Europe - Former Baywatch and Knight Rider star David Hasselhoff recently toured Germany and Austria on his 30 Years Looking For Freedom tour, with a lighting rig that included effects from Elation Professional Chorus Line 8 and Lumina Matrix fixtures.
Audio, video and lighting for the tour, which ran 11 April to 4 May, was by Austrian-based rental and production company MartinKames.com with lighting design by company owner Martin Kames, who developed a special rapport with the television and music star.
Kames landed the job after sending Hasselhoff a 20-minute video in which he presented his company and his design ideas. “It took me half a year to finally reach him directly but after he saw the video he immediately called me and told me I’m on board so my perseverance paid off,” he explains. “It was a very unique experience to work with a movie star. He had a totally different approach and way of seeing things.”
Hasselhoff was very involved in the planning, according to Kames, and had some ambitious ideas for the tour. “He had constantly new ideas and it was my job to put them together into something realistic and unique,” he says. One of those ideas was a set of on-stage steps that the designer lined with rows of Chorus Line 8 LED pixel bars.
“The staircase was the main and most essential part of the stage design and the Chorus Line 8s were essential for unique light beneath all of the steps,” Kames states. “We made custom-built mounting frames underneath each riser so they could still rotate, which
Portugal - Stage engineering specialist WIcreations supplied four of their heavy duty TP06 stage elevators to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) production which was headed by technical directors Ola Melzig and Tobias Åburg.
The event, viewed by 200m across the globe, was staged at the Altice Arena in Lisbon.
The four TP06 lifts were installed under the stage which was part of the elaborate set designed by Florian Wieder, and were used for two of the 43 finalists, Austria’s third placed Cesár Sampson and Belarus contestant Alekseev.
The project was designed and co-ordinated for WI by Geert Stockmans and tech’d and looked after on site by Mateo Marastoni working alongside Robert Roos who was the production’s props and special staging co-ordinator.
One TP06 lift was positioned centrally beneath the stage and surrounded by the other three, all of them supporting a trussing structure with a 6m triangular section of decking on top. This top section split in two – donut style – with a central cut out that could elevate independently on the middle lift.
For Austria, the whole wedge section lifted up several metres in a dramatic moment with the artist on top to reveal a set of vertically rigged LED battens below, on the underside. Chasing and twinkling, these gave the appearance that the artist was floating in the air as the platform rose up, all helping to make him a favourite with the crowd.
While the Belarus entry didn’t make it through the first semi-final (also televised) this year, it was not before a rousing perf
Indonesia - Broadcasting and live streaming services have opened up more ways for Star Church to grow and reach new worshippers. However, with this opportunity has come the new challenge of lighting services in a way that not only appeals to people at the church, but can also meet the more critical demands of the video camera.
With this issue in mind, the dynamic Indonesian church turned to its long-time vendor Asiis to create a video-friendly lighting package for its newly built campus, which is located in a shopping mall.
Asiis met Star Church’s expectations by creating a carefully planned lighting system that includes over 65 Chauvet Professional fixtures and is controlled by a ChamSys MagicQ MQ80 console.
“The HD video camera is much less forgiving than the human eye,” says Asiis’ Andy Mulya Sutikno, who oversaw the project. “The lighting in Star Church’s new building was designed to provide the colour temperatures and smooth, even fields of light that would look great on camera without detracting from the live experience inside the church.”
Key to the new lighting design are the 16 Ovation F-165WW Fresnel fixtures that are flown on truss just beyond the stage apron. “The colour temperature and consistency of the light from these fixtures results in very natural skin tones on camera,” said Andy. “They also make it easy for the church to go from covering the whole stage to focusing on specific individuals. Moreover, with the even light field there are no distractive shadows.”
In addition to the Ovation fixture
UK - Audio technology from TOA Corporation UK has recently been specified throughout the Brompton Oratory in London.
Consecrated in 1884, the oratory has utilised audio equipment for many years, but required the latest technology to replace the aging system. Worthing based System Design Audio was called in to specify, configure and install a new solution.
