Europe - Canadian industrial band Skinny Puppy might not be mainstream airplay but the band has been around for decades and is currently touring Europe beneath an intelligent lighting rig that includes Elation Professional ACL 360 Bar effect lights and SixBar 1000 LED colour-changing battens.
Pioneers of the electro-industrial genre, Skinny Puppy, known for their theatrical and sometimes controversial live performances, enjoys a dedicated following and has charted in both North America and Europe. They have just completed the European leg of their Down the Sociopath tour.
Lighting has been designed and is under the direction of Eric Price (Thrice, Underoath, Bayside), who, although working with the group for the first time, has meshed with the band to create a design that complements the band’s complex and layered sound.
“For the Skinny Puppy design, everything needed to be angular since they wanted to incorporate a triangle projection screen right in the centre of the stage,” Price says of the design, describing his overall approach as ‘textured’. “I try to put a lot of emphasis on visual depth and maximize what is available on a day to day basis at venues.”
Price says that initially he was using the ACL 360 Bar RGBW moving bar effects as a “third level” ancillary fixture. “But once the band and myself saw them on stage, everyone got ideas for ways to make them more of a focus over the course of the show,” he said. “I'm able to mimic the shape of the projection screen while also creating windows of negative space, so y
Iberia - For Ricky Martin’s monitor engineer, Steve May, DiGiCo consoles hold two big advantages: their I/O capacity - which means he never worries about running out of inputs or outputs - and the ability to switch seamlessly between consoles in the range. Both have made life easier as he and Front of House engineer Chris ‘Privet’ Hedge travel round Spain and Portugal on the current leg of Ricky Martin’s tour.
The tour has taken in many of the major cities in Spain, including Madrid, Granada, Valencia, Seville, Barcelona, as well as the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, and finishes in Bilbao. Three rental companies are supplying equipment, with PRG Spain and Llusovi each handling six shows and Fluge two. The equipment inventory varies from company to company and although Steve specifies an SD7, depending on availability, he has used both this and an SD5 as his monitor console, whilst Privet has been able to use his preferred SD10 throughout.
“I’ve been using DiGiCo consoles pretty much continually for the past 10 years,” says Steve. “I like the way racks work, the sonic quality of the consoles and the way the inputs and outputs work - you can put channels anywhere you want to on the board.
“I originally specified the SD7 for Ricky because of the number of inputs and outputs it has available. As well as touring, he’s been a judge on the Spanish, Mexican and Australian versions of The Voice, so it’s really useful to have enough capacity to leave scope for guests on the show.
“There isn’t much rehearsal on this tour, so h
Bermuda - The America’s Cup sailing race is the oldest trophy in international sport, dating back to 1851. And for the 35th edition, presented by Louis Vuitton, the location was Bermuda, as the event moved to the iconic Great Sound.
Local Bermuda Broadcasting Company (BBC) was appointed as the official broadcast partner, and they responded by creating an advanced fibre network between the America’s Cup Village at the Royal Naval Dockyard, the transmission, editing and news gathering hub, and their own studio back at base.
They did this via a BroaMan advanced fibre network - this has not only enabled them to provide viewers and listeners with live coverage of all the racing over the five weeks via terrestrial TV and radio broadcasts over IP but also to feed its web and social media platforms. This has included taking video and commentaries out on the water, from helicopters overhead and on shore.
BBC constructed this by deploying a powerful pair of BroaMan Mux22 interfaces which connect the 35km distance between the two locations via a single duplex fibre. These hardware enablers allow them to provide connectivity of six video signals (4 HD-SDI In / 2-Out), 4 Line In / 4 Line Out, 4 GPIO (with IC444 board) plus a 100Mbit LAN switch, RS485 and 1Gb Ethernet.
Patrick Singleton, CEO of Bermuda Broadcasting, admits his company’s appointment by the America’s Cup organisers had forced a substantial upgrade at the station, including new TV and radio transmitters, high-speed fibre-optic systems and a fully digital workflow. “The America’s C
UK - WI has supplied staging, elevators and extensive automation elements to the Take That ‘Wonderland’ tour which kicked off at the Genting Arena, Birmingham.
The lively, colourful carnivalesque aesthetic is the vision of the band’s creative director Kim Gavin and the result of some serious creative and technical talents who have collaborated to bring action packed drama to a strong, highly entertaining performance by the band.
