USA - Dry-hire rental house Main Light has partnered with the USC School of Dramatic Arts to supply Elation Professional Fuze MAX Spot LED moving head luminaires for use in the theatrical design program’s light lab for the 2023 spring semester. Used in teaching lighting programming and design, the luminaires allow students to get hands-on with the latest in entertainment lighting.
“Fixtures like the Fuze MAX Spot, as well as Main Light’s generous loaner programme allow USC School of Dramatic Arts students to prepare for a career in lighting design,” stated Elizabeth Harper, assistant professor of lighting design at the school. “Whether in theatre, themed entertainment, events or the emerging world of virtual and augmented reality, our students bring their stories and creativity to the industry backed by the technical skills to do so.”
The School of Dramatic Arts’ light lab is a flexible space that accommodates everyone from Advanced Programming and Lighting II students to performance majors who haven’t had the opportunity to work with lighting equipment before. “While the advanced students typically graduate into the industry, many of the performance majors have learned that they love lighting design and have gone on to work professionally as well,” Harper states.
In the light lab, students explore programming on multiple lighting consoles using the new fixtures, access that Harper says gives them a step up on their peers by allowing them to practice those necessary skills in a controlled environment and ensuring they are well-p
Japan - The Tsukuba Capio complex in Japan’s Tsukuba city, Ibaragi, incorporates indoor sports halls, theatres and meeting rooms, while Tsukuba itself is renowned for being a scientific city of the future city. Opened in July 1996, Capio Hall has provided an authentic atmosphere for theatre and dance, with its distinctive seat arrangement and high-quality stage facilities.
Capio Hall recently underwent a major sound system overhaul, and new rigs were introduced, including the new Martin Audio Torus as the main PA.
Nobuhito Endo, technical manager of rental company Sigma Communications, who support the theatre, set out the reason for the upgrade and his choice of Torus.
“Originally, the proscenium centre loudspeakers were exposed, and a cluster of several point-source systems was flown from the grid. Naturally, we considered utilising a line array replacement but found a problem. While the hall wasn’t very deep, the three-storey horseshoe layout of the auditorium was vertically too great for the coverage angles.
“It was quite clear that a considerable number of line array cabinets would be needed if we wanted to provide complete vertical area coverage from its highest point, without converging on the frame of the stage.”
It’s then that the Constant Curvature array solution came to mind. In venues with high ceilings but requiring short throw Martin Audio’s new Torus rig offers a practical solution. Full-blown line arrays would be impractical and cost-prohibitive for a 15- to 30-metre depth hall. However, a point source soluti
Singapore - The 45-year old Lighthouse Evangelism in Singapore has undergone a major refurbishment of its two halls which, set over two campuses at Woodlands and Tampines, have a combined capacity of 3,500 people.
A complete revamp of the entire church stage, LED wall and lighting design was called for, with the latter being undertaken by well-known lighting designer, Michael Chan of Lighting Insomnia, for which he chose 14 laser-sourced Ayrton Cobra, eight Ayrton Khamsin TC profiles and nine Ayrton Zonda 9 Wash fixtures. These were supplied by Total Solution Marketing and installed by systems integrator Soundsmith Solutions.
“I am always happy to work with a good lighting manufacturer,” says Mr Chan who explains why he chose to work with Ayrton fixtures to enhance the weekly services of praise and worship.
“The design concept needed to fulfil a few objectives: firstly, we needed a brighter and more versatile face light system to replace the four existing moving lights front-of-house; secondly, we wanted to update and improve the effects lighting with more beam fixtures and a very bright backwash that could also do pixel effects. This would give the weekly operators more options to play, design and program with. Lastly, we wanted to ensure the live broadcast and streaming looked good, which meant we needed to make sure the new lighting fixtures had both high CRI and TLCI.
“We wanted to avoid metal halide fixtures for ease of maintenance, but needed fixtures with a high lumen output that could stand their ground against the 20m x 5m LED
USA - Austin Opera’s Long Centre presented a production of the classic Sweeney Todd this spring, with an uncompromising series of lighting states created by LD James Sale using Vari-Lite VL2600 Wash luminaires from Signify.
“I wanted to put Sweeney Todd in the audience’s faces, which to me meant he needed to be bright,” says Sale, who has designed the lighting for shows at the innovative Long Centre for more than a decade. “The VL2600s were very bright, which was a big plus. The colour rendition and continuity from fixture to fixture was terrific and they moved very smoothly.”