“As a specialist in church sound systems we have grown our business purely through word of mouth,” explains Peter Hearn, managing director at System Design Audio. “Our reputation has spread throughout the religious community and now this type of work forms 99 per cent of our business activity. Having already completed projects for hundreds of churches, I was delighted to receive a call from Brompton Oratory and, after carrying out a full survey, we presented our recommendations.”
Brompton Oratory’s previous audio system had been in-situ for over 30 years and although still functional, it produced distorted sound by today’s standards. Those speaking also had to get very close to the microphone to ensure their voices were picked up, while people with quiet voices were often inaudible in various parts of the church.
“Audio technology has moved on considerably over the last two decades and it was clear that we would be able to configure a system that improved overall quality of sound,” adds Hearn. “About 12 years ago TOA Corporation UK introduced one of the first line array speaker systems, which we installed at Arundel Cathedral. During that installation we took out 44 speaker
USA - Currently playing at the Paris Theatre in the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Inferno: The Fire Spectacular features magic extraordinaire Joe Labero alongside Europe's most extreme fire artists. Here, guests witness a gasoline spectacular that mixes a variety of favourite acts and illusions with death defying fire stunts. To ensure the sonic aspects of the show are every bit as vibrant as the visuals, a new D.A.S. Audio sound reinforcement system has been installed.
Las Vegas-based AG Production Services was contracted by Darrell Clulow, director of technical operations for Caesars Entertainment, to design and deploy the new sound system at the Paris Theatre. Ricky ‘Bongos’ Galecki, project manager and head of audio services, oversees all of the audio design and implementation for AG Production Services.
After consulting with the theatres management staff responsible for show production to determine their requirements, the decision was made to deploy D.A.S. Aero 20A powered, compact line array elements, augmented by LX-118A powered, arrayable powered subwoofers, and Aero 12A powered, two-way, mid-high line array modules.
According to Galecki, “With seating for 1,200 people, the Paris Theatre is a spectacular mid-size room. For a space this size, it was critical that the new sound system provide even coverage throughout the space while delivering crisp, articulate speech intelligibility and natural sounding music reproduction characteristics. We’ve had excellent results with D.A.S. equipment on other installations, so it made
Singapore - The Fort Gate at Fort Canning Hill in Singapore provided the backdrop for the 2018 City 65 Music Festival. The location, known for expansive lawns and greenery, has become a hub for cultural and creative activities and a venue of choice for many outdoor events.
Craig Burridge was asked to co-ordinate the Main Stage production and lighting design for the one-day event by organisers Michael Spinks and Rachel Mason from City 65 Music Pte Ltd. The main stage line-up featured five diverse bands, three playing in daylight and the final two in the dark, for which Craig used 50 Robe fixtures - 24 x Linees, 10 x ColorStrobes, six PixelPATTs and 10 x LEDWash 600s - positioned prominently on the rig.
The venue is managed by the National Parks, and there are some strict rules and regulations designed to protect the environment. No production elements can be within 2m of any tree, so the 9m wide by 8m deep stage was allocated a space between two, right in front of a ‘heritage tree’ which “made a fantastic backdrop” explained Craig.
He had a free creative hand with the design with a few important prerequisites including that it was a functional and practical space for the bands and audio / backline crews to achieve quick changeovers. This meant leaving the stage floor relatively clear.
In addition to this, his aesthetic goal was to provide three distinct but related visual themes that would work for the diverse genres of music covered by the final three bands on the bill - hard rock / metal, indie jazz and progressive rock respectively.
Italy - Making its first appearance in many years, Nexo has returned to the Rimini trade show in some style, presenting three different line arrays systems on the expo’s live music stages.
Having seen attendance dwindle at the long-established entertainment technology exhibition, this year’s Music Inside Rimini saw a cooperative effort from rental companies and equipment distributors to revitalise the event and bring back the crowds. Alongside the traditional show halls, the new Live You Play initiative took over four halls at the exhibition centre, each set up with three stages equipped with a wide variety of audio, lighting and video systems.
With the same band in each hall moving around to play on each of the three stages, the event offered a chance to audition different branded systems in a true live environment.
Under the supervision of Nexo distributor Gianni Fantini of Joint Rent, three different Nexo line arrays were deployed in three of the four halls of Live You Play, working to an intense schedule with a 30-minute set every hour.
