Germany - Lux Partum (Emission of Light) was a sculpted interactive lighting installation and live stream staged at the Motorwerk event space in Berlin, created by lighting and show designer Chris Moylan and his team.
This comprised Lars Musasch, Andreas Schindler, and Matthias Schöffmann together with DJ and music producer Paul van Dyk who composed a special soundtrack and played a three-hour live concert during the first weekend.
The work utilised 54 x Robe moving lights including MegaPointes, Pointes plus Tetra2 moving LED battens which were installed in the venue with LED screen elements, and all rigged, programmed and set up to be accessed by the public via the https://lighting.stream website and ‘played’ in real-time.
By the end of the 10-day run, over 43,000 visitors from 94 countries had engaged with the art work in 6.355 registered sessions utilising lighting.stream’s bespoke user interface technology. They chose over 200.000 different combinations of lighting / video which were viewed over 528,404 minutes of activity.
Visitors could select the colour and patterns of the lighting and video effects as they played out to the music track, changing at pre-determined points to keep the groove flowing harmoniously.
Running over two weekends and the intervening week, Paul van Dyk played a three-hour live set at the Motorwerk on the first Sunday night, enabling his massive fanbase to tune into the stream and be part of making the concert visuals look spectacular – each visitor to the site having a three-minute sl
Germany - Club culture continues to thrive in Germany even amidst the COVID-19 lockdown. The country’s world-famous night spots may be closed to the public, but they are still reaching out to clubbers thanks to United We Stream.
Run in alliance with ARTE Concert, United We Stream hosts a series of online shows from event organizers and artists that showcase the rich diversity of German club culture. In addition to streaming live DJ sets, live music and other performances, the initiative serves as a platform for discussion sessions, presentations and club culture-oriented films.
The alliance was started to support Berlin’s club culture and expanded internationally. Hamburg was the first city outside of Berlin. It was here that Koyo, the designer behind many Hamburg’s well-known clubs, a group that includes Uebel & Gefährlich, a venue located in an old-World War II bunker, where the livestream show took place.
Aiding Koyo in her endeavour was a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures. Key among them were 12 ÉPIX Strip IP linear units. “It it was important to be able to show a very different image with every content, which is what our VJ Mateo did with the ÉPIX Strips,” said Koyo. “They are a still fixture of course, but we made them look flexible and moving by having them floating behind the DJ playing.”
“The ÉPIX fixtures have a truly beautiful dimming curve which made it possible to have them visually in the dark, making them look like they were floating in the middle of the huge space,” continued Koyo. “The cre
USA - The largest cast iron statue in the world shines brightly over Birmingham, Alabama, thanks to lighting design by Schuler Shook and lighting design revisions, control system design, and programming by Marc Brickman and Tactical Manoeuvre, Inc. The essence of the 56-foot Vulcan statue overlooking the city is the 124-foot pedestal on which it stands, highlighted and enhanced with seven Solaris Flare IP HR dual-head outdoor fixtures.
Lighting for the project was provided by 4Wall Nashville. “The Flare IPs have an incredible amount of firepower and are killer bright,” says 4Wall account executive, Damon Herbert. “We used the dual-head version of the Flare IP outdoor lights, with narrow 8-degree lenses for maximum throw.”
Damon adds, “At night, the statue can be seen for miles and Tactical Manoeuvre’s programming is exquisite. Over two years in development, the clients are extremely happy with the results. Flares make us look good.”
Schuler Shook worked with the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham to develop concepts for re-energising Vulcan’s presence over Birmingham through a dynamic use of light. The statue’s inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places led the team to design fixture mounting locations concealed around the base of the pedestal and on tall poles strategically placed around the park.
Tactical Manoeuvre (TactMan) was brought on to the Vulcan project toward the end of the design and construction process. After viewing the proposals for programming services from several other companies, Wayne Gillis of t
Poland - Founded in 2012, Media Service is one of the most dynamically developing companies in Poland’s event technology market. Whilst still relatively young, the company has been able to solidify its strong position in the industry and earn the trust of its customers thanks to a skilled team and first-class product portfolio, which includes Syva loudspeaker system among other sound products from L-Acoustics.
