USA - At over 130 years old and counting, First United Methodist Church of Midland, Texas is the oldest church in Midland, an oil industry hub and home to over 100,000 people. The church enjoys local fame because its spacious and beautiful sanctuary was the site of President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush’s wedding, and the First Lady’s mother, who is local to the area, is still a member.
A recent sound reinforcement system ‘upgrade’ to line arrays disappointed congregants, staff, and musicians alike because of its murky, indistinct sound. FUMC called in local AV integration firm Romeo Music, who worked with Danley representative Anderson Sales and Marketing to design and install a straightforward replacement system at a fraction of the cost, using Danley’s patented point-source technologies. The new Danley system is a hit, so much so that FUMC is considering a new Danley system for its contemporary worship space as well.
“This was a sensitive situation,” explains Rebecca Lowrey, account manager at Romeo Music. “First United Methodist holds a traditional service in the sanctuary, with reinforced voice, piano, choir, and string quartet. They also have a pipe organ. Many of the solo musicians are paid, which gives you a sense of how much the church respects music. Their new line array system was less than three years old. It was expensive, respectable technology but the wrong application.
“There were many spots in the sanctuary where no one could make out what the pastor was saying, and everywhere else it was muddy and reve
UK - Throughout a busy summer, event production specialists Light Fantastic Production Services has been supporting a number of major UK cinema releases, includingThe Lion King, Toy Story 4, Aladdin, Yesterday, Good Omens and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Working on behalf of client Limited Edition Event Design, recent projects required custom-built solutions tailored to the associated media campaigns and movie branding.
Complementing the colourful look of Toy Story 4, LFPS built a series of frames to surround the LED video walls which flanked the red carpet. Finished in a gloss blue laminate, the surrounds incorporated over 400 LED cabochons to mimic the fairground theme in the films advertising campaign. The same look extended to a 3D ‘step and repeat’ structure used for cast photos and an interview stage.
The LFPS team were back in Leicester Square to provide decking structures for the UK premier of Disney’s The Lion King. With the premiere screened in both the Odeon and Cineworld cinemas on different sides of the site, the project required the construction of a pair of walkways and raised bridges which allowed guests and celebrities to pass from the central gardens over the perimeter railings and back down to each destination. LFPS also provided the ornate stage structure which formed the centrepiece of the event.
LFPS managing director Rob Myer comments: “Over the years, our design and fabrication
France - Campus Serge Kampf Les Fontaines, a XIXth Century château nestled in a wooded area 57km north of Paris is a meeting and conference centre that regularly business leaders from throughout Europe.
Let’s Dare is a new immersive video and lighting environment created by Stardust Group with help from Chauvet Professional ÉPIX fixtures.
“We have been the technical service provide to Serge Kampf Campus for some time,” says Stardust Group development director Eric Matouk. “Through our association with the campus we work on many events for CAC 40 companies, so we must always be innovative and forceful, which suits our own spirit as an organisation. For the Let’s Dareexperience we placed guests in a 180° video environment that evokes a ‘virtual reality’ sensation, but without the glasses. We want to engage our audience while still conveying a sense of real life.”
Stardust Group extended the impact of this immersive video wall by installing 60 ÉPIX Strip IP fixtures. The company’s team, which included technical director Tony Gueniffet, site supervisor Cédric Cousin, audiovisual managers Tony Chauvin and Sebastien Parent, and systems operator Florimon, positioned 30 of the one-meter RGB LED linear fixtures in various positions on either side of the video wall. The strips were powered by three IP drivers.
“Immersing the audience in a video display in a 460-seat auditorium is big undertaking,” says Matouk. “We had to offer something other than projection or a LED wall. The ÉPIX IP was a clear choice becaus
Romania - Romania’s largest electronic music event, Untold Festival in Cluj-Napoca, was recently staged for the fifth time.
The main stage was located inside the Cluj Arena stadium and almost all stages were packed with CLF fixtures.
LD André Beekmans from The Art Of Light was responsible for designing the main stage while Chris Das from Four Aces took care of production management and design of the secondary stages. The main goal was to achieve and elevate the light design in comparison to previous years. Fourteen trusses with CLF Ares and Orion fixtures were added to the Arena setup.
