Germany - Founded in 2012, Ruhrtriennale is a three-yearly cycle of music and arts events, which take place from August to October in Germany’s industrial Ruhr region.
The prestige of staging this year’s opening production fell to Ensemble Modern, a global collective of soloists, whose sound designer Norbert Ommer chose a Yamaha Rivage PM10 digital mixing system for the surrealist, unconventional opera Bählamms Fest.
Ruhrtriennale is a festival which embraces a wide range of performances, all taking place in venues created within the region’s industrial architecture. A new artistic director is appointed for each cycle. For 2021-2023 it is renowned German theatre producer and director Barbara Frey. To open the 2021 programme, Barbara chose the premiere of Bählamms Fest, a production which blurs the lines between reality and virtuality, based on the Leonora Carrington play The Feast of the Lambs.
Norbert Ommer has worked with Ensemble Modern for many years and had to design an audio system for the performances in Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, a former power station at the city’s Krupp steelworks. With staging that created a rural scene, complete with a pond and falling snow, Norbert’s sound design brought the sound production right into the audience.
“The challenge of Jahrhunderthalle is to transform an industrial hall into a concert hall. As only minor acoustic measures are possible - the visual character of the hall has to be preserved - I was completely dependent on using electroacoustic means,” says Norbert.
UK - South London’s Clapham Common hosted three successive festivals organised by event promoter Festival Republic that covered a range of genres beginning with the YAM Carnival, which celebrated the music and culture of the Afro diaspora; RTRN II Dance, a day of bass heavy raving featuring electronic music stars like Chase & Status; and ALT+LDN, a first-ever rock and rap mash up with international headliners Smokepurpp and The Kid LAROI.
Although very different music emanated from the festival stage on each of the all-day festivals, the visuals supporting the sound remained consistently bright, bold and dynamic, thanks to a powerful and flexible lighting kit design and installed by Bigabox Production.
Featuring Chauvet Professional fixtures, the lighting system had the versatility needed to support all the varied artists, yet it was also powerful enough to cover the big crowd in the park as well as the 12m wide by 9.5m deep stage in vivid colours and crisp gobo patterns.
“The output and intensity of the beams coupled with the speed of the moving heads, made these fixtures the perfect choice for what we needed on stage,” said Andrew Wilson of Bigabox. “We got some really good looks from the stackable prisms of the Rogue R3 Beams. They stood out in each of the three festivals to create an atmospheric effect that matched up well with the mood of each event.”
Flown on overhead truss, in addition to being positioned stage left and right, the three-festival kit also featured 24 Rogue Outcast 1 Hybrid fixtures. Their IP65 rating provid
UK - Wigwam Acoustics, part of the Solotech UK Group, supported multiple stages for both Parklife and Isle of Wight festivals, with just 24-hours to repurpose the Parklife systems into the package for the Main and Big Top stages on the Isle of Wight.
With so many festivals happening over such a short period of time, Wigwam's hire department and its UK partners SSE Audio, Capital Sound and BCS Audio have been at full capacity during the 2021 summer season. The team has had to get used to quick turnaround of gear to support back-to-back festivals. It is a testament to their experience and expertise that these events were handled successfully.
Located on the grounds of Heaton Park, Manchester, Parklife is the UK’s third-largest festival. Working with system technician Paul Stevart, Wigwam supplied the Main, Valley and Palm House stages while UK partner BCS Audio was brought in for the Sounds of the Near Future stage.
For the Main Stage, Wigwam project manager Tom Bush specified a d&b audiotechnik SL system, comprising main hangs of d&b GSL cabinets without-hangs and delays of d&b KSL. It is tradition at Parklife that the main stage hosts a headline local artist the evening before the festival opens, with New Order topping the bill this year. The rest of the weekend’s line up featured dance, rap and DJ sets across the festival’s eight stages.
