Lighting News

machineheadtourMachine Head livestreams with ChamSys
Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Europe - When COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the remaining dates of Machine Head’s Burn My Eyes European tour, the band were still able to reach its loyal fans by making video-recorded shows available on a subscription basis via Nugs.net.
Niklas Fuchs of MartinKames.com ran the tour’s intense but highly nuanced lightshows, which used between six and 10 universes, on his ChamSys MQ100 Pro 2014 with an Extra Wing. “The two months we spent on tour were very memorable,” said Fuchs. “Each show was over three hours and our show file consisted of 314 fixtures.
“A special thing about this tour is that three different designers contributed to the look, Thomas 'Church' Christmann, Martin Kames the head of our company, and myself. Each of us had his own creativity flowing.
“Robb Flynn and Machine Head are very interested in a complex and sophisticated show. They want the lights to be 100-percent on time, lighting up the right person at the right time. Our lighting needs to be calm and slow when the song is kind of soft and then be super punchy and hard when the song is more aggressive. Robb spends a lot of time with the touring LD to get every bit of the lightshow perfectly synced to the actions happening on stage, making the lightshows pieces of art.”
The MagicQ’s robust cue stack control on ten different playback faders made it easier for Fuchs to manage the intricately complex Machine Head show. He was also aided by the desk’s intuitive easy-to-navigate layout.
“Speed and responsiveness were of paramount importa

little-shop-of-horrorsphoto-by-emilio-madrid-kuser8Elation Artiste lights Little Shop of Horrors
Wednesday, 13 May 2020

USA - The Westside Theatre, one of the last remaining commercial Off-Broadway spaces left in New York City, has had an impressive line-up of productions on its marquee over the years, including a 12-year run of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, a show that lighting designer Bradley King remembers seeing as a child.
King, known for his work on Natasha, Pierre, and Hadestown, for which he won Tony and Drama Desk Awards for lighting in 2017 and 2019 respectively, was back at Westside last autumn, this time designing the lighting for the highly anticipated return to Off-Broadway of Little Shop of Horrors.
Little Shop of Horrors premiered Off-Broadway in 1982. The intimate new production at Westside opened at the venue’s 270-seat upstairs stage on 17 October and ran until mid-March when Broadway went dark due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His first time working at the venue, two of King’s principal luminaires used on the production come from Elation Professional’s Artiste series of theatrical-grade moving heads.
“John Dunn [Elation national sales manager] gave me a demo of the Artiste Monet last spring, and I was impressed by a number of the features, principally the output and the secondary RGB colour flags,” King states. “At that point, the Monet was so new that we couldn't quite get enough to fill out the needs of the show, so he offered the Picasso as a supplement. I'm glad he did because the Picasso is almost a better fit in the space since the theatre's so small.”
Located essentially

 
 
maurizio-gidoniDTS welcomes technical director
Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Italy - DTS Illuminazione S.r.L. has appointed Maurizio Gidoni as the company’s technical director.
Gidoni has a background in electronic engineering as well as management and process industrialisation. In his new role, he will lead DTS’ research and development department.
The company says in a statement: “During his 30-year career, Maurizio has developed a strong leadership attitude, alongside with a fundamental teamwork and coaching skills. We strongly believe he will be an example and a human incitement to our technical teams.
“For 10 years, Maurizio has successfully led technical departments and always focussed on electronic products development. His professional philosophy is to promote constant innovation by pursuing the excellence, paying strong attention to cross-functional interaction to achieve the company's goals.
“His skills include market analysis, definition of product specifications, purchasing, quality check from the supplier to the final product industrialisation.
“We are pleased to give him our warmest welcome and we strongly believe he perfectly fits the company growth.”

 
kseniiaAyrton introduces Kseniia Igoshkina
Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Europe - Ayrton has appointed Kseniia Igoshkina as the latest member of its international sales team. Based in Detmold, Germany, Igoshkina is responsible for emerging markets across the Baltic countries, the CIS states and South America.
Igoshkina joined Ayrton at the end of 2019, since when she has quickly established her position by appointing new distributors in Belarus, Armenia, Romania/Moldova, Colombia, Panama and the Caribbean. Her previous experience includes two years at Astera LED Technologies as key account manager based in China, after which she relocated to Europe to look for new challenges.
“My first experience of Ayrton was its famous lightshow,” she says. “I was immediately blown away by their unique products. Now, a few years later, I am working for this amazing company and I couldn’t be happier.
“Ayrton’s approach is very different from what I have experienced before. We handle many different types of project and take a very specialised, individual approach to each one. Ayrton products are so full of features that we have something to meet every requirement. It’s a perfect opportunity to create a bespoke solution for all our clients – every day is interesting and exciting.”
“Kseniia brings a freshness and dynamism to Ayrton which perfectly matches our team approach,” says Ayrton Global Sales Director, Michael Althaus. “We are excited to see the response from the emerging markets as she helps raise brand awareness in these new areas.”