“We used the Ares to create a massive audience wash, which worked really well for the livestream as well as pictures. We used Orions as effect lighting and the double spot/beam functionalities meant it was the perfect fixture for creating spherical momentums to hype up the crowd”, says Beekmans.
The stage itself had to be suitable for touring artists with their own floor kits. The house rig ensured the whole stage had a combination of spots, washes and beams. The wings of the stage were filled with scenery. CLF Yara fixtures took care of the small details, whereas CLF Ares fixtures functioned as main scenery wash. Chris Das comments: “Every time, the Ares surprises me in terms of their output and intense colours. Moreover, the flexible diffusor kits make it very easy to find the right balance.”
CLF Aorun beams were used as effect lighting for the complete main stage. “The Aoruns really helped extend the stage visually into the arena itself.
South Africa - The 2019 season of The Voice South Africa saw technical supplier Multi-Media and production manager Chris de Lancey ask lighting designer Joshua Cutts of Visual Frontier onboard to help the team deliver the show, which Cutts accomplished with some help from a large Robe moving light rig - nearly 150 fixtures.
The final eight-week series was recorded at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg, and aired on M-Net Channel 101.
Josh worked closely with set designer Dewet Meyer, series director Darren Hayward and TV director Nadia White to carve out an ambience for the 2019 season which saw him programme - intensely - 12 songs a week for the eight-week period.
Lighting - together with sound and video equipment - was delivered by rental company Multi-Media with the set built by JDM Sets. All aspects of the technical production were co-ordinated and overseen for Multi-Media by production manager Chris De Lancey.
The performance environment was divided up with a selection of LED screen columns, LED battens and digital LED strips which enabled Josh to break down the set and isolate or merge different areas. The task was to produce the big ‘televisual’ feel that everyone expects from a show like The Voice, with more intricate details and individual treatments for each artist and song.
A major design challenge for this series was dealing with five PA stacks which were part of the L-Acoustics L-ISA multidimensional sound system, which was supplied by Multi-Media, a first on any Voice production worldwide.
Russia - Dominated by Russian gymnasts, rhythmic gymnastics has been a particular success for Russia since gaining worldwide recognition as an Olympic sport in 1984. In Moscow, construction of a new gymnastics venue was recently completed, the Irina A. Viner-Usmanova Rhythmic Gymnastics Centre, a world-class facility that houses a flexible Elation Professional lighting system.
Featuring a main performance arena and facade that resembles the wave of a gymnastic ribbon, the Irina A. Viner-Usmanova Rhythmic Gymnastics Centre, named after one of the most successful gymnastics coaches of all time, can host any type of gymnastics event from local competition to world championship.
As the sports facility was designed to be multifunctional in order to accommodate training and competition across a variety of events, as well as concerts, shows and special events, Elation distributor LPD Tech was contracted to provide a versatile lighting system. With flexibility essential in gymnastics, perhaps it was appropriate that the new venue’s lighting system was expected to possess that same resilient quality.
Faced with the challenge of finding a multi-faceted luminaire that could add flair to opening and closing ceremonies while doubling as a multi-purpose concert and show light, after consultations with several lighting designers, LPD chose the Elation Platinum FLX hybrid moving head to fulfil the many roles.
“The Platinum FLX is an award-winning, multifunctional spot, beam and wash fixture that is as bright as a 1,200-watt fixture so was perfect for t
China - Powersoft amplifier platforms have been chosen to drive the new audio system installed at Qingdao World Expo City (QWEC), a 32,000sq.m conference venue in the ancient coastal city of Qingdao.
The upgrade, handled by EZ Pro, focussed on QWEC’s Great Hall, which accommodates up to 1,500 people, has an area of 3,000 sqm, and can even be divided into two parts.
“We hoped to create a destination that is, in terms of scale and technology, far ahead of anything else in Northeast Asia,” says general manager Zhao Guangjun.
The venue was to be equipped with world-class audio-visual equipment to meet the needs of a variety of international and domestic high-end conferences. With this forward-thinking ethos in mind, Powersoft amplifier platforms were chosen.
“Powersoft products offer a traditionally amazing sound quality and reliability,” says Alan Ho, senior VP of business development at EZ Pro. “The Smart Rails Management (SRM) technology allows us to maximise the efficiency of the system and drastically reduce power consumption at any load and for any usage conditions. Its exclusive dampening coefficient compensation technology can also solve problems like line power loss that is caused by remote transmission.”