Parklife’s second-largest Valley Stage is positioned within a bowl, forming a natural amphitheatre around the stage. Here Wigwam deployed d&b J-Series as the main L-R hangs with d&am
USA - When The Muny, America’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre, was given the green light to commence its 103rd season, Masque Sound once again returned to the historic venue with a custom audio equipment package. Working directly with sound designers John Shivers and David Patridge, Masque Sound helped the team reboot its outdoor season after presenting an online season in 2020 due to COVID-19.
With the support of the City of St. Louis Health Department, The Muny’s 2021 season operated at full capacity, including the 1,500 free seats available for each performance on a first-come, first-served basis. The five-show season began with Smokey Joe’s Café and was followed by The Sound of Music, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, On Your Feet!, and Chicago.
“Masque Sound graciously added equipment that we asked for from previous seasons and we were able to update the system in a number of ways,” says Patridge. “We continued our advancement of using audio over IP to improve upon the extensive upgrades that were made at The Muny in 2019. We upgraded the wireless radio system by moving to the Sennheiser EM3732-II high-end receiver with up to 184 MHz switching bandwidth. That was a nice sonic upgrade and from a software perspective, the EM3732-II’s are so much nimbler.”
The duo also employed software monitoring tools from Wavetool for the first time at The Muny this season. “Most of our workflow was now Dante, so we used the Wavetool software to monitor our digital signal path,” adds Patridge.
USA - There is nothing ‘routine’ about the design Alexander Lehman chose when lighting the annual I Am Woman conference for Faith Church.
Every year, Lehman strives to give the two-day event, which takes place in both St. Louis and West Palm Beach, a visual flourish, not just through the use of brightness and colour, but also with a commanding geometrical centrepiece.
“It’s something that we do working for Pastor Nicole Crank, the visionary behind this conference,” he said. “We want to wow people. So, three years ago we used scaffolding to create towers and bridges on stage. Two years ago, we had three large LED diamonds. It’s our way of strengthening the connection to the audience.
This year, Lehman and his team technical director Marcos Machado, Jonathan Becker, Andre Quirino, Garrett Callahan, and Tim Parfitt created a giant inverted V-structure with two smaller versions of the geometrical piece over the stage. They built this design element with 42 ÉPIX Strip Tour linear fixtures from the church’s own inventory, running the units on 25 channel mode, powered by ÉPIX Drive 2000 IPs.
The overhead display lent a powerful sense of dimensionality and depth to the stage. With the narrow tip of each “V” pointed upward, the three structures created an ascendant atmosphere impression, thereby re-enforcing the inspirational tone of the conference.
Accentuating the overall effect of the structures was a collection of 48 other ÉPIX Strip Tours that outlined the sides of the stage and three large LED walls. The net result wa
USA - Robe Esprites and Spiider moving lights helped lighting designer Myles Mangino create a range of vibrant and dynamic scenes and effects for a three-day Rolling Stone on Twitch digital celebration streamed over the 2021 New York Pride weekend back in June.
The event was recorded and broadcast from PMC Studios in midtown Manhattan, New York City - recently re-opened after their last COVID wave - and was presented by daily hosts from Rolling Stone on Twitch, complete with a line-up of entertainment talent from the LGBTQIA+ community, and assorted Rolling Stone staff writers and editors who presented discussions on relevant issues, topics and perspectives touching on politics, music, and culture.
Thinking laterally and on his feet, Myles - asked onboard the shoot by ATD Audio Visual who provided all the sound, lighting, and video kit - spec’d the Robe fixtures, 12 of each type, as a flexible and practical solution for working in the studio which is primarily used for photoshoots.
Myles realized he’d need small, lightweight and silent fixtures to work effectively in the compact space and that could be safely rigged in the existing photography lighting grid, and this choice was a sound move as ATD Audio Visual has made recent major investments in Robe moving lights.