 
 
adjADJ releases Focus Spot 5Z moving head
Tuesday, 12 May 2020

USA - ADJ has announced the immediate availability of the new Focus Spot 5Z LED-powered moving head spot luminaire. Building on the success of ADJ’s popular Focus Spot 4Z, the new 5Z model takes the same LED engine and compact body, but adds additional beam-shaping tools to give lighting designers increased creative potential.
As with the 4Z, the Focus Spot 5Z is built around a 200W cool white LED engine, which offers an impressive 50,000 hour lifespan. This is focused through high quality optics to allow the fixture to punch out sharp GOBO projections, in vibrant colours, that are equally suited to adding texture to a stage as they are to generating aerial effects over a dancefloor.
Motorized focus, which allows for pinsharp Gobo projections over variable distance, is the signature feature of the entire ADJ Focus Series. In addition, the Focus Spot 5Z inherits the 4Z model’s motorized zoom function, allowing for a beam angle variable between 11 and 22-degrees. The fixture also retains the same pair of indexed rotating prisms: 5-facet linear and 6-facet circular, which allow for the creation of multi-beam effects that are ideal for mid-air projections.
The Focus Spot 5Z has been designed with the house of worship and theatre markets particularly in mind, and it wouldn’t be a true theatrical fixture if it didn’t offer a Silent Fan mode. The unit is fitted with two high power fans that ensure its light source and internal components are maintained at the optimum temperature
“The Focus Spot 4Z was one of our top sellers last year,” co

 
bbqandbeer1Phoenix BBQ and Beer Festival goes online
Tuesday, 12 May 2020

USA - For 11 years, country music lovers in the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, have gathered for the KNIX BBQ and Beer Festival, enjoying on stage performances, along with things like a petting zoo, games and popular food pits. With this year’s live event postponed, HDE Agency, its organiser, has moved the festival online with a series of five livestreamed Saturday shows.
They don’t have a petting zoo (viewers will have to rely on their own dogs and cats for that), and they’re not cooking up any finger licking good treats, but the livestreams are offering generous servings of country music. Supporting these performances are a John Garberson-designed lightshow that features Chauvet Professional Maverick and Rogue fixtures supplied by Creative BackStage. (Pro Production provided the audio.)
Taking place on a temporary stage in a converted studio in the Creative Backstage warehouse, the livestreams do not attempt to replicate the look of a festival. Instead, they aim for a laid back “at home feel”. Although large enough to allow safe social distancing, the stage is relatively small - and the show’s video engineer TJ Watson, along with the two camera operators, Jamie Rivera and Wes Webb, keep their angles tight and neat.
“We treat livestream shows as their own medium, not scaled down versions of a festival stage,” comments lighting designer Garberson, who also directed the video shoot. “We want to create a sense of engagement with the viewer, regardless of the size screen they’re watching this on.”
Despite any limitations in sta

 
 
martin-audioMartin reinforces Tokyo rooftop complex
Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Japan - CÉ LA VI is a new luxury dining, bar and club lounge complex spread across the 17th and 18th rooftop floors of the revamped Tokyu Plaza Shibuya Fukuras shopping mall.
The CÉ LA VI marque is already well known as the top floor bar of Singapore's five-star hotel, Marina Bay Sands, and CÉ LA VI Tokyo has now opened as the first concept-imported restaurant in Japan for such a global brand.
A number of Martin Audio’s specialist ranges were specified by Shintaro Dobashi, director of the company Enter Sandman, who was in charge of the audio design. He explained, “The customer’s request was to connect all three sections of the venue; to create a restaurant that could be used commercially or privately - to make it ideal for a cool Tokyo clientele, and a place that lived up to the reputation of the CÉ LA VI brand.
“From the outset, we aimed at something with high design, excellent stability and operability while maintaining optimum quality. As this is a restaurant, not all staff are familiar with audio equipment, and so we embarked on the project with the aim of building an audio set up that is easy and reliable to use by anyone.”
The Place takes up two floors of Shibuya Fukuras, and is divided into three luxury areas. On the 17th floor, there is a lounge / night club and a casual dining café bar. Finally, a fine restaurant is situated on the 18th floor.
The entire Club Lounge floor is dominated by various Martin Audio loudspeakers. They consist of THV and SXH218 for the main system, with CDD15 and SXF115 for side fills, LE1