In total, EZ Pro installed 46 of Powersoft’s Quattrocanali 1204 amplifier platforms, as well as 23 of the Quattrocanali 2404 DSP+D. These particular versions of the Quattrocanali grant the integrator in-depth control and monitoring of all the signals via ArmonìaPlus, so that the sound can be tailored to suit any cu
China - National television broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) used Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless equipment from audio distributor Beijing Pacific Budee Technology Development Co. to record ambient sound during the dragon boat race at the 2019 Dragon Boat Festival recently held in Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian. CCTV captured the sound using the WM Watertight Belt-Pack Transmitter, Venue Receiver, M152/5P Lavalier, and ALP620 Antennas.
The Dragon Boat Festival is an annual traditional Chinese holiday held on the fifth day of the fifth month near the Summer Solstice. Before 221 B.C., this day of the year was considered unlucky, and to counter this, Chinese cultural practices evolved to include the Dragon Boat Festival, a day for clearing disease and bad luck. A more modern celebration of the holiday includes the commemoration of the poet and minister Qu Yuan, who drowned in the Miluo River. Locals raced into the river to try to save him, and when they could not retrieve his body, they dropped balls of sticky rice into the water so fish would feast on rice rather than their beloved minister. This is said to have been the origins of the dragon boat races.
Today, some of the most widespread activities at the Festival include eating and preparing Zongzi, drinking Realgar wine, and racing dragon boats, a canoe-sport where the boats are generally decorated with Chinese dragon heads and tails for the competition.
“One of the most important parts of the festival is its dragon boat race. CCTV makes sure to broadcast one of the competitions on
Germany - Inaugurated in 2005, Munich’s Allianz Arena, with its striking façade of almost 3,000 air-filled panels which made it the first stadium to display a full colour-changing exterior, is one of the best-known football stadiums in the world.
Inside, too, the three-tiered stadium construction leaves an impression on the 75,000 plus spectators who come to see top national and international sport, and especially to support home football team Bayern Munich. For this season, the sound system in the Allianz Arena has stepped up its game. In cooperation with the engineering and planning office Müller-BBM, L-Acoustics certified provider system integrator, Wilhelm & Willhalm event technology group, have installed an extensive Kara system from L-Acoustics.
Since the Arena opened, Wilhelm & Willhalm has been the infotainment technology service provider to the venue, and won the upgrade project when Müller-BBM launched a tender for the new sound system which would provide optimized, uniform sound level distribution across all three tiers, improve of the transmission quality for music playback, as well as increase speech intelligibility for announcements. In addition, the new system needed to anticipate the upcoming Euro 2020 where, as part of the first pan-European European Football Championship, the only matches in Germany will be staged in there.
"The membrane roof of the Allianz Arena creates considerable reverberation in the spectator area. For this reason, care was taken to design a system that delivers sound to the spectators, minimizing
France - Singer-songwriter Julien Clerc’s latest tour sees lighting programmer Vincent Zanello at the helm with a High End Systems Hog 4 console. The 150-date tour is celebrating 50 years of uninterrupted success for Clerc, visiting a combination of arenas and festivals over the course of two years.
Lighting designer Dimitri Vassiliu's design for the arena tour incorporates a structure of white canvases with geometric shapes, symbolizing a tree and serving as a support for light and video. The spectacle has been adapted for a series of recent festival dates.
"In a festival setting, I ask for a hundred fixtures to be sure I have enough to face the evening sun,” says Zanello.
In such conditions the Hog 4 really stands out. With a larger than average screen and remarkable glass finish, full sun is no match for the console. The entire interface is clearly displayed and the touchscreen feels rigid yet precise.
On his Hog, a page dedicated to festivals allows Zanello to prepare some cues that he then plays live. "For the festival dates, it’s very much about direct access,” he notes. “It was much more ‘stacked’ on the arena tour. I do always keep in mind that this is Dimitri’s design, not mine, so I don’t do anything to distort it."
Zanello was working as a technician on tour with singer-songwriter Pascal Obispo when he first encountered Vassiliu. The pair worked together on several consecutive tours and mutual admiration ensued. "Dimitri was the one who gave me the opportunity to do this job when he asked me to work on the St
UK - In early September, passengers boarded Marella Explorer for a four-day journey. As it plied the North Sea, the 866ft vessel wasn’t so much taking those on board to a place, as it was a time on the immersive Electric Sunsets: Cruise Back to the 90s cruise, produced by ted (The Entertainment Department).
