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bravechurchColorado church upgrades with Clair Brothers
Tuesday, 13 November 2018

USA - Brave Church, located in Englewood, Colorado, is a church on a mission. This inspired the desire for an impactful sound reinforcement system in their new Broomfield sanctuary that could more than keep up with Brave Church’s unabashedly contemporary services, as well as defining the need to update the audio infrastructure at their main sanctuary in Englewood.
“Brave Church had already planned to launch their first multi-site facility in Broomfield in a building that is thirty miles northwest of the main campus,” explained Kurt Butler president of Butler Engineering & Technology Group (BETG) who provided consulting and technical infrastructure design services to church leadership. “BETG designed the audio system using the Clair Brothers kiT12+ and kiT-Sub+ powered loudspeakers and subwoofers. The kiT Series was a perfect match with the performance criteria, physical size, and cost.”
With the new location successfully outfitted for future-oriented growth, Brave Church re-evaluated the state of its main Englewood sanctuary. Butler continued, “The audio systems were ten to twenty years old, and the sanctuary aesthetics had a traditional feel consistent with the church’s past, but not with its future. Overall, we worked with the client to achieve their performance systems and interior design goals. This involved new rigging; augmented lighting; new video acquisition, control, and distribution; and a completely new Clair Brothers audio system with speakers, amps, processing, control, and infrastructure.”
The audio system choice

robe-sweeny-toddDemon Robes for Sweeney Todd at Vanemuine
Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Estonia - Recreating the dark and gruesome world of Sweeney Todd, the fictional Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Vanemuine Theatre in Tartu, Estonia, was a tricky task requiring the juxtaposition of a classic Victorian east London docklands ambiance as the historical industrial backdrop, shot through with lighting and effects to recreate multiple locations.
It laid down a few challenges for lighting designer Margus Vaigur who had the house Robe luminaires at his disposal including 20 x MMX Spots, 52 x LEDWash 1200s, 16 x LEDWash 600s and 12 x CitySkape Xtreme’s together with 12 new Robe DL7S Profiles which are a recent addition to the venue’s Big Theatre house lighting inventory.
Margus lit the entire production with the Robe moving lights together with some other LEDs, around 200 in total, using no conventionals at all.
The production - the first time the musical has been staged in Estonia - was directed by rising star director and actor Janel Jonas. The imposingly stark industrial set was created by Iir Hermelin, and both took a keen interest in how the space was lit and how the atmospherics played a vital role in the unfolding the ultimate story of a man who became bigger than his own destiny!
This was also the first time Sweeny Todd had been sung in Estonian - Vanemuine has a healthy reputation for breaking through cultural and traditional barriers - and with a large cast of around 40 onstage during the busy scenes, this all presented more challenges to Margus who had to craft exactly the right ambience for each scene.
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shanghai-towerAqua beams light China’s tallest building
Tuesday, 13 November 2018

China - Shanghai Tower, China’s tallest building (and the world’s second tallest), measuring 632m high, has been brought to life by powerful beams from PR Lighting’s IP65-rated AQUA 480 Beam -from 128 storeys up.
It was selected following comparative tests with other leading brands by Beijing Fengshangshiji Culture Media Co. They were tasked with finding a solution, having been approached by the builders, Shanghai Construction Group. As a result, 129 of the waterproof heads have been installed on the top three of eight interlayers, installed in the body of the tower to store building cleaning devices. There are 43 fixtures mounted at each level.
The contractors have enjoyed a long-term relationship with PR Lighting having collaborated with the Guandong based company most notably in the construction of the Birds Nest Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games, followed by APEC-2014 in Beijing, G20-2016 in Hangzhou and SCO Qingdao Summit in Qingdao earlier this year.
Owned by Shanghai Tower Construction and Development the skyscraper was originally constructed in the Lujiazui Pudong district between 2008-2014 at a cost of 20 billion yuan (US$3.14 billion). But the lighting installation was considered to lack impact.
The AQUA 480 Beam was seen as the appropriate all-weather alternative … and highly visible - a fact proven beyond doubt when it threw beams from the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris during the recent French National Day. This is due to the powerful Ushio PR 480W lamp and large aperture beam making it perfect for long-range, razor s

lenny-kravitzMagicDot-XT diamond formation for Lenny Kravitz
Tuesday, 13 November 2018