Sale responded to the play’s blood-soaked, dreary, 1785 London setting by unleashing sinister lighting states that cut through the darkness with searing, rich colours at high intensities. As the play progressed, the looks which Sale describes as “unworldly” started to manifest in the plot driven scenes until all became one, in a dramatic crescendo of colour. The VL2600 Wash fixtures were the only colour-changing lights in his plot, apart from the cyc lights, and Sale programmed them on ‘double duty’ as specials as well as colour washes.
“I rigged the VL2600s on either side of the stage, in the bottom of the box boom, and about three feet off the deck. They were used constantly,” says Sale. “There were several live moves, but they only happened when the set pieces were spinning, which worked really well. The show never stopped, with constant scene changes during action. The instant colour change and the smooth pan/tilt of the VL2600s to
Japan - To provide Billboard Live’s latest venue in Yokohama with a live setup suitable for a wide range of performances, Hibino and SC Alliance collaborated with Harman Professional Solutions to select and implement a range of JBL Professional audio and Martin professional lighting solutions.
In addition to venues in Tokyo and Osaka, Billboard Live recently launched a third location in the up-and-coming Kitanaka area of Yokohama. The venue boasts a floorspace of approximately 1,000sq.m and a 300-seat capacity. Along with hosting internationally renowned performers and local artists, the venue also provides an unrivalled culinary experience thanks to a carefully curated menu by Japan’s finest chefs.
To elevate the overall guest experience with state-of-the-art live sound as well as immersive and impactful lighting, the Hibino and SC Alliance installation team deployed JBL VTX and VRX Series speakers and Martin ERA Series lights.
For the audio component, the team installed the JBL VTX A8 and B18 high-performance speakers
In addition to the VTX speakers, the rig also includes JBL VRX928LA two-way line array loudspeakers for the centre and balcony-fills.
“We needed a system that could simultaneously deliver a broad range of genres including jazz, pop, rock and hip hop,” said Kosuke Takahashi, touring division at Tokyo Sanko. “We are impressed with how Harman Professional Solutions was able to deliver on that request. We have received great compliments from top artists who performed at our venue.”
The installation team
UK/USA - Backstage Academy has rebranded as the Academy of Live Technology (ALT) and opened a second campus at Rock Lititz in the US to complement the work of the original UK site which is located in Production Park, Wakefield.
A statement from ALT reads: “Since Backstage Academy was founded in 2011, the live experience industry has changed at a rapid pace; new creative and immersive technologies are reinventing how we produce live events and experiences. We recognise that as the industry evolves, so should we.
“From May 2023, Backstage Academy is changing its name to the Academy of Live Technology. The decision to update our name and brand is part of a considered process of evolution to better align ourselves with the changing industry.
“Our new name reflects who we are for both today and tomorrow. What we teach goes beyond ‘backstage’ – we’re at the heart of creating live experiences and entertainment. From virtual production to live event design and everything in between, our specialist courses are designed to meet the demands of industry.
“We have chosen our new name to reflect the world we’re preparing students for. Technology drives our industry forward and is integral to all kinds of job roles – whether it’s using the latest equipment and software to design and deliver experiences, or managing and leading that team. The Academy of Live Technology represents us as a place where students not only find their feet in the industry but feel empowered to have an impact – a place where creative, technical and profess
Italy - As part of the K-array Group’s commitment to industry education, K-academy recently announced the launch of several new courses. K-academy is the educational division of K-array, on a mission to elevate sound awareness by providing both simple guidelines and advanced training on a wide range of audio topics.
Established in 2017, K-academy has a network of collaborations with various training institutions, along with strong partnerships with professional organisations and industry associations. Alongside webinars on everything from Pure Array Technology to fixed installation design, K-academy also offers three formal certification programmes, dedicated to consultants, integrators and other AV professionals.
Completion of formal training courses, overseen by K-academy director, Daniele Mochi, results in certification in one of three areas: Designer, Installer and Live System Engineer. “K-academy training by K-array consists of three certified courses alongside a library of supplementary webinars and training materials,” explains Mochi. “We cover topics as varied as superyacht sound design and the acoustics of ancient theatres, to product-specific tutorials, aimed at professionals who want to dive deeper into specifics of K-array technologies. All learning materials are provided in video form, which is more engaging for most learners.