 
tony-kingsleyFormer PLASA chairman Tony Kingsley passes
Tuesday, 12 May 2020

UK - Tony Kingsley, a former PLASA chairman, industry maverick and disco lighting pioneer, passed away on Friday 8 May 2020 after a long illness.
If the early 90s marked the period when Tony Kingsley was in the chair of PLASA, it was a decade earlier, when the trade association was still known as BADEM, that he achieved his finest moments, writes Jerry Gilbert.
Tony ran the UK operation of Cologne-based Avitec Electronics GmbH, arguably the pioneers of the ‘superdisco’, who ran operations in four countries.
A former Roger Squire’s store manager, Tony set up Avitec Electronics UK in Hitchin at the end of 1979, and became distributor for the vanguard of popular lighting helicopters, scanners, ‘flowers’ and other effects - mainly from Spain and Italy - that would quickly populate nightclub ceilings and redefine the new disco genre. These included Kremesa (formerly Cremesa), Nisel and Clay Paky.
It was in 1981 that German parent company, Avitec GmbH, booked a staggering 6,000sq.ft of space on two floors at the DIFA Show in Münster. The ‘Discorama’, as it was termed, was designed as a showcase to present their own products and those from UK companies for whom they acted as distribution agents, namely Pulsar, Optikinetics, ICElectrics and Mode.
This did the rounds of mainland Europe, and such was the impact of these awesome displays of technology, that its arrival in London was not long coming. At the BADEM 82 Light & Sound Show in London’s Novotel, Tony Kingsley oversaw an incredible installation of a blue 1000sq

 
 
prisma-seriesMagmatic debuts outdoor-rated Prisma series
Monday, 11 May 2020

USA - Magmatic atmospheric effects has introduced Prisma, a range of advanced UV LED lighting products with weatherproof IP65 rating.
Designed for use in clubs, EDM events, glow paint gatherings, or any production with a UV element, Prisma’s IP65 rating and fanless design mean they can be used in even the most challenging environment, says the company. Compact, lightweight and easy to handle, a variety of narrow to wide beam angles are available.
Prisma combines true 365nm UV output for long and wide throw performance with the control and efficiency of LEDs. Because Prisma uses high quality, medical grade LEDs that emit UV light in the 365nm range, no visible light is emitted, meaning only the UV reactive material glows and nothing else.

 
little-mermaidAltman Siren Series at North Central High
Monday, 11 May 2020

USA - Operating within the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township, North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, offers a comprehensive educational curriculum as well as opportunities for participation in the performing arts.
The performing arts programme utilises two performance spaces highlighted by a 1450-seat theatrical auditorium. Theatre manager Shaun McIlquham recently integrated a new inventory of Siren Series LED Followspots from Altman Lighting.
“This is my second year teaching at NCHS and in our performance season we do four theatrical shows, a Junior spectacular showcase, and then we also assist the middle school with their annual production as well,” began McIlquham. “In our performance space, we are way overdue for a renovation as we still have the original dimmers from the 1960s. In a production a few years ago the lighting system actually froze during a performance with a few school board members in attendance, so they put in a few new LED ellipsoidals and we are trying now to move forward into an all LED lighting design with a new dimming system.”
“I attended USITT 2019 in Louisville and first saw the Siren Series on display at the show,” explained McIlquham. “When we started talking more about renovations at the school, I reached out to Nick Champion at Altman Lighting to see if he could do a demo for our upcoming production of The Little Mermaid. After we brought them in and did a showcase to the administration as the spotlights we wanted in our renovated design, everyone fell in love them.