World - The Lenny Kravitz 2018 Raise Vibration tour, in support of his new album of the same name, kicked off earlier this year in Mexico City. The tour has created a lot of excitement around the world. The stage show is a large and lively affair with lighting designer, Leroy Bennett, incorporating 224 Ayrton MagicDot-XT fixtures into his multi-layered design.
The main set changes at different venues, but the backdrop setting and lighting design stays the same and consists of 14 diamond-shaped pods with 16 MagicDot-XT fixtures tightly packed into each one, with just a 250mm offset between each fixture within each matrix. The pods are rigged in two rows of seven and partially concealed behind a massive louvre blind back wall.
Bennett, who was keen to use the MagicDot-XT fixtures for this particular lighting design, explained, “The idea for the design was based on Lenny’s being inspired by the venetian blinds set I designed for Prince’s Controversy Tour. I have been using the MagicDot-XT for quite a while and like their reliability and versatility. They are small and quick, and I like their continual pan and tilt feature the best. We were able to get multiple looks from them including using them in a cluster to emulate a large lighting fixture. I think that was my favourite use of the light here, to create a large beam.”
Throughout the shows, which are mostly held in large arenas, the MagicDot-XT fixtures have demonstrated their versatility. At times they can be seen twinkling through the louvre slats, refracting the light to cr

pope-in-lithuaniaDiGiCo SD12 delivers for papal mass in Lithuania
Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Lithuania - At the end of September, Pope Francis kicked off his four-day Baltic tour, which included Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, with a holy mass in Sàntakos Park in Kaunas, Lithuania. The event attracted over 100,000 faithful to the park where local rental company, NGR Service, provided an extensive sound system, deploying two SD12s for the live mix, as well as the broadcast and press feeds.
“NGR was chosen for this important event because of the quality of its equipment, of which DiGiCo is an important part, and its exemplary service,” says Ramūnas Alenskas from DiGiCo’s Lithuanian distributor Sonus, which supported NGR with additional stage boxes and cabling. “They used the two DiGiCo SD12s along with two SD-Racks, a D2-Rack and an SD-Mini Rack, which were deployed for their sound quality and their ability to connect to all six racks in fully redundant mode.”
NGR owner Valdemaras Karpuška was sound director for the event, with Tomas Ždanovičius manning the FOH position and producing all the sound system designs.
“For the show, we had two stages - the main stage was just used for speeches, so the SD-Mini Rack was employed for the connection of 16 microphones,” explains Valdemaras. “For the orchestra/chorus stage, we had a total of 54 inputs for main program, which comprised 86 musicians and more than 300 singers plus two soloists, as well as 60 outputs provided for OB truck to mix the live broadcast. In addition, we had an extra 20 channels in the input list for the band that was playing from 5am to 10am as a warm up perf

blackpool1Chauvet lights Blackpool Dance Festival
Monday, 12 November 2018

UK - For the last 93 years, the Blackpool Dance Festival competition - probably the most globally acclaimed international bastion of ballroom dancing - has ensured that the genre continues to have a relevant role in popular culture in the UK and beyond.
This year, 3,000 couples from 60 nations competed in the event. Providing them with a stylish and sophisticated visual background was a lighting design by Oliver Wilkinson of Arranpaul that featured 10 Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Spot and16 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures, and 32 Q-Wash 560Z-LED washes.
Wilkinson has been part of the Blackpool Dance Festival for six years, but in 2018 it was his chance to design the event. He strove to bring a new level of smoothness to his efforts. “We have provided equipment to this event since 2012, and each year we set the bar higher for ourselves,” he said. “This year, I wanted to change things up a little and worked with Arranpaul's operation manager, Tom Beattie, to bring that little extra to the party.”
After two weeks of intensive designing and calculations, Wilkinson and Beattie decided upon an extensive collection of Chauvet fixtures in order to create a mixture of classic ballroom dance lighting and architectural lighting to accentuate the prestigious Victorian-era Winter Gardens venue.
For the actual dance performances, Wilkinson specified 10 Rogue R2 Spots, mounted on the balconies, to create various effects using the fixture's built-in gobos and zoom feature.
"The R2 Spots provided great atmosphere during the performances, and I was abl