Bartosz Kordas, the founder and CEO at Media Service, explains how the company has managed to achieve such impressive results. “Our story began with the purchase of an L-Acoustics sound system back in 2012,” says Kordas. “I have always had a passion for collecting high quality AV equipment, and this has steadily translated into acquiring lighting, multimedia and, most recently, stage decoration solutions. As is usually the case, the first steps were difficult and slightly uncertain, but each subsequent step seemed to be easier and naturally complemented the range of services we offered.”
Now in its eighth year, the Media Service team consists of 60 individuals, among them Karolina Piątek and Tomasz Stykowski, who are both part of the management board. The company has a large 1500sq.m warehouse (including 750sq.m for Studio 360º equipped with L-Acoustics X5 and X8 speakers) as well as an office in Sokołów near Warsaw, a service centre, a studio and a team of highly skilled specialists.
Whilst making its purchasing decisions, the team had to choose their equipment carefully in order to stay competitive. “I knew from the very begi
USA - With over 3,000 students, nearly 1,000 of which are in seminary, Andrews University is the flagship institution in the expansive Seventh-day Adventist school system. It is located in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
Pioneer Memorial Church is situated on the Andrews University campus and serves a vital role in the school’s spiritual and social life. Its congregants are diverse, young, and fired up. Global technology solutions provider, New Era Technology (Mishawaka-branch), recently revitalised the sound reinforcement in the church with Danley Sound Labs SBH10 and SBH20 columnar loudspeakers, Danley TH212 tapped-horn subwoofers, and Danley DNA amplifiers with integrated DSP using Danley model pre-sets.
The audio engineering experts at New Era Technology discovered Pioneer’s old system was sorely lacking evenness and coverage. “It was a cluster of units placed 50ft up in the air, at the top of the sanctuary’s large A-frame ceiling,” explains Paul Black, account executive with New Era Technology. “Not everyone could clearly hear what was going on, and the system lacked overall intelligibility. The frequency response was limited.”
In short, Pioneer Memorial Church needed smooth, even coverage across an expanse of pews capable of accommodating approximately 1,000 people. That includes a loft section at the back of the sanctuary and the pews below it.
“When we saw that Pioneer Memorial Church had requested an RFP for Danley Sound Labs, we knew they had done their homework,” Black says.
“Every aspect of a Danley box and th
Denmark/USA - Everything from broadcasts, webinars, classes and interviews to worship sermons, theatrical performances and musical concerts are now being streamed to (and from) living rooms. As a result, production organisers are quickly developing new ways to provide valuable replacements for everyday communication and entertainment. In light of these latest trends, DPA Microphones has seen a rapid surge in popularity for its MMA-A Digital Audio Interface.
Touted as a “sound engineer in your pocket”, DPA’s MMA-A pre-amp was designed for live and mobile productions. In recent weeks, this has expanded to those working from home due to social distancing. Compatible with any iOS device, Mac or PC computer, the MMA-A, combined with any DPA microphone, can broadcast and record crystal clear audio to, and from, anywhere in the world.
An exclusive DPA app, available for download from the Apple App store, provides specialised functionalities. This includes the ability to store gain settings and low-cut filters for ongoing and future personalized use in dedicated pre-sets. The simple-to-use device can also be used in an app-independent format with existing recording programs on a Mac or PC, making it easily adaptable to any streaming, broadcasting or recording application.
“I love adapting to the different ways people consume music,” says singer Marc Martel, the voice of Freddy Mercury in 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody, who uses the device with DPA’s 4099 Instrument and 6061 Subminiature Mics. “I shouldn’t have to sacrifice good audio w
South Africa - The first South Africa and Ghana editions of the hit TV game show Family Feud brought to SA and produced by Rapid Blue were recorded in December & January at the Urban Brew Studios in Johannesburg, with lighting designed by Joshua Cutts and supplied by Blond Productions, including 12 Robe Esprite LED profiles newly purchased by Blond and making their African TV production debut.
The popular American Family Feud show has been syndicated worldwide to over 50 different countries and is one of the longest-running and most popular TV games shows, having started in 1976. Since 2010, it’s been hosted successfully by Steve Harvey.
Blond Productions, based in Midrand, is a busy South African rental company specialising in supplying lighting, video and audio production to the television, film and commercial sectors.
They asked Josh to come onboard working with Mauritz Neethling as his associate LD and collaborated on a joint pitch with scenic specialist Dream Sets and set designer Michael Gill to present a full technical / creative package to Rapid Blue.
