UK - White Light has recently supplied new LED lighting packages to two ATG venues: Aylesbury Waterside and the Grand Opera House York.
When Stuart Graham, head of technical operations at Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), was looking to begin an LED upgrade at the group’s venues, he contacted WL.
WL’s business development manager Jonathan Haynes comments: “Stuart got in touch saying that ATG wanted to implement an LED upgrade and had chosen two theatres as a starting point: Aylesbury Waterside and Grand Opera House York. The organisation wanted to upgrade its offering to support its diverse range of productions, as well as reduce the energy consumption of the house equipment in order to make the rig as green as possible.”
WL was asked to put together an LED upgrade package. This meant substituting the tungsten rig with LED, replacing the overhead and cyc lighting. WL worked closely with Graham and the technical managers in each venue to ensure they created a package that would fulfil both theatres’ needs. Haynes explains: “We worked with Jacob Edmonds, technical manager at the Waterside, and Mark Waters, technical manager at the Grand Opera House.
“The initial brief was for us to come up with a lighting solution, choosing fixtures and products that we felt would offer the most flexibility, but at the same time provide longevity; as well ensuring that they remained ‘theatrical’. The equipment would need to support a diverse programme of entertainment ranging from, dance, music, comedy and musicals - all of which rely on the in-h
UK - London-based technical event specialists Light Fantastic Production Services supported Voxburner with a full design and technical solution for YMS London.
YMS LDN is Europe’s largest youth marketing festival, part of a series of global events demystifying the changing trends, habits and attitudes of the consumers of the future.
Held over two days at the Old Truman Brewery, YMS19 LDN was the largest Youth Marketing Strategy event to date, welcoming almost 2,000 delegates and over 150 speakers.
Working closely with Voxburner to deliver an engaging visitor experience, Light Fantastic Production Services provided a comprehensive equipment and support package covering all technical elements, including lighting, audio, video, set and staging.
Commenting on the show, LFPS project manager Andrew Maxted says: “Handling all aspects of the technical requirement at YMS allowed us a good amount of creative freedom. Working with Voxburner we devised a bright, semi-industrial look for the show which complemented perfectly the venue’s sparse interior, allowing the strong colours of the event branding to come to the fore.”
The event required the design and build of three stages, each featuring full audio, video, lighting and scenic designs and all following the ‘industrial’ theme applied throughout the venue.
The main auditorium, with capacity for 1000 delegates, featured exposed scaffolding around a central LED wall contrasted with the creative application of LED lighting in bold colours and eye-catching large format graphics. A
France - Printemps des Vins de Blaye is more than a celebration of fine wines, it is also an event that offers visitors an opportunity to savour enchanting sights of natural beauty and historical significance. Located north of Bordeaux on the banks of the Gironde estuary, the village of Blaye traces its roots back to pre-Roman times and is the home to evocative ancient ruins. It provides an idyllic setting for this popular festival, held in a region that is known for its Côtes de Blaye red wine.
Contributing to the sense of splendour at this year’s wine-lover’s event was the richly coloured light from Chauvet Professional Rogue R3 Spot fixtures, supplied and installed by Societe ALS (Animation Loisirs Sonorisation). The company, which has been lighting the festival for the past three years, decided to use its recently acquired Rogue units to add colour and vibrancy to the stage, dancefloor and surrounding grounds.
“We were able to use four Rogue R3 units and a few LED pars to make the event exceptional in keeping with the wonderful aesthetics of this area,” says Vincent Aubuchou, manager of ALS. “Two of the fixtures were positioned on the back of the stage on truss totems. We kept a clear focus on the beams of these fixtures, so we could get even coverage across a large stage space in the colours of the festival.”
The ALS team also positioned two Rogue R3 units on upstage truss totems to serve as front stage lighting. Together, the four 300W LED fixtures enlivened the festival’s entertainment centre with their vivid colours, cu
USA - Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas just kicked off his solo Chip Tooth Tour with an all Elation lighting rig specified, designed and programmed by Benoit Richard.