The decade of Spice Girls and boy bands, grunge and hip-hop came to life on the top deck of Marella Cruises’ well-appointed ship, complete with performances from Top 10 artists of the era like B*Witched and 5ive, DJ sets, costume contests, and an updated 90s-style lighting design that featured 12 Chavet Professional Maverick Storm 1 Wash fixtures supplied by Impact Production Services.
Working for ted, José Lorenzo of José Lorenzo Lighting Design placed eight of the IP65 rated units (two apiece) on four T-truss structures located around the pool deck. The remain four units were hung on back truss behind the main stage. From these positions, the Maverick Storm 1 Washes covered the entire event area with punchy, fast-moving, multi-coloured effects.
“I was born in the 90s, but was too young to be clubbing,” explains Lorenzo. “So, I did a lot of research. I believe that when you talk about partying in the 90s, it brings everyone back to the effects of stroboscopic lights, lasers, moving lights, colour-changing lights, and smoke. When I was doing my research, all the videos looked smoky, and all involved the effects I just mentioned. This is what I tried to recreate, but with a modern technology touch. It was a lot of fun, and I’m
UK - Following a successful debut last year, Christie has announced that Christie RealLaser is the flagship projection technology for the 63rd BFI London Film Festival (LFF) in partnership with American Express.
Once reserved for the premium cinema market, RGB pure laser is now affordable and ready for mainstream cinema adoption, making it perfect for the return of the much-loved 820-seat ‘pop-up’ Embankment Garden Cinema (EGC). Described by BFI head of technical services, Dominic Simmons as, “One of the highest quality temporary cinemas ever seen”, this year the EGC hosts its first international premiere (Martin Scorsese’s hotly anticipated The Irishman from Netflix) in a stellar line-up of gala screenings.
Christie has worked with the BFI on the projection set-up since the BFI first made the bold move to build a full, state-of-the-art temporary cinema, providing the festival with a central London venue nestled in the tranquil Embankment Gardens just by the river. “The EGC has become an absolute favourite and has gained a surprising level of affection in just four years. Many people say it is their favourite venue and a shame it’s only available two weeks a year,” remarked Simmons.
“It’s loved not just by the public and BFI staff, but filmmakers who are often really surprised at the quality. One said it was the best screening of his film he had seen. This a really high-spec install which is what we wanted, it is as good as a permanent cinema, especially using Christie RealLaser projection with such bright colours, higher
Finland - The Pori Jazz Festival is one of the oldest music festivals in the world. Technical provider for the event, rental company Aku’s Factory Oy, provided audio support which included multiple DiGiCo consoles for this event’s main stage.
Pori Jazz Festival started in 1966, with 2019 being its 54th consecutive year. The majority of the festival takes place on the beautiful Kirjurinluoto park island in the heart of the coastal city of Pori and delivers a diverse music programme that attracts artists from around the world.
This year’s main stage headliners were Stray Cats, Christina Aguilera and Toto, with popular local artists including contemporary singer-songwriter J Karjalainen, and global artists such as world music singer-songwriter, actor and activist Angélique Kidjo and living jazz legend, saxophonist Archie Shepp, also gracing its stages.
House consoles for the main stage were a DiGiCo SD10 and SD12 for front of house and an SD10 at the monitor position, plus an SD-Rack with 32-bit Stadius I/O cards. Guest consoles also included an SD9 and SD5.
“The majority of performances on the main stage used DiGiCo consoles,” says front of house engineer Jorma Tikka from DiGiCo’s Finnish distributor, Audico, which supplies consoles and provides support to Aku’s Factory Oy and who has been working on the festival’s main stage since 1992. “Typically, guest engineers who come here are demanding and technically knowledgeable. DiGiCo consoles have been the first choice of console for most of the engineers when we look at the tech
USA - A roundtable discussion exploring the transformative effects networked AV has on learning and higher education will take place at 11am, PT on 29 October. The event includes an in-person discussion between multiple AV experts. A live Q&A, where webinar attendees can ask questions of the participants, will occur immediately after the discussion. Registration for the webinar is open now at: www.audinate.com/ddm-edu
The roundtable event is hosted by Audinate, developer of the Dante AV networking technology, and brings together experts from the University of Southern California, University of Oregon, Arizona State University, University of Colorado, Denver and Brigham Young University - Idaho.
