USA - When Treasure Island casino on Las Vegas Strip decided a renovation would include a new sports bar, The Golden Circle, the casino knew it couldn’t be subtle if it wanted to stand out.
To shake things up and create a space for watching the city’s new, popular NHL team the Golden Knights, NanoLumens was contracted to design and deliver an ultra-wide 24ft by 5ft, 1.8mm pixel pitch LED videowall that is now the centrepiece of the all-new sports bar.
According to Shane Snell of National Technology Associates (NTA), the firm that installed the bar’s technology infrastructure, the NanoLumens fine pitch LED display was the best choice for a number of reasons.
“One of the most important factors of any casino technology installation is longevity,” Snell says. “For the most part, owners try to keep infrastructure relevant for as long as possible, only renovating rooms when truly necessary. That’s why NanoLumens’ cutting-edge and patented LED technology was such a great choice here, bringing customers something they can’t get at home, while also ensuring long-term operation with their unrivalled six-year warranty.
“Since casinos are generally open 24/7, it’s also crucial that maintenance can be performed quickly without interrupting daily operations and guest experiences, which NanoLumens nails with its patented front-accessible design.”
Along with more than 20 HDTVs located throughout the bar, the NanoLumens display is used to show sporting events, races, and live TV. The ultra-wide display was divided into three 16:
UK - LED lighting specialists, LED Creative supported lighting director Stuart Pring with an array of low energy illumination solutions used to create the MelodyVR ‘backstage experience’ at Wireless 2019.
Working with Wireless 2019, the virtual reality streaming service gave fans the world over the opportunity to get up-close to the action with hip-hop royalty including J-Hus, Stefflon Don, Rae Sremmurd via the MelodyVR smartphone app.
Alongside the front of house live broadcast, Stuart and the team worked on creating the custom-built backstage VR area. Housed in twin interconnected domed structures, the LD used a selection of LED Creative products to light the spaces with artistic effect.
For Dome One, LC Sigma Neon was applied across the interior skeleton of the dome to form a futuristic, neon-web effect. Tracing the structure’s entire framework, the LED Neon delivered subtle yet effective, bold ambient illumination throughout the space.
Dome Two, housed the exclusive artists’ VR backstage area. Billed as a world first, the Dome Two backstage area allowed fans direct access to an immersive 360° experience and the chance to ‘hang out’ with some of the festival’s biggest names. Here the LD made good use of LC Pulse Wands to form the colourful linear backdrop to MelodyVR’s 360° view.
Throughout the venue, Sigma and Pulse Wands were used to full artistic effect, providing strong colour and movement to maximise the creative impact of the design. Control via the LC Byte system, allowed precise management over the total inst
UK - PLASA has announced its line-up of seminar sessions in the run up to the PLASA Show 2019 (15-17 September, London Olympia).
In collaboration with top industry figures and brands, the programme will feature an array of creative achievements as well as advice on salient industry issues.
Pro audio journalist and consultant Phil Ward will lead a panel of industry figureheads - Chris Hill from Wigwam, Jim Griffiths from Vanguardia and Steve Jones from d&b audiotechnik - in ‘Equal rights for audio!’ They will assess how live performances, including the recent Spice Girls reunion tour, can neglect audio in the rush for spectacular video, lighting and set design.
Moving from concerts to theatre, Shure will present the future of audio for theatre productions, in association with Curtain Call. This panel will explore how the advancement of microphone technology, such as wireless and lavalier mics, continues to influence performance and push the industry forward.
Meanwhile, Women in Music will host a session on how to survive and thrive in the live music industry, sharing tips on how to create an impressive CV, keep busy during the slow season, gain recognition, and prevent burnout whilst on the road.
Continuing on this theme, Rose Bruford graduate Tom Harrison will speak on the lifestyle of technicians. Working on the road is notoriously hazardous for diet, sleep and exercise, but Harrison is equipped with the latest research and insights to help those interested in leading healthier and more sustainable lives.