Richard, who has worked with Matchbox Twenty since 2000 and has designed Rob Thomas’ first two solo tours, serves as production and lighting designer on the outing. Lighting vendor is Bandit Lites of Nashville with lighting direction and additional programming by Patrick Hayes.
“My goal has always been to deliver a visual experience that is very 'clean & classy' and also offers forward thinking ideas by using new and exciting lighting technologies,” comments Richard, who has created plenty of visually stunning moments in the show, reinforcing hits from Thomas’ solo career as well as a few songs from Matchbox Twenty. “The toughest part is to avoid repeating key gags and effects more than once to create the anticipation of ‘what’s coming next?’ Having a bunch of multi-purpose lights that are more than one-trick ponies though certainly helps.”
Richard’s choice of fixtures includes Elation’s new Rayzor 760, a compact wash LED luminaire with SparkLED technology that he incorporates as a key visual component of the show. “The Rayzor 760 is the anchor in my design,” he says. “This new luminaire is so versatile and looks great as a simple wash or as a specialty effect light. We are using 48 Rayzor fixtures and they are everywhere in the rig.”
The Rayzor 760’s SparkLED is a pixel effect of 2W white LEDs placed inside the fixture’s oversized
South Korea - At a recent a stadium show in Seoul, the LA Philharmonic Orchestra took the music of celebrated composer John Williams to new level, incorporating giant screen projection and an epic soundscape provided by L-Acoustics L-ISA Hyperreal Sound technology.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (aka 'LA Phil'), led by music & artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, has been celebrating its 100th year with the 2018/19 LA Phil 100 centennial programme. The season includes runs at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, the free Celebrate LA open-air festival, and a global tour that includes seven residencies in seven cities, and performances on three continents.
That journey started with LA Phil's 2019 Spring tour of Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo, and included a landmark performance of film music by John Williams in the Seoul Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena (KSPO Dome). The show included motion picture montages projected onto giant screens, and an immersive soundscape thanks to L-ISA.
Grammy Award-winning sound designer, mixer, and LA Phil regular, Fred Vogler, specified the system, which was supplied and set up by local L-Acoustics partner, Seoul Sound.
System design specifics fell to L-Acoustics specialists Alvin Koh (head of application, Asia) and Carlos Mosquera (application engineer, L-ISA). Both realised that the acoustics of the KSPO Dome would present challenges, but accurate modelling of the venue in L-Acoustics Soundvision software using the L-ISA Tools feature pack helped build the best-fit solution.
USA - Encompass AV recently installed a comprehensive Martin Audio CDD sound system in the fashionable SX Sky Bar nightclub and lounge that occupies two floors of the luxurious new Hotel Essex across from Chicago’s Grant Park.
Discussing the project, Encompass AV owner Tim Pickett explains: “We were charged with doing the audio for the SX Sky Bar on the fifth and sixth floors which includes the main bar/lounge upstairs and the dancefloor downstairs, in a night club which can also double as a corporate space during the day.
“Initially the designer was spec’ing another brand,” Pickett continues, “and they brought us on board because they wanted to do something special in terms of sound and make it different and nice, so we moved them into a Martin Audio CDD system.”
The sixth-floor lounge includes a combination of 16 wall-mounted CDD8s throughout the bar and booth area with six CDD6s in a custom zone facing the glass windows with a lake view. These are matched with four CSX118 and two CSX212 subs distributed evenly throughout the space. There are also eight in-ceiling Martin Audio C8.1Ts in a private dining area.
Upstairs in the lounge, the venue required high quality environmental music that could be brought up to DJ levels later in the evening. According to Pickett: “Downstairs also required exceptional quality with higher SPLs. The night club is targeted to a demographic that runs from 21 to late 40s - mostly modern dance music, hip hop, etc.”
