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mlb2017PixelFLEX LED sets the tone for FanFest
Friday, 22 September 2017

USA - As part of the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game festivities, the FanFest is an indoor baseball theme park experience dedicated specifically to the fans of the game. With opportunities to take photos with MLB Legends, get free autographs, plus pitch, hit and run on an indoor baseball diamond, the FanFest is an event like none other.
Continuing the implementation of technology enhancements designed to heighten the fan experience, the producers once again worked with BaAM Productions and MSI Productions at the 2017 event, and together they created an LED video tunnel entrance using 3.9mm FLEXLite Plus from PixelFLEX.
“Major League Baseball made it known three years ago that they were going to implement a tiered series of capital improvements to the annual FanFest experience at the MLB All-Star Game,” began Tom Bollard, technical director, MSI Productions. “They wanted to bring more technology into the show to make it more dynamic for our younger audiences. Last year, we implemented the LED tunnel walls during phase one of the capital project, and this year we implemented phase two with the integration of the LED tunnel ceiling, both of which used the FLEXLite Plus 3.9mm LED video.”
“The nice thing about our relationship with PixelFLEX is that they can pretty much do anything with an LED video design,” continued Bollard. “When BaAM Productions started designing the show, we knew with confidence that we could handle any design they wanted. When we received their sketches, we sent them over to the PixelFLEX design team, and i

johnvarvatosAshly gear spotlights NYC John Varvatos store
Friday, 22 September 2017

USA - Fashion designer John Varvatos is synonymous with the rock ‘n roll look, and his nearly 30 stores around the world – from San Francisco to Mexico City to London to Moscow to Bangkok and beyond – attest to the global excitement for his uniquely put-together, yet authentically rebellious look.
When the Varvatos company added its fifth New York City location in the Westfield World Trade Centre mall, they hired Essential Communications (East Hanover, New Jersey) to design and install a killer music playback system worthy of the Varvatos name. Essential Communications relied on Ashly Audio’s four-channel nXp8004 DSP-equipped network multi-mode amplifier, paired with Ashly’s WR1.5 remote volume control & source/preset selector and Ashly’s custom iPad/iPhone remote control app.
“We specialise in retail, restaurant, and hotels where the client cares a lot about the aesthetics,” said David Schwartz, founder and president of Essential Communications. “Although we don’t design based on price, we have to be sensitive to it. Like us, our clients want an amazing sounding system that doesn’t cost a lot. Ashly is one of those rare companies that delivers great sounding products that are rock-solid reliable for way less than comparable products from other manufacturers. And they have a huge array of amplifier sizes: from two-, four-, or eight-channels, 75 to 3000 watts per channel, with or without network connectivity or DSP, so I can fit any project.”
At John Varvatos WTC, Schwartz opted for a four-channel Ashly nXp8004 Protea -ena

july-30thPanasonic projection for Passchendaele ceremony
Friday, 22 September 2017

Belgium - Creative Technology has installed 58 Panasonic projectors as part of the 100th anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium.
As part of the two-day event, hosted by the BBC and The Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the imposing façade of the historic Cloth Hall, was illuminated with projection and light displays as a backdrop to a special live performance.
Marking the 100th anniversary since the battle, the content, designed by Creative Technology, was brought to life using a total of 58 projectors (49 x PT-DZ21K’s and 9 x PT-RZ31K’s), delivering spellbinding, high brightness images – particularly suitable for event and staging applications.
Lucy Meredith, product marketing specialist for Panasonic UK, says, “The use of our laser projectors for events as big as the Battle of Passchendaele’s memorial is rapidly growing, and we feel extremely privileged to be part of such an historic occasion.”
“It was a great honour to be a part of such a historic event. We got to use all of our cutting edge technology to bring the Cloth Hall to life in a stunning projection display”, adds Paul Seeger, project manager at Creative Technology.
The 20,000 lumens PT-DZ21K was supported by nine 30,000 lumens PT-RZ31K solid shine laser projectors. Available in both WUXGA and SXGA+, the PT-RZ31K series is the brightest in the Panasonic range with a compact and lightweight body harnessing powerful laser technology. In normal operation, the RZ31K is designed for 20,000 hours of maintenance free operation.