The Esprites had more than enough features, allowing Myles to create an array of different rainbow effects and maximize the gobos and colour wheels. No haze was possible in the studio for beam enhancement, but the Spiider multi-coloured flower effect proved
Australia - The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has often been a first adopter of new technologies in the audio sector. The centre recently made the choice to add two new DiGiCo Quantum 338s to its digital mixing repertoire.
Soundcorp - a Diversified company (SADC) are a supplier and integrator of professional AV systems nationwide. As one of MCEC’s approved suppliers, they were on hand to coordinate delivery of the consoles and provide local support.
“The Quantum 338 offers a fairly dramatic step up in connectivity and processing within the DiGiCo workflow, and so was the logical choice when MCEC enquired about the acquisition of new workhorse systems,” notes SADC’s Scott Jamieson. “As its team is already very familiar with the DiGiCo eco-system, we were excited to provide them with the latest Quantum iteration as the upgraded capabilities here are really impressive.”
Hosting many conventions, events, and live music each year, MCEC already owns an impressive fleet of DiGiCo consoles and equipment, with its Plenary Theatre including a permanently installed DiGiCo SD-Rack and Optocore infrastructure.
“Currently MCEC has three SD11is, two SD9s, two SD8s, two SD10s, two Quantum 338s, and an S21, as well as several SD-Racks, SD-MiNiracks, and a D-Rack in one of our theatres. We also utilise DiGiCo Little Red Boxes for flexible routing arrangements in a number of spaces,” explains Michael Pfundt, MCEC’s audio specialist.
When MCEC was looking to expand on its large format console offerings, the 338s were ch
UK - The ‘Who Cares Wins awards, celebrating the achievements of healthcare workers around the UK, took place on Tuesday 14 September at London venue Roundhouse.
The awards ceremony was organised by The Sun newspaper and attended by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Duke of Cambridge, David Beckham and many more celebrity guests. It was broadcast on Channel 4, Sunday 19 September.
The show featured video clips telling the stories of the winners, in categories such as Best Doctor, Ultimate Lifesaver and Unsung Hero, as well as multiple musical performances.
Lighting was supplied by Full Production, who were brought in by lighting director David Bishop and Thames TV. Bishop has worked on some of the UK’s most high-profile TV, including the Duke of Sussex’ Royal Wedding and the BBC Proms. Bishop and Full Production have previously collaborated on many other shows including multiple seasons of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
To achieve the brief, Full Production worked with long-standing delivery partners LiteUp. Among the variety of equipment used in the show were 104 Martin Mac Aura XBs, 13 Robe Esprites, 60 Claypaky Sharpy Plus, and a range of LED battens from Prolights, Miltec and GLP. Six Robe Robospot systems were used to track those on stage and walking up from the audience, while two GrandMA consoles with synchronised backups were used for control.
The setup for the event posed some challenges as it had to be done in the space of 24 hours. Construction works around the Roundhouse made the trucking schedule diff
UAE - The Dubai Expo opened its doors last Friday, 1 October, with Van Damme cabling playing a key role. NMK Electronics, Van Damme’s export partner in the Middle East, was asked to provide Van Damme cables for the Expo which was rescheduled from 2020 due to the pandemic.
Van Damme Quad Microphone, Black Series 2×1.5mm speaker as well as Tourcat 6A S/FTP was selected for the job. Many kilometres of each are being used to ensure crisp sound to the many speakers throughout the venue. as well as for the many lighting fixtures needed for the miles of pavilions the expo has.
All of the cables were chosen for their ruggedness and ability to stand up to pressures of a busy and dynamic environment, as well as outstanding flexibility and performance. NMK was able to supply the cable from a significant stock holding in its warehouse in Sharjah. To finish, Neutrik and Switchcraft connectors were used as well as rugged RJ45s supplied by VDC.
The Dubai Expo is taking place in the Al Wasl Plaza which is thought to be the world’s largest unsupported dome. It forms the centrepiece of Expo 2020 and will remain as the iconic hub of District 2020.