“We invest in education because we believe that the more our users understand the science of sound, the greater performance they’ll get from our products. Our courses are designed for individ
UK - PLASA Focus Leeds lands back at the Royal Armouries next week, from 9-10 May, for two packed days of all that’s new in live entertainment technology. And Ambersphere proudly returns for another year as the headline sponsor.
A record number of people have registered for the friendliest trade show in the industry. And the two show halls feature many of the biggest names from pro audio, stage lighting, audio-visual, rigging and staging technology.
Lighting professionals can look forward to meeting manufacturers such as Artistic Licence, Avolites, Chauvet Professional, ETC, GLP, Robe, SGM, TMB, and Vari-Lite. Audio professionals can meet brands such as d&b audiotechnik, Bose, EM Acoustics, Funktion-One, Nexo, Peavey, RCF, Shure, and Yamaha.
AV brands will also be at the show, including Bosch, Epson, Lang, PSCo, and Riedel. And several rigging, staging and accessories companies will be in attendance, such as Alustage, Area Four Industries, ChainMaster, Doughty, Drape Makers, Electric Airshows, Encore, Flightcase Warehouse, Flints Theatrical Chandlers, Harlequin Floors, J&C Joel, NSP Cases, Sundrax, Triple E, Rigging Services, and UK Rigging.
In between the show halls, visitors can soak up the spring sunshine and enjoy food and drink stalls, including the all-new ‘Unplugged Bug’, a VW Camper transformed into a mobile DJ booth fitted with pro Martin Audio gear.
A well-stocked programme also awaits visitors, led by live sector thought-leaders. On the main stage, visitors can hear from programme sponsors Vectorworks on produ
UK - Production Futures is an initiative created to provide opportunities for young people to learn, train, network, and develop real careers in production across every area of the live event, music, touring, festival, corporate, theatre, TV, broadcast and film production Industries.
The organisation is currently running a series of On Tour events, where young visitors from schools, colleges and universities all over the UK are able to directly connect with representatives of its brand partners to learn more about and explore employment opportunities in the industry.
The latest event takes place in partnership with Access Creative Group at New Century Manchester on Wednesday 3 May. This free of charge event, which will be opened by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, will promote employability, transferable skills, and paid work opportunities, and is set to attract a wide range of young people from across the North-West.
Jason Beaumont, CEO Access Creative College, welcomes the event: “The Access Group is so proud to be hosting Production Futures in Manchester. Engagement with employers and work experience is vital to a young person's development. Working with employers to ensure young people are ready for such an exciting industry is central to our ethos and we look forward to a fantastic day at New Century/dBs.’’
Many leading brands will be present, alongside a number of supply and production companies, distributors and venues, to provide information and insights, and discuss specific job and training opportunities.
Training Network - Guildhall School of Music and Drama is to roll-out a national training network in performance and production for children and young people, as it looks to "broaden the country’s talent pipeline". The Guildhall Young Artists network incorporates five existing centres across England, plus an online centre for remote study, and offers a range of one-to-one training, group lessons and holiday courses in both music and drama.
The network includes the Centre for Young Musicians in Waterloo, Junior Guildhall at the Barbican, plus centres in King’s Cross, Norwich and Taunton, with each site run in partnership with local arts venues and education providers.
Signing Off - US rock 'n' roll band Aerosmith have announced a farewell tour to mark more than five decades together. The band, who are now all in their 70s, are well known for hits such as Dream On, Walk This Way and I Don't Want To Miss A Thing. They broke the "earth-shattering" news in a video on Monday, featuring celebrity pals including Sir Ringo Starr, Dolly Parton and Eminem. "It's not goodbye it's peace out!" they declared in a joint statement. "Get ready and walk this way, you're going to get the best show of our lives."
Brixton Petition - A petition to save the O2 Academy Brixton from permanent closure has reached 50,000 signatures. The south London venue had its licence suspended after two people died during a crush outside the building ahead of a gig by Afro-pop singer Asake last year. The petition was set up after the Met Police
The Netherlands - Impressive visuals from over 200 Infinity fixtures contributed to the success of the Soenda Indoor Werkspoorkathedraal 2022 in Utrecht.