For what Tim calls “the large system downstairs”, they installed six wa
USA - At the end of every school year, college students in Providence, Rhode Island, mark the occasion by gathering at the Strand Ballroom & Theatre for a day-long celebration of EDM music and culture.
Project Mayhem, as the event is called, more than lived up to its name this year, with nonstop bass growls thundering, an exuberant crowd dancing boisterously, and a searing lighting and visual display, created with Chauvet Professional fixtures, supplied by JDI Productions.
Lighting designer Freddy Thompson added to the firepower of the Strand’s already substantial house rig for the event by bring in a floor package that included six Maverick MK1 Spot and eight Maverick MK Pyxis fixtures. “A show like this demands a creative, energized environment to keep the audience engaged and on their feet,” says Thompson. “So, we wanted to up the excitement level this year by bringing in the Mavericks.”
Thompson positioned his Maverick MK1 Spot fixtures on 5ft towers located on either side of the stage. The Maverick MK Pyxis units were hung from a 7ft pipe that spanned the distance between the two towers. When they weren’t criss-crossing the stage with intense patterns of vivid colours, the high-output 350W LED Spot units were engaging the crowds as audience lights. Balancing the intensity of the Spots, the Pyxis units create a stream of eye candy with their continuous 360° pan and tilt movement, plus their rim of nine pixel-mapped 15W RGB LEDs.
“Having the Maverick Spots to the left and right of the DJ booth added depth to the design,
USA - Kelly Clarkson is touring in support of her Meaning of Life album. For Chris Michaelessi, who has served as Clarkson’s FOH engineer since 2011, the availability of the new Quantum engine for DiGiCo’s flagship touring console couldn’t have come at a better time.
“I’ve always enjoyed mixing on the SD7 and was really looking forward to having the new, faster and more powerful engine for Kelly’s Meaning of Life tour,” he says, getting his wish fulfilled by Clair Global, Clarkson’s long-time touring reinforcement provider.
“Once I started the using SD7 Quantum, paired with the new 32-bit Stadius Pre-Amp cards for input, I was immediately struck by how much headroom the console has gained with the new engine,” he says, noting that the difference was immediately noticeable both in terms of overall sound and managing console gain structure.
Quantum’s major increase in processing power has also made his overall setup simpler. “The new preamps definitely have a more musical sound; I found myself using less channel EQ than ever before,” he notes.
When he’s not completely booked up with Clarkson dates, Michaelessi has juggled single shows and even full tours with other high-profile rock and country acts, including Miranda Lambert and Third Day. “In 2017, I worked full time for Miranda and managed to do all of Kelly’s rehearsals and shows, except for a small handful. The two schedules worked out in such a great way; I am sure that was a once-in-a-lifetime year! Since the beginning of 2018, I have been wor
Japan - In Apri, Kraftwerk put on four sold-out shows in Tokyo. d&b audiotechnik Japan provided the system solutions used in Orchard Hall, which belongs to the Bunkamura complex.
The sound solutions included KSL loudspeakers with D80 amps and d&b Soundscape to reproduce a sound immersion that totally impressed the audiences. The combined use of KSL and Soundscape was a world premiere and a complement to the visual 3D experience offered by the Kraftwerk performances.
The main hangs flown at the concerts were five KSL arrays, each consisting of six KSL8 (top) and two KSL12 (bottom). Behind each of the five main hangs were two flying SL-SUBs. They supplemented the KSL arrays in the low frequency range and delivered a powerful bass which was extremely evenly distributed throughout the entire hall.
The KSL Systems were driven using d&b ArrayProcessing. ArrayProcessing played a decisive role in offering concert-goers a similar high-quality sound experience at every seat in Orchard Hall, even in the balconies.
The surround reproduction came from 20-point source loudspeakers from the d&b Y-Series consisting of six Y10P (110° x 40°) and fourteen Y7P loudspeakers (75° x 40°). Each side of the hall had seven positions supplemented by six rear positions.