No stranger to big projects in the Middle East, Van Damme was specified to be used in the Sheikh Zayed Bridge, NYU’s Abu Dhabi Arts centre and it also manufactured a 96-channel system for the Fifa Club World Cup 2019.
Sithara Kumar, NMK’s product manager for cables and connectors said: “I am proud to supply Van Damme cables for the Dubai Expo; this is one of the many significant upcoming projects that
France - The centrepiece of Roland-Garros in Paris, the 15,000-capacity Court Philippe-Chatrier, host to one of the most anticipated events in the tennis calendar and the only Grand Slam tournament to be played on clay, has received a major makeover with the completion of a new retractable roof and night lighting installation.
The project also marks a new era of sound for the fabled court, with the installation of an L-Acoustics K Series PA, which was managed by the French Tennis Federation (FFT) with the support of French acoustic and audio consultant, Scenarchie, and installed by integration company, SNEF.
The global renovation programme at Court Philippe-Chatrier was launched three years ago after the court was almost completely rebuilt to accommodate the strengthening required for the retractable roof, which weighs half that of the Eiffel Tower and was finally completed last year. “The next big step for us was to upgrade the audio system, so the action could be heard loud and clear by the audience at this year’s tournament,” says Julien Mauduit, director of IT and audiovisual project lead at FFT.
A key challenge for the installation of the system was its architectural integration. “We had designed and built two concrete structures that would house the PA. Their size was carefully evaluated due to limitations on height, which meant we also had to find the best compromise between the length of the line source system and audio performance for the audience,” continues Mauduit.
“Our second challenge was to choose a system that would
UK - Outdoor event specialist Ethix has been supplying its services to high end corporate clients and the live events market for the past 20 years. The company made its first investment in DiGiCo consoles a couple of years ago, purchasing two SD12 consoles and SD-Rack systems through HD Pro Audio. Before lockdown, the consoles were working constantly, and the investment now sees them ready to take on the challenges of the restart of live events.
“The SD12 ticks all the boxes,” says Ethix director, Paul Jones. “It’s the most popular console across the festivals that we work on and we had noticed for some time that the monitor engineers’ desk was almost always an SD12.
“The SD12 is such a versatile console and can do anything from a basic, generic set up to those that are really complex. We can do pretty much anything with it and it’s really rider friendly,” he adds. “That’s highly important to us. Also, with the Optocore infrastructure, if we need to we can now put something like an SD5 in to the mix very easily. It works incredibly well that way.”
The summer of 2019 saw the console used on the smaller festivals the company handles, with the Bedford Park Concert Series, which included an Ibiza DJ night as well as headline spots from Tom Walker and Tom Odell, being its very first job.
“All the visiting engineers were very happy with the desk,” Jones continues. “We also used it extensively on local government events, including Trafalgar Square’s St Patricks Day, St Georges Day and Diwali celebrations.”
UK - Based in South Kirby on Production Park, XPLOR is a £9m research, development and innovation centre that aims to support SMEs across the creative industries from music, film and TV to sports, theatre, corporate events and the arts. The scheme secured grant funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Circlesphere is Tschida’s first exhibition in Europe and is being hosted at Neon Workshops Project Space: 7A and The Art House in Wakefield from 29 September – 28 November.
Fred Tschida, retired Professor at Alfred University, New York, was one of the first generation of artists and professors to explore and teach neon for nearly 40 years, since the 1970’s, and - until now - his artworks have not been exhibited in Europe.
The exhibition was the brainchild of artist Richard William Wheater, a former student of Tschida’s and founder of Neon Workshops in Wakefield, a company that develops and manufactures neon lighting for the creative industry.
Richard was determined to bring Tschida’s neon creations to the UK and using his own expertise in the neon industry coupled with the technical know-how of engineers at XPLOR, as well as financial support from The art House and Arts Council England, he was able to bring the 23ft structure to life.
After being approached by Richard, engineers at XPLOR took the project from initial concept through to the final design of the impressive rotating neon-clad ‘SPHERE’.