The WI team was led by Hans Willems and Koen Peeters and the company was asked on-board by production manager Chris Vaughan. They worked closely with production designer Ray Winkler for Stufish, scenic designer Misty Buckley, lighting designer Tim Routledge and video designer Alex Leinster to specify and construct the numerous custom elements.
To deal with the complex and rigorous health and safety aspects of the project WI brought in Cristiano Giavedoni of Blumano as the dedicated safety manager.
WI designed and built the 20m diameter circular stage for the in-the-round show from scratch. It is the first time the band has embraced this particular performance concept, which allows them to get close to their fans - and is wowing the crowds.
It is also the first time that WI has developed this specific circular staging system. As with all their constructions, it is designed for touring - to be built and de-rigged quickly and straightforwardly, and travelled expediently in a series of dollies which pack logically into the truck.
The understage space is optimised to provide quick-change facilities as wel
USA - Early June was rocking in Music City. The hometown Predators were selling out the Bridgestone arena for the Stanley Cup finals, and the Country Music Awards celebration was in full swing.
Although the city's hockey team came up a little short in its championship quest, the CMA festivities were all they were cranked up to be, as Nashville's downtown rang out with parties and festivals during the awards weekend.
Among the hottest CMA celebrations was the one at Piranha's, a 10,000sq.ft sports bar and music hall on Second Avenue, where 38 bands performed over three days, supported by a Jeff Hinton-designed lightshow that featured Chauvet DJ Intimidators.
Hinton used six Intimidator Beam LED 350 and six Intimidator Spot 255 IRC fixtures in his design for the Johnny B Enterprises-produced event. He flew his moving lights on two different levels of overhead truss and also positioned them behind the drum riser to engender a greater sense of depth of stage.
Having varied lighting positions also allowed him to meet the critical need for flexibility in his design. "A key challenge in this design was to keep my looks changing and interesting over a three-day 38-band festival," he said. "We did this in part by creating a lot of different light angles."
The gobo capabilities, built-in macros and wide zoom range of his fixtures also allowed Hinton to serve up an array of different looks that supported the varying musical styles of the artists on stage.
Beyond this flexibility, though, was the intense output that Hinton got from his Intim
UK - Symphotech has been entrusted to oversee health and safety and sound monitoring at Let's Rock - The Retro Festival as it heads to eight locations throughout the summer, June 2017.
Famed for its retro throwbacks and vintage fun, The Let’s Rock concert has already visited Cookham, Shrewsbury, Bristol and Leeds, heading onto Norwich, Exeter, Southampton and London. Organisers, UK Live, keen to take their responsibility seriously, brought in Symphotech to ensure the highest level of health and safety services and to make certain noise levels didn’t affect local residents.
UK Live first contracted Symphotech to oversee health and safety last year and following a successful run of the events, UK Live has continued this relationship and also brought in Symphotech’s noise monitoring team to ensure minimum disruption to the local area.
Symphotech’s legal and safety consultant Eddy Grant comments: “As event organisers, UK Live are qualified in event safety, however they have contracted us to ensure quality assurance. We work closely with their team to quality assure the safety documents, liaise onsite with crew and suppliers and ensure the local authorities are kept up to speed. We act like a principle contractor, managing the event on-site to ensure safety regulations are met.
“The UK Live team are great to work with and we have the confidence in them that what’s being done meets with good practice, however we’re there to respond if any incidents do occur or if safety plans need adapting. The event visits eight locations througho
UK - Liz Hobbs Group, one of the leading promoters and producers of concerts and events in the UK, has invested in a complete LED video wall system from the video division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET).
Liz Hobbs, who are promoting and producing tours and concerts by Tom Jones, Little Mix, Olly Murs, Craig David and Shane Filan this summer, started using the system at the first gig of the UB40 tour, which opened at Inverness‘ Northern Meeting Park in late May.
The 33sqm, IP65 rated ProLights AlphaPIX6T LED wall consists of 72 panels and was supplied with a full range of rigging, networking, control and ancillary equipment. It will provide the main stage backdrop for many of the shows this summer.
In addition to the LED wall itself, AC-ET supplied video transmission equipment including, Luminex GigaCore data switches, tvONE video switcher / scalers, Blackmagic smart Videohub and SDI / HDMI converters as well as the rack mounts to carry this equipment. Cables included both ArmourLux fibre and conventional video cables.