The d&b loudspeakers were driven by 32 high-performance four channel D80 amps. Their integrated DSP modules were used for system equalization. The amps received their signals over four DS10 audio network bridges.
MSI JAPAN was in charge of the technical equipment for Kr
France - As part of the Viparis group of event sites, the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition park is the largest in France and hosts over 120 tradeshows, including some of the French capital’s most prestigious occasions such as the Paris Motor Show, the Foire de Paris, the International Agriculture Show, Viva Technology and Who’s Next.
With such a diverse, high-profile array of exhibitions to cater for, the venue’s sound system needed to be of an equally high standard. When the venue’s largest pavilion - the 7,000sq.m Hall 1 - required an audio upgrade, APG’s Uniline Compact was chosen as the key component.
The audio system in the venue was specified as a result of an electro-acoustic study undertaken by LM Ingénierie Audiovisuel (LMI AV), while the equipment itself was supplied and integrated by Belgian company Inytium.
Partner and project manager for LM Ingénierie Audiovisuel, Tristan Hoël-Bâcle, lent his audio expertise to the system design for Hall 1, in collaboration with project manager Charlotte Brassart.
Hoël-Bâcle says: “Our diagnostic work began with an audit of the existing set-up in Hall 1, which consisted of an acoustic (noise and reverberation time) and electroacoustic (sound pressure level and intelligibility) measurement process.
“Following this diagnosis, we created a calibrated digital acoustic model, allowing us to propose what we deemed to be the best possible solutions. This modelling approach allowed us to differentiate ourselves and explore both the technical and financial requirements o
Austria - Each year, the Festival of Light at Swarovski Crystal Worlds in the Austrian town of Wattens attracts thousands of visitors. The entire park shines and sparkles in a magical interplay of light, music, and crystal and as a recurring highlight guests are treated to a special 15-minute light show.
Swarovski Crystal Worlds allows visitors to experience the wonder of crystal in all its facets. The annual Festival of Light is a spectacular show in which the seven-hectare garden is transformed into a magical luminous atmosphere. This year's event took place from 18 January to 17 February with technology having to endure four weeks of frosty, snowy conditions.
With Elation’s IP65 Proteus Hybrid made for environments of this type and a record of reliable performance behind it, the all-weather moving head was chosen as the main beam effect in the light show for the second year in a row.
Berlin creative agency StudioNOW was responsible for conception and creative implementation of this year’s festival in cooperation with lighting designer Chris Moylan from Optikalusion and the Spanish artist collective Playmodes. PRG handled the demanding technical implementation. Elation’s distribution partner in Germany is LMP.
The attraction’s Crystal Cloud, an area made up of around 800,000 hand-mounted Swarovski crystals, was the main arena for the light show. Eight light towers were placed around the Crystal Cloud to which 56 Proteus Hybrids were distributed, seven fixtures per tower. From these positions, the IP65 arc source fixtures provided i
UK - In addition to being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, The Hollies have never disbanded.
For the recent German leg of their ongoing world tour, the Hollies turned to lighting designer Chris Taylor to create a visual concept on which to perform hits such as Just One Look, Look Through Any Window and I Can't Let Go. Responding to the design brief, P2 Veranstaktungstechnik supplied Taylor with 50 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Wash fixtures for his stripped back lighting rig.
"I wanted to achieve a show which complemented the Hollies' music while putting focus upon the band," commented Taylor. "What's more, as the band travels with very little kit, it was of paramount importance to come up with a versatile and practical solution. The Mavericks were the perfect solution."
Positioning the Mavericks from front and rear trussing hung above the stage, Taylor exploited the 27 (40W) Osram RGBW LEDs, pixel mapping effects and CTO colour mixing technology to douse the stage in a pincer movement of saturated colour.