Elevation Events teamed up with T.Y.S Productions and Stagelight to create an unforgettable night at the Soenda Indoor Werkspoorkathedraal 2022, where over 6000 electronic music lovers made their way to the Werkspoorkathedraal location in Utrecht to enjoy their favourite music and dance the night away.
Fitting the industrial look of the venue and Soenda’s signature theme of minimalist geometric shapes, light designer Lars Aarts of T.Y.S Productions created a customised design of five large geometric truss squares that housed 180 Infinity iB-2R moving heads supplied by Stagelight. With their fat beam and long focal length, the iB-2Rs provided exactly the features required for the intended lighting design.
For lighting the DJ booth, two powerful Infinity Furion S601 Profiles were used as side lights. To accentuate the industrial characteristics of the venue, a further 28 Infinity Furion S401 Spot moving heads were chosen for their deep colours and beautiful gobos with razor-sharp images.
The number of moving heads posed a challenge for the two light operators, but the sheer number of possibilities to create the most remarkable dynamic effects and jaw-dropping depth perceptions made it all worthwhile. By timing the lights, huge, dizzyingly fast-moving tunnel effects could be created as well, all the way from the stage to the back of the hall.
USA - St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church has shown itself to be much more than simply a house of worship over its 87-year history. In that time, it has steadfastly combined worship with social-justice pursuits; for instance, it was the first black church in Dayton, Ohio to provide facilities for a civil rights meeting, as well as the first black church in the city to have its own radio broadcast.
To keep the focus on both its spiritual and social missions, and to continue its efforts to use the best technology available to reach beyond the church’s walls, St. Luke’s staff recently chose to install a dozen elektraLite Stingray Profile Warm White spot fixtures in its 900-seat sanctuary, the centrepiece of a 26,000sq.ft worship facility that also includes a 300-seat Fellowship Hall and ten educational rooms.
The move was meant to further improve the visual aesthetic of the space for the church’s online presence, which began as part of its COVID response, as well as to help make the interior brighter and more inviting for the 1,000-plus member congregation worshiping there.
Dayton-based integrator Eagle Eye Design installed the elektraLite fixtures, along with a 12-button pre-set controller that lets the church pick its lighting levels reliably and easily. The new Stingray Profile Warm Whites are the vanguard of a more extensive lighting and technology upgrade, says Eagle Eye owner Tom Sellars, who also installed three remote-robotic cameras as part of this first phase of the upgrade.
“We led with lighting because how the church looks onl
Europe - Jimmy Olausson of Illumity AB, Avatar’s lighting designer, has made it his mission to contribute to create visuals that accent every moment of the band’s performance, from their dramatic romps and leaps to their fierce drumbeats and fiery guitar riffs.
Helping him achieve this fusion on the band’s European tour are 38 Chauvet Professional fixtures owned by the band, including 16 Rogue R2X Washes, 10 Rogue R2 Beams and 12 COLORado Q40 Panels.
“Our set on this tour is two-hours long, which provides ample room for creativity,” says Olausson. “This set is unique in our touring history because we incorporated more theatrical elements, which provided us with another way to engage and captivate our audience. This show was timecoded. A big reason why is that this allowed me to focus more on the dynamics of the lighting, so I could create a tighter bond between each song and the light show.”
Olausson relied on specific light angles, well-timed atmospherics and an intricate, ever-changing balance between brightness and shadows to reflect his client’s powerful theatrical performance. “In my view, dynamic lighting encompasses more than just the intensity of the lights,” he said. “It also involves the direction, movement, and colors of the lights. I always strive for a balance between darkness and illumination, considering what is not immediately visible.
“One of my preferred techniques for creating high contrast looks is to use my lighting rig statically from various angles and directions,” continues Olausson. “By po
Thailand - Opened in 2022, Andamanda Phuket is currently one of the largest leisure and entertainment destinations in Thailand. Incorporating the Andaman Islands’ natural geography and landscapes into its design, the park features numerous family-friendly attractions including a 16,000sq.m wave pool, 300m white sand beach, and Thailand’s longest lazy river ride.
To enhance the visitor experience across the park’s many attractions, Proud Real Estate Public Company Limited required a high-quality audio and visual system that was seamless, user-friendly, and built to withstand the area’s wet and humid conditions. Mahajak Development Co met those requirements with a carefully curated selection of reliable, water-resistant AV solutions by JBL Professional, BSS and Soundcraft.