Once their bid was selected, a collective decision was made to use the Esprites which arrived just in time from Robe’s SA distributor DWR to make the show for which lighting was programmed and operated by Ryan Lombard, who also designed the lighting system.
Some basic style guidelines from the American show were applied to the lighting and Josh also drew inspiration from previous iterations as a formula that had worked well over the years, which included keepin
UK - Phil Wright has enjoyed a 25-year career in the pro audio industry, specialising as a live sound designer and mix engineer for large scale classical, concert, broadcast, dance, cinema and operatic productions.
Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he spent the early part of his career at Sound by Design, during which time he handled the Royal Albert Hall in-house sound contract, including taking responsibility for the BBC Proms live requirements.
In 2012, Phil went freelance, creating Phil Wright Sound Limited and has since worked on a very wide range of projects. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been keenly felt throughout the industry, but creative solutions for audio conundrums are never far from Phil’s mind, as was the case recently when his friend Jaap Pronk of TM Audio in the Netherlands, reached out for help.
At the beginning of this year, British-Jamaican soul singer Celeste won BBC Music’s Sound of 2020. The annual award is given to artists tipped to be successful during the year and its previous recipients include Adele, Haim and Ellie Goulding.
For Celeste, whilst lockdown has meant the suspension of live concerts, it hasn’t meant withdrawing from the public eye. The artist and her management team have found creative ways to stay in touch with her growing audience. As well as broadcasting via social media platforms, she is in demand for radio and TV appearances, which is where Phil Wright enters the story...
Phil became involved when Dutch national radio station 3FM was seeking an audio solutio
USA - North American Spanish-language television network Univision has been working with Orlando-based Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) to handle their production and broadcast wireless needs for more than 20 years.
“I started working with Professional Wireless when James Stoffo first started out and was lugging around gear in cardboard boxes,” explains Mike Karsch, Univision technical manage for events. “They have been my go-to wireless services partner for large and small broadcast events ever since.”
The list of annual projects is long starting off with PWS providing RF coordination, products and services for Premio Lo Nuestro, the awards show established by the network to honour the previous year's top artists in Latin music followed by Premios Juventud, a viewer-decided awards show honouring Hispanics and Latinos in film, music, sports, fashion and pop culture. They have been onsite for the Latin Grammy Awards since Univision became the Latin Recording Academy’s network of choice in 2005.
“We rely upon Professional Wireless to provide wireless coordination and gear along with a team of extremely talented individuals to assist with all of these events and more,” adds Karsch. “I also work with them when making decisions about purchasing new gear to ensure our internal needs are met. If I am in New York City and need a tech with a couple of wireless microphones last minute? I know I can call Professional Wireless and they take care of me. They’re national in their scope, which is another terrific advantage
USA - New York City house and EDM DJs come to Norwalk,Connecticut’s ARC Sound Stage and Lighting three times a week to perform livestream shows as part of ARC Live.
“We are big on using art to touch the lives of people in a positive way,” says Gene Morrell, owner of ARC. “This is why we are always eager to get involved in community art projects, whether it’s putting on block parties or commissioning local artists for graffiti – and it’s why we do the livestreams.”
Morrell and his team got the idea to produce their thrice-weekly live streams “about 10 seconds” after the government’s lockdown order went into effect. “We couldn’t sit idly by,” he recalls. “So, we had to do something to express ourselves.”
Once this decision was made, the details for ARC Live fell neatly into place. First was the question of finding a location for the livestreams. ARC is located right next door to the historic Wall Street Theatre (built in 1915), which the production company installed sound and lights in as part of a recent renovation. With the theatre’s regular programming on hold because of the lockdown, its owners agreed to lease the venue to ARC for livestreamed shows.
Next was the question of talent for the livestreams. With about 90-percent of ARC’s business coming from Manhattan, the company has deep roots in the New York entertainment world. ARC lists Madison Square Garden, Disney Theatrical Group and NBC Sports as clients, while Morrell and his team members Dylan Scott and John Ospina, are L
USA - As online resources become a more important part of today’s workflow, Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has users covered with its education-based website. Located at www.education.eaw.com, customers can find detailed training, tutorials, FAQ’s and knowledge-based support twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.
“The goal of the EAW Education site is to empower the pro audio industry by providing the information necessary to understand, operate and design EAW sound systems,” says EAW president, T.J. Smith.