 
 
bethanychurchBethany Church goes online with Chauvet
Monday, 11 May 2020

USA - At the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, Bethany Church in Baton Rouge published three ‘Quarantine Goals’ on its Facebook page. Like the three large white crosses that tower over its spacious grounds, the church’s statement left no doubt about its conviction or commitment. It read simply: ‘Calm Down, Get A Word, Stand Firm’.
The same one characterises the four virtual services Bethany is livestreaming every week. This is reflected in the visuals created for those online services, which are supported by a diverse range of lighting designs, from those featuring variety of colours and movements, to more subtle versions that rely on side and back angles. Chauvet Professional Rogue fixtures in the church’s rig are used to convey this range of powerful looks.
In a time of lockdowns, the church is taking a more basic approach to visuals. This is even reflected in the camera angles used in the livestream. Not shying away from revealing empty spaces in the large church, and with minimal scenic elements, the videos convey a pure, straightforward image. Their overriding message is clear: a church is not a building, but a place within the hearts and souls of its community.
At one recent Sunday service, the comforting glow created by the 10 Rogue R2X Wash and 10 Rogue R2X VW fixtures in the livestream rig engenders this feeling. The R2X Wash units were positioned on mid-stage truss and used to create backlight that fills the space behind the band in the absence of scenic elements.
“The high output and wide zoom range of the R2X Wash help

 
elation-hourElation Hour looks at service & support
Monday, 11 May 2020

USA - On the 13 May edition of the Elation Hour (10:00am Pacific Standard Time), Elation service manager Gines Gines explores a critical topic for any lighting professional, Service & Support, and also take a closer look at Elation’s new atmospherics brand, Magmatic, with Magmatic product manager Anthony Velasquez.
Gines has served as Elation’s top service specialist for over a decade and on this episode will cover service/support topics like RMA’s, service centres, updates, warranties and more. Anthony will share insight into Elation’s new Magmatic brand of on-the-road tough atmospheric effects while reviewing the first innovations in the new product line.
The Elation Hour is a weekly virtual presentation that delves into the more personal side of product development and includes discussions with industry designers who share their experience across the broad scope of entertainment lighting. Topics covered over coming weeks include Festivals/Outdoor Events, Broadway/Theatre, Trade Shows/Corporate/Special Events and Concerts/Live Events. The Elation Hour series will also include virtual product launches.

 
 
girlsincGirls Inc auction goes online with Mavericks
Monday, 11 May 2020

USA - For 45 years, Girls Inc. has dedicated itself to “equipping girls to overcome barriers”. This April, the Manchester, New Hampshire based organisation provided young women with a first-hand example of doing just that. When its usual, and very critical, spring auction at the local Marriott ballroom was pre-empted by the Covid-19 lockdown, the non-profit responded without missing a beat by moving its fundraiser online with the help of the Events United at Studio Lab.
Raising $175,000 from its “first annual virtual auction” Girls Inc. did more than acquire much-needed funds; it also provided an important lesson for anyone, of any age, in the value of persevering in the face of adversity.
Like all inspiring stories, however, the one behind this successful auction involved more than determination - it also required a lot of careful planning. For the Events United team, this meant ensuring that the one-hour event livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube had an engaging background. This element was created with the help of 60 Chauvet Professional F2 LED panels.
Every successful auction is part theatre and part social gathering. Being an online event, the Girls Inc. livestream would have less of the former and none of the latter. “We knew that this production wouldn’t benefit from the buzz and excitement of a live auction,” said Tim Messina, owner of Events United. “So, we would have to help create this atmosphere with the backdrop that viewers saw during the auction and the associated music acts.”
Providing this backdrop was a F2

 
mai-mwamuka2Chauvet DJ lights Mai Mwamuka in Bulawayo
Thursday, 7 May 2020

Zimbabwe - Supporting a performance by gospel singer Margaret Mwamuka at Zimbabwe’s F.O.G. Auditorium was a design that featured over 50 Chauvet DJ fixtures supplied by Audiosure of South Africa.
The owner of Sound Kalcha, Freeman Mugadza and Mandla Khabo a Bulawayo-based designer created flowing looks that achieved the delicate balance of engaging the live audience, while also providing an attractive background for the DVD that was being recorded at the venue.
Washing the stage with a wide palette of complimentary colours and texturizing it with gobos and crossing beam patterns, Mugadza reflected the moving power of his client’s music, without distracting from her charismatic stage presence. At the same time, he occasionally added bold specials to make the show come alive.
Key to helping Sound Kalcha achieve this design were the 20 SlimPAR T12 USB fixtures in the rig. Rigged overhead from upstage to downstage, the RGB LED washes filled a variety of roles during the concert. “We used them mainly to wash the stage with a variety of colours, but they also served us very well as dimmer effects and strobes,” says Mugadza. “The colours were really extraordinary, fitting for a world-class DVD show.”
Adding visual variety and texture to the stage for the camera and live audience were the six Intimidator 140SR fixtures in the rig. Flown on upstage truss, these high output moving fixtures were used for dramatic backlighting in addition to creating crisp gobos. Meanwhile, the rig’s other moving fixtures, four Intimidator 350 Beams, were u