Rupert Doogan-Hobbs – production and operations director said: “We’ve got a really exciting and busy summer that’s taken a huge amount of planning and co-ordination - being able to rely on AC-ET to supply the whole system has been a bonus. Grant and Stuart from AC-ET have been great in helping us identify everything we needed for the system, not just the specialist video equipment – the wall itself, control and cabling - but also rigging accessories, hoists, flight cases and even the drapes and dra
UAE - Lighthouse Productions (LHP) from Dubai created a unique visual design for the Islamic Art Awards 2017, staged at the Abu Dhabi National Theatre. Organized by the UAE’s Ministry of Culture & Knowledge Department, the Awards - a poetry, calligraphy and ornamentation competition open to local and non-local poets from within and outside the UAE expressing themselves in classical and Nabati verse - is widely recognized as one of the most important Islamic Art events worldwide.
The LHP team was led by Terry Miranda. When it came to lighting, he and Adrian Guzman specified 80 x Robe luminaires to be right at the centre of the aesthetic.
LHP has successfully been awarded the contract to deliver the event for the last 11 years, chosen for their understanding and appreciation of Islamic art, design and history, parameters which have been evident in all the different designs throughout the years.
This year the visual theme was based around schematics. The team extensively researched classical and modern drawings, calligraphy and graphics, and assessed how they could present this physically in a stage design, also making an emotional connection between a place of worship and its architecture. The idea was that by removing the actual walls of a building and leaving an outline – theoretical or metaphorical – they could emphasise the importance of the human element in any given space.
Lighting was absolutely fundamental to the design. Following through the notion of schematic drawings, the set – a skyline of elegant arched buildings and
UK - The Beach Boys and Deacon Blue are two of the latest acts to utilise the Adamson E-Series and S-Series loudspeakers.
Adamson's UK partner The Warehouse Sound Services working with promoter LCC Live designed a substantial Adamson sound reinforcement system for Montrose Music Festival’s 10th Anniversary event last month. The three-day festival featured headline performances from The Beach Boys and Deacon Blue alongside a range of other artists.
LCC Live has worked in conjunction with MoFest since 2013 and has been responsible for bringing top musical acts to the town including Status Quo, Madness, Jools Holland and Bryan Adams.
Montrose Music Festival or MoFest as it has become affectionately known as takes place at the end of May each year in Montrose, Angus. It has become a much anticipated, annual event across Scotland. 10,000 fans packed out the festival for the event.
Deacon Blue returned to perform at MoFest on Friday for the first time since 2009 when they became the only headliner in MoFest history to play shows on two consecutive nights after the first gig sold out in less than two hours.
The Beach Boys thrilled on Sunday with hits such as Good Vibrations, Surfin USA, Sloop John B, and Wouldn’t It Be Nice.
Systems engineers Aidan Thomson and Graeme Brown from The Warehouse created the system design with Mike Kerr Production manager for LCC Live.
The festival featured full complement of Adamson E- and S-Series line array modules and subwoofers. The Warehouse used left right arrays m
USA - Describing Father John Misty’s recent shows as “concerts,” doesn’t quite do them justice. There’s plenty of good music on the artist’s current tour in support of his Billboard chart topping Pure Comedy album, but his engrossing and provocative performance is almost as theatrical as it is musical.
Throughout his two-hour plus show the artist, whose real name is Josh Tillman, moves from captivating the audience with his rich lush sound, to startling them with theatrical flourishes. Dropping to a knee and clutching the mic to his heart one minute and emulating the hand gestures of a preacher the next, he enthrals audiences with his mix of music and drama.
Supporting this multi-faceted performance every step of the way is an equally engaging and varied lightshow that designer Peter Zellan is running with a ChamSys MagicQ MQ80 console.
Zellan, who has an extra wing with his console and has a rented MagicQ MQ100 as his backup, is using three universes for his 50-plus fixture ground package and an extra universe for his Catalyst Media Server. He designed the show with Capture Atlas Symphony Edition and is using Art-Net control protocol.
The flexibility of this package is playing a key role in the success of Zellan’s design for this varied international tour. Using his ChamSys desk, he moves seamlessly from sidelight stage washing in rich blues and reds, to rock style back lighting and aerial effects, to panoramic backdrop accenting, to theatrical spot and key lighting.