univ-s-mDanley Sound Labs reinforces The Rock
Monday, 12 November 2018

USA - Known locally as The Rock, M.M. Roberts Stadium is home to the University of Southern Mississippi’s Golden Eagles football team. It originally opened in 1932 with 4,000 seats and has since expanded to hold 36,000-plus Southern Miss fans. Its most recent expansion happened a decade ago, and although the expanded infrastructure and seating is in great shape, the sound reinforcement system that went in didn’t fare as well. After an overhaul installed by AV integration firm Sound & Communications, of Flowood, Mississippi, M.M. Roberts Stadium now commands a full Danley Sound Labs loudspeaker, subwoofer, and amplifier/DSP system.
“The old system didn’t stand up to the elements, and pieces of the speaker cabinets and components were failing,” explained Jeff Crowe, director of operations with Sound & Communications. “The coverage was going, the high end was going, and intelligibility was going. I talked with some friends who attended home games last year, and they said it sounded like Charlie Brown’s teacher - laughably unintelligible!”
Larry Lucas of Anthony James Partners worked with USM’s senior associate AD for external operations, Stephen Pugh, to design a system with “superlative intelligibility and musical impact”. “We were aware of Danley’s reputation in the industry and the commitment they have to quality and customer service,” Pugh says. “We spoke with past Danley clients and did some independent research, all of which convinced us that Danley’s reputation was earned. We felt that we had found the right fi

halo-wHALO-A crowns Norway’s Skudefestivalen
Monday, 12 November 2018

Norway - Celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, Skudefestivalen is one of Norway’s largest coastal culture festivals. This year marked the first European outing for EM Acoustics’ new HALO-A large-format line array system, where it made a big impression on visiting sound engineers for the festival’s main stage performances from many of Norway’s top acts, including Jan Ove Ottesen, Heine Totland, Plumbo, Just 4 You, Keipstein and Slogmåkane.
The HALO-A line array was supplied by Haugesund-based AV rental specialists, Livepro, with support from EM Acoustics’ Norwegian distributor, Norstage. Livepro’s system engineer, Geir Larsen, has become the first adopter of HALO-A in Europe. “This is a huge improvement over the sound systems we’ve used in previous years,” he said. “I’m really impressed with the way it sounds, even in a tent which is not the friendliest environment for a concert.”
Larsen elected to deploy left and right ground stacks of four HALO-A two-way line array elements supported by three MSE-218 subwoofers each side, powered by four DQ20 advanced system amplifiers. “Setup was a piece of cake,” he remarked. “We used it in a ground-stacked configuration for Skudefestivalen, but the next job required a flown system, and I rigged it single-handedly. There aren’t that many systems you can do that with, especially large-format systems like HALO-A. It’s really useful to be able to set the splay angles before you fly it.”
As for performance, Larsen strongly praised the remarkable projection and rear rejection

confluence-ocubo-movements-wHS Series illuminates Eindhoven light art festival
Monday, 12 November 2018