“When we talk with our partners about how they are using networked AV we always come away impressed at their innovation and ingenuity,” said Joshua Rush, senior vice president of marketing at Audinate. “This is especially true in the higher education market. We realised it would be incredibly beneficial to bring together some of the leading minds utilising networked AV in higher education - and then share that discussion with the industry at large.”
Germany - Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) uses Sennheiser wireless systems in its lecture halls and seminar rooms to convey the spoken word in the best possible audio quality. It currently has 53 wireless channels from the Sennheiser SpeechLine Digital Wireless series operating in the DECT range.
The systems are spread around different university locations and were installed successively over a period of two years. The conversion from UHF to DECT frequencies has not yet been completed at Martin Luther University – an application to purchase further Sennheiser wireless systems has already been made. The homogeneous wireless equipment at the Universitätsplatz, the Steintor Campus, the Weinberg Campus and the Francke Foundations simplifies both handling and servicing.
Up to three SL Rack Receiver DW units are used in typical lecture halls at MLU. These are employed together with wireless table microphones (SL Tablestand 133-S DW) and handheld or bodypack transmitters. The SL Handheld DW transmitters are all equipped with MME 865-1 super-cardioid condenser capsules, while the SL Bodypack DW transmitters are operated with clip-on or head-worn microphones.
The lavalier microphones (Sennheiser MKE 1 with omnidirectional pick-up pattern) are always kept in the lecture halls and seminar rooms on the Weinberg Campus, while the SL Headmic 1 head-worn microphones (omnidirectional pick-up pattern) together with their corresponding bodypack transmitters are issued to the teaching staff each semester, not least for reasons of hygiene, and are s
South Africa - The SOS charity was pleased to bring a smile to the National Children’s Theatre with the donation of two Longman LED RGB PAR cans to be used on the upcoming productions of Roald Dahl The Witches and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory staged in Parktown.
National Children’s Theatre is the busiest and most successful children’s theatre in South Africa offering professional shows, workshops, holiday camps, life-skill and educational outreach programing, living by its motto, empowering children through theatre.
“Being a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on funding from various companies, institutes and the public,” said Cindy Gordon from the theatre. “Our lighting designer, Jane Gosnell, urgently requested the Longman parcans for our upcoming production and we are grateful to the SOS for generously sponsoring the cost.”
NCT was established in 1989 by Joyce Levinsohn. Under the leadership of Moira Katz since 2011, NCT has won four Naledi Awards for best children’s theatre in South Africa and Moira has received the USIBA Creative and Cultural Industries award from minister Nathi Mthethwa for taking theatre to children in rural areas.
UK - The eighth Sundown Festival, promoted by U-Live, took place at the Norfolk Showground in Norwich over August Bank Holiday weekend. It was the first at which the record crowds of 22,000 on the Saturday were treated to the optimisation technology of Martin Audio’s MLA.
The company’s rental partner Capital Sound had been brought in by production company, Mark Ward’s Proper Productions, with whom they have a long-standing relationship, most notably at Hyde Park’s British Summertime season - and on this occasion the production manager was Rishi-Louis Gowry. With acts including Mabel, Jax Jones and Anne-Marie topping the bill on the Saturday and Example, Ella Eyre, Jonas Blue and Becky Hill supporting headliner Tinie Tempah on Sunday’s main stage, dance aficionados were in for a treat.
Capital’s project manager Amy Newton-Smith confirmed that the event had run smoothly. “We quoted to meet the spec issued in previous years and adjusted it accordingly. When noise pollution is a big issue then MLA is our go to system of choice.” Noise propagation tests were duly conducted and throughout the festival, Capital comfortably managed to meet an offsite threshold of 55dB(A) while maintaining 98dB(A) at the mix position.
Deciding to dispense with delays as a more economic option - yet safe in the knowledge that MLA’s coverage over distance can be optimised - Capital added a couple of extra elements to the main hangs which consisted of 13 MLA per side and one MLD (Downfill). Eight MLA Compact per side were flown as side-hangs and there were eig
USA - For the past two decades, Kentucky band My Morning Jacket (MMJ) has been serving up its own brand of rock music.