adamsonAdamson & Atomic deliver in the Catskills
Friday, 22 September 2017

USA - Every summer, some of country music’s hottest acts head into Eastern New York’s Catskill Mountains to perform at the Taste of Country Music Festival, and every summer, the team at Atomic Professional Audio ensures the main stage sound is as pristine as its surroundings with an E-Series loudspeaker system from Adamson Systems Engineering.
“Atomic has been a proud Adamson house since the days of the Y-Axis series,” comments George Perone, Atomic’s head of audio. “Since the beginning, we’ve been impressed by every Adamson model we’ve heard, and we were an early E-Series partner based on that history of superior sounding loudspeakers. But on top of the sonic performance, we’ve also seen a substantial return on investment with Adamson every time we’ve bolstered our inventory.”
On the main RAM Trucks Stage, which featured performances by Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, and others, Atomic deployed a system comprised of 15 Adamson E15 three-way, true line source enclosures per side with two SpekTrix cabinets as down-fills and 20 T21 subwoofers per side kicking out the low end. Perone explains that the throw distance at the main stage is over 300 ft. uphill, and that the E15 covers that distance with ease year after year. “It can consistently take whatever you throw at it with zero problems,” Perone adds about the E-Series.
Kevin Margolin, the founder of Atomic Professional Audio, notes that the company’s Adamson systems not only offer a competitive edge in terms of sound performance, but also in terms of rid

dubai-wallDataton Watchout drives mega Dubai video wall
Thursday, 21 September 2017

UAE - You can't miss the latest attraction at The Dubai Mall: the new curved video wall above the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo measures a stunning 700sq.m with 1.7 billion pixels on 820 OLED displays. Behind the scenes, you'll find Dataton's award-winning Watchout multi-display production and playback system, Watchnet manager software and Watchpax 4 servers delivering high-resolution content for the mall's estimated 80 million visitors.
The new video wall at The Dubai Mall, unveiled by Emaar Entertainment in August 2017, takes digital signage into a whole new realm and has already earned a hat-trick of records, in partnership with LG: largest OLED screen, highest resolution video wall and largest high-definition video wall.
Dataton’s Watchout multi-display system and compact Watchpax4 media servers handle content production and delivery, while LG’s flexible OLED screens provide the vibrant colour range and wider viewing angle necessary at the location. Show control onsite, including show selection and power cycling, is via Dataton Watchnet manager software. All functions and the user interface were tailored to meet the venue's specific requirements.
“The wall is designed to promote the aquarium, but will also provide a visually-exciting canvas for other content and companies, and with such a high-profile installation there are, of course, great demands on content quality and reliability,” said Trond Solvold, sales director at Dataton. “Watchout with Watchpax4 was likely the only system in the world that could pull off such a comple

poFull Boar 4s cruise with P&O
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Australia - Brisbane’s Point Source Solutions are specialist AV integrators that pride themselves on making complex systems work. With skills across multiple disciplines, Point Source can do everything from event management, to networking infrastructure, to LED video screen design. With a diverse roster of clients, Point Source recently found themselves aboard two P&O cruise ships, the Pacific Dawn and the flagship Pacific Explorer, upgrading their theatre’s lighting system with High End System’s Full Boar 4 consoles.
With a rotating line-up of productions created for the global cruise giant by Sydney’s Grayboy Entertainment, theatre on the P&O line is just as complex and technical as it is on dry land. Grayboy’s lighting designer Gavan Swift is a dedicated Hog user, and specifies High End Systems consoles for all of the P&O shows. As part of a major upgrade, both the Explorer and Dawn’s Full Boar 3s were retired and directly replaced by the latest Full Boar 4s.
“I specified the Full Boar 4 firstly due to its ease of use and intuitive control interface,” said Gavan Swift. “The second reason was that the Full Boar is a direct upgrade from the Hog 3 with similarities in how the two consoles operate resulting in less training for the on-board crew who have to program and operate the lighting console on a daily basis.
“Whilst the Grayboy production shows are the primary focus for the theatre on-board, there are daily events that need to be lit and a number of guest entertainers who need their shows programmed and operated