The Netherlands - Christie Digital’s latest HS Series projectors are currently in use at the GLOW Eindhoven international light art festival in Eindhoven.
A total of 12 Christie D20WU-HS projectors, provided by Christie partner Sahara Benelux, are utilised in a video mapping installation on the face of the 19th century Catharinakerk, a neo-gothic Roman Catholic church located in the centre of Eindhoven.
“We’re delighted that Sahara Benelux has chosen to invest in our latest HS Series models, and it’s rewarding to see them already being used in high profile global events like GLOW Eindhoven,” says Miles Donovan, senior channel development manager, enterprise, EMEA, Christie. “The HS Series is an excellent choice for a wide range of applications, delivering high brightness and vibrant colours in a lightweight and compact form factor. It’s our pleasure to play a part in helping to enable the world’s best shared experiences, and we can’t wait to see the creativity on show at GLOW.”
Hundreds of thousands of revellers are expected to descend on Eindhoven for the international light art festival, which attracts international artistic talent in the field of light art and technology. The event, which is in its 13th iteration, will see more than 30 art installations located on a 5km route across Eindhoven’s city centre, with this year’s theme based on ‘Shadows & Light’.
At Catharinakerk, visitors will see the Confluence video mapping installation powered by the D20WU-HS projectors, which can operate at full bright

allenheathdlives7000firstbaptistchurchofarnold-wdLive desks drive First Baptist Church
Monday, 12 November 2018

USA - Morris Integration has expanded audio capabilities at Missouri’s First Baptist Church of Arnold using Allen & Heath’s dLive consoles.
The systems upgrade is based around an Allen & Heath dLive S7000 control surface at FOH and a dLive S3000 for monitors. Services at the church range from traditional to contemporary, using an average of 80 inputs on any given Sunday. With an Allen & Heath dLive DM48 MixRack serving the house and a DM32 MixRack standing-in at monitor world, both MixRack processors utilise gigaACE networking cards to provide 96kHz audio and control transport via Ethernet over standard Cat 5e cabling.
“Not all that long ago, it would have been crazy to think you could transmit that much audio over Cat5,” says Morris Integration design engineer, Collin Adams. “But here we are today, and it’s reality. Being able to draw upon the powers inherent in this kind of technology is what allowed us to give the church the flexibility it desired along with sonic quality and performance transcending that of previous systems.”
Versatility was further enhanced with the addition of Waves Audio networking cards. Offering a full gamut of Waves plug-in processing, audio distribution, and digital mic splitting options, the cards provide a direct 96kHz interface to the Waves SoundGrid networking platform, placing a wide variety of effects right at the fingertips of system operators. An IP8 remote controller equipped with eight motorised faders and an IP6 remote controller with six rotary knobs are also available in the house

kaboo-festival-2018sunset-cliffs-stage-2-wElation colours main stage at Kaaboo
Monday, 12 November 2018

USA - Elation once again had a presence on the Kaaboo festival as lighting designers Chris Lisle and Erik Parker turned to the LED-based Platinum 1200 Wash moving head to light headlining acts Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons and Katy Perry on the main Sunset Cliffs stage.
Lisle and Parker used 12 Platinum 1200 Wash fixtures - each housing 19 x 65W LEDs with wide zoom - spread out across the mid-stage and upstage trusses primarily for general stage wash. “It’s hard to compete with the sun of course, but even during daylight they were able to lay some base colour and show up on the camera/IMAG shots for some eye candy,” explains Lisle. “We loved their overall intensity. In a rig full of a lot of horsepower, they held their own and were great at driving down some base colour.”
Meanwhile, on the Trestles Stage, bands like The Zombies, Tower of Power, Blondie, and The English Beat played popular sets with multifunctional Elation Paladin LED effect lights exploited for a variety of looks. Because many of the shows on the Trestles Stage were during the daytime hours, the designers were looking for a fixture that would provide eye-candy as well as the brightness to pop.
Placed along the down-, mid-, and upstage trusses were 16 Paladin effects whose hybrid ability as a blinder, strobe, wash or eye candy effect made them a versatile choice when a host of bands needed to be lit across a busy three-day schedule. “Due to their location, the programmer on that stage did a good job of using them for all of the above,” Lisle says. “They did a great

adlib-giants-liverpools-dream-2018-188Adlib walks with giants on streets of Liverpool
Friday, 9 November 2018