EAW’s training section allows audio pros to stay up-to-date with the latest EAW technology. The section features the Intro to ADAPTive Training series, which prepares individuals for the level 1 certification test. Level 1 certification means users are well versed in the basics of ADAPTive technology and system deployment.
EAW’s Tutorials section offers step-by-step video walkthroughs of EAW products and software including its Resolution software, ADAPTive Systems, EAWmosaic and RADIUS. The tutorials include system design, setup and startup, coverage explanation, going online and exporting settings.
EAW’s ‘Knowledge Base’ section is where visitors can find information and frequently asked questions on all EAW product lines.
Austria - New online showcase, StreamAustria is helping Austrian fans to get their live music fix in isolation, with a little support from Allen & Heath’s dLive mixing systems.
Broadcast via Twitch from the chic Gӧsserhalle venue, a former beer warehouse in downtown Vienna, StreamAustria has hosted several live music performances and interviews each week since early April, including sets from Ina Regen, Josh, Nathan Trent and Wiener Wahnsinn. StreamAustria is a not-for-profit venture, with all donations from viewers going to the bands’ chosen charities.
The audio setup for StreamAustria was devised by co-founder, Richard Redl, whose day job is head of sound with leading live events specialist, Habegger. The main broadcast mix system is centred on a dLive S5000 surface, operated by Richard, which shares a DM32 MixRack in multi-surface mode over gigaACE with monitor engineer, Felix Zwerger’s C3500.
A DX32 expander is used for video feeds, with a further DX32 onstage, fitted with the new Prime Input 8-channel preamps and Prime Output premium output modules. A Dante card is fitted in the S5000 surface for multitrack recording, and another in the DM32 for integration with Shure QLX-D wireless mics. All equipment has been supplied from Habegger’s rental inventory, with the exception of the Prime modules, which are on loan for evaluation from Allen & Heath’s Austrian distributor, ATEC.
Richard makes extensive use of dLive’s Deep processing, as he explains, “I was the first dLive user in Austria and I still love the flexibility
UK - Sound designers for Beautiful: the Carole King Musical deployed a Harman Professional Solutions audio system.
The 2020 U.K. production features an eight-member pit orchestra to back up the cast, plus live piano performed by Daisy-Wood Davis, who plays the role of King.
To faithfully reproduce the timeless music of King in a musical theatre context, the show’s producers hired sound designer Brian Ronan and associate sound designer Tony Gayle to design a world-class touring sound system. In charge of specifying equipment for the tour, Gayle selected JBL Professional VTX A-Series loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, AKG microphones and BSS DI boxes.
“The biggest challenge was reproducing the beautiful orchestrations that were written for the show, the details of the instrumentation and the vocals,” said Gayle. “Anyone can put speakers up, put up a microphone, put it through a mixer and make it louder. Making sure you replicate what is actually being played and what's being said is the biggest challenge - keeping true to the material.”
In the spirit of staying true to King’s work, Gayle specified a JBL line array system composed of 34 VTX A8 loudspeakers and six VTX B18 subwoofers for powerful, detailed sound. An improved Radiation Boundary Integrator (RBI) waveguide gives the VTX A8 broad 110-degree horizontal dispersion to reach the entire audience.
The JBL VTX B18 subwoofers give the system powerful low-end with double-flared Slip Stream ports for minimal distortion and turbulence. Gayle specified the subwoofers to be
UK - Full technical production specialist CPL lit two landmark buildings in central Coventry to commemorate International Nurses Day and the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The action also recognised the central role the nursing profession has played worldwide in fighting the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and the World Health Organisation which has designated 2020 as International Year of the Nurse.
CPL was working for Coventry 2021, the organising committee planning and overseeing events for the upcoming UK City of Culture year.
The lit buildings were the original St Michael’s Cathedral and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.
The original St Michael’s was built in the 14th century and severely bombed in the Second World War. The original spire is still intact, and the building’s haunting shell is still considered one of the most beautiful and elegant ruins in England. The Herbert is just across the road and also serves as a records archive, learning centre, media studio and creative arts facility.
CPL’s Lee Gruszeckyj project managed and ensured that his crew observed strict social distancing whilst setting up all the kit. Challenges included a short timescale, no site visits or reccies and no face-to-face meetings with the Coventry 2021 team ahead of time, under the current Covid-19 regulations.