andrea-bocellidLive in the mix for Voices of Haiti
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Italy - An Allen & Heath dLive C Class mixing system was selected for a charity concert by famous tenor, Andrea Bocelli, held at Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico, Italy, for his foundation, Voices of Haiti.
Held annually, this year’s concert featured a choir of 60 young Haitian singers, who are part of an educational Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF) musical project. The opera star accompanied the choir and there was also performances from several international guest artists. Now in its 12th year, the concert was attended by more than 15,000 people.
PA company, Luciano Spera Audio Video Luci, was responsible for audio requirements on the night, selecting a compact dLive C3500 Surface with CDM48 MixRack, to manage FOH.
Sound engineer, Pierpaolo Guerrini, commented: “The dLive C Class was a great choice for this concert. Its compact size means we did not take up much space in the audience, and the audio clarity, depth and quality of the system make it the perfect choice for classical events.”

what-the-festivalFunktion One at What The Festival
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

USA - What The Festival (WTF) returned to the Wolf Run Ranch in Oregon on 16-19 June for the sixth edition of the boutique festival. Funktion-One sound, including a Vero system for the main stage, was deployed across the festival, courtesy of Sound Investment and Fusebox Productions.
WTF was born in 2012, the same year that the festival’s co-founder, Glen Boyd, had Sound Investment install a Funktion-One sound system in his house. This year’s event welcomed 7,500 people, who came for what Boyd describes as: “A totally immersive festival”.
“It’s not about massive crowds and headliners, it’s about the whole experience, which includes interactive art, eight stages of electronic and live music, guest speakers and movement classes,” he says. “We don’t do pass outs because we want our community to stay together and for the environment to be as immersive as possible.”
To ensure that each stage has its own immersive aural environment, Boyd, together with fellow co-owners Tiffany Boyd and Peter Clark, stipulates that Funktion-One loudspeakers feature throughout.
Boyd continues: “I believe Funktion-One sound provides the best experience. I’ve followed the brand since the early 2000s and I’ve watched them improve and get better. There isn’t anything in the market that comes close in terms of quality and the warmness of the sound.”
The main stage, which hosted a range of DJ and live performances from the likes of ZHU, Cut Copy and Gramatik, featured two vertical arrays of three Vero V315 mid-bass enclosures, two Vero

scalaKings Cross club upgrades with Capital Sound
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

UK - Historic landmark building (and former picture house), The Scala at Kings Cross originally opened its doors just after the end of World War 1. More recently, in its current guise as an eclectic live music and dance/club venue, it has played host to many top bands since the venue reopened in 1999, including Tiesto, Bastille, Ed Sheeran, Nine Inch Nails, Kaiser Chiefs, Foo Fighters, Rihanna, Rita Ora, Lana Del Rey, The Killers and Stereophonics.
In order to keep up with the demanding technical requirements of artistes of this calibre, the Scala recently upgraded its house PA system to a Martin Audio MLA Compact, with the new system designed and installed by Capital Sound (for whom both The Killers and Stereophonics are long-term touring accounts).
With as many as 800 people packing the place for live stage events (rising to 1145 capacity for club nights), audiences too are now treated to pristine digital audio from the new mixer-loudspeaker combination.
Explaining the background to the sale, Capital Sound’s operations & development director, Paul Timmins stated that when his company became aware that the Scala were starting to upgrade, having taken possession of a new digital console, they approached the venue’s technical manager, David Preston and he in turn introduced them to Scala owner, Ryan Bissett and Operations director, Lee Hazell.
“We recognised that this is a difficult venue, with a big reflective glass wall at the back, and we felt that MLA Compact would offer the ideal solution,” he said. “The sale was concluded ov

dropkick-murphysDropkick Murphys and Rancid fuelled by Chauvet
Monday, 18 September 2017