The largest of the stages showcased Nexo’s flagship STM Series modular line array, with one of Italy’s top production companies, AMG International, providing a system with STM M46/B112 main PA cabinets, with STM S118 subs.
In an adjacent hall, a different configuration of STM Series could be heard, deploying the smaller STM M28 main cabinet in tandem with STM B112 bass modules.
And on a third stage, Joint Rent itself provided a Nexo Geo M10 mid-sized line array, with MSUB15 and LS 18 sub
The Netherlands - EVE is a restaurant and event location set in an old locomotive train repair hall, called Polygonal Hall, in Tilburg, Holland.
The hall is built around a circular platform which was formerly used to rotate and position trains in the correct track to enter and leave the big hall. You still can see all the old details in the well preserved monumental building.
The structure is highlighted by 66 Focus Pinspot compact lights with ultra-narrow beam, while the ceiling is lit by 24 Freeline 90FC LED bars. Scena LED 80 and Profilo LED 80 are used to light several details and areas in the building. This brings the total amount of DTS fixtures to 115, centrally driven by Drivenet 1664.
The installer was First Impression & Turific, lighting design is by Ruben Fernandes and Mischa Woudenberg and the lighting equipment was supplied by Full AVL.
Portugal - LED solutions and bespoke installation provider, Light Initiative (LI) were 'on board' at this year's Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) to design and manufacture a custom-built LED scenic element for the UK entry, SuRie, with her song Storm.
LI worked with long-term client creative show director Dan Shipton of Black Skull Creative on a series of 18 video-mapped LED chevrons that created the perspective guiding 'corridor' of light in which the artist performed. The design was created to read as a flat video visual from the front, then stretch out to show depth and distance when viewed from the side.
"I wanted to close down the space on stage so that SuRie could completely own her environment," says Shipton. "However, it was not conducive to keep everything within a restricted space for the entire song and equally important was the opening up of the stage to tell the story of the song to the audience and to allow SuRie to connect with her fans. Storm's message is one of openness and strength of unity and this had to be illustrated in the scenic element and how that worked with the television cameras."
From the beginning, it was clear that LED and a diamond motif was a key visual aspect of SuRie's performance and her brand. The motif featured in her BBC You Decide 2018 performance and again in the official Storm music video, before it took centre stage at the Eurovision finals. From the beginning, Shipton was in talks with LI about how to carry this through to the live show's production.
"As soon as I started researching the
UK - Comedian and musician Bill Bailey is back on the road for his Larks in Transit tour which was first performed in Australia in October 2017.
Dave Farmer of THC Design’s, Bailey’s lighting designer for the last seven years, added Robe to the mix in the form of Spiiders and MMX Spots for the current UK theatre leg of the tour, which kicked off with five gigs at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London over the festive period.
Dave took the backdrop they had used in Australia as a scenic starting point for the visual design. Originally this was a map of the world, which he re-imagined as a scenic circular globe suspended inside a circular truss and fitted into a cut out backdrop.
This brings an authentic 3D impression to the stage and to the audience, it looks like a complete globe.
Further upstage is a starcloth to add a bit of magic and sparkle and help the globe appear to be floating in space!
The lighting provider was Sonalyst, so there was an inventory of Robe available to facilitate Dave’s design.
The five Spiiders are positioned around the circle, together with four MMX Spots and three 4-lite LED blinders.
On the floor in front of the circle are three MMX Spots and two 4-lite LED blinders, and on each of the four vertical towers which are wrapped in the same material as the backdrop, are another four MMX Spots positioned on top.
The tower metalwork is highlighted on three sides by Satellite LED ‘bricks’ and they also have two FOH follow spots on the road.
Lighting is run from a Hog 4 console
USA - Disney's Frozen made its stage debut on Broadway this spring at the St. James Theatre in New York. Video design team FRAY Studio were tasked with delivering the production's theatrical world of snow, ice and the Aurora Borealis for the stage.
Working with leading media server manufacturer disguise and real-time effects software Notch, FRAY co-founders Finn Ross and Adam Young are taking the animation magic of Disney and rendering it with full integrity in the theatre.
"Frozen is a show about transformation, a spring-time world that moves to a frozen one, a frightened woman to a self-empowered leader," says Young.