Lee used his skill, experience and knowledge to make some educated guesses as to what kit would be best for lighting the Cathedral and the Herbert’s 500sq.m contemporary glass-covered court extension, an addition
USA - From a base in producing both original music and remixes a decade ago, Canadian electronic music duo Zeds Dead branched out to explore a range of genres including UK garage, electro house, hip-hop, drum and bass and more.
Now a staple on the international touring circuit, such diversity poses many challenges for the lighting team, led by production designer Erik Mahowald (of Bending Lite Productions).
Recently, they have been headlining package tours for their record label Deadbeats, a series of ‘one-off’ formatted shows in a varied combination of festival stage ‘takeovers’ and standard concert venue applications at venues ranging from 5,000-50,000 capacities. This demand on scalability, and the random nature of the shows, creates further challenges for Mahowald. GLP fixtures provided the necessary versatility.
“The design was originally debuted at Red Rocks Amphitheatre [Denver] which consisted of 50 GLP JDC1 fixtures, while GLP impression FR10 Bars were introduced very recently at our Aragon Ballroom [Chicago] and Masonic Temple [Detroit] shows,” he says. Lighting inventory for both these shows was provided by Chicago-based LEC - LIVE Entertainment Chicago.
Bending Lite has been working with Zeds Dead since 2017, and has created two production designs for Deadbeats shows. “This is our first tour with them, and we also handle all programming.” The latter is in the hands of Davis Alexander.
They were first introduced to Zeds Dead by production manager Daniel Ostroff, who asked them to assist on larger production app
Europe - When COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the remaining dates of Machine Head’s Burn My Eyes European tour, the band were still able to reach its loyal fans by making video-recorded shows available on a subscription basis via Nugs.net.
Niklas Fuchs of MartinKames.com ran the tour’s intense but highly nuanced lightshows, which used between six and 10 universes, on his ChamSys MQ100 Pro 2014 with an Extra Wing. “The two months we spent on tour were very memorable,” said Fuchs. “Each show was over three hours and our show file consisted of 314 fixtures.
“A special thing about this tour is that three different designers contributed to the look, Thomas 'Church' Christmann, Martin Kames the head of our company, and myself. Each of us had his own creativity flowing.
“Robb Flynn and Machine Head are very interested in a complex and sophisticated show. They want the lights to be 100-percent on time, lighting up the right person at the right time. Our lighting needs to be calm and slow when the song is kind of soft and then be super punchy and hard when the song is more aggressive. Robb spends a lot of time with the touring LD to get every bit of the lightshow perfectly synced to the actions happening on stage, making the lightshows pieces of art.”
The MagicQ’s robust cue stack control on ten different playback faders made it easier for Fuchs to manage the intricately complex Machine Head show. He was also aided by the desk’s intuitive easy-to-navigate layout.
“Speed and responsiveness were of paramount importa
UK/France - Assistive listening specialists Contacta Systems has announced an exclusive distribution partnership with French manufacturer and distributor of evacuation, voice alarm and PA systems, Archean Technologies.
The deal will introduce the complete Contacta range of hearing loops, RF, IR and speech transfer systems to Archean’s customers in France.
Archean Technologies, with offices in Paris, Montauban and Lisbon, has over 15-year history of manufacturing, installing and supplying key sectors in France. The company specialises in supplying customers and projects in the transport and public sectors throughout France.
Archean managing director Xavier Aumont comments: “We have always seen our supplier partnerships as a key foundation of our business. Some of our partnerships span 15 years so we select our brands carefully. Contacta’s product range is some of the best we have seen, offering a variety of technologies, which was attractive for us.
“With new accessibility legislation being launched we wanted to have the product range to supply the growing demand from our customers, whilst ensuring we have the resources available to be successful with Contacta.”
Meanwhile, Kent-based Contacta Systems has 50 years’ experience in developing assistive technology solutions for direct clients and distributors.
Shelley Rolfe, head of UK sales and service at Contacta, comments: “We are excited to be working with Archean Technologies. France is a strategic market for us, we did have some presence in this market already but wit
USA - The Westside Theatre, one of the last remaining commercial Off-Broadway spaces left in New York City, has had an impressive line-up of productions on its marquee over the years, including a 12-year run of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, a show that lighting designer Bradley King remembers seeing as a child.