USA - Millions of fans got their first taste of Dropkick Murphys’ potent Celtic punk musical brew watching Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award winning film The Departed To Boston. The Quincy, Massachusetts-based band’s platinum hit I’m Shipping Up To Boston ran through that dark and edgy gangster drama like a red-hot wire. Although the movie may be 10 years in the rearview mirror, Dropkick Murphy’s fires are burning as brightly as ever. This intensity is on full display in the group’s current tour, co-headlined with the equally potent punkers Rancid, in support of its ninth studio album.
Along with the relentless energy, non-stop crowd surfing, and big explosive sound, the tour is serving up some searing visuals for both groups courtesy of a Cody James designed lightshow that features Chauvet Professional Maverick and Rogue fixtures supplied by JDI Productions. “There’s a great amount of energy on this tour,” said James. “Neither band ever takes its foot off the pedal, so our goal is to create a continuous flow of punchy looks for two 90-minute sets.”
Meeting this challenge can sometimes get complicated, since the two bands alternate opening for one another. This means that James has to fight the sun for one of the two groups at every venue. The intense output of the six Maverick MK1 Hybrids in his rig has made this task easier.
“The Maverick Hybrids are my go-to fixture for this tour,” he said. “I begged for them. Their power is first and foremost what stands out. I can use them as a beam that cuts through the

bereshammondDanley reinforces reggae in the park
Friday, 15 September 2017

USA - It was a beautiful summer evening in Atlanta, Georgia when legendary reggae innovator Beres Hammond triumphantly took the stage at Clayton County International Park. Already glowing from the heat of the warm-up acts, the sold-out crowd of 6,200 exploded at the sight of their hero, and the tunes that followed lifted them rhythmically up to reggae heaven.
Credit for the successful show goes to Hammond, his band, and the promoters, but it also goes to Collin Rigg his sound production company (Showmax), and the Danley Sound Labs rig that Rigg commissioned for the show. A pair of massive, point-source Danley J3-94 Jericho Horns and six Danley BC-415 subwoofers conveyed the artistry, spirit, and chest-thumping rhythm of Hammond’s reggae.
It’s true that the Danley rig would not have been there had it not been for Rigg, but it’s also true that Rigg would not have been there had it not been for Danley! Several years ago, Rigg left the business, frustrated by the industry’s turn to lousy-sounding line array systems that delivered the SPLs but little else. “For me, music means something personal,” Rigg said. “I like clean, hi-fi sound that really lets you hear and feel the music. The competition was just loud and obnoxious. Line arrays were eating up my share of the market. So, I liquidated my business and bowed out.”
A short time later, Rigg attended InfoComm with an audio industry buddy, since it was local and since he’s a curious guy who still geeks out on gear. “I came across the strangest cabinets,” he said. “They were Danley

robe-colours-of-ostravaRobe at the Colours of Ostrava festival
Friday, 15 September 2017

Czech Republic - Robe moving lights made a major contribution at the 2017 Colours Of Ostrava (COO) festival with nearly 100 fixtures utilised to light the ArcelorMittal Stage in a stylish and flexible production design created by Kamil Kruzik. The lights were supplied by oneAVteam, the largest audio visual rental group in Central Europe. Three companies cooperated on this project – AV Media, RentalPRO and Yventech.
The annual four-day international multi-genre festival is staged on the site of the former ironworks at Dolní Vítkovice, Ostrava, Czech Republic. The site was inaugurated in 1830 and was a major hub of metal production activity in the area until 1998. It now provides an impressive and highly charismatic backdrop to the event with its unique industrial architecture. The lively festival includes some 20 performance stages with over 350 live music acts, plus discussions, debates, theatre productions, films and workshops, and is enjoyed by around 50,000 people.
Colours of Ostrava’s technical production is delivered by SMART Productions, a company run by Josef “Pepa” Źenišek who has been technical director of the festival since 2011. He and his team co-ordinate all the technical elements site wide, which will often include an overnight de-rig and re-rig on the main stages to accommodate requirements from the headliners together with their ‘specials’ packages.
RentalPRO has been involved in supplying lighting, sound and video to the ArcelorMittal Stage for the last 7 years, and this year received a brief from SMART Productions w

watermusicSGM luminaires for the ultimate water spectacle
Friday, 15 September 2017