To do this, FRAY collaborated with set and costume designer Christopher Oram and Richard Nutbourne Scenic Studio to develop a technique to make scenery look like stone or wood under normal theatre lighting, but then magically transforms into ice through the clever use of LED video mapping.
Ross continues, "We wanted to take the normal world of Arendelle and transform it to a glistening, crystalline, frozen space, in a way that an audience would not expect. Elsa is the centre of creating this world; we were tasked with helping bring her magic and powers to life."
From the show's conception, Ross and Young were set upon using disguise's latest media server, the gx 2, supplied by WorldStage, as their control component.
"We were taking on a lot of new and unique challenges in an incredibly time-sensitive and public arena," explains Ross. "We needed to know we had a media server team behind us 100% and that
UK - Adlib helped bring all the drama, excitement and glamour of the massively popular CMT TV series Nashville to the stage as Nashville in Concert returned to the UK for a second run of sold out arena shows following the success of last year’s tour.
The Liverpool based production specialist was asked to provide full production - lighting, audio and video.
Adlib this year provided the key disciplines of lighting and sound plus the IMAG video package.
The format was as before, a tight house band supporting a selection of cast from the series including Jonathan Jackson, Chris Carmack, Clare Bowen, Charles Esten and Sam Palladio.
Adlib’s Dave Eldridge co-ordinated all the lighting and video elements. This year, Adlib was also asked to create a production lighting design after receiving a brief from the production team led by Betsega and Mike.
They wanted something that was fresh and different from last year, but that also related to the overall Nashville concept, so Dave and Adlib LD Tom Webber, who programmed lights and operated the show on the road – used the striking Nashville in Concert backdrop as a starting point.
The structural aesthetics were based on three straight trusses overhead and a classic combination of spot and wash moving lights, for which Martin MAC Viper Washes and Profiles were selected, with 18 and 21 respectively of each type on the flown rig.
On the floor were six more Viper Profiles on raised podiums to elevate them slightly above the backline for impact and to blast through f
Greece - Saint Panteleimon Monastery is a Russian Orthodox monastery built on the southwest side of the peninsula of Mount Athos in Macedonia, northern Greece. Hhome to around 70 resident monks and many pilgrims every year, a Yamaha audio system has recently been installed to help scripture reading be clearly heard.
The monastery was founded in the 11th Century, with much of the present complex built on a nearby site, closer to the sea, between 1812 and 1821. Today, it is the largest monastery on the Mount Athos peninsula, its multi-storied buildings and tall cupolas giving the impression of a city in miniature. Its Cenobitic tradition follows the monastic practise of regulated community life. A key part of this is mealtimes where, after prayers in church, monks and pilgrims gather in the refectory to eat, while being read scripture from the Bible.
Ensuring that everybody hears the readings can be a challenge, partly because the refectory is large, with high arched ceilings, square columns and many other hard flat surfaces, but also because of the mealtime noise levels, which can reach 70dB. To help with this, the monastery had previously installed a consumer-type audio system, comprising three sound bars and four budget hi-fi loudspeakers. Unsurprisingly it did not prove effective, so systems integrator CMYK Service LLC was recently approached to specify and install a professional solution.
Roman Belyaev, CEO of CMYK Service, comments: “Yamaha specialises in high-tech, innovative technologies that allow us to implement unique solutions for spaces
China - A large number of top international DJs, including Hardwell, W&W, Slander, NGHTMRE, Brohug, Kill The Buzz and Maurice West took to the stage at the Creamfields Festival 2018 in Changsha, China.
Creamfields Tour Changsha took place at the International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Changsha on 1 May.
Creamfields Festival is one of the world's leading dance music festival. Originating in the UK and boasting more than 20 years history, it has travelled across 22 countries.
In China, Real Music Acoustics, the local distributor for NEXT-proaudio, provided the festival’s technical needs.
The FOH complete system comprised 24 x LA212x and 24 x LAs418. The entire setup was powered and managed via LA Powersoft touring racks with X8 Amplifiers.
“The main system, NEXT LA212x, delivered a premium sound at Creamfields 2018 Changsha to all spectators allowing everyone to had a perfect music experience,” explains Richie Wang, Real Music’s CEO.