James Simpson, L
Europe - May saw the launch of Rod Stewart’s new world tour in support of Blood Red Rose, the artist’s 30th solo album and his first release in three years. Itself a product of life on the road, the new album features a string of relaxed recordings made with Stewart’s tour band in hotel rooms and private, post-gig, backstage sessions.
Helping to translate these new songs from ‘after hours’ to ‘centre stage’ is Colonel Tom Touring, who worked with lighting and production designer Mark Cunniffe to deliver a video rig for the full run of the European stadium, arena and outdoor dates.
Created to be easily adaptable for the tour’s various venue types and sizes, the video package includes an impressive architrave of 300 ROE Carbon CB5 LED panels, powered by Brompton Technology Tessera SX40 LED processors, working in tandem with the manufacturer’s XD data distribution units.
A curved ‘eyebrow’ header comprises 156 ROE CB5 panels in Air Frames, with processing from an SX40 and data distribution from two XD units. The stage is flanked by two portrait legs, each built from 72 ROE CB5 panels with two XD units per side to handle distribution. These legs are powered by an additional SX40.
The processing and distribution have echoes of Colonel Tom’s work on the recent Ed Sheeran tour, although here the team have implemented redundancy loops for the first time.
“One of the main advantages of the SX40 is the 4K workflow allowing us to get more tiles onto one server output,” explains Colonel Tom’s Phil Mead. “The
USA - PixelFLEX has introduced the FLEXUltra XT, LED video display series that benefit from impact- and scratch-resistant COB technology that promises “a dramatic decrease” in pixel failures.
Debuted at InfoComm 2019, FLEXUltra XT series are suitable for any live production thanks to three pixel pitch options – 1.5mm, 1.9mm and 2.5mm – that can reproduce FHD, 2K and 4K content. The panels also offer all-in-one optional ground support system and the PixelShield protective technology for a long-lasting and dynamic LED video experience, says the company.
David Venus, chief marketing officer, PixelFLEX LED, comments: “Understanding the challenges associated with the live production industry and the toll it can take on LED video panels, we are very excited to be releasing the durable and impactful FLEXUltra XT. Now, not only can video designers be sure they have chosen the ideal technology to fully bring their HD video designs to life, but they can also rest easy knowing they have a technology that was built specifically to alleviate the onsite technical obstacles that may occur using common LED video displays.”
China - The Trophée des Champions returned to Shenzhen on 3 August, for its 24th edition, which saw Paris Saint-Germain go head-to-head with Stade Rennais. This is the second year that the French Super Cup has been held at the Shenzhen Universiade Centre.
Absen was the exclusive and official LED display supplier of the event, providing 200 panels of perimeter LED and onsite support throughout the event.
The game, which was attended by over 31,000 spectators, saw the defending champions Paris Saint-Germain retain their title following a 2-1 win, making it their seventh Trophée des Champions title in a row, and their ninth overall.
The company in charge of onsite management, Kaisa Culture & Sports, selected Absen’s 9mm resolution LED perimeter display system for the event, which was installed around three sides of the pitch and used to play adverting and sponsorship content throughout the game.
“The event was a great success”, said a representative from Kaisa Culture & Sports. “The LED system performed very well and the Absen team were extremely professional, showing a deep understanding of our needs and ability to get the job done. We really appreciate the hard work put in by Absen and look forward to future cooperation.”
“In order to achieve the best results, the Absen team have been working very closely with the organisers, as always,” says Allen Lv, Absen sports engineer onsite. “We monitored the system closely and performed multiple tests before the game was played in the evening. I’m very proud that th
Japan - Uplink’s Tokyo cinemas can be described as mini theatres, including the city’s smallest such venue, which is located in the city’s Shibuya district. The company has embarked on a quest to offer cinema goers the best indie and foreign films in a country where Japanese blockbusters are becoming increasingly popular at the expense of both Hollywood movies and foreign arthouse titles.
Over the last decade, the number of mini theatres has declined as multiplexes have flourished, but Uplink and its president, Takashi Asai, have remained true to their belief that the future is bright for arthouse mini theatres in Tokyo. The way to ensure this, in their opinion, is to offer a pristine AV experience to their customers.