Denmark - Two years ago, it all started; the concept for Watermusic was developed by Kevin Finnan from dance and theatre company, Motionhouse. One year ago, lighting designer Phil Supple was brought to the team, and early September it all culminated in a three-night breathtaking show on the industrial harbour of Randers as one of 12 Full Moon projects in the official programme for the European Capital of Culture - Aarhus 2017.
Watermusic consisted of a stunning choreographed piece involving dancers, musicians, a 300-voice choir, aerialists - even aquatic jetpacks, boats and much more. Sound, AV and lighting were supplied by Nordic Rental; their package included multiple SGM IP65-rated LED luminaires: 120 P-5 wash lights, six P-1 wash lights and 25 G-Spot moving heads.
In association with Randers EgnsTeater, the show had international touch from the dancers from Motionhouse in UK, the visual dream-images created by multimedia artists from Spanish Logela and the music composed by International Danish star ‘Oh Land’ and performed by herself and the choir.
Working across performance and event genres specializing in large scale, site specific and landscape work, Phil Supple was engaged full-time on the project two months prior to premiere:
“The starting point was a 3D Vectorworks model of the harbour buildings. From that, I developed working drawings for the technical team and a lighting layout of the entire site. This made for a very efficient process translating my visual ideas into hard technical info.
“The mos

friemelHenning Wehland tours with dLive
Friday, 15 September 2017

Germany - As frontman of the band H-Blockx and singer of one of Germany’s top bands, Söhne Mannheims, Henning Wehland has enjoyed great success. His recent solo tour Der Letzte an der Bar (Last Man At The Bar) relies on an Allen & Heath dLive for Front Of House and a GLD-80 for monitors.
Technical director and FOH engineer Ansgar Friemel has been using Allen & Heath consoles for many years and for this diverse production he felt the dLive C Class C2500 system was the right fit.
“The big challenge of this production is the bandwidth of gigs we play, from street parties to the big festivals,” says Friemel. “We needed a very flexible console at FOH which integrates into various Dante or MADI networks easily – and dLive delivers it all. I also love that dLive gets better with every firmware update. Allen & Heath really listens to their users and constantly optimises the mixing workflow.”
A central element to the stage is a recreation of a bar counter. In addition to providing an interesting stage design for the story of the production, the counter also hosts the complete monitoring setup including an Allen & Heath GLD-80 as monitor desk and a KLANG:fabrik from KLANG:technologies for 3D in-ear monitoring.
“We use the GLD-80 and KLANG:fabrik in a Dante network plus a 24bit/96kHz gigaACE netzwork for FOH,” Friemel explains, “On top we can also use MADI to run virtual soundchecks, multitrack recordings or deliver signals to an OB van.“
As Henning Wehland sings in German, vocal clarity and intell

sainte-familleChauvet enhances beauty Of Sainte Famille
Friday, 15 September 2017

Canada - Walk into Ste-Famille Church in Boucherville, Quebec and you are not only entering a house of worship, but taking a transformative journey through time. Founded by the first bishop of Nouvelle France over three centuries ago, the church is one of the oldest in North America, its tradition reflected in its distinctive architecture and the richly coloured original frescoes that adorn its walls and ceiling, as well as the dome over its semi-circular apse.
As part of a recent revitalisation project, sponsored by the Conseil du Patrimoine du Québec, the church’s architectural flourishes and stunning frescoes now glow with a new radiance, thanks to a carefully planned all-LED lighting design by Philippe Péquignot that features a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures, supplied by Montreal’s XYZ Technologie Culturelle.
“Our mission was to showcase the church and its frescoes without detracting from the original aesthetics of the building or its artwork,” said Charles Cadieux of XYZ Technologie Culturelle, which provided technical design assistance on the project in addition to specifying and supplying the lights. “The selection of the correct LED fixtures and judicious placement of them were critical to helping us achieve this goal.”
Using LED fixtures was essential to this project, said Cadieux, given the age of the frescoes. “The frescoes still had their original paint, so we didn’t want to expose them to heat from a non-LED fixture,” he said. “We were committed to making this an all-LED installation.”
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queenClaypaky on tour with Queen + Adam Lambert
Friday, 15 September 2017