USA - Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic is an off-Broadway show playing at New World Stages beneath an all-LED Elation lighting rig.
The play portrays a certain famous wizard school from the perspective of the slightly nerdy and not-so-famous house called Puffs. Described as ‘a play for anyone who has never been destined to save the world’, Puffs are the outsiders of the magic school who disheartenedly observe as a certain boy wizard repeatedly saves the day. Written by Matt Cox and produced by Tilted Windmills Theatricals, the play is directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker with lighting design by Herrick Goldman.
The third iteration of the show opened at New World Stages in Manhattan last summer, where it’s still running. Puffs came to New World Stages from the Elektra Theatre but was originally staged at the Peoples Improv Theatre, a basement locale that gave the play a “downtown sensibility” according to Goldman. He and set designer Madeleine Bundy sought to keep that feel at New World Stages while upping the production value, a parity the LD describes as “a balance between the old and new stage.”
At New World Stages, Goldman has an automated rig of Elation LED luminaires to work with, a setup of Satura Spot CMY Pro LED moving heads, SixPar 300 LED Par lights, Colour 5 Profile LED ellipsoidal spots, Colour Chorus 24 LED battens and Fuze Wash Z350 PAR moving heads, along with some conventional fixtures.
The up-tempo nature of the show plays well to the strengths of
USA - The term “president’s gala” may conjure up images of staid speeches and a formal dance, but nothing could be further from reality at Anderson University’s South Carolina School of the Arts. The culmination of the academic year at the art institution, the President’s Gala, is a rousing evening of musical diversity that moves seamlessly from West African drumming and dancing, to orchestral and choir compositions, to show tunes.
Providing a visual backdrop for this far-ranging event, which took place at the school’s Rainey Fine Arts Centre on 21 April, was a richly textured and flexible lighting/video design by ACS Sound and Lighting that featured a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures and LED video tiles.
“Jay Pitts, the new producer of the President’s Gala, brought our company on board to help enhance this event with extra artistic flair that could support its diverse performances, while making it camera friendly for television,” says Denise Simpson of ACS Sound and Lighting. “We’ve worked with Jay on many events in the past and we understand his vision. I was the lighting designer and board operator for the event, working closely with Chris Hansen, the director; Andrew Allday, the video designer; and Daniel Fisher, the video director.”
Key to the flexible lighting design at the President’s Gala were the 16 Ovation E-910FC colour mixing ellipsoidal fixtures with HD 19° tubes that were flown on the FOH truss. Used as the main stage wash, as well as for band specials, these RGBA-Lime fixtures made i
Europe - Cymatic Audio, specialists in audio recording and playback for live performance solutions, participated in the recent Eurovision Song Contest in partnership with data storage specialists Angelbird Technologies.
Multiple Cymatic Audio uTrack24 systems loaded with the Angelbird SSD2GO PKT 512GB SSD card and Cymatic Audio’s optional MADI card were chosen to act as Line ID systems for the commentary system at ESC.
Cymatic Audio CEO, Arie van den Broek, comments: “From a broadcast perspective, the Eurovision Song Contest is one of biggest live events of the year, and so reliability is of paramount importance. Just as the show itself is live, so therefore is the commentary with all the commentators broadcasting live to their own countries.
“The Cymatic Audio/Angelbird solution was used to set up, identify and test the commentary circuits prior to the event. The equipment performed perfectly throughout, delivering everything that was required of it - impeccable audio quality, rock-solid reliability and a high channel count at an extremely attractive price point.”
Vietnam - Ba Sao Audio recently deployed complete Harman Professional Solutions audio and lighting systems at the Rock Island Club at the Nam Nghi Resort.
Located on a small private island offshore from Phu Quoc island, the Rock Island Club is an outdoor eating, drinking and dancing venue that offers a 360-degree panorama of Phu Quoc’s beautiful coastline and a mesmerizing ocean view. The club is renowned for its team of mixologists and chefs, who craft innovative cocktails and provide a contemporary culinary experience.
Management recently decided to upgrade the sound and lighting with the intention of turning the Rock Island Club into an international party destination. To achieve this goal, management hired Ba Sao Audio to design and install a complete Harman audio and lighting system made up of JBL, Crown, BSS, Soundcraft and Martin solutions.