UK - Adlib was the audio supplier for the Giant Spectacular show staged in Liverpool, produced by the street and outdoor theatre company Royal de Luxe.
The extravaganza attracted an estimated 1.3m people to the city centre over the weekend of 4-7 October to see this tale of epic proportions, and the fate of the much-loved oversized marionette puppets unfold. Characters comprised The Explorer, the Little Boy Giant, his dog Xolo, and a surprise appearance by the Little Girl, who re-entered the story on the Sunday for the finale.
It was the third Liverpool Giant Spectacular, and having delivered the previous events in 2012 and 2014 so successfully, Adlib was commissioned by production manager Stu Stalker of Event Design Co (EDC) and Royal De Luxe’s production manager Jeff Havart to provide audio.
Adlib provided on-board sound systems mounted to the supporting structures for each of the Giants and a custom Music Truck which featured a live band. The company also provided several reinforcement PA systems, which travelled to the different gathering points along the 20-mile route.
The Giants’ route started at the St George’s Hall Plateau for the Little Boy Giant and over in Fort Perch Rock in the Wirral for The Explorer, ending at Canning Dock.
Each Giant had its own on-board monitor system which was used to communicate “orders” to the many people (‘Lilliputians’) required to operate and drive the massive pullies and rigging systems that enabled the articulated joints and wheel bases to move the marionettes.

chroma-q-cfii-bloc-party-shows-copyright-lindsay-cave-wLCR raises the alarm with Chroma-Q
Friday, 9 November 2018

Europe - Lights Control Rigging (LCR) has provided 20 Chroma-Q Color Force II fixtures for Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm Tour, to create a spectacular back wall wash.
The set design for the show features five individual cyc panels spaced apart, which together display the Silent Alarm album artwork. Color Force II LED battens at the top and bottom of each panel flooded the back of the stage in vibrant colour, with the units' strobe effects used during some of the faster paced songs.
LD Ryan Hopkins, who's also a director of LCR, comments: “It was great to have our Color Force II’s at my disposal for the tour. They provided incredibly bright colour across the stage. I was very impressed by their seamless blending across the entire artwork and I am really happy with the results.”
(Jim Evans)

encounter-churchEncounter Church chooses Quest and DiGiCo
Friday, 9 November 2018

South Africa - Encounter Christian Church is a 600-seat church based on the second floor of a shopping centre in Centurion, South Africa. While looking for solutions to expand on their current audio system, the church met up with DWR Distribution, who recommended Quest and DiGiCo to accommodate the growing ministry and worship team.
Positioned on the second floor of a shopping centre in a residential area, the sound levels had to be considered. “We replaced the entire sound system with the Quest range of loudspeakers and amplifiers,” explains Kyle Robson from DWR. “The existing audio console was upgraded to a DiGiCo S21 and the full install was complete within a day. The system was designed to focus audio coverage on the audience so that the spill out of the building was minimised. Since the new system has been installed there hasn’t been a complaint from the neighbours and audio quality is incredible.
“The S21 is simple enough for various volunteers to jump on and operate. If anything goes wrong they can simply recall a set session. This is great as it gives the sound team a safe place to grow their knowledge.”
(Jim Evans)

robe-dave-matthews-band-2018-wDMB back on the road with Robe
Friday, 9 November 2018

USA - The Dave Matthews Band (DMB) is on the road again in the USA promoting their latest album Come Tomorrow  with another visually provocative production design by Fenton Williams.
Fenton combined creative energies with Aaron Stinebrink from lighting rental specialist TMS - also the tour’s lighting vendor - on the lighting design, and the pair specified over 100 Robe fixtures to be at the heart of the show.
Forty MegaPointes, 48 x Spikies, 16 x BMFL WashBeams and 10 x BMFL Spots are helping to create the vibes for this highly successful tour.
Fenton has worked for DMB since 1991 taking on various job roles and has been the video and lighting designer / director for over 20 years. Aaron joined the team in 2003 and the two have worked together on lighting DMB’s dynamic and intricate live shows ever since.
(Jim Evans)