King, known for his work on Natasha, Pierre, and Hadestown, for which he won Tony and Drama Desk Awards for lighting in 2017 and 2019 respectively, was back at Westside last autumn, this time designing the lighting for the highly anticipated return to Off-Broadway of Little Shop of Horrors.
Little Shop of Horrors premiered Off-Broadway in 1982. The intimate new production at Westside opened at the venue’s 270-seat upstairs stage on 17 October and ran until mid-March when Broadway went dark due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His first time working at the venue, two of King’s principal luminaires used on the production come from Elation Professional’s Artiste series of theatrical-grade moving heads.
“John Dunn [Elation national sales manager] gave me a demo of the Artiste Monet last spring, and I was impressed by a number of the features, principally the output and the secondary RGB colour flags,” King states. “At that point, the Monet was so new that we couldn't quite get enough to fill out the needs of the show, so he offered the Picasso as a supplement. I'm glad he did because the Picasso is almost a better fit in the space since the theatre's so small.”
Sweden - Game shows have been a staple of worldwide TV entertainment for decades. More than 60 years after the first game show appeared on American TV, audiences and contestants are still as enthusiastic as ever to participate in and consume every kind of format.
Recognising the passion that the public has for this type of entertainment, On Air opened its first game show bar in Stockholm, replicating the TV experience for groups of friends and colleagues in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. The concept was successful and after a second On Air opened in the capital, Pitcher’s, a multi-activity entertainments hub in the Swedish City of Örebo, opened the first On Air franchise.
Pitcher’s features a number of attractions including bowling, shuffleboard, arcades and a casino, and the opening of On Air has seen part of its extensive ground floor area carefully engineered to resemble a TV studio game show set. In the few months since its opening, On Air has become a massive hit with its customers, attracting huge numbers and out-performing all expectations. Fundamental to this success, according to head of sales, Patrick Haginge, was ensuring that every technical and aesthetic aspect of the ‘studio’ was of the highest standard.
“When we started On Air here, we said ‘if we’re going to do this, it must be perfect.’ To create a total experience we needed everything to be right - that’s why people keep coming back,” says Haginge. “It’s just so, so much fun because of the way that every element works together.”
Technical manager Chris
USA - Fantasia Barrino won the third season of American Idol in 2004, standing out from some tough competition, and has since established herself as an R&B singer in the front ranks.
A Grammy Award winner for Best Female Vocal Performance on her single Bittersweet, Fantasia has sold almost three million albums in her native USA alone. During a career that has produced seven albums, she has starred on Broadway twice, receiving a Theatre World Award for her part as Celie in the Color Purple. On her recent Sketchbook Tour, this consummate performer demonstrated that she remains a force to be reckoned with, wowing audiences and critics alike with exceptional vocals and a stage presence to match. Writing in The Buffalo Times, Ben Siegel described a “riveting” performance “in full command of her production.”
Part of that production for the 29-date tour was an ultra-compact Coda Audio AiRAY system, supplied by production specialist Solotech.
Lee Moro, VP, Live Productions USA for Solotech and production lead for the Fantasia tour, comments: “We were one of a first companies in the North American touring market to recognise from the outset the great advantages offered by Coda systems. We’ve deployed AiRAY very successfully on a number of occasions including Corey Hart’s very well-received comeback arena tour of Canada, last year. Front of house engineer on that tour, Gary Stokes, rated the system very highly indeed.”
FOH engineer for Fantasia, Gordon Mack (Lionel Ritchie, John Legend, Madonna, Justin Bieber) also enjoyed his first
USA - For 11 years, country music lovers in the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, have gathered for the KNIX BBQ and Beer Festival, enjoying on stage performances, along with things like a petting zoo, games and popular food pits. With this year’s live event postponed, HDE Agency, its organiser, has moved the festival online with a series of five livestreamed Saturday shows.
They don’t have a petting zoo (viewers will have to rely on their own dogs and cats for that), and they’re not cooking up any finger licking good treats, but the livestreams are offering generous servings of country music. Supporting these performances are a John Garberson-designed lightshow that features Chauvet Professional Maverick and Rogue fixtures supplied by Creative BackStage. (Pro Production provided the audio.)