The new AV system covers all five key areas in the park: the Pearl Palace, the Emerald Forest, Naga Jungle, the Great Andaman Bay, and Coral World. The Pearl Palace not only welcomes visitors to the park, but it also houses the central computer system that channels music and announcements throughout the park.
To optimise the computer’s performance and usability, the Mahajak team installed a BSS BLU-USB link interface to connect the computer to a BSS BLU-100 signal processor for seamless playback and effortless sound configuration. Additionally, a BSS EC-4BV Ethernet controller allows for individual volume control in each zone using an easy-to-use interface design.
For the audio component, JBL Control 14C/T four-inch coaxial ceiling loudspeakers supplied the indoor
Europe - Formed in Stockholm in 2003, rabble-rousing Swedish punks The Baboon Show are currently marking their 20th anniversary on a European tour in support of their tenth album, God Bless You All.
Taking in dates across Spain, Poland, Austria, Germany and their homeland, the tour has seen the band’s longstanding front-of-house engineer Chris Mock employing an Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system and Audio-Technica 3000 Series IEM wireless to deliver the band’s potent brand of punk-rock energy.
Mock opted for the compact dLive CTi1500, with its weight-saving titanium side-panels, connected to a dLive CDM32 MixRack for the shows, resulting in a diminutive but powerful and flexible touring partner, as he explains.
“The CTi was my first choice, since I normally tour with a dLive C2500 surface. The set-up needed to be as small and lightweight as possible but working with iPads or laptops and touch screens only wasn’t an option for me, so we decided on the beautiful CTi1500, on which I can run the same setup already used on my C2500.
“I love the almost analogue feel of working on dLive. It’s really fast and intuitive in use - I work with a lot of effects and ride a lot of faders during the show and the CTi1500 allows me to mix in a very dynamic, hands-on way. It’s a really great creative tool in that way.”
A total of 32 inputs come from stage into the CTi1500, including a pair of electric guitar mics, a ‘dirt mic’ on Niclas Svensson’s drum kit, ambient microphones etc. Despite its small footprint, the su
UK - As industry demand continues to ramp-up for sub-hires to support spring and summer productions, Light Engine Dry Hire has announced significant new investments in Chauvet fixtures. The choice of additional fixtures has spanned the Chauvet range and includes Rogue Outcast 1L Beams, Strike Array 2 & Array 4 Blinders and Strobes and Color Strike-M fixtures.
Rental director, Jon Newman comments: “Demand for these Chauvet fixtures has just been intense. Customers have seen that they totally deliver and just keep working, however hard they are pushed. Increasing our extensive sub-rental stock was an easy decision for Light Engine Dry Hire as the ROI is a given.
“We have been constantly increasing our stock for our busy film and TV sectors and as we can clearly see a busy touring, corporate and festival season ahead, the new investment with Chauvet made so much sense.”
Germany - Czech Republic-based lighting manufacturer Robe turned up the heat, the spectacle and the topicality and importance of respecting the planet in presenting the finale of its All Environments live performance show trilogy.
This display of creativity and imagination featured 350 of Robe’s latest iSeries of IP rated products plus three performers including a silk acrobat at the Prolight+Sound 2023 expo in Frankfurt last week.
Adding extra performers, excitement and energy to Hall 12.1 of the Frankfurt Messe complex, the five-times a day show attracted record crowds who also enjoyed a carefully curated pre-show Voice of God sequence, highlighting the technical elements and innovation of each of the featured iSeries products.
All Environments was presented in a dynamic, specially devised 270-degree theatre / arena style format, designed and produced by Robe’s in house creative team. It illustrated how the different fixtures can be used, specifically demonstrating their robustness to elements like water, dust, fire, wind, snow, etc., thanks to a host of original patented features developed by Robe.
Robe CEO Josef Valchar comments: “Prolight is always a good show for us and 2023 was no exception! We have all seen how business has bounced back over the last year in spite of some extreme challenges, and everyone is looking forward to the future and to using all these great new technologies and creative tools we have brought to market.”
A full Robe team plus most of their European distributors enjoyed the sho
Italy - Distributor Prase Media Technologies has delivered its first Hippotizer training sessions, in collaboration with Green Hippo. The two-day course was designed to showcase some of the features of the Nevis+ and Boreal+ MK2 Media Servers and the new Hippotizer 4.8 software.