“ChamSys is able to move from being a cue by cu
USA - In May, some of Elation Professional’s newest, cutting-edge lighting gear was used by lighting designer Daniel Cortes of Everlast Productions on the Haitian Compas Festival in Miami, one of the largest Caribbean festivals in the United States.
The Haitian Compas Festival is a yearly celebration of the Haitian community that features popular musical acts along with traditional Haitian food and other facets of Haitian culture. After 18 years as a one-day event, this year’s festival was held over two days from 20-21 May at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.
For Miami’s Haitian community, Compas was an opportunity to put the méringue sounds of konpa (compas) music in focus while partying beneath the bright lights of a truly contemporary rig. This year an all Elation rig provided the visual dynamics with some of the company’s newest lighting products in action: IP-rated Proteus Beam moving heads, Paladin blinder/strobe/wash lights, Platinum 1200 Wash lights and DTW Blinder 700 IP variable white LED blinders, as well as Elation’s award-winning Platinum FLX hybrid moving head and the long-time industry workhorse beam light, the Platinum Beam 5R Extreme.
Everlast Productions of Dania Beach, Florida, has provided lighting services for the festival for several years with Everlast’s Daniel Cortes serving as lighting designer and programmer for this year’s event.
The Elation lighting filled a series of horizontal trusses with some lights working from the floor. The new IP65-rated Proteus Beam worked from a downstage position and was us
UK - Since 2007 HL Audio has covered all the audio and lighting needs for the Glastonbury Avalon Cafe Stage.
Based in Frome, Somerset, the company began a long association with German sound reinforcement specialists HK Audio, first purchasing an Actor DX system and haven’t looked back since. Over the years, they have used two linked Actor DX systems, and at times a Projector system.
These days, directors Tom Pepler and Will Angeloro at, finding the full sound and amazing dispersion perfect for the eclectic mix of acts that frequent the Avalon Cafe Stage at Glastonbury. From rock bands to 10-piece funk bands, folk acts to world music, the LTS Systems deliver a crystal clear and highly efficient sound, making both FOH and monitor mixing a breeze.
For stage monitoring, they use a mix of the Premium PR:O PRO 15XD and Linear 5 L5112XA cabinets, as the quick changeovers and varying stage requirements demand frequent monitor repositioning for optimised sound.
“Recently, we have begun using the Lewitt wireless and wired range, as a new addition to our microphone stock,” says HL Audio’s Tom Pepler. “We are finding that more often than not, we reach for the Lewitt MTP250 over other microphones. The feedback rejection allows the artist to be heard clearly on stage, at higher volume HL Audio rely on two full HK Audio active LTS systemss, while also providing a clearer signal for better FOH mixing.”
He continues, “Overall, we are extremely happy with HK Audio. We have had a history of superb sound, happy bands, and satisfied crowds. Th
Canada - Technology from audio specialist Sennheiser will help deliver an immersive audio experience for visitors to the upcoming Revolution exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA).
The exhibition, which originated at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, looks at the social fabric of the late 1960s - the pivotal period when youth culture initiated a new sense of identity, solidarity and idealism, bringing people together to question established power structures. Like the V&A, the MMFA employs Sennheiser’s AMBEO immersive 3D audio technology and guidePORT audio guide system to deliver a fascinating museum experience and bring the spirit of that era back to life with an unforgettable soundscape.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, which collaborated closely with the V&A on the exhibition, will open it to the public on 17 June, inviting visitors to explore the finished and unfinished revolutions of the years 1966 to 1970. Around 700 objects – photographs, posters, album covers, design objects, books, clothes, works of art and consumer products from the period – have been carefully selected by V&A curators Geoffrey Marsh and Victoria Broackes and MMFA’s Diane Charbonneau, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts, and Photography, who also added specific Quebec content from the late sixties.
The music playing throughout Revolution is an integral part of the exhibition experience, noted Diane Charbonneau: “The music of the period was both a reflection of and inspiration for the social upheaval of th
Russia - Top Russian rapper Баста performed in front of a sold-out, 35,000-strong crowd at Moscow’s Olympic Stadium, setting a new record for an in-the-round performance by a Russian artist. Front of House sound engineer Ruslan Dmitriev chose the Yamaha Rivage PM10.