“Club and DJ events require a comprehensive range of high-quality audio products that provide exquisite sound quality,” says Nguyen Khac Anh, CEO, Ba Sao Investment. “The Harman solutions work perfectly for the venue, and the system allows the guests to enjoy crystal-clear music, not only onstage, but in the entire building.”
The system includes JBL Control 31 two-way loudspeakers, which are paired with JBL PRX418S subwoofers to reinforce the bottom end. The system is powered by Crown DriveCore Install and CTs 2000 amplifiers. Audio processing is provided by BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 and BLU-50 signal processors, and a BSS Ethernet controller is used for signal routing.
Audio is m
China - Top One Design Engineering in Hong Kong and Macau has invested in Robe MegaPointes and LEDBeam 150s.
It’s the first Robe purchase for the company founded in 2012 by Kurt So to further the cause of bringing world class lighting and event design - with an emphasis on creativity and innovation - to a diversity of sectors in the region including live and corporate events.
Top One is also the first Hong Kong rental company to have these latest Robe luminaires in stock - 24 x MegaPointes and 60 x LEDBeam 150s.
Kurt and technical director Sam Hui had been keeping an eye on both of these Robe products for some time, they explained, and were “blown away” with the first demonstration which was organised by Raymond Wong from Robe‘s HK distributors, Arc Source.
“The MegaPointe has far superior functions in both quantity and quality when compared to other lights in a similar class,” says Kurt, highlighting the animation wheel and prisms in particular.
Almost immediately the lights were delivered, they went straight out on The GREAT Festival of Innovation, staged at the Asia Society Centre in Admiralty, in the explosives store of the old Victoria Barracks to be precise, a carefully restored heritage site now transformed into a buzzing cultural, artistic and intellectual hub for the city.
They were in action again recently in MacPherson Stadium for the MacPherson Festival x Siu Fay Love for the Entire Life concert featuring Patrick Lui and other special guests. Lighting designer MaKaWai Mamui of AriesFlare Studio positi
Portugal - The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), hosted at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, saw the latest range of Claypaky and ADB lighting fixtures feature prominently in the multi-dimensional lighting design by Jerry Appelt.
Appelt's design is one of the biggest lighting set-ups in Eurovision history. Appelt employed over 2,000 lighting fixtures - 750 of which were Claypaky Arc and LED moving heads and 100 of which were the ADB asymmetric cyc LED fixture, ADB Klemantis. All lighting was supplied to ESC by Ampco Flashlight and Pixellight.
Appelt, lighting his fourth ESC, worked in close creative collaboration with set designer Florian Wieder to deliver a stunning, multi-faceted stage canvas that beautifully echoed Portugal's nautical heritage, while offering a remarkable level of visual versatility. In addition, the design directly addressed the comments from last year's winner, Salvador Sobral, who said: "Music is not fireworks, music is a feeling, so let's try to change this and bring music back!"
Appelt's shrewd positioning and programming of the Claypaky arsenal enhanced, defined and shaped the various layers and areas of the set to deliver a striking succession of evocative and sculptural lighting looks. This, combined with carefully choreographed moving trusses and beat-perfect camera work, ensured each country's story was told with a refreshing depth and sensitivity.
"I was looking to create dimension, not just from my fixture positioning but also from the feature set of each fixture itself,” says Appelt. “I also wanted consistency
UK - Lighting designer Nathan Wan created a high impact design for the Live Action Arena at the 2018 Autosports International show, staged at the NEC, Birmingham, where a one-hour special presentation was staged six times a day for the duration of the expo.
Nathan has worked on the show previously, and this year wanted to introduce some new visual dimensions to the mix utilising pixel mappable fixtures, which he drove using ArKaos’s powerful MediaMaster 5 control solution with Kling-Net protocol.
The quick and easy implementation of Kling-Net enabled Nathan to drive the 36 x Spiiders on the rig, plus 70 metres of Chauvet COLORband Pix LED battens with assorted video content that he had compiled and selected for the event.
The Spiiders were rigged on top of six 5m high scenic L-shaped Singapore F1 night-race style gantries that reached 9m over the track. These were introduced last year for the first time and were a big hit, so building on this experience, Nathan wanted totally different and more beautifully fluid kinetic effects that capitalized on the map-ability of the fixtures. With this in mind, he chose to rig each gantry with six Spiiders.