 
 
house-partyADJ House Party contest offers prizes
Thursday, 7 May 2020

World - As much of the world remains on lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, ADJ is aiming to inject a little fun into social distancing through its ADJ House Party Contest.
The company is encouraging lighting users to get creative for the opportunity to win ADJ prizes, including a pair of Focus Spot 2X moving heads.
The contest is open to anyone, anywhere in the world, who owns at least one ADJ lighting fixture. To enter, all you have to do is put your ADJ lighting equipment to use at home and post the photos or video on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter along with the hashtag #ADJHouseParty.
“What you do with them is entirely up to you,” says ADJ. “If you’re a lighting designer, you could set up a rig in your garage and program a timecoded lightshow. If you’re a DJ, you could use your fixtures to light up your next live-streamed set from your living room. If you want to show support for healthcare workers, you could use your lights to illuminate the outside of your house blue.
ADJ will select the winners based on how good the photos/videos look as well as the creative use of equipment. The contest will run from now until the end of May. Entrants can make multiple submissions.
Once the contest has closed at the end of May, the ADJ team will comb social media for every post that uses the #ADJHouseParty hashtag and choose three winners based on the imaginative use of ADJ fixtures and the aesthetic appeal of the photos/video. The winners will then be exclusively announced in a Facebook Live broadcast on Wednesday, 3 June.

 
bandit-sales-3Bandit Lites streamlines sales and installation
Thursday, 7 May 2020

USA - After announcing an expansion of its Nashville site, lighting specialist Bandit Lites has completed an overhaul of its Knoxville world headquarters.
The premises have been revamped as a sales facility, with a renovated conference room, updated warehouse, and dedicated testing and demo areas.
Following a collaborative process of zeroing in how to make the intake, testing, and output most efficient, Bandit’s team devised a system that streamlined the process, with the entire front of the warehouse scoured, painted and sealed with painted lines to designate spaces for check in, prep’ and testing, and shipping.
The changes will accommodate the growth in sales and installations projects.
Knoxville facilities manager, Brad Hylton, comments: “These changes have allowed us to work more efficiently, keep track of project status, and streamline the whole process.”
Roth Edwards, director of operations, adds: “Every item that arrives is checked in and then sorted into an incoming area, all branded and labelled based on what site, venue or job they’re slated for. Then everything is prepped, tested and labelled to the Bandit Standard before they’re moved to the outgoing area, shrink wrapped and palletised.”
“We run a test show through every fixture before it ever leaves the warehouse to make sure the end user has no issues,” says Alex Becker, Bandit’s sales and production assistant. “Once the fixtures have pas

 
 
markwhiteETC’s Mark White announces retirement
Wednesday, 6 May 2020

UK - Long-time ETC employee Mark White has announced his retirement from the company after nearly 20 years of service.
White has worked in theatre since 1985 and was part of a team of theatre consultants at the Royal Opera House before he joined ETC Europe in October 2000, taking on the role of sales manager for the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
He has remained at ETC since and his most recent position was regional sales manager, Ireland & UK Rigging, a role in which White focussed on progressing ETC’s stage machinery offering across the UK as well as growing the business in Ireland. Following his departure, Jeremy Roberts will take on those duties.
White comments: “ETC has been a fine company to work for. I am retiring at a time of new and exciting product development in the company, which will keep ETC in pole position as the go-to suppliers of entertainment lighting.”
Darren Beckley, sales manager, ETC Ltd, says: “Mark has been an integral part of developing the company’s brand these past 20 years. We thank him for all of his efforts and wish him the very best on his retirement.”

 
martinelpzoomlensbannerads1080x1080fbMartin adds zoom lenses to ELP series
Wednesday, 6 May 2020