Rivage PM10 has already established a good reputation as a stable, reliable system in the Russian touring market. Ruslan needed a console that was big enough to manage the complex, 360° format show and also be absolutely certain that he wouldn't have any problems. Alongside the console, he also specified a PC with AIC128-D Dante interface for a 66 channel, 96kHz recording to Steinberg Nuendo Live.
“This was the second time I had mixed a show on Rivage PM10 and both times I found it very easy to use,” says Ruslan. “I had used the Yamaha PM5D for many years, as well as the CL series, and the Rivage PM10 user interface is very familiar if you know those consoles. So it took very little time to get used to it.”
He continues, “I loaded the show file from the previous time I used the PM10 and, although this was a 360° format show, it did not take long to update the settings and add the extra things needed.”
The biggest challenges for Ruslan were the acoustic reflections from around the venue and making sure that the whole audience enjoyed a big bass presence, without the SPLs from the 14 arrays of floor-mounted subs circling the stage being too high for the audience close to them.
“The whole production was a really interesting experience,” he says. “Riva
UK - Victoria House in London’s Holborn was home to the 2017 NEC Solutions Showcase and Green Hippo’s UK team played a key role in delivering one of NEC’s sweetest exhibits to 1,500 trade visitors.
A Hippotizer Boreal Media Server created a ‘virtual sweet shop’ set-up, using a total of 11 screens, three Datapath X4 video splitters, and playing back 4K video. The resulting display immediately grabbed the attention, and show visitors immediately grabbed some time with Green Hippo’s on-hand team of technical experts.
The NEC-hosted event is a valuable opportunity for Green Hippo to demonstrate its cutting-edge line, as well as meet and greet hundreds of members of the trade. Recognised as one of the UK’s leading events at which to ‘bring technologies to life’ Green Hippo was one of 36 NEC partners present at this ninth show, and the Boreal’s sweet shop received plaudits from trade visitors and fellow exhibitors alike.
Commenting on the event Neil Hartigan, general manager of NEC Display Solutions, said: “We are thrilled by the commitment shown by our partners and I am delighted that this has been rewarded by attracting a very high-quality audience to Showcase, resulting in genuine sales leads and valuable connections.”
Europe - Metal supergroup Soen has just completed a month-long tour of Europe carrying a compact dLive touring rig from Allen & Heath’s new dLive C Class range.
The tour visited 19 venues in three weeks including dates in France, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Austria, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Comprising a C2500 Surface, CDM32 MixRack with a DX32 expander rack, the FOH engineer purchased the system especially for the tour to provide consistent FOH sound on the road.
“On tour, I have never had so many compliments about the sound quality as when I travel with dLive! The system’s onboard FX and compressors are amazing, and without doubt, the best I have ever used,” comments FOH Engineer, Peter Droneberger.
USA - Destination Imagination, the non-profit organization that works to inspire and equip the world’s next generation of innovators, held their annual Global Finals event.
Bandit Lites once again facilitated a lighting package for the enormous competition that centres on promoting logic skills and inspiring creativity, while encouraging where more than 17,000 attendees including 8,000 students from 21 countries gathered to competeenthusiasm in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This year’s Global Finals featured guests included CW television actor Victor Rodriguez III, singer-songwriters Levi Kreis and Drew Gasparini along with NASA astronaut, Dorothy “Dottie” Metcalf-Lindenburger.
With a weekend of celebrating creativity, Bandit Lites general manager Giff Swart strives each year to create a unique and fun design for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies that will wow the crowd, while still working within the in the round design and budget constraints.
“Probably the biggest standout would be the “squiggle-trusses” out over the audience,” said Swart. “These were loaded with Martin MAC 2000 Washes with beam kits affixed. All truss was toned by Bandit’s exclusive GRNLite LED Pars.”
Curved truss with GRNLite Moving Washes along with Martin MAC 2000 Profiles and Clay Paky Alpha Beams provided the stage lighting, while VL 3000 Spots with full-color glass gobos shined on a 40’ x 20’ cyc, which was also used for eye catching laser shows.
Upstage, GRNLite Moving Washes provided backlight along with Martin MA
UK - Lighting designer Nathan Alves has a penchant for invention and thinking out of the box, so he has enjoyed the challenge of developing the lighting scheme for the new John Mayer Search for Everything world tour which just finished its UK and European leg.