solsticeJBL reinforces Secret Solstice music festival
Friday, 9 November 2018

Iceland - AV equipment supplier HljóðX recently deployed Harman Professional Solutions audio systems and lighting solutions at Iceland's Secret Solstice music festival, including a JBL VTX line array system, Crown amplifiers, Soundcraft digital mixing consoles and Martin lighting fixtures.
Held in Reykjavík during a period of 24-hour sunlight in the Arctic Circle, the annual music festival features non-stop performances across four outdoor stages and an indoor club venue. Festival organisers hired HljóðX to provide sound and lighting systems for all five venues that could accommodate the festival‘s diverse line-up of high profile artists, including Slayer, Gucci Mane, Bonnie Tyler and Steve Aoki. HljóðX outfitted each stage with JBL VTX V-Series line array loudspeakers, Crown I-tech amplifiers, Soundcraft mixers and Martin lighting fixtures.
“The event environment is fast-paced, and being able to set up and connect the sound system in a very short time and get started quickly with great-sounding JBL presets is important for us,” says Ingolfur Arnarsson, CEO of HljóðX. “That gives us additional time to work on the audio and further tweak each system for the best sound for each act. That’s an important aspect that we really like in the JBL system.”
HljóðX equipped the outdoor stages with JBL VTX V25-II loudspeakers and S28 suspended subwoofers, Crown I-Tech 12000HD and 4x3500HD amplifiers, and BSS Omnidrive HD signal processing. Soundcraft digital mixing consoles integrated seamlessly with the system, which made it easy for soun

bazyliszek1photocreditpainting-with-light-wChauvet provides thrilling backdrop for Bazyliszek
Friday, 9 November 2018

Poland - Bazyliszek, a new interactive dark ride situated in the Magical Forest zone of Poland’s largest theme park, Legendia, was recently opened to the public as part of a comprehensive rebranding and overhaul. Having collaborated once before on the Antwerp Comics Station theme park, the ride’s designers, Alterface, brought in Belgian design studio Painting with Light to help create a thrilling visual backdrop for Bazyliszek.
Drawing on their wealth of experience in the field of theatrical lighting, Painting with Light specified 80 Chauvet Professional mini ERS-style Ovation Min-E-10CWZ fixtures and COLORdash Par-Hex 7 units to create a multifaceted and exciting visual accompaniment to the ride, which went on to win the European Star Award for Best New Ride in 2018.
Bazyliszek is a legendary folklore figure in Poland - a complex and highly venomous reptile that can turn people into stone with a single glance. Painting with Light's creative director, Luc Peumans, thus attempted to translate and transpose these dramatic folklore connotations into a comprehensive and emotive lighting concept in support of the three-minute mixed-media ride, where multi-mover vehicles glide visitors through five different zones with seven distinctive scenes.
To achieve the necessary depth for the individual scenes, Peumans utilized the mini ERS-style Ovation fixtures. The warm white and cold white tones, 19° to 36° zoom and excellent dimming features assist in creating the impression of depth and contrast as visitors slowly move through the ride.
In addi

digicoDiGiCo in control on Stereophonics tour
Friday, 9 November 2018

UK/USA - Stereophonics released their 10th album last year, Scream Above the Sounds, which comes almost 20 years after the Welsh rockers first stormed the BRITs back in 1998 and won the award for British Breakthrough Act. The band's longevity speaks for itself: eight million albums sold in the UK alone, six number one records, a BRIT Award, three Kerrang! Awards, a pair of Q Awards, and 40 singles to their name.
On the road, Harm Schopman is looking after frontman Kelly Jones and co. from side-stage using his trusted DiGiCo console, supplied by rental company Capital Sound.
Although in charge of monitors for this tour, Harm has been responsible for various roles on numerous touring productions.
“On Stereophonics, I originally looked after [FOH engineer] Dave Roden as the systems tech, mostly on the arena tours,” Harm explains. “It's only in the last few years that I have taken on the role of monitor engineer for them.”
A DiGiCo user since the days of the D5 Live, a console Harm used on shows for The Strokes and Katie Melua, the SD10 is now his board of choice for Stereophonics, which he is running at 48kHz with the SD Racks being shared between FOH and monitors.
“I love the clarity I can achieve for the IEM mixes using the SD10,” he says. “Everything seems to be easily separated, which means the mixes are very detailed and clean. I’ve used these consoles quite a bit over the years; the interface works perfectly for me and speed of operation is always a priority when working monitors.”
Dave Roden met Ste