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has introduced zoom lens accessories for the Martin ELP family of ellipsoidal LED light fixtures.
Martin ELP Zoom Lenses broaden the functionality of ELP CL and WW LED ellipsoidal lights with two industry-standard beam ranges and two housing colours.
Their six-lens design promises “stunning optics, providing the ultrabright output, unmatched flat projection and crisp focus of a static lens with the speed and flexibility of a zoom lens”. The lenses feature a mechanical anti-slip locking mechanism and a convenient service hatch for easy lens cleaning and maintenance. A gobo/accessory gate accommodates A/B-size gobos, and a colour gel frame is included.
“Martin ELP LED ellipsoid fixtures are famous for their unrivalled luminance, output and light quality,” comments Mark Buss, product manager, entertainment lighting, Harman Professional Solutions. “By expanding their functionality with zoom lenses in a choice of beam ranges and housing colours, lighting professionals can bring new simplicity, flexibility and speed to their designs.
“ELP Zoom Lenses eliminate the need to perform the beam angle and distance calculations required to achieve comparable looks with fixed lenses. And, the optics are truly stunning: An all-new six-lens design delivers flat projection across a full zoom range, with consistent, razor-sharp focus - all with virtually no loss of output compared to fixed-lens options.”
Two variants are available: a 15–30-degree range with a 7,000-lumen output (ELP CL in High Output mod

 
 
actHighlite International debuts Showtec ACT
Wednesday, 6 May 2020

The Netherlands Highlite International BV has launched its latest campaign, The Power Of Entertainment with publication of an updated catalogue, numerous activities and various product launches. One of these product launches concerns Showtec’s latest addition: the ACT series.
With the ACT series, Showtec offers a range of compact entry-level luminaires with a high-class finish and high CRI levels. Due to their size and output they are well equipped for a wide range of applications and venues but also offer a lot of advantages for the rental business.
The ACT series consists of five different models. It starts off with a 20WW and a 50WW Fresnel version which come complete with matching barndoors, followed by a 60 RGBW PC unit, a 50WW Profile spot and an Flood 80 RGBW.
All, except the 20WW version, are controllable via 3p DMX, have easy to handle rotary knobs at the back for dimming and, with the RGBW versions for choosing the desired colour and have OLED-displays for adjusting the requested settings. The ACT-units are virtually plug-and-play and based on the model, come complete with barndoor, filter-frame, gobo holder, gobos and lens.

 
chamsysworldtour3ChamSys in the mix for virtual world tour
Wednesday, 6 May 2020

USA - Ordinarily at this time of year, Nicolas ‘Murph’ Murphy, the owner of Murphy’s Production Services in Midvale, UT, is busy touring with The Piano Guys, Wax Tailor or some other client. Not in 2020.
With live shows put on hold, Murph embarked on his own ‘world tour’, all without leaving the friendly and safe confines of his Salt Lake City suburb. Rather than simply livestreaming a band and calling it a day, he created a virtual tour package, complete with posters, virtual backstage passes and even donates his time with a weekly streaming service: Social Antidote.
The looks he’s created for his COVID-19 World Tour are also good replicas of the real thing, using eight “lazy universes”, a ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium console and a ChamSys SnakeSys R8 Artnet to DMX Node 5 for each of its weekly broadcasts.
“Not being able to go out on tour, I figured why not make up my own,” says Murph. “It gives me something to do while sitting at home. I make tour posters with dates and print them on my wide format printer that is usually spitting out lighting/video/scenic plots. I also make laminated ‘tour passes’ for friends.”
Although purely virtual and not good for admittance to any show, each tour pass is customised for Murph’s friends, with their name, as well as job title.
As for the Social Antidote series streaming umbrella, it was the brainchild of one of Murph’s clients. “They had a whole warehouse full for production gear not doing anything, so why not use what they have on hand and try

 
 
savage-beautyGLP lights Savage Beauty for Galway 2020
Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Ireland - To celebrate Galway’s status as European Capital of Culture, Finnish light artist Kari Kola was commissioned to turn the beautiful Connemara Mountains emerald green and sapphire blue. The result - a massive artwork called Savage Beauty, with Lough Na Fuaiche in the foreground - owed its success to around 900 lighting fixtures, many from the GLP catalogue.
With the illuminated area spanning 500 hectares (measuring around 6.5km wide and 700m high), this vast canvas is believed to be one of the biggest light art projects ever created.
Kari Kola had originally been approached by Galway 2020’s creative director, Helen Marriage, back in February 2019. The artist recalled: “Helen knew that I was working on really large-scale projects, with light and nature, and so she called me up.”
Two months later he was in the Emerald Isle for the first time to check potential sites, before fixing on the Connemara Mountains in October that year. “I wanted to play with scale, and also with the two colours,” he said. “There was a big valley through the mountains which I wanted to glow green, with the sides of the mountains in deep blue. Also, from the top overlooking the valley, I wanted to create a ‘roof’ of light with really strong blue beams.”
Kari had been in conversation with GLP even before that first site visit, examining the possibilities. He had worked with Ehrgeiz owner Steven Braun for many years, prior to the company’s takeover by GLP and rebranding as Fusion. “They have provided great support for my previous pro