Taking place on a temporary stage in a converted studio in the Creative Backstage warehouse, the livestreams do not attempt to replicate the look of a festival. Instead, they aim for a laid back “at home feel”. Although large enough to allow safe social distancing, the stage is relatively small - and the show’s video engineer TJ Watson, along with the two camera operators, Jamie Rivera and Wes Webb, keep their angles tight and neat.
“We treat livestream shows as their own medium, not scaled down versions of a festival stage,” comments lighting designer Garberson, who also directed the video shoot. “We want to create a sense of engagement with the viewer, regardless of the size screen they’re watching this on.”
Despite any limitations in sta
UK - Global Infusion Group’s catering divisions GIG and Eat to the Beat are usually in action at venues, TV studios and event sites all over the world feeding the stars. With theatres, arenas and convention centres closed and concerts, sporting events, festivals, conferences, live performances and filming on hold due to the coronavrus pandemic, the award winning company has quickly adapted its operations to deliver catering to the NHS and other keyworkers on the frontline during this extraordinary time.
Working together, GIG and Eat to the Beat have been catering for 15 NHS and key workers sites across Buckinghamshire. This includes two hospitals, outreach sites and the IT department, delivering between five and 200 meals per day, Monday to Friday, with a top up on Fridays to ensure people have access to food across the weekend. In addition, GIG and Eat to the Beat supported the contractors responsible for building the Dragon Heart temporary hospital built at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Having seen the work that NHS staff and keyworkers are doing first-hand, the company was keen to recognise their efforts. Last week, residents in Chesham, where the company has its headquarters, were asked to nominate 250 NHS staff, carers and keyworkers in the town to receive a large slice of Rainbow cake on Thursday 7 May. This was delivered, all at a social distance, following the Clap for our Carers. This was then extended to 100 veterans and deserving elders who received a cream tea on Friday 8 May as part of the company’s VE Day 75 celebrations.
USA - Emmy Award-winning camera operator George Prince III has worked on his fair share of high-profile events. With credits including the Oscars, American Idol and the Superbowl, plus a whole host more, he has proven himself in some of the most watched and most demanding live productions. Clear communication has been vital to the success he has experienced, and this is aided by his use of Point Source Audio’s CM-i5 in-ear intercom headset.
“When I first became a camera operator, an engineer gave me a headset and said, ‘don’t lose it, it’s like a plumber showing up without a wrench’. That stuck with me, so I have always had my own headset,” recalls Prince. While initially owning his own equipment was due to good practice, this choice has become even more important in the current climate. “The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted that you should have your own headset for hygiene and personal safety reasons,” states Prince.
With the headset being a crucial tool for Prince, the decision to invest in a new model was not taken lightly. The camera operator sampled many different options before selecting the Point Source Audio solution and there were a number of reasons why he opted for the CM-i5. “I looked at a variety of low-profile headsets, but I found that changing the in-ears was easiest with CM-i5,” he explains. “Other factors, such as its lightweight design and the small microphone were also important for me.”
Having put the headset through its paces on several productions, Prince has been impressed with the way it
Japan - CÉ LA VI is a new luxury dining, bar and club lounge complex spread across the 17th and 18th rooftop floors of the revamped Tokyu Plaza Shibuya Fukuras shopping mall.
The CÉ LA VI marque is already well known as the top floor bar of Singapore's five-star hotel, Marina Bay Sands, and CÉ LA VI Tokyo has now opened as the first concept-imported restaurant in Japan for such a global brand.
A number of Martin Audio’s specialist ranges were specified by Shintaro Dobashi, director of the company Enter Sandman, who was in charge of the audio design. He explained, “The customer’s request was to connect all three sections of the venue; to create a restaurant that could be used commercially or privately - to make it ideal for a cool Tokyo clientele, and a place that lived up to the reputation of the CÉ LA VI brand.
“From the outset, we aimed at something with high design, excellent stability and operability while maintaining optimum quality. As this is a restaurant, not all staff are familiar with audio equipment, and so we embarked on the project with the aim of building an audio set up that is easy and reliable to use by anyone.”
The Place takes up two floors of Shibuya Fukuras, and is divided into three luxury areas. On the 17th floor, there is a lounge / night club and a casual dining café bar. Finally, a fine restaurant is situated on the 18th floor.
The entire Club Lounge floor is dominated by various Martin Audio loudspeakers. They consist of THV and SXH218 for the main system, with CDD15 and SXF115 for side fills, LE1