The set / production design created by Sam Pattinson of Treatment Studio has a strong cinematic feel and is heavily video orientated.
Adding an appropriate and effective lighting aesthetic to compliment this environment with its strong geometry and definite lines energized Nathan who specified exactly 100 fixtures.
However, with 40 of these being Robe’s BMFL Spots, this brought massive scope and plenty of flexibility, and as everyone knows, it’s not just about throwing kit at a stage, it’s about imagination, technique and how the tools are used!
The BMFL Spots were positioned on eight upstage/downstage orientated trusses, five units per truss, and were the majority fixture and main ‘workhorses’ of the rig.
The 44 ft wide by 20 ft high back LED wall was supported by a complete LED floor onstage, with the band risers also clad in LED surface on the tops and two sides ... so fixtures with some serious punch were the only solution, and that's why Nate chose the BMFLs - for their intensity and reliability.
Lighting for the talented Grammy Award winning guitarist / singer Mayer’s diverse set was not a traditionally beamy in-the-face affair. The BMFLs were used – true to their name - for numerous functions including as key lights and to generally highlight Mayer and t
The Netherlands - One of the Netherlands’ biggest dance festivals took place recently during the Pentecost weekend - and to bring the main stage alive were no fewer than 60 of PR Lighting’s premium PR5000 Beam and Spot moving heads.
Fully featured, and one of the most advanced fixtures on the market, they were largely responsible for the spectacular light show that enhanced performances by acts that included headliners Headhunterz, East & Young, Showtek and Nicky Romero.
The PR Lighting fixtures were supplied by a collaboration of Innovation Audio, 4AV Technical Productions and Rolight, the PR Lighting distributor of the Netherlands. Freshtival provided two days of music and camping in Enschede’s Het Rutbeek recreational park 4AV’s Merijn van Kruijsbergen’s was responsible for the overall design, in collaboration with the event’s LJ, Gerwin Sanderman.
Stated Rolight’s Robin Oldegberts, “We were keen to promote PR Lighting as a professional brand in the Netherlands and provided 30 each of the PR 5000 Spot and Beam. The PR5000’s have shown themselves to be nicely designed fixtures with a great output.”
And Gerwin Sanderman of GS Lichttechniek, who operated the lights (and pre-programmed the final show) went further. “Apart from the massive output, particularly on the Beam, the optics were good, the gobos crisp and the Spot also had a big zoom range. The colour mixing was also impressive and both Spot and Beam were exactly the same, which was also an important feature.
“In fact, I received some really good comme
Europe - The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (‘Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid’) has a very important task: to collect, preserve and make audio-visual heritage accessible for future generations. In addition to an archive containing more than one million hours of television, radio, music and film from 1898 until the present day, the institute also has a permanent exhibition displaying a selection of highlights to the public.
In a recent move to optimise the lighting concept within the exhibition space, Lichtpunt Theatertechniek replaced the previous halogen lighting fixtures with nine Chauvet Professional Ovation E-260WW IP fixtures. Interestingly, it was the all-weather capabilities of this fixture that made it ideal for the conditions of the install.
“One of the most decisive factors of specifying the Ovation fixtures was their IP-65 rating,” commented Van Warmerdam. “Unlike the old halogen fixtures, which were constantly dust clogged, the Ovation fixture housing is completely dust and weather proof and as a result maintenance free – essential given the fixtures are positioned from the 14m high ceiling where accessibility is difficult.”
“The Ovation fixtures aren’t just more energy efficient than the halogen fixtures they replaced, they perform better,” commented Leon Van Warmerdam from Lichtpunt Theatertechniek. “The Ovations are in fact so powerful that we have to dim them back in order to keep the same light balance.”
Furthermore, Van Warmerdam’s decision to specify the Ovation fixtures was al
UK - George Orwell’s all-time classic 1984 was read in its entirety at Senate House, University of London last week. Produced by Libby Brodie Productions in association with The Orwell Foundation and UCL’s Festival of Culture, the book was read live by over 50 leading cultural figures in an epic 12-hour read through. Having worked on numerous bespoke performances, WL was called upon to provide the lighting, sound and video equipment.
1984 LIVE took place on Tuesday 6 June and was part of the UCL Festival of Culture 2017. The reading was streamed live to libraries across the country, as well as online where it was being watched across the globe. The reading was directed by Hannah Price with a lighting design by Robbie Butler, a previous recipient of the ETC Award from the Association of Lighting Designers.