"I utilised the Maverick's full range of colours and slow dimming curve to meander through various shades and tints, which was fantastic for ushering in gradual changes in mood and atmosphere," continued Taylor. "As the Hollies have a predominantly older audience, the Mavericks allowed me to create some tasteful and dignified looks without being too flashy."
With the large stage area of the 5,000-capacity Emsland Arena offering unhinged creative possibilities, Taylor also made use of th
Italy - Claypaky, in conjunction with Iren, entirely redesigned the lighting of the Mole Antonelliana. Turin's iconic monument was designed by Alessandro Antonelli and built between 1863 and 1889.
Iren took part actively in all stages of the design process, and took charge of the installation and operation of the entire system. It consists of 43 new Claypaky Odeon lights: 24 Claypaky Odeon Flood Maxi RGBW units with 15° beam angle, three Claypaky Odeon Flood Maxi RGBW units with 25° beam angle, and 16 Claypaky Odeon Flood Medium RGBW units with 25° beam angle.
One of the mandatory conditions of the project was to re-fit the already equipped system installation points. The number of fixtures needed to distribute light on all four sides with a minimum illuminance of two candles per square metre (10.76 sq. feet) was calculated.
On the basis of the simulations carried out, Claypaky Odeon units with a 15° beam angle were able to achieve the set objective and - in many cases - exceed it. Of course, the final go-ahead was only given after a field test in the most critical conditions, i.e. at a distance of 90 metres (98.43 yards) from the monument and at a height of 25m above the ground with a diagonal projection of 180m.
The entire new lighting system was designed to work from a distance: the fixtures are installed on the rooftops of houses and cover a total area of about 100sq.m.
The Odeon Flood lights chosen were designed by Claypaky for architectural use and are available with different optical units (15°, 25° and 35°) and different
The Netherlands - Although the Dutch village of Vredepeel only has 245 permanent residents, it has a remarkable sense of community. Having raised over €100,000 towards the cost of combining the church and community centre, they are now enjoying all the benefits of a flexible, networked Yamaha audio system.
Located a few minutes’ drive from the city of Venray, a significant decline in the number of regular worshippers at Vredepeel’s Catholic church meant that it had become too large. At the same time, the local community centre needed major work. Residents came up with the idea of incorporating the community centre into the church building, which would host all of the village’s social activities in one place, including worship, activity groups, meetings, events and the village pub/restaurant. The church and local authorities agreed, and De Kleine Loef (The Small Loaf) was born.
Altogether the project would cost around one million Euro but, despite the small size of the community, the residents managed to raise €100,000 towards it. Another €200,000 came from the board of the Catholic church and the local diocese, with the remainder funded by the municipal and provincial authorities.
Having worked together on many previous projects, audio contractor Willem Claessens of WICL Projects and René Kuenen of audio supplier In2Sound were asked to join the project, with the aim of supplying and installing a high quality system that could accommodate the many different activities that De Kleine Loef would be used for.
“We spent a lot of tim
Argentina - Clair Brothers’ newest Argentine distributor SVC has recently made a ‘significant’ sale of the loudspeaker manufacturer’s C12 line array system.
With integral presentation assistance from Fabián Giordano of Sonamos Audio, a key Clair Brothers partner in Argentina, the live demo at Giordano’s location to Argentine production company Merino Producciones Técnicas was a great success. “This was not just a demo,” explains Ricardo Pegnotti, audio division director at SVC, “it was an event attended by several recognized audio professionals from the region.”
Merino Producciones Técnicas is well known and respected throughout the region. Known best as being the provider of equipment and live production in recent years of one of the National Grape Harvest Festival. It was with this festival, and many other upcoming shows, in mind that the decision-makers at Merino Producciones and the technical team of the Government of Mendoza, (the organizers of the festival) listened with great interest to the Clair Brothers C12 demo and ultimately made the decision to make a significant purchase.