Matthew Glynn, product and concept
Canada/USA - Having famously removed his left ear, Vincent Van Gogh would have missed the full impact of the Immersive Van Gogh exhibitions currently selling out in nine North American cities and coming to at least eight more before the end of 2021. What the visitors hear is integral to the complete experience, with the all-enveloping projections of the artist’s paintings enhanced by an original musical score reproduced through Meyer Sound loudspeaker systems. All audio and video technology for the nationwide rollout is supplied and installed by Production Resource Group (PRG).
Immersive Van Gogh is produced by Toronto-based Lighthouse Immersive, with the company’s director of production Sean Richards charged with supervision of technical systems at all locations. Richards notes that while the importance of visuals is obvious, the role of audio often is overlooked.
“No film since the 1920s has been silent, and even prior to ‘talkies’, live music accompanied the silent films - for good reason,” he observes. “The effect of well-designed music is inseparable from the visuals. That is why we spare no cost in offering the best possible audio experience for our patrons.”
“I was assigned by PRG to take the lead in audio design for all the new systems starting from April of this year,” says Douglas Plander, audio technical coordinator for the company. “As the number of cities expanded rapidly, the producers stressed the critical importance of making sure the technical quality was consistently high at all locations. I need
Gibraltar - For the past two years, Steve Richardson has been on a journey of his own inside the 60m-deep St. Michael’s Cave perched high on Gibraltar’s Upper Rock Reserve, leading a crew from Full Production tasked with designing, installing and programming the lighting for The Awakening, an immersive show inside St. Michael’s created by Christian Wright and the team at Pixel Artworks.
Asked to describe the site, Richardson says: “It is a massive cave, in a rock, in Gibraltar. It is damp, humid, hot, and massively acidic. It is pretty much the worst place to be installing lights. However, that said, the cave is also the hero. Nothing compares to its natural rock formations. There are stalactites in the millions there, ranging from small 300mm to 900mm outcrops to large 12-30m structures. The cave and its history were the heroes - they were the two defining criteria in the design of this show.”
Accompanying Richardson and his team on their odyssey was a collection of Chauvet Professional IP fixtures that, like the crew using them, could withstand the punishing demands made by the cave, whilst still delivering performance that could accentuate and enhance its majestic beauty.
“The criteria we set were pretty tough,” says Richardson. “Our fixtures had to be very durable in an extremely harsh environment, as well as very flexible in terms of colour palette.”
Meeting these exacting standards were the Ovation E-910FC IP ellipsoidal and COLORado Solo 2 Wash, which offered the added benefit of a wide zoom range. A total of 35
Spain - La Citi at Barcelona’s popular La Maquinista retail centre is not the kind of dining experience one normally expects to find in a shopping mall. The outdoor rooftop space is a celebration of culinary diversity and pop-up and food-truck dining, with a choice of the type of vendors more commonly found at festivals and street food markets.
Creators of the 1000sq.m specially designed experience have spent years meeting in food-truck markets and directing some of the leading restaurants on the city’s culinary scene. Gastronomic kiosks and pop-up stalls feature vendors like the Van Van Chicken Bar, Chivuo's, The Fish & Chips Shop, Mosquito Asian Tapas, Dos Coyotes, Taiyaki Born Japanese waffle bar and Café Crem specialty coffees, as well as a bar and a cocktail counter. Billed as a ‘street food and cultura urbana’ La Citi also presents ‘cultural workshops’ for kids and adults, as well as entertainment with vinyl only DJ sessions.
Sound is a major feature of the La Citi experience and the creators took special care to ensure that it too is of the highest quality. Amate Audio’s new G7 premium commercial audio loudspeaker was selected to provide a substantial BGM installation covering the site. Required to run constantly 12 hours a day, seven days a week, performance quality and reliability were equal operational considerations.