glp-knvGLP KNV makes the difference for Nature One
Thursday, 8 November 2018

Germany - Under the catch-line All you need to be, Nature One called its dance-loving audience to the Pydna former rocket base in Hunsrück between 3-5 August. As in previous years, over 50,000 people joined the pilgrimage, engaging in four days and three nights of pure EDM fever, with 350 acts participating on a total of 23 floors.
For the largest floor - the Open Air Floor - lighting designer Thomas Gerdon of Gerdon design produced the entire visual concept. Gerdon, who has been working on various floors of Nature One since 2003, faced a fundamental change this year: for the first time, a conventional stage was used on the Open Air Floor, and for this the designer immediately had the idea of GLP’s new modular KNV LED system of GLP in his mind.
However, since the KNV system was not yet on the market at the beginning of August, GLP was able to meet the designer's request with a sufficient quantity of field test units. Thus, Nature One became the first German event in which this modular strobe / blinder / pixel fixture had been used in such large numbers
"The presence of a large stage was definitely the most striking visual innovation on the Open Air Floor," confirms Thomas Gerdon. "We absolutely did not want a proscenium 'peep-show’ style stage, which is why we worked a lot with broken-up LED surfaces to create vitality and variability."
The most important and most striking design element was the KNV Cube. 32 fixtures, placed in blocks of two on top of each other, were installed on the stage, and their flexibility of control was th

knightsElite Multimedia backs Nashville Knights
Thursday, 8 November 2018

USA - As part of the LA-based Legends Football League, the Nashville Knights are a 7-on-7, tackle football team that incorporated into the league in 2018. Playing their inaugural season in the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, the Knights wanted to offer an in-game experience that would create a lasting connection with their fans.
Needing to supplement the production gear inside the multi-purpose event venue, the Knights worked with Elite Multimedia Productions who oversaw a complete game-day audio, video and lighting design.
“We try to design our in-game experience to be similar to what they do in the NFL to heighten the experience for our fans and provide a deeper connection to the action on the field,” says Candice Leisengang, operations manager. “When we started looking for production companies, we really needed someone who had the ability to do live audio, camera’s and video screens, plus we needed to implement an instant replay system. The Elite Multimedia team, led by Harry Shaub, was absolutely incredible and they really helped us walk through all the possibilities.”
“Our initial concept for the video portion of the production design was to have the screens hanging above the field, almost like a hockey rink,” says ToniAnn Santana. “As we started working with Elite Multimedia Productions, we decided to place the screens in the end zone so that everyone in the arena would be able to see the high-definition 4K video. Harry really took the time to educate us on the technical side, and it looked great.”
With the LED video d

jonnygoodwilliebrightonsoundsystemsq-6Allen & Heath spec’d for Tate Modern
Thursday, 8 November 2018

UK - Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall recently saw an Allen & Heath SQ-6 digital mixer installed to deliver the audio content of a significant work by Cuban artist and activist Tania Bruguera.
The piece (the title of which is an ever-increasing figure reflecting the number of people who migrated from one country to another last year, added to by the number of migrant deaths recorded so far this year) involves both a large heat-sensitive floor and sound design by electronic artist Steve Goodman (Kode9).
By using body heat and working with other visitors, a hidden portrait of Yousef - a young Syrian who left his home country to travel to London - is revealed beneath the floor while low-frequency sounds fill the space with an unsettling energy. In a small room nearby an organic compound in the air induces tears and provokes what Bruguera describes as “forced empathy”.
Charged with providing audio solutions for the challenging installation was Brighton Sound System’s Jonny Goodwillie, whose involvement both with Kode9 and Tate Britain goes back to Goodman’s Audint project in 2015.
“The idea behind the sound design was to make people feel uncomfortable, for them to not be entirely sure what they were hearing, especially before the bass array is seen,” he begins. “Steve wanted to be able to produce frequencies from 30hz to 100hz, which is the range of the system in there. There’s no mid/tops at all, it’s 100% twin driver subs.” We specified our Traction Sound Raptor bass array which is made up of Torgos (218s) and Harpia (221s),

polsat-esports-studio1-wElation lights Polsat e-sports studio
Thursday, 8 November 2018