USA - The North American leg of Queen + Alan Lambert’s current world tour got some additional wattage from a large complement of Claypaky Scenius Unico, Mythos and Sharpy Wash fixtures. Upstaging, Inc. supplied the lights for the tour.
The Queen + Adam Lambert Tour 2017-2018 will play a total of 62 dates worldwide. The North American leg kicked off in Arizona in June and wrapped in Texas in August. The tour will hit continental Europe, the UK and Ireland in the fall and Oceania next year.
For their latest outing lighting designer Rob Sinclair created the kind of big look that Queen fans have come to expect from the band. “It’s a pretty big show; Queen shows kind of need to be,” he says. “We wanted to do something with a large kinetic overhead centrepiece.
“The real challenge of lighting Queen + Adam Lambert is always having a bigger look up your sleeve. The songs start huge and get bigger. There always needs to be more of something available.”
Sinclair mounted 92 Sharpy Washes in a custom central “halo,” which he describes as “a bespoke 9-ton kinetic piece made by Tait, which moved to a variety of positions. We wanted something that could read as a single huge lighting instrument, and to populate it I needed small, bright and affordable colour-mixing arc lights. Sharpy Washes were my only real choice.”
He also placed 76 Mythos on the floor and in a grid behind the blow-through rear screen to create a wall of light.
Additionally, 56 Scenius Unico fixtures were used as automated followspots integrated into the

verdensballettenSGM fixtures illuminate World Ballet
Thursday, 14 September 2017

Europe - This year, the World Ballet celebrated its 10-year anniversary, which was marked with a spectacular show that challenged and animated the audience with new and well-known elements from both classic and modern displays from the world of ballet, opera and classical music.
Lighting onstage was invisible to most of the audience during the show. It is a known issue in ballet that lighting is often intended to show three-dimensional bodies moving in complex ways through space clearly and unobtrusively but without intruding too much on the audience’ consciousness.
Lighting designer Martin Holst deployed SGM Q-7 and P-5 flood and wash LED luminaires for the six shows. He set out to create a simple, safe and visually clean looking expression ensuring no “interference” in the scenery.
It was made simple by collecting the lamps with MX pipe rings into a circle to be hoisted electrically. Safeguarding the design came through the selection of IP65-rated fixtures from SGM, and choosing to shape the lighting display in a circular form gave a clean look for both photographers and audience and ensured the highest visibility of the stage and performers.
“Illuminating in the early evening hours during summer can be tricky, but these SGM fixtures have been effective at any time of the day. Replacing the previously used PAR lights, we now have a setup with produces an even light distribution while securing the outdoor production as the SGM fixtures are IP65-rated and waterproof - also around the cabling,” states Martin Holst.
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lady-gagaGLP fixtures on tour with Lady Gaga
Thursday, 14 September 2017

Canada - The Joanne World Tour is the fifth headlining tour by Lady Gaga, in support of her fifth studio album, Joanne. When the curtain was raised for the opening show in Vancouver last month, the audience was awed by a spectacular set and visual concept masterminded by production and lighting designer, Seven Design Works’ LeRoy Bennett.
The inventory comprises over 500 GLP fixtures. This includes 294 of the new JDC1 hybrid strobes, 147 of the award-winning X4 Bar 20 and 38 GT1 hybrids - all of which play a major role in a tour de force that pushes the boundaries of arena-style production to the limits.
The design is based around a massive back wall, measuring 21m x 3.5m and weighing 12 tonnes, which houses all the JDC1’s and X4 Bar 20 battens, while the GT-1’s are partly flown in the air above the stage and in a row on the floor at front of the stage.
“The main lighting for the show is that wall of strobes and X4 Bars,” the designer confirms, adding that the ability to run low-res video imagery with the added bonus of having strobes that are able to tilt alongside the X4 Bars, gives the wall enormous personality. Due to its size and power requirement, it takes three dedicated 400 amp supplies to run the wall at 60%, since production did not want to tour generators.
Designed into the set are three B stages spread out around the arena floor, and Lady Gaga performs on each, travelling via bridges which drop from ‘cocoon’ like structures - surfaces which are used for some inspired pixel mapping. All structures were fabricate

product-presentationElation lights major product presentation
Thursday, 14 September 2017

