some room modelling with 3D modelling software from both companies.
Jason comments: “I have served as WCCI’s audio consultant

USA - Big Nite DC, which bills itself as the largest NYE convention hall party draws around 10,000 party goers, spread out over two ballrooms and 12 additional spaces. The main ballroom, which serves as the hub of the evening’s festivities, measures 45,000sq.ft and has 270-degrees of floor-to-ceiling glass windows affording stunning views of the Potomac River.
Animating the big event this year, as it has in the past, was an upbeat and colourful lighting and video design from Evan Kirkendall and the team at Harford Sound LLC.
“Every year we challenge ourselves to create a fresh, new design in the primary ballroom,” said Kirkendall. “We get to design this large rig from the ground up, so we really like to push ourselves each year.”
Although lighting Big Nite DC is “loads of fun”, it is not without its challenges. “The overall stage size is quite sma

USA - The Warren Haynes Presents Christmas Jam returned for its 32nd year, partnering with the Asheville area Habitat for Humanity and BeLoved Asheville. Bandit Lites provided the lighting system for the 9 December showcase which featured a line-up including Slash and Myles Kennedy, Billy F Gibbons, Gov’t Mule, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, Clutch and Karina Rykman.
The winter spectacular began in 1988 and has raised more than $2.8m over the years, helping those in the area who have been unable to be homeowners due to financial setbacks.
"To take something as simple as playing music, which we all love to do, and turn it into building houses, it's an opportunity that I can't be more thankful for," Haynes told area news.
Bandit Lites provided over 100ft of Tyler Truss and more than 165 fixtures for the epic jam night including Ayrton Khamsin S, Chauve

South Africa - Hendrick Nemalili of Murangi Productions collected 12 new Claypaky Axcor Beam 300s and four Robe LedBeam 150s from DWR Distribution which went straight onto the 16th Crown Gospel Music Awards held on 26 November at the 10 000-seater Dome marquee based at the FNB Stadium in Nasrec, Johannesburg.
The Crown Gospel Awards celebrates excellence in the South African gospel music industry. Traditionally taking place at the Durban ICC, it was hosted in Johannesburg for the first time. Having worked on the production on two different occasions, Hendrick was appointed to design the set and to provide the full technical comprising lighting, audio (including backline) and screens.
With three months to plan and prepare, he came up with the concept. “As the Crown Gospel Awards were making a debut in the City of Gold the idea was to integrate a suspended crown centre

USA - Lighting for the recent legs - including the USA and Canada - of popular and prolific Indian singer Shreya Ghoshal’s All Hearts world tour was programmed by Manu Jacob using an all grandMA3 control system solution for this section of the tour, and the first time on a touring project.
Brought onboard as programmer by Mumbai based show producers BToS Productions, he worked closely with the lighting design team from LAGFL Designs on ensuring that the show they had crafted was programmed in the most efficient, logical, and flexible way, enabling the showfile to be swiftly updated to deal with different sized venues.
“It was to facilitate this and also for the networking capabilities that I decided to make the switch to all grandMA3 for this project,” he stated, adding that he has been working on the grandMA platform for the last 10 years, and appreciates its

USA - AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, has significantly upgraded the capabilities of its main audio control room with the installation of a Solid State Logic System T S500m console. The new system, which was supplied and integrated by Clair Global Integration’s Pro Media Audio Video division, is primarily used to mix and route audio throughout the 80,000-seat stadium during the venue’s very busy calendar of sports, entertainment and corporate events.
AT&T Stadium is in use 365 days a year, not just during football season, and the control room is the hub through which all audio signals pass for almost every event. “This room routes audio for the whole venue, to the bowl PA system, the X clubs, back-of-house, concessions and bathrooms, as well as broadcast feeds - you name it, we route it through here,” says Gary French, head of audio for the

The Netherlands - De Tocht is a new ice-based musical production staged in the purpose-built 1475-capacity Friso Theatrein Leeuwarden. Directed by Eddy Habbema and choreographed by Marc Forno, the production design was created by Luc Peumans, artistic director of Painting with Light (PWL), whose brief encompassed lighting, video and scenography, an ambitious collage of visual disciplines to capture all the skating action presented in “spectacular” style.
Luc utilised over 200 Robe moving lights for the show including 120 Esprites, 83 LEDBeam 350s, 16 T2 Profiles and 13 iFortes running on a remote follow spot system, supplied to the production by RentAll.
The Dutch-language De Tocht story follows five former skating friends on their adventures skating the Elfstedentocht - an 11-city, 200 km long-distance tour on natural ice over rivers and canals in the Netherlands

The Netherlands - Opened in September 2022, and located in the village of Mijnsheerenland to the south of Rotterdam, Brasserie de Greup is a hospitality venue offering food, drink, and entertainment. Instrumental in the creation of its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere is an Optimal Audio system, installed by AVgek of Rotterdam.
Experienced installers AVgek specialise in commercial and domestic audio-visual projects and consulted with the team at Brasserie de Greup over their requirements. The Brasserie wanted to provide background and foreground music reinforcement for the bar and restaurant areas, from a system that was as easy as possible for its staff to operate.
Bob Sol of AVgek comments: “We have a great relationship with Audio Technica Benelux (Optimal Audio’s distributor in the region) and were aware that this new brand had attracted a very positive reaction