Poland - Design and installation company ARAM has outfitted a new e-sports studio in Poland with a flexible Elation lighting system. The studio, at Polsat television in Warsaw, is equipped with the latest in studio-optimised LED luminaires designed to provide players and viewers with the best e-sports experience, whether watching the event on TV, online or in person.
The custom Elation lighting solution includes everything from dynamic white-light LED array panels and high-quality white light ellipsoidal spots to full-colour batten, par and LED moving head luminaires that deliver a wider spectrum of chromatic and effect options. Incorporated in the rig are some of Elation's newest luminaires, including Artiste series LED moving heads.
As one of the few technical production companies specialised in e-sports, ARAM has stood behind the design and technical production of some of the largest e-sports shows in the world, experience that has given them unique insight into how an e-sports project should be tailored and delivered. “E-sports is an industry with a particular set of needs and requires different show formatting,” states ARAM co-owner Rafał Mrzygłocki. “Although the type of lighting required is generally the same as any other television studio - generally high quality white light - player lighting was also a factor to consider, meaning we had to be careful not to obstruct the players’ vision or interfere with their communication. As for the audience, they must be able to enjoy the action inside the game.”
The Polsat studio was comple

vista-3-by-chroma-q-cliff-richard-60th-anniversary-rah-shows-wVista 3 joins Cliff Richard anniversary shows
Thursday, 8 November 2018

UK - Lighting designer Derek Jones utilised Chroma-Q’s Vista 3 lighting and media control system to deliver his lighting design for Sir Cliff Richard's recent tour celebrating 60 years in music.
With a career spanning 103 album releases, 123 single hits and the equivalent of 20 years spent in the UK charts, the 58-18=60th The Tour saw Sir Cliff play his greatest hits across six decades in some of the UK and Ireland's leading concert halls, including two nights at the Royal Albert Hall.
As a Vista user for nearly a decade, Jones was keen to utilise the next generation capabilities of the Vista 3 software for his show design.
He comments: "I've been using Vista for nearly a decade now and have seen its evolution. As an LD I've always found it very intuitive and simple to use, so I was really excited to switch to Vista 3 and, after trying it out with success, was totally comfortable using it on a major tour such as this."
With Richard's music being presented as a 20-minute section for each decade in chronological order, Jones’ design incorporated a mixture of traditional and high-tech show elements to faithfully recreate the stage lighting of each period - giving the shows a nostalgic feel of stepping back in time to each actual music era.
The '50s and '60s sections featured stripped back lighting with no movement or textures and a paler colour palette. Moving lights were introduced during the '80s, and by the '00s the show featured a full moving lighting rig.
The rig included MAC Auras providing band key lighting and ful

joburg-wJoburg Theatre adds Robe Robin 800s
Thursday, 8 November 2018

South Africa - Johannesburg’s Joburg Theatre has taken delivery of 10 Robe Robin 800 LEDWash units, supplied through DWR. The new lighting fixtures will complement vibrant productions being staged over the festive season including Snow White the fairest Panto in All the Land!, Helen O’Grady, Sati - Shivas Beloved and Mukokoli Live DVD recording.
“There has been no looking back since the theatre first started investing in Robin 800 LEDWash a few years ago," says Enos Ramoroko, technical manager at the theatre. "They have really worked well for us and we are pleased to now have 34 units in total." 
"The Robins really are the work horses of the industry and for the theatre to have added more 800s to their stock is a game changer," says Kevin Stannett from DWR. "I would like to thank Enos and the Joburg Theatre for your valued support, and to all South Africans, keep supporting the arts."
(Jim Evans)


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