Control rack components for the entire system comprises two Amate Audio HD4000 high dynamic Class H power amplifiers and an LMS608 loudspeaker management processor, the company’s most powerful DSP contr
USA - Brooklyn-based Volvox Labs (VVOX) tapped into the disguise Extended Reality (xR) workflow with Unreal Engine to create a visual experience for Dubfire’s recent live streamed concert from The Met Cloisters Museum in New York City.
Part of the Sonic Cloisters virtual electronic music series, which explores the parallels between techno and the art of The Middle Ages, Dubfire’s xR performance was the first time that the Cloisters had undergone such a digitally-enhanced display of its artwork.
“It was amazing to be able to take this project into such a location for one day and basically launch a full xR experience without any kind of rehearsal,” explains Kamil Nawratil, creative director at VVOX. “We would never have thought of delivering this kind of project without the disguise and Unreal Engine workflows. The creative possibilities, the photorealism of the content and the stability of the system were unbelievable.”
VVOX had been delving deep into xR with its recent investment in a disguise vx 2 media server and rx render node, so delivering Dubfire’s livestream in xR was a “natural choice” for its team. “You could say that everything led up to this point. We learned about RenderStream and how to use it to plug Unreal Engine into disguise a while ago; we also have an LED volume here in our studio that helped us learn the workflow. But for this scenario we decided to use the actual architecture of the venue and mix it into the set design. It was a huge opportunity to evolve xR into something different.”
USA - In early August, the San Diego Symphony celebrated the grand opening of its new outdoor performance space, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, after a 13-month delay due to Covid. The centre sits on the edge of the bay in Downtown San Diego, serving as a gathering ground for live performances and public city events. Solotech specified and installed all AV equipment, including a Clear-Com Eclipse HX Digital Matrix system with integrated FreeSpeak II Digital Wireless Intercom, HelixNet Digital Network Partyline and LQ Series of IP Interfaces.
In previous years, the symphony had been hosting outdoor performances, from June through September, weather-permitting, in a temporary manner with a portable stage and AV equipment they would bring to the site with each performance. The goal for this new venue was to create a facility designed specifically for elevated outdoor performances where the San Diego Symphony, as well as other leading touring acts, could perform outdoors year-round. To achieve this, the San Diego Symphony turned to Solotech and Salter acoustics and AV consultants.
“I have been a long-time user of Clear-Com in my background with Cirque, so I understand what is required of a communications system in complex production environments and the value that Eclipse HX can bring to a production in terms of flexibility,” commented Aaron Beck, business development manager & sr. engineer for Solotech.
“At first, there was only a plan for a HelixNet system with 4-channel partyline and a handful of wireless beltpacks, but we quickly recomm
USA - The up-and-coming Miami neighbourhood of Brickell is not only recognised as the financial district of the city, but it is rapidly developing into a much sought-after residential area. And with that comes a demand for bars and restaurants.
8Street Brickell is a boutique bar owned and operated by Mark Meram with a capacity to host VIP parties and DJ sets whilst also offering an intimate hangout for locals, as well as international and national tourists visiting the city.
Mark’s vision was to create a sophisticated modern twist on a classic Speakeasy style, with the interior of this venue creating an homage to the style and design ethos of the 1920s. Including wood and button tuft upholstery and a soaring and undulating ceiling enhanced with LED lighting.
8Street Brickell was designed by Callin Fortis and his team at Bigtime Design Studios as part of a new condo complex. “From the offset, we knew this venue was going to be something special,” explains Fortis. “Equally it was going to demand a high-level audio installation which would complement, not detract, from the overall look and feel of the bar. In particular because of the complex LED-mapped ceiling grid we were designing as a focal point of the bar’s architecture. It was a natural fit for us to work with high-end integrator Paul van Puffelen and his team at Southern Technical Support in order to help us realise Mark’s distinct vision of a modern-day speakeasy.”
Mark was clear on what he wanted in terms of the audio specification. “We were looking for a versatile au
UK - Online home fitness start-up GRNDHOUSE recently equipped its studio with a custom LED lighting rig designed by Hayden Borgars, featuring Martin Professional VDO Sceptron 10 LED video fixtures supplied by Colour Sound Experiment.