Piloting their lightshow for over 13 years has been Marc Janowitz of E26 Design, frequently drawing on different generations of GLP LED solutions to meet his requirements.
The entire impression range has provided him with a solid workhorse - he was the first LD to take the original impression X4 on the road when it was launched. “The wash lights have been part of my toolbox for many years - from X4 S to X4 XL and all in between. Now adding the X4 Bars to that the family just makes perfect sense.”
MMJ had been on hiatus for 17 months before embarking on a limited four-date run in August - the reason for the new scenography. This included two shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, one at the Capital Theatre in Port Chester, New York (to celebrate the 20th anniversary and reissue of their first record) and a further show at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens. “From shop prep to the end of the tour was less than three weeks,” notes Marc. “We wanted to make sure that the first shows back after so many months looked new and fresh.”
He said the band had wanted different ‘shapes’ of light. “So I updated the design and added six pods across the back. Each pod had a crystal shape with the outline of the shape, incorporating, among other fixtures, X4 Bar 20s with a JDC1 [GLP hybrid strobe] in the centre.”
The addition of the X4 Bars to the design he described as “seamless”. Explaining this, he said, “Th
UK - Occupying the site of the former Cabin Club on Bold Street, Jimmy’s is Liverpool’s newest live music venue. It opened on 1 August with a homecoming by favourite sons of the city, The Coral and has already attracted a positive wave of support from punters and press alike.
Sister venue to the already-established Jimmy’s, Manchester, the venue is in the hands of George and Jimmy Craig, who have created a seven-nights-week basement live room, as well ground floor bar and first floor eatery. Fundamental to the success of any live music venue is its sound system and as pro musicians themselves, it’s something that the entrepreneurial pair took very seriously during the creation of the venue.
Installer Adlib was consulted over the way forward. Given that the venue was set to attract a high proportion of signed artists, it was essential that the system carried a strong rider-friendly brand that would deliver high quality audio. For this low-ceilinged cellar venue, Audiologic supplied Adlib with a QSC ILA line array system comprising six WL2082-I and four WL118-sw subwoofers. Compact and attractive in appearance, the system is optimised for installation across a broad range of venues.
As well as the live room PA, Audiologic also supplied a QSC Q-Sys for system control, providing the site with a simple-to-operate user control interface on iPad, enabling easy management of multiple inputs across three floors of audio.
More than 50 bands have passed through Jimmy’s since its launch and the response from visiting front of house engineers ha
Belgium - Voted by the Dutch public as the “most beautiful painting in the Netherlands”, Johannes Vermeer’s 17th century masterpiece, Girl With a Pearl Earring, is renowned for its subtle use of colours and interplay of light and shadows. These attributes made the painting (or more accurately replicas of it) a suitable prop in the successful theatre lighting education session held by Chauvet Professional Benelux in September.
Taking place at the CC De Schakel Cultural Centre, the one-day session featured a stage with three different scenes, each of which contained a print of the painting on an easel, along with a sofa, a small wooden table, and a white vase with flowers. The stage that housed the three scenes had a lighting rig that included traditional tungsten fixtures, stationary Ovation LED fixtures, and moving Maverick LED fixtures.
As part of the day’s presentation, the three scenes on stage were lit by the different types of LED and tungsten fixtures. This demonstration vividly illustrated the advantages of lighting with LED sources to the 80 theatre professionals who attended the event from across Belgium. It also allowed them to see the wide range of options open to them by lighting a stage with different combinations of stationary and moving LED fixtures.
In addition to this impactful demonstration, the all-day session included an opening introduction to the range of Chauvet Professional stage lighting products, as well as a concluding hands-on experience that gave those in attendance the opportunity to have a first-hand lo
USA - Verge Aero, the specialist in high performance drone light shows, has placed its drone technology at the heart of new music video by Australian dance music trio PNAU, featuring American singer Ollie Gabriel. The project marked the first use of a large-scale drone light show in a music video.
PNAU’s Nick Littlemore and video director Benjamin Kutsko came up with the concept for the All Of Us video shoot, after Littlemore witnessed a drone light show at a festival. “We wanted to do something that felt like a psychedelic ‘Close Encounters’ with this singer out in the desert,” says Kutsko.