 
xrled-3000-w-framingPR extends XRLED moving head series
Tuesday, 5 May 2020

China - Following the launch of Aqua LED 1700 Framing, PR Lighting has announced another new shutter blade device, the XRLED 3000-W Framing.
This new addition to the XRLED moving head series features the latest advanced 1200W white LED light source. In addition to its complete range of spotlight effects and features, the fixture’s four sets of framing blades offer “endless rotation, different size and shaped graphics, and a curtain effect in a module designed and patented by PR Lighting”.
This bright and powerful spot, which is suitable for any type of project, comes in two versions. The 6500K, 70 CRI, 55000 lumen version is suitable for concerts, major events and exhibitions while the 5600K 92 CRI 41000 lumen spot has been designed specifically for theatres, TV studios and corporate events.
Thanks to the design of the LED engine cooling system, the noise level can be controlled at a very low level - and lower still when run in theatre mode (39dB), making it a suitable choice for both theatres and TV studios. Moreover, for pan and tilt use, PR has upgraded to a new non-contact magnetic encoder positioning system that gives the lighting designer more precision and stability. Another key feature which is sure to impress designers and operators is the 6°-54° variable light angle, with autofocus.
The fixture, which weighs 45kg, also contains a 4-facet prism and a linear prism, bi-directionally rotatable at variable speeds, and indexable; light and heavy double Frost filters; replaceable animation wheel, bi-directionally rotatable at variab

 
 
obsidian-control-systemsonyxObsidian presents Onyx live webinar series
Tuesday, 5 May 2020

USA - Obsidian Control Systems is presenting a two-part live webinar series, Onyx on Set, to show how Obsidian’s Onyx lighting control platform is utilised in motion picture and television settings.
Hosted by Obsidian Control Systems product manager Matthias Hinrichs, the series airs 7 and 14 May and will include in-depth discussion and expert advice from professional film and TV programmers Chris Chalk and Phil Shearer, both of IATSE Local 728 in Los Angeles, along with programming specialist Tommy Sullivan of North Carolina.
Part 1 will take place on 7 May, 10:00-11:30am PT and comprise a round table discussion exploring how lighting programmers on motion picture and television sets utilise ONYX on a daily basis and how the lighting platform supports them in this fast-paced work environment.
Part 2, scheduled for 14 May 14, 10:00am-1:00pm PT is a dedicated training covering the use of ONYX in motion pictures and television. The discussion will focus on setup, programming and managing fixture types commonly employed in film and broadcast environments using the ONYX platform.

 
tsl-products-logoTSL shifts focus to remote requirements
Tuesday, 5 May 2020

USA - As many broadcast stations are operating in a work-from-home environment amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, TSL Products has altered its R&D roadmap for the short term to meet the current needs of the industry.
Since TSL’s acquisition of DNF Controls in April 2019, the US team based out of Northridge, CA, has remained focused on the developing and supporting the Flex Control Network and range of Universal Control Panels.
“We have many customers across the United States who use our Flex Control Network for critical production and playout in news-based Hub and Spoke systems that connect network stations. Due to heightened demands in remote broadcasts, we recently altered our R&D to service our Flex customers and assist them in response to the pandemic,” says Fred Scott, regional sales manager U.S. at TSL and former sales director for DNF Controls.
“With many customers working remotely, rather than in-studio, we added a feature called ‘Web Keys’ that, when connected to any DNF powered Universal Switch Panel within the Flex network, allows users to control devices situated in major hub and spoke installations across the US from home.”
TSL has been able to re-prioritise very quickly in order to support its customers in their remote workflows, but above all, the company holds its staff to the highest regard. “Our number one priority is our staff, says Mark Davies, director of products and technology at TSL Products.
“TSL has offices in the United Kingdom and Los Angeles so we’ve been keeping up with the latest Cali

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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