South Africa - Johannesburg-based MJ Event Gear, the technical supply company founded by Mike Jones in the early 90s, recently invested in lighting and audio equipment from DWR Distribution.
Mike Jones asked his team to come up with a wish list, with a focus on adding essential gear to their inventory. They decided on a grandMA3 compact XT, eight Robe LEDBeam 350s, six Longman F6s, two Le Maitre MVS Hazers, and two Antari M5 foggers. Additionally, they acquired a DiGiCo S21 console with a D2 rack and an Audix DP 5A Drum Kit, catering to their audio needs.
"The Robe LEDBeam 350s immediately impressed us during their first gig,” says Mike. “The fixtures were used outdoors and being positioned on the lawn, the programmer selected a narrow beam with the audience in mind. Then he gave a demonstration of the units being used wide open and it truly blew me away.”

USA - Martin Audio partner, Audio Video Electronics (AVE) has successfully upgraded the technical infrastructure at the Word of Faith Dominion Church (WOFD) in Lake Mills, Iowa.
Based in Brooklyn Park, MN the integrators opted for a Torus constant curvature array solution after their engineering team had reviewed a number of possibilities.
According to AVE sales consultant, Kerry Graffunder, the church’s existing PA had reached end of life and was no longer delivering the coverage or clarity required from a worship establishment that is just 25 years old. “The pastor merely requested some ‘thump in the trunk’ … and the intelligibility has greatly increased also,” he said.
This result was obtained by hanging a pair of Torus, left and right of the stage, with a Blackline X218 subwoofer in the centre. Nearfield coverage is provided by a pair of Martin Au

UK - Occupying three floors of a Grade II listed building, Brewski Chester is a restaurant on a mission to ‘provide happiness through hospitality’. With its North American lodge-themed interior and soul, jazz and funk soundtrack, the recently opened venue (the brand’s third in the UK) has proved to be an instant hit in the city.
For the team at Brewski, the soundtrack to accompany its generously portioned American comfort food needed be as on point as the cuisine, so as the new site was in development, they engaged Manchester-based specialists Hollowsphere to install a Pioneer Pro Audio sound system.
Experienced installers Hollowsphere recommended loudspeakers from the Pioneer Pro Audio CM-Series of commercial audio products. Drawing on the company’s heritage of manufacturing dynamic club speakers, the CM-Series delivers outstanding audio from units that visual

UK - After the release of her sophomore album The Good Witch in June this year, Maisie Peters, a British artist and songwriter signed with Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records, embarked on a tour to support her album. She has recently completed the latest UK leg, with further dates across Europe and Australia scheduled for 2024.
FOH engineer Nathan Kennedy and monitor engineer Michael ‘Fitz’ Fitzsimons, both seasoned DiGiCo users, utilised a DiGiCo SD10 and DiGiCo Quantum 225 respectively, benefitting from what Kennedy describes as “natural and uncoloured sound”, while Fitzsimons highlights the console's customisable programming, which he believes surpasses any other console manufacturer in the industry.
Kennedy started using DiGiCo consoles in 2012, and says the workflow immediately resonated with him, stating, “What goes in, comes out exactly as yo

Thailand - L&E Beyond, a division of the Bangkok-based Lighting and Equipment Co. Ltd. (L&E), established by industry professionals over three decades ago, has unveiled the largest LED Volume in Southeast Asia (ASEAN). Elevating the region’s virtual production experience to world-class standards, and by using familiar, high-calibre equipment, it aims to attract both local audiences and international clients.
Contributing to its appeal are Brompton’s Tessera LED video processing solutions, which offer unprecedented colour management capabilities and an ultra-realistic visual experience, thus supporting the production of creative content such as music videos, live shows, events, award ceremonies, films and product launches, amongst other projects.
Measuring an impressive 18m wide by 7m high, with a curvature adjustment of up to five degrees, the LED Volume is

USA - A combination of Holoplot’s sound control capabilities and creative sound design by Jonathan Deans let the vocals shine for this new off-Broadway production. Based on the true story of the legendary Cuban ensemble, Buena Vista Social Club (BVSC) brings the 1966 Grammy-winning album to the Atlantic Theatre Company.
Produced by Cuban American playwright Marco Ramirez, the show debuted mid-December at the Linda Gross Theatre and has received rave reviews. Sound designer Jonathan Deans, known for work on Broadway hits and Cirque du Soleil productions, collaborated with music supervisor Dean Sharenow and director Saheem Ali to create the auditory experience, with global technology provider PRG furnishing a comprehensive audio and lighting solution for the production, including the first Holoplot X1 system to grace a musical theatre production.
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