The complete set purchased by Merino Producciones includes 32 x C12s along with 12 dual, 18-inch Clair Brothers iS218 subwoofers and a three-point integral mounting system that allows several configurations, including the ability for them to be hung on top of the C12 linear array.
Amplification consists of four racks, each composed of three Clair Brothers / Lab.gruppen CB-PLM 12K44 and a CB-PLM 20K44 amplifiers with control and monitoring
Czech Republic - Robe is involved as a supporter of the 2019 Prague Quadrennial which is being artistically directed by scenic lighting and costume designer Markéta Fantová and runs 6-16 June at the Vystaviste Praha (Prague Exhibition Grounds) and locations in and around Prague.
Robe is supplying moving lights and technical expertise for some of the event’s key installations at the Expo Grounds, including Blue Hour designed by artist Romain Tardy, Fragments curated by Klára Zieglerová, as well as for the Opening Ceremony on 5 June. The Czech-based lighting manufacturer will additionally be hosting its own community evening on 13 June.
PQ2019 will see over 800 artists from around the world participate in a lively, invigorating and thought-provoking programme of over 600 performances and installations plus workshops, lectures, debates and discussions, all offering perspectives on theatre and stage design and production.
Robe’s CEO Josef Valchar commented: “It’s important for us to be part of this major international symposium and we are very excited to be working with some of the most imaginative practitioners from the world of scenography and visual design. PQ is an important space to enjoy some fantastic works and to network, generate and further new ideas and philosophies about how light can be used as a creative tool.”
Blue Hour and Fragments are both produced by 36Q (threesixty) a collective representing the artistic and technical side of performance design related to active sensorial and – mainly
Europe - Tech start-up PEEX has become a partner to the Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam’s 17,000 capacity arena.
PEEX makes wearable technology and software that enable concert-goers to control the live sound from their phone through a five-channel mixer.
The first concerts involving PEEX technology at Ziggo Dome will be two of Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour dates on 8 and 17 June. Attending fans will be able to rent out the PEEX rX wearable device at the venue or pre-book it online for €10 per show, with a discount available for those booking in advance.
The technology has also been made available for booking for Elton John’s tour dates in Italy, Ireland, Wales, France, Austria and Germany.
Pieter Hamelink, chief executive officer of PEEX, comments: “Partnering with a globally recognised venue that can accommodate up to 17,000 people will allow more fans to experience the PEEX technology. We are thrilled to announce this and it is a testament to the progress we’ve been making, but also reflects the positive engagement we have received from the industry and beyond.”
Ronald Fiolet from Ziggo Dome adds: “We support new and innovative technology that enhances the experience for fans. The live music experience is becoming richer, with deeper immersion and interactivity fuelled by exciting technology trends. The ultimate goal is for our attendees to have the best possible experience they possibly can, and we see PEEX as the perfect technology to help achieve this. We are sure this will be hugely popular.”
UK - This April, competitive gaming platform FACEIT partnered with the PUBG Corporation to host the first global event of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ 2019 Esports season.
The multi-stage tournament held at London’s ExCel saw 24 teams battle for the championship. Bluman Associates were commissioned to provide full video display solution and management.
The FACEIT platform is home to 12 million registered users, hosting 34 million monthly games with up to 90,000 gamers playing at any one time. The summit included teams from North America, Europe, Korea, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Oceania.
Streamed to registered internet and television viewers, the tournament started with three days of broadcasted heats, followed by three days of finals as the players competed for a $400,000 prize pool in front of live and broadcast audience.
The system provided by Bluman Associates comprised of 12 front project double stacked units, displaying onto a 10k pixel x 1080 high screen. The system also included 16 LED Screens, exhibiting the six individual teams battling it out for the title.
The gaming aspect of the project heavily relied on HTML5. This allowed player information and stats to be projected on to the wide screen display. The team sent a 2 x 2k HTML5 Rasta over a pre-rendered wireframe, programmed with data such as pod sizes and video screen layout. This allowed team logos, scores, stats and maps of different scenes to be routed to the relevant pod, enabling the audience to keep up to date with competition information
USA - Campbellsville University is a Baptist institution of higher education in Kentucky that serves 13,000 students and supports a robust athletics programme.