The COLORband Pix were positioned in a long 70m / 840 pixel row with gaps in between the units, curving around the low wall on the far side of the track - away from the grandstand. Once again, with graphic content fed into these units via Kling-Net from the laptop, a serious amount of programming time was saved.
Japan - One of Japan’s most popular singer songwriters, Koji Kikkawa, added real dynamics to his recent Live Is Life arena show at the 8,000-capacity Musashino Forest Sport Plaza with the aid of 23 JDC1 hybrid strobes from GLP.
Specified by lighting and set designer, Makoto Shimizu - who was also performance director - these were programmed in full 68-DMX channel mode to achieve full impact.
The entire stage concept was put together between himself and Koji Kikkawa. “He likes stereo architecture so we assembled mainly curved trusses,” explained Shimizu. “Also, using the lights we designed the back-lighting truss to resemble a weapon attack by the Mazinger Z [from the Japanese animé super robot manga series], with the JDC1 featuring prominently.”
Makoto said he had been aware of the power of GLP products for some time. “We had a tour last year, using the X4 Bars,” he said. “Because of the passion of Fourleaf [GLP’s Japanese distributor], we decided to purchase the JDC1. We saw the demo fixture during the performance by [Japanese mascot character] Funassyi last summer, and used two [GLP] GT1 and JDC1.”
GLP Asia’s Michael Münz and Søren Storm had also paid regular visits to Fourleaf, as well as major lighting company, Lighting Big1, who supplied the fixtures for this show. “They are one of the biggest rental companies in Japan and long time GLP customer,” said Münz. “They have been using the impression range since early on and currently have a large stock of the X4, X4 Bars and now the JDC1.”
Italy - Claudio Lastrucci, Powersoft co-founder, is set to present a case study entitled Mains to Acoustic Efficiency at the Audio Engineering Society (AES) International Convention in Milan later this month.
The AES event, which alternates between a US and European location each year and is in its 144th edition, will take place this year at the NH Hotel Milano Congress Centre.
In his case study, Lastrucci will demonstrate how the power requirements to feed a subwoofer are defined. Standardised and programme audio signals will be applied and results directly measured on real devices. Measurements on true power input, true power output, and overall efficiency in the amplification chain will be addressed including different amplification topologies. This will reveal surprisingly high overall mains input to acoustic output chain efficiency in the specific, usable, passband of the speaker.
He comments: “As an Italian audio manufacturer it is wonderful to welcome to the AES Convention to Milan for its European outing this year. Our home country is known globally for its technology and manufacturing prowess, rooted in a culture of invention and innovation which is evident way back in history.”
Lastrucci co-founded Powersoft S.p.A in 1995 in Florence and acts as research and development director for the professional amplifier manufacturer. In this role, he works across power electronic, audio amplification signal processing, applied mechanics, acoustic and transducer design.
Australia - The first in Australia and one of the most spectacular border lighting shows in the southern hemisphere has been launched by Twin Towns as they unveil their new dynamic digital media facade.
The exterior of the Twin Towns Club’s main building in Wharf Street, Tweed Heads, has been transformed into a huge digital canvas, creating a dazzling attraction for both locals and tourists crossing the Queensland and New South Wales border.
The ULA Group was engaged in this project from the early concepts, working close together with the team at Twin Towns, managed by CEO Rob Smith.
Smith has said he and the Board are extremely excited to see the project come to fruition. “It’s been over five years in the planning and we believe the end result is truly spectacular, not just for Twin Towns, but for the entire community.”
“We’re thrilled, we’re excited. We have turned the vision into a technical reality, and we couldn’t be happier with the result,” says Cuono Biviano, managing director of the ULA Group. “We feel extremely privileged and proud as a local Australian business and global organization to be a part of this iconic digital artwork that has transformed Twin Towns and the local area.”
The original brief was given in early years with the intention for projection and colour onto the building. However, as technology has advanced over time, the project has evolved immensely.
The ULA Group engaged the services of the Bruce Ramus and his team to not only create the content, but to assure that the technical d