Robbie states: “This was a unique project for a whole range of reasons. One of these included the pre-production period. Due to the length of the reading, this was something we simply could not rehearse from start to finish. As a result, this meant that the first time we would see the show would be on the day itself. Therefore, meticulous planning was absolutely key.”
As part of his preparations, Robbie visited the space several times. He comments: “The reading took place at Senate House as this was Orwell’s inspiration behind the Ministry of Truth which features in the novel. That said, the space itself is not traditionally a performance venue. The room is very art-deco and features lots of marble. Therefore, while it mig
UK - Immersive Spanish party brand, Elrow, has made its Welsh debut with the spectacular Singer Morning dance event in Cardiff - in the grounds of Glamorgan Cricket Club's Sophia Gardens. The picturesque gardens played host to a capacity 6,500 dance fans on the Sunday afternoon.
Reinforcing the sound for headliners Eats Everything and Patrick Topping on May Bank Holiday Sunday was James Jewry from Cheshire-based Soundteks, who brought in Manchester based VME with their award-winning Martin Audio MLA and MLA Compact loudspeaker arrays.
James designed and specified the MLA system on behalf of the dance giant Elrow, purely based on the city centre location of the site. Nine elements of MLA (and an MLD Downfill) were flown on either side of the stage, while 16 MLX subwoofers were set across the front in a broadside cardioid array, 11 front facing and five rear. Six MLA Compact were used as front-fills to complete the system.
As for the subwoofer design, Mark Cleator, VME's head of sound, reveals, “James designed the sub configuration taking inspiration from the Main Stage MLX setup at Glastonbury, and followed that example. It worked extremely well and the promoters were over the moon."
Mark himself system engineered MLA while James mixed at FOH. "In many ways, it was a dream job," declared Cleator. "No rigging issues and although we had strict offsite limitations of 65dB(A) we were able to run at 94dB(A) within the main area during the headline set by attenuating any problematic off site frequencies. We utilised the 'hard avoid' behind t
USA - grandMA2 consoles and switches played a key role in networked lighting and video control for SAP’s Sapphire NOW/ASUG Annual Conference at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando. Lighting designer Paul Palazzo and programmer Paul J. Sonnleitner have worked on the event since 1999 and have been using MA consoles for the last 12 years.
The conference has grown to encompass three days of keynotes, workshops and an exhibition floor. America’s SAP Users’ Group (ASUG) helps customers connect with each other, understand SAP products and services better and learn how to get the most from their investment.
“The conference has become exceedingly large attracting some 20,000 participants,” says Sonnleitner, “and spans the entire convention centre. We need solid network technology to handle it, and it’s nice that we can stay within the MA family to do so. We don’t need an IT department to provide solutions.”
The entire event featured 82 universes of DMX for 2,970 focusable conventional fixtures and 927 automated fixtures. A six-foot tall 3,800 x 480 pixel videowall, fed from two MA VPU plus MK2 (Video Processing Unit), served as a cyc displaying SAP’s signature colours and graphics upstage of five projection screens dedicated to IMAG and graphics. Over 1,500 points suspended five and one half miles of truss that supported the rig.
“The show was massive,” Sonnleitner says. “We had two grandMA2 full-size in the Keynote Theatre, another in the Live Business Theatre and a fourth as a roving focus console if we needed it
UK - Richard Martin Lighting (RML) supported lighting designer David Gibson in lighting the BBC coverage of the General Election, Election Results 2017, aired on BBC One.
Lighting designer David Gibson was called upon to light the BBC coverage that ran from when the polls closed last night all the way through to this morning. The overnight coverage was presented by David Dimbleby, who has anchored the BBC’s coverage of every General Election since 1979. Huw Edwards took over this morning as lead presenter recapping what had gone on through the night and leading the viewers through the day’s events, including the formation of a new government.
A vast rig was employed going into the Elstree Studio D in two parts, and David chose a mixture of strong and stable units including the Claypaky Sharpy, the Martin MAC Aura, James Thomas Engineering Pixel Par 90 and Pulsar Chroma Flood 200 TC and 300mm Chroma Cubes. The units combined to create a sophisticated and stylish look, keeping the studio looking fresh and bright as the night dwindled into the early hours.