After a long hiatus that started during the Great Depression, the Campbellsville University Tigers football team reconstituted in 1987 with the construction of a new football stadium.
After several expansions, Finley Stadium today seats 3,500 fans. Its most recent addition is a new, fully-weatherised Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system that was designed and installed by the Campbellsville University alums at local integration firm JCA Media.
“The previous audio system had been in place for about a decade,” explains Alex Peake, audio/video integration specialist at JCA Media. “It was adequate when it went in, but a combination of time, weather, and aggressive over-driving of the small drivers had taken its toll; the system was dying in every form and fashion!
“We’ve been hearing fantastic things about Danley systems for a long time, but we didn’t think many of our clients would have the budget for it. That was before we really looked into the pricing. Although there are certainly cheaper boxes on the market, we were surprised at how fairly priced the Danley products are, and now that I’ve heard them, I know they’re worth every penny.”
Ron Finley Stadium is arranged with seating exclusively on the northwest side of the field below a press box and behind the northeast end zone, although fans regularly congregate on the other sides of the field during game
Europe - French singer, songwriter and producer Christine and the Queens has been touring her studio album Chris, bringing a blend of theatrical set, contemporary dance, and her own 'freakpop' to the stage. For the French leg of her international tour, systems engineer Vladimir Coulibre brought in L-Acoustics L-ISA Hyperreal Sound technology.
"Christine's show is a whole - a complete universe," he explains. "It has lots of machinery, lots of lighting, and lots of sonic details, as well as the amazing physical performances. We have to be able to create a strong interpretation for every song: to make sure the audience completely understands the sense and the story. Also, because the show is so theatrical, Christine didn't want technical equipment to be a distraction - she wanted it to be invisible.
“With L-ISA we get both - we can take a cinematic approach to the sound and use multiple shorter hangs that don't obstruct the set."
Coulibre’s approach to implementing the technology on the tour combines equal parts enthusiasm and method. "I had to think of the new system from three angles: creative for FOH, technical for production, and financial for the commercial side,” he recalls. “I had to learn as much as possible about this technology to satisfy those three aspects."
A primary requirement was to make sure the system was easy to load in and out. The solution was to create a double truss arrangement with the motors on the front truss and the system rig, including the speaker cable, on the rear truss. "It didn't cost any more t
UK - Richard Ashcroft’s lighting has been designed by Jonny Gaskell since 1996 and the heydays of The Verve. Ashcroft’s fourth solo album and top 10 hit Natural Rebel dropped at the end of last year and he was back on the road recently in the UK with lighting and video once again supplied by Colour Sound Experiment.
At the start of each touring project, Ashcroft will present Gaskell with a series of ideas. “He’s a demanding client but in a good way,” comments Gaskell. “He knows what he wants and what he doesn’t like, so that’s always an essential starting point, beyond that, he trusts me to come up with an appropriate design.”
For this leg of the tour they were playing several academies, theatre and town hall venues, culminating in London’s Olympia, so it was decided to bring video in just for the London show. For the other gigs, the visual emphasis was all on lighting.
Ashcroft originally only wanted Johnny to use variations of white light, but he managed to persuade him of the creative benefits of sneak in the odd bit of blue or red primary here and there!
It’s always been an edgy, stark look onstage, with Ashcroft preferring the emphasis to be on the music rather than himself, and to be lit by shadows, silhouettes and the margins and subtleties of negative luminance.
Given those specifics, any lighting also must have the capacity to go huge for the big anthemic numbers.