Prase became a Green Hippo distributor for Italy in spring 2022, working with the entire range of Green Hippo’s award-winning Hippotizer Media Servers and in addition, tvONE products. Prase is now working to extend the influence of Green Hippo’s video playback technology, furthering Green Hippo’s global reach and enhancing customer service.
Hippotizer product specialist Leon Dickens provided training at the event, held at the Prase office located in the northern Italian town of Noventa Di Piave, alongside Prase’s Sonny Laurano and Enrico Fodde. Attendees learned how to manage, send, manipulate and sync video content on any surface. The visuals were displayed on two 40" displays and a much larger Absen 4K LED screen.
“With Hippotizer as a new product in Prase’s catalogue, they recognised that a key component for product exposure throughout Italy would be comprehensive training sessions for AV users,” says Dickens. “Prase has fantastic facilities for demonstrating the capabilities of the Hippotizer software and going forward aim to continue access to Hippotizer training.
“Many of Prase’s existing customers, who attended the training session, were interested to have a hands-on experience with the Hippotizer hardware available. Attendees ranged from fre
UK - ITEAC, the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference presented by the ABTT, has announced that booking is now open for its sixth edition taking place over 19-20 September 2023.
Booking is now open to take advantage of limited Early Bird tickets available for Full London Delegate Two-Day Tickets at the discounted price of £650 +VAT. This ticket includes attendance at the in-person London event at the Savoy Place, the global engineering hub of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), as well as access to the online platform during and for up to 12 months after the event. Once early bird tickets are taken, tickets will be available at £680 +VAT.
ITEAC will for the first time engage with participants across global time zones, combining online connectivity with hubs in London, Brisbane, São Paulo, Hong Kong and beyond, with participation from these and other cities, ITEAC will achieve a truly worldwide conversation.
Theatres across the world are engaging with the event's three themes of: Environmental Sustainability, The Digital Revolution and Serving Communities
With international contributions from Paris to Bogota, the debate will draw on global experience and a broad and diverse range of perspectives.
Registration for early booking notification already exceeds the capacity of the in-person London event. Those wishing to attend are urged to book as soon as possible.
The support of sponsors has been vital to the success of every edition of ITEAC, 2023 is no exception. TAIT will again be founde
Germany - Prolight + Sound 2023 closed with a significant increase in visitor numbers. More than 27,500 professionals from 113 countries attended the trade fair for the entertainment technology industry from 25-28 April 2023, say the organisers.
Current topics such as the implementation of sustainable events or the increasing demand for specialists and young talents were discussed - in this regard, the Prolight + Sound conference programme offered future-oriented approaches and solutions. Following the end of global travel restrictions, it was the first opportunity for many industry participants to visit the show since 2019. This is reflected in the high internationality of the event: Half of the visitors came from outside Germany, say the organisers.
Over four hundred and fifty exhibitors from 34 countries participated. “The event industry is back,” says Wolfgang Marzin, chairman of the board of management, Messe Frankfurt. “The past four days have left no doubt about that. Together with the industry, we have taken action to promote the business. We are continuing on this path and investing consistently in the event. The high level of satisfaction on both the exhibitor and visitor sides, and, above all, the impressive internationality, provide a strong basis for further growth in all product areas - and thus for the successful future of Prolight + Sound.”
At the product presentations in the exhibition halls, there was a clear trend towards IP-based connectivity of lighting, sound and stage technology components. More and more, these can be
USA - The DALI Alliance, the industry organisation for DALI lighting control, will present two seminars at LightFair 2023, a trade show and conference for architectural and commercial lighting, which takes place in New York on 23-25 May.
The seminars will focus on two important areas in lighting control: smart lighting with D4i-enabled luminaires, and the benefits of the Zhaga-D4i ecosystem. The DALI Alliance will also be present on Booth 2162 in the LightFair exhibition and will give a live demonstration of data analytics using Zhaga-D4i luminaires and control devices.
On Wednesday 24 May from 5pm-6pm, the DALI Alliance will deliver a seminar on state-of-the-art, energy-efficient lighting control systems with D4i-enabled luminaires. As part of IES Live on Booth 1974, the seminar will be presented by three industry experts: Kevin Fitzmaurice, principal engineer of lighting and smart services at Georgia Power; Sree Venkit, system architect for connected lighting at Signify; and Nate Mitten, vice president of property standards at Kimco Realty.