Conceived and launched during the Covid-19 pandemic, GRNDHOUSE provides daily workout videos with professional instructors via a subscription service. Members can follow along at their own pace with a flexible schedule, on-demand access and a range of intensity levels.
When launching the service, GRNDHOUSE’s founders knew their broadcast studio needed excellent lighting and a distinctive visual design to establish the company’s brand. To achieve this goal, GRNDHOUSE hired lighting designer Hayden Borgars, who designed a dynamic LED lighting system using Martin VDO Sceptron 10 creative LED fixtures, which were provided by Harman distributor Colour Sound Experiment.
“The brief for the design was to create a space for the instructors to film their workout classes in, which would be unique and work with GRNDHOUSE’s colour scheme,” said Borgars. “Our videographer Chris Jeffers suggested incorporating tubes into the design, and I knew instantly that I wanted to use Sceptron fixtures.”
To create the look of illuminated tubes, Borgars’ design features eight Martin VDO Sceptron 10 fixtures standing vertically around the instructors. Another 16 fixtures are arranged in a square on the floor, framing the space and providing crucial illumination for floor-level exercises. During workout sessions, the lights ar
Australia - Some of Broken Hill's key locations have been lit up as part of Australia's Heritage Perfectly Highlighted project. The project involves permanent coloured lighting and projection installations at the Town Hall facade, Civic Centre, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Town Square and Sturt Park.
Broken Hill Mayor Darriea Turley said the installations would add a new level of vibrancy across the city once completed advising, “This lighting will ensure these key areas and buildings around our city are an attraction even at night.
“We can also use it to complement events and initiatives - I can imagine all our prominent spaces being lit up green for St Patrick's weekend, or in Christmas colours for the festive season. It will add a whole new element to the city after dark.”
After winning the tender, Mark Hammer and Matthew Tunchon of Silver Bullet Projects provided a turnkey solution to the Broken Hill City Council and Mayor Turley said the Silver Bullet Projects team tasked with the installation “had done a great job under difficult circumstances” referring to COVID-19 stoppages.
Among several units by different manufacturers there were 11 x Prolights Mosaico XL. Some are used for front lighting with their shutters keeping the beams under control and some project gobo patterns onto walls.
“The Prolights Mosaico XL comes with some great features,” added Mark. “I was fortunate to visit the Prolights factory and this was where I first came across them. I thought they were amazing. It's closer to a theatre fixture rat
Brazil - The Masked Singer Brasil, the latest in the worldwide television franchise of the reality singing competition, premiered on 10 August with Claypaky Sharpy and Mythos 2 fixtures, illuminating stage at WTC Golden Hall, São Paulo.
Spectrun Design e Iluminação supplied 24 Sharpy moving beams, 24 Mythos 2 spot and beam lights and other Claypaky visual effects moving heads for the new series airing on TV Globo.
“When I was invited by the production company, Endemol Shine Brasil, and the director, Marcelo Amiky, to work on this project - which is unprecedented in Brazil [for its size and scope] - we needed high-performance, precision equipment, so Claypaky was my main choice for fixtures,” says Alexandre Augusto, the lighting designer and director of photography.
Inspired by the Fibonacci sequence, the lighting team filled the stage’s entire spiral-patterned ceiling with the “beams and attack speed” of the Sharpys. And they deployed the versatile Mythos 2 “everywhere” they needed a hybrid fixture capable of filling the roles of both spotlight and beam light.
Vinicius Gonçalves Costa is the lighting programmer and operator for the show. HPL Company - Brasil is the exclusive Claypaky distributor in country and Mauricio Brando is Claypaky/ADB’s regional sales manager for Latin America.