“I chose the fixtures for flexibility and to produce the multiple textures and layering needed to make the show look good on an ac
Belgium - For the past six years, Gala of Happiness has been operating on an interesting premise: to provide an uplifting explosion of musical enjoyment in the darkest depths of winter. At the 2019 event, which was organized by Vayamundo, an afterparty of epic proportions saw chart-topping Belgian band Please Don't Kill The Clown take to the stage at the Kursaal Oostende.
Brought in to create an uplifting visual backdrop for the performance were local production specialists Fluxx Eventing - Animatie, who specified 28 Chauvet Professional ÉPIX Strip IP as part of their lighting concept, all controlled via a ChamSys MQ80 console.
With the goal of the annual Gala of Happiness to foster feelings of well-being and enjoyment as an antidote to the long winter nights, Fluxx Eventing - Animatie utilised the ÉPIX Strips IP to develop an uplifting visual aesthetic. Thanks to their ability to create warm white wash effects - in addition to a multitude of pixel mappable looks thanks to the fixture's 50 pixel mappable LEDs - the 1m-long ÉPIX Strips IP served as a luminous interface between the music and the good vibes within the audience.
"The ÉPIX Strips provided the visual link between the audience, stage and band by giving the whole room a kind of visual consistency," commented Attila Dept of Fluxx Eventing. "By working with the linear form of the ÉPIX Strips, we were able to make a simple but highly variable lighting design that looked luxurious and created positive energy."
Dept and his team positioned the ÉPIX Strips in two arrangements. First
UK - West Side Story continues to delight audiences 60 years after its Broadway debut. The production at Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre is the first not to feature Jerome Robbins’ original choreography, having been adapted for the theatre’s in-the-round configuration by Aletta Collins. The re-imagined production, directed by Sarah Frankcom and mixed by associate sound designer, Owen Lewis boasts sound designed by Richard Brooker and delivered by KV2 Audio.
“As a theatre, the Manchester Royal Exchange is brilliant because it’s so intimate,” says Brooker. “There are 700 seats, but not one is further than 9m away from the stage, so it’s a wonderful experience for audiences. However, it’s a very challenging venue in which to deliver good sound, especially for a musical, and particularly when the majority of the audience already knows every word and every note of every song.”
Brooker has been using KV2 Audio loudspeakers almost exclusively since 2013. “I simply can’t imagine how I could have achieved the same results using anything else,” he says. “One of the biggest issues in the Royal Exchange is that you’re extremely limited as to where you can put speakers, so as a designer it helps to know that the tools at your disposal are the very best and that you’re used to using them.”
Brooker’s design is based on concentric rings of loudspeakers to serve each of the three tiers of seats that are divided into seven separate blocks all the way around the stage. There are 14 front-fills sunk around the edge of the
Australia - The Star Casino in Sydney has unveiled its immersive indoor light and water display, featuring a crescent-shaped video screen based on Black Onyx LED panels by ROE Visual.
The Grand Foyer experience at the Star Casino in Sydney, combines LED screens, aquatic water fountains, lasers, light and live performances to offer an interactive arrival experience for its approx. 20,000 guests that pass through the foyer every day.
Big Screen Projects were commissioned by Ramus Illumination to supply the LED equipment for the refurbishment of the Grand Foyer, the total immersive installation amounting to a 22m dollar investment for the Star Casino.
For this project Big Screen Projects have been working together with lighting specialists Ramus Illumination, who specialise in the design of grand-scale theatrical experiences that encourage public engagement.
The screen showcases the works of Australian artists, university students, cinematographers and animators, the content reacting dynamically to the real-world environment and human movement, encouraging guest interaction. “Creating an installation that combines architecture, contemporary art and technology, states Dino Mezzatesta, the Star Sydney chief operating officer, inspiration behind the artworks was drawn from The Star’s proximity to the busy Sydney Harbour shoreline.”
“With The Star Sydney Grand Foyer experience, we wanted to design an experience full of compelling encounters that enrich the journey,” comments Bruce Ramus, who heads Ramus Illumination, we envisioned a