The DALI Alliance will also give a joint seminar with the Zhaga Consortium on standardised lighting and control interfaces for indoor and outdoor luminaires, on Tuesday 23 May from 10.30-11.30am. This seminar will explain how the combination of Zhaga and D4i delivers plug-and-play options to the lighting world.
USA - Bandit Lites provided lighting for Elle King’s A-Freakin’-Men Tour presented by Slow & Low, which played to sold-out audiences across the country.
Shelley Rodgers, lead designer and CEO of Tribe inc and Bruce Rodgers crafted the set design for the nearly 30-city tour with two large-scale E and K letters and silver grand drapes as the focal point of the design. LD Craig Richter provided the lighting design.
“They added a nice element to break up the stage and gave a more dimensional look to the stage rather than just having her name on a backdrop,” said Bandit LD Craig Richter who programmed the lighting.
King provided an overview of the vibe she wanted for the show, choosing to keep her band tight with her onstage, emulating the small club roots she came up with.
“I went about programming this show with simplicity and dark moody vibes in mind,” said Richter. “We kept things somewhat dark and gritty; dark colours, simple dimmer chases, very little physical movement of fixtures, colour effects and things like that.”
Bandit supplied Mega-Lite Circa Scoops which allowed Richter to get multiple looks out of one static fixture due to their outer LED ring, inner LED ring and the scoop glow.
“I could get modern colour looks and effects along with a nice tungsten glow when needed as well, without the need of a conventional fixture,” he explained.
USA - Meyer Sound welcomed interns from Women’s Audio Mission (WAM) for a tour of its factory and a demonstration of the Spacemap Go spatial sound design and mixing tool. WAM is a recording studio and non-profit dedicated to advancing gender diversity in music, audio production, and creative technology. This year Meyer is enhancing its relationship with the organisation in honour of their 20th anniversary.
“It was incredibly fascinating to see the ins and outs of the factory and all the different listening spaces,” said Erin Esten, one of the interns, after experimenting with Spacemap go. “I found the demonstration of the Imagine Dragons song particularly compelling - not only being able to hear some really creative spatial mixing and automation, but also having the opportunity to play around with the tracks myself was inspiring!”
The visit also included a demonstration of Bear’s Lab, which features Meyer’s Bluehorn System full bandwidth monitoring. The stereo demo uses tracks that are selected from those originally used to test the perceptual and sonic effect of having a speaker with this level of transparency.
“My favourite part was [Bear’s Lab], and listening to the music in that space. It really transforms all of these songs,” said Sophie Govert, another attendee. “When they played those songs, even the songs I’ve heard before, that touched me.”
The room has the size and characteristics of a high-end home cinema or a small post-production/mastering suite; the listeners are invited to focus on the precise sonic ima
USA - Last September, Westminster College, a private liberal arts school in Salt Lake City, inaugurated Florence J. Gillmor Hall, a modern facility equipped with modern instruction, rehearsal, and performance spaces for the school’s music, dance, and theatre programmes.
Elation lighting has been integrated into the hall’s dance studio and performance space, a package that includes Fuze Profile, Rayzor 760 and Seven Batten 14 luminaires, along with the first U.S. installation of the company’s innovative KL Profile FC ellipsoidal fixture.
Florence J. Gillmor Hall is a 26,000sq.ft expansion of the college’s Jewett Centre for the Performing Arts and the Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory. Besides the Beverley Taylor Sorensen and Joan Taylor Fenton Performance Studio, the recent expansion added practice rooms, a theatre rehearsal space, a choir rehearsal room, and a 93-seat recital hall.
The performance studio, which can seat approximately 120 audience members, offers an intimate atmosphere suitable for showcasing various types of dance performances. Spencer Brown, who has been affiliated with the school since 1998, has served as a full-time technical director for the past 13 years. He has also been the resident lighting designer for the college, lighting numerous shows and occasionally teaching classes as an adjunct professor. Spencer has extensive knowledge of dance lighting, gained from 10 years as production manager and resident designer for the Trisha Brown Dance Company in New York, where he also had the opportunity to collaborate with Barysh