Mauricio Brando concluded, “We’re thrilled to have illuminated such a prestigious stage. Latin America loves shows full of great effects, and both the Sharpys and Mythos 2 offer a guaranteed a spectacular show. We’re thankf
Australia - Griffith University recently collaborated with Videopro, ThreeOneFive Innovations and Harman Professional Solutions to create an immersive active learning space using AMX networked AV solutions.
Founded in 1971, Griffith University is a public research university in South East Queensland with five physical campuses spanning three cities, and a sixth digital campus. With more than 50,000 students and 200,000 respected alumni, Griffith University is one of the world’s top-performing universities.
“The client requested a high-tech solution to connect two rooms so that staff could deliver multiple lectures without having to travel across campus,” said Chris Duckworth, owner, ThreeOneFive Innovations. “They also wanted to improve the learning experience for students with state-of-the-art solutions. To create a class-leading engagement space, we selected the AMX SVSi N1000 platform. Its ultra-low latency and flexible I/O are critical for lectures in this space.”
ThreeOneFive Innovations and Videopro equipped the classrooms with AMX SVSI N1000 Series encoders and decoders, enabling seamless streaming between teaching spaces. The SVSi platform makes it easy to control peripheral devices and share content remotely to suit post-COVID teaching requirements. An NX-2200 controller enabled ThreeOneFive Innovations to temporarily run the N1000 AVoIP platform on a separate stand-alone network while the university prepared their campus network for AVoIP deployment.
“Once the campus network was AVoIP-enabled, we were able to easily mig
UK - After two years away from the fields of Daresbury, Cheshire, LarMac LIVE delivered the electronic music festival cinch presents Creamfields with a line up of artists including Tiësto, Eric Prydz, Chemical Brothers, Carl Cox and Basement Jaxx.
Event specialists LarMac LIVE produced Creamfields’ return alongside its familiar technical partners.
“It’s like we’ve never been away,” said Ian ‘Lar’ Greenway, director of LarMac LIVE. “We’ve run countless scenarios and drafted numerous budget versions over the last two years, so when the time to get our first acts on stage and deliver finally came, it was really quite special.”
LarMac LIVE’s number one priority for Creamfields 2021 was to get the festival set up in a safe working environment.
“We knew there was going to be challenges, but I felt quite strongly that as long as we got the core of what we do right, we should be able to deflect anything that comes our way successfully,” said Greenway.
“Part of our ‘battening-down-the-hatches’ approach was to keep the show as familiar as possible. I wanted to rely on our supply chain like we always have done and allow our usual vendors to start their recovery too.”
Although the stable of suppliers for the festival’s 2021 outing was essentially the same as it was in 2019, what each company did on site fluctuated depending on the available crew and equipment.
“We are really different from most other UK festivals, in that the production is really essential to the overall shows we deliver,” sai
USA - Martin Audio’s advanced Wavefront Precision (WPL) line array was out in force at the 38th Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival in Virginia recently, headlined by David Sanborn and Boney James.
Local service company (and Martin Audio partner) Soundworks of Virginia have been providing sound services for this, and many other events promoted by Festevents in Norfolk, VA over the past decade.
Historically the client has asked Soundworks to set up systems at the Town Point Park, along with a ‘back up’ system indoors at the multipurpose, 11,000-cap Norfolk Scope, so that in the event of sudden bad weather they had an indoor option ready to go. “This year it was obvious the weather was going to be bad the entire weekend, so we just set the system inside the Norfolk Scope,” reports company president and senior engineer, Grant Howard.
Generally used as a sports arena, the room was configured for 7,500 seats, with the stage and PA at the far end.
“The Scope’s audio challenge, as with many of the huge concrete dome buildings, is that the reverb time is quite extensive, especially with the low mid and low frequencies,” he reports. “We did our best to equalise the challenging frequencies out of the room without totally sucking the life out of the music.”
In view of the height and weight limitations in the Park, they would typically fly eight WPC elements per side. “However, because we moved inside, we were instead able to fly 12 [of the larger] WPL per side so we could get great coverage throughout the venue.” To this