Germany - When one of Germany’s top lighting designers for broadcast, Thomas Gerdon, needed a multi-purpose luminaire to fulfil a number of roles for a major product presentation in TV show format, he looked no further than Elation’s hybrid Platinum FLX luminaire.
“It was a quick decision to choose the FLX for the job,” says Gerdon, who has called the luminaire one of the best hybrids on the market and is well familiar with its multi-functional abilities. “I have used them on several television programmes over the past two years, like Verstehen Sie Spass, and they have worked out perfectly. For this show, I needed a strong beam light but also a multi-faceted light that could be used to produce different effects for transitions to video and for guest entrances.”
The exclusive product presentation took place at the Ballhausforum conference centre in Unterschleissheim, Germany, near Munich. Commissioned by American communications agency Drury Design Dynamics for a renowned US-based IT and consulting company, the TV format presentation featured a professional news show setup and was moderated by a prominent broadcast journalist.
German production company satis&fy supplied the Platinum FLX hybrid moving heads along with Elation SixBar 1000 battens and other lighting for the event. satis&fy supported with sound and video as well and also furnished the stage setup, which was designed by Drury Design.
Streamed live and replete with panel discussions, addresses and presentations, the show was relaxed but strictly business p

green-hippo-balletGreen Hippo does ballet in Johannesburg
Thursday, 14 September 2017

South Africa - Set, lighting and AV designer, Wilhelm Disbergen, relied on a Hippotizer Boreal Media Server and a giant mirror to create something utterly extraordinary for the ballet production Big City, Big Dreams, staged at the Joburg Theatre, in Johannesburg.
The original showcase, directed by Fiona Ramsay, was a collaboration between three dance companies – the Joburg Ballet, Vuyani Dance Company, and Moving Into Dance Mophatong. Over 40 professional dancers adorned the stage as classical ballet infused with contemporary and street dance. The love story, with the city of Johannesburg as the backdrop, portrays a young man in the corporate world who falls in love with a dancer.
An artistic and key focus of the set was a giant mirror (15m x 9m) suspended at a 45-degree angle over the white ballet mats below, enabling the audience to see the dancers from above. “I also projected visuals on the floor that reflected onto the mirror behind the dancers,” Wilhelm explained. “Because I used strong side lights, I could wrap the dancer in a clam shell of visuals. During the finale, the wall lifted and was almost perpendicular to the floor, giving the full company a gigantic silver wall to dance in front of and giving the audience a view of themselves watching the show.”
Thanks to the Hippotizer Boreal, the enormous image (16m x 16m) was easy to set up and wonderful to paint with. Two stacked Christie projectors, supplied by Staal van den Bergh, overlapped slightly to achieve the square format. “It was wonderful to see the dancers envelop

cyclecenterIndoor cycling with Iluminarc
Thursday, 14 September 2017

USA - Everyday, millions of people around the world get on cycles, pedal diligently, and go nowhere. They aren’t complaining though. Indoor cycling (or spinning), where participants in group sessions pedal stationary bikes with flywheels under the watchful eye of a trainer, has taken off like a rocket, passing running and swimming as a fitness activity in the US, according to a recent Nielsen Survey. A key reason why cycling centres are powering their way into the hearts of so many people is because they offer immersive multi-sensory experiences that make it fun to stay fit.
Platinum Sound Light and Video is using a customised audio, music and lighting system to create this type of engaging atmosphere at an international indoor cycling chain. Colour changing Iluminarc Logic Tri-4, circular RGB fixtures controlled with a Logic 4x36 DMX unit, are providing the chain with the type of dynamic lighting environment that keeps indoor cyclists pumped up.
“Currently, we’ve installed the Iluminarc fixtures in over 100 of the indoor cycle centres and will be adding them to a projected 300+ future locations,” said Caleb Seastrunk, general manager of Platinum Sound Light Video. “The vivid colours and smooth colour changes we get from the Iluminarc fixtures are critical to creating the right kind of setting for our client’s customers. Not only are the colours bright, they’re also realistic, which encourages people to get caught up in the moment when they are at the cycling centre.”
Platinum is arranging 17 of the Logic Tri-4 units around the cycl