Kutsko’s research led him to Verge Aero CEO Nils Thorjussen, who was able to answer his questions about the drones’ performance and reliability, including how well they deal with winds. “When Benjamin called me about his idea, I knew there was really nobody else who could give them the kind of services that we were able to give them,” says Thorjussen. “We’re the only company with this kind of sophisticated toolkit.”
In Kutsko’s concept, the drones would appear as an intelligent force, interacting with Ollie Gabriel’s character. “I wanted it to feel alive, as if this organism was communicating,” he said. “The lights and shapes would be part of the universal language of math.”
Over a six-week period, Kutsko worked closely with Thorjussen and the Verge Aero team, including programmer Tony Samaritano and developer Chris Franza, using WYSIWYG previsualization to perfect the various looks that would be flown on location
Canada - One of Canada’s leading motorcycle museums was given a striking, colourful new appearance this summer, thanks to high performance LED lighting fixtures from Vari-Lite.
Entertainment technology specialist ShowTech AVL was called in to upgrade the existing window lighting scheme for Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition’s 100 Years of Motorcycling exhibit. “Museum director Brent Cooke asked us to redesign the lighting and ‘give it some punch’,” says Brian Konechny, president of ShowTech AVL.
Konechny knew he could get that ‘punch’ from Vari-Lite’s high brightness SL BAR 660 and the attributes of its RGBW (Red, Green, Blue, White) LED source. “With the Vari-Lite fixtures we get not only the pastels we need, but also the saturated colours that you don’t get from many RGBW fixtures. The SL BAR 660s surprised us - we got some great deep, rich colours.”
He adds: “I knew the SL BAR 660’s power would make them a substantial upgrade, and making sure the light filled each of the nine window display areas was pretty easy with the 60 degree beam spread.
“The SL BAR 660s were perfect for the job, and Brent loves it - he really wanted the windows to ‘pop’ from the street level, and they do.”
USA - Following a year-long renovation project, the former West Nashville United Methodist Church re-opened last year as Clementine, a space for weddings as well as corporate, fundraising and music events. The venue offers a ‘blank canvas’ for hosting bespoke gatherings and that includes an expansive all-LED, all-ADJ lighting system which allows custom-coloured illumination of every part of the space.
Owners Dan and Brenda Cook are no strangers to projects that involve breathing new life into previously closed historic buildings. In 2011 they bought a shuttered church in the Hillsboro Village area of Nashville and lovingly restored it to create a boutique event venue they named Ruby. Since then the location has proved popular for a wide range of private functions, while Dan and Brenda have been on the look out for another suitable building to transform into a similar venue able to cater for larger events.
Last year they were able to acquire the former West Nashville United Methodist Church, which was originally built way back 1889 and has since been expanded numerous times. They then spent a whole year renovating the building, which included removing internal walls and false ceilings and stripping the plaster from the walls to reveal the original bare brick beneath. The finished result blends the history of the space with a contemporary industrial design.
Dan and Brenda brought in Corner Audio and Video, the same company they relied on to kit out Ruby. Headed up by chief systems designer David Goon, it is the installation division of Corner Musi
Spain - In a Roman Catholic ceremony to mark the beatification of Guadalupe Ortiz de Landazuri, audio rental firm Delta Sound Spain employed a Bose Professional ShowMatch DeltaQ system to provide full-bandwidth sound and exceptional audience-area coverage for the event.
Landazuri was the first lay member and the first female member of the Catholic church’s Opus Dei body to be beatified. Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints, represented the Holy Father at the beatification ceremony.
The ceremony took place at Palacio de Vistalegre, a multipurpose venue that originated as a bullring (and therefore has a 270-degree seating aspect); the space is usually configured for 9,000 attendees, but was reconfigured to accommodate 11,000 for this special occasion. To meet the needs of the Vatican for the special event, a sacristy, chapel, press area and volunteer hosting room were specially constructed.
The multiple-array sound reinforcement system set up for the event included a total of 40 ShowMatch modules configured in two main 12-box left/right arrays supplemented by a total of 12 ShowMatch SMS118 bass modules for low frequency extension. Multiple outfill arrays were made of four additional ShowMatch modules. Additional ShowMatch loudspeakers were used as ground-based frontfills, with two modules each mounted on multiple pairs of SMS118 subs.
Jose De La Torre, CEO of Delta Sound Spain, comments: “With such a high RT60 measurement and a very reverberant space, the challenge was to achieve high intelligibility i