etc-tmobileETC knocks out the competition
Thursday, 14 September 2017

USA – The Mayweather vs. McGregor fight on 26 August was the latest, much-ballyhooed spectacle at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. Dubbed “The Money Fight,” it featured UFC star Conor McGregor making his pro boxing debut against undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather.
But while the packed house was focused on the fight in the arena, ETC was focused on the lights in the arena. ETC’s line of architectural products – Unison Paradigm, Echo and Mosaic – covers every inch of the T-Mobile Arena, everywhere from the luxury suites to the back of house hallways, from the Hyde Lounge nightclub to the concession stands, and even the external lighting showing the arena off to the world.
With electrical design provided by ME Engineers and system integration by 4Wall Las Vegas, the capabilities of ETC’s architectural line are on display throughout the T-Mobile. VIPs have full control of lights in their suites via Touchscreen interfaces, while integration into the arena-wide Paradigm system means they automatically dim when a show starts. Echo infrastructure made it easy to light the back of house spaces and help the building achieve Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) status.
ETC’s rigging is also represented at the T-Mobile arena, with Vortek by ETC supplying the custom hoists that raise and lower the scoreboard. And ETC’s Mosaic system controls all the external lights, ensuring that all the fans approaching the venue – and all the millions of viewers watching coverage of the fight on a multitude of networks covering t

sh-nationalS+H adds star quality to National Eisteddfod
Wednesday, 13 September 2017

UK - S+H Technical Support provided substantial quantities of its LED starcloth product to production designer Sid Scott of Scott Callaghan Art Production for the 2017 National Eisteddfod of Wales.
The nine-day event was staged in a large field near Bodedern on Ynys Môn (the Isle of Anglesey), around eight miles from Caergybi (Holyhead) and approximately 20 miles from Bangor on mainland Wales.
The main entertainment hub on site was the Pafiliwn, a 40m deep 1,800 capacity pavilion built by Neptunus Structures, which was new in 2016, and once again utilised throughout the Eisteddfod for a diverse mix of entertainment, from a Sunday service to rock concerts, stand-up comedy, etc. in the evenings as well as a variety of competitions – dance, poetry, music, etc. – during the daytime.
Sid created the Pafiliwn production design in close collaboration with lighting director Nigel Catmur, Eisteddfod producer Medwyn Parri and Huw Aled Jones, the Eisteddfod’s head of technical operations.
Their objective was to create an immersive theatrical environment in the venue that would help engage the audience and take them on a journey for each performance, transforming the white box-style marquee into an exciting and invigorating live experience.
Having used the Neptunus structure for the first time last year, the team wanted to make several enhancements to the presentation space this year.
The LED starcloth wrap ran 120m down both sides of the structure and behind the audience, and also around two sets of 15m wide stage wings - stage left an

eliteElite Multimedia at Young Living conference
Wednesday, 13 September 2017

USA - As a full-service production company with the ability to design an immersive attendee experience, Cornerstone AV prides itself on allowing their imagination to be the driving force behind their designs. Known for developing the ideal technological backbone for any event, Cornerstone was once again brought on board to create the production design behind the annual Young Living Essential Oils National Conference.
With the production moving outdoors this year to the Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah, the design team wanted to maintain that sense of audience immersion so they developed a complete LED video experience with the assistance of production partner Elite Multimedia.
“This event is normally held each year at the Vivint Centre, but since it was currently being remodelled, the producers decided to move the event outdoors to Rice-Eccles Stadium,” began Chad Fraughton, Cornerstone AV vice president/executive producer. “During the booking process, we learned that we would be sharing some close dates with the Nitro Circus tour and we would have to be creative with our production design in order to accomplish a bit of concealment of their large ramps. To do this, we decided to go with a mega-structure creation of arches on both stage left and right flanking a large centrestage area. When we presented the idea to the executive staff at Young Living, they loved it and it really made the event feel bigger than life.”
Fraughton worked with Elite Multimedia to identify the perfect LED video solution. Understanding the need for e


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