As a result, Uplink has chosen Powersoft amplifier platforms to drive the bespoke audio systems in its venues in the Kichijo-ji area, one of the city’s most fashionable districts. The audio setup in each of the venue’s five screens is driven by Powersoft Ottocanali amplifier platforms, which power Taguchi Acoustic Lab speaker systems.
“The visual side of cinema is constantly evolving,” opens Asai, “But, quite surprisingly, the audio side seems to have stagnated a little in the last few decades. Obviously, SPL in cinemas has increased and dedicated subwoofers have become commonplace, but I have felt for a while that we, as cinema proprietors, could be doing more.”
Asai began conversations with an old friend - Kazunori Taguchi, director of Taguchi Acoustic Lab - to understand how to take Uplink’s audio system
UK - Independent event production specialists Light Fantastic Production Services returned to The Old Truman Brewery, London to support innovation festival Unbound with a complete event solution.
Featuring presentations by a host of leading brands, the two-day symposium attracted over 5,000 visitors.
The LFPS team worked with Unbound to transform the capacious venue into a series of zones, including the Main Stage, Future Stage, Networking Zone, Partners Lounge plus individually-branded spaces for over 140 exhibitors.
The guest speaker presentations and panel style discussions were hosted within custom designed auditoria, built from the ground up by the LFPS team. Covering every aspect of the installation LFPS provided all lighting, audio, video and staging along with an extensive suite of stylish exhibition stands, digital event branding and signage.
Commenting on the project LFPS managing director Rob Myer says: “We’re delighted to have once again partnered with the Unbound team for this phenomenal event. With our 50 strong crew, we provided the organisers a single source solution for all equipment, technical support and full production management.”
Central to the event was the 500-seat Unbound Main Stage. The set design wove together LED video panels and 3D fragments of the Unbound logo to create an abstract, modern setting around a 10m upstage video wall. This LED wall was fed via a Barco S3 switcher with Panasonic laser projectors deployed on IMAG duties. In addition to the live audience, all sessions on the main stage were st
Thailand - Mahajak Development Co recently outfitted the Toyota Buzz Co headquarters with a Harman Professional Solutions networked AV system to deliver audio and video in nine locations.
Toyota Buzz Vibhavadi is a Toyota dealership and headquarters of the Toyota Buzz dealership sales channel. In order to broadcast and distribute AV content throughout the facilities - and to eight additional branch locations - Toyota Buzz recruited the help of pro audio distributor Mahajak Development. Mahajak deployed a networked AV system in the boardroom, hall, fitness room, sky garden and mobile room to provide advanced audio and video control.
“After thorough consideration, our team designed and installed a Harman system that seamlessly delivers high-fidelity audio and video across multiple locations to meet the specific requirements of the client,” says Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, project director at Mahajak Development.
Mahajak equipped the boardroom with JBL Control 14C/T full-range ceiling speakers. JBL 305P MkII powered studio monitors deliver precise imaging and impressive dynamic range for critical listening. The system is powered by Crown CT 475 amplifiers and routed through BSS BLU-101, BIB and BOB1 digital processors for maximum flexibility. The conferencing system also includes a video wall with 55” 3x3 seamless display screens, which are controlled effortlessly via computer.
The Toyota Buzz headquarters features a 1,000-seat hall for internal presentations, performances and activities. Mahajak outfitted the hall with compact JBL AE Se
UK - Adlib supplied full production - sound, lighting, video and rigging - plus crew for the recent UK tour by Daryl Hall and John Oates, whose impressive string of top 40 hits stretch back to the 1970s.
After the UK tour, an Adlib control package and video servers went on to the Latin American leg of the tour, and then returned to Europe with the addition of a full audio package for the third segment and euro festival run.
Adlib’s Craig Hamilton - based in the Glasgow office - project managed and co-ordinated all things sonic, liaising closely with Daryl Hall & John Oates’ audio team of FOH engineer Chris Salamone, monitor engineer George Squires and US supplier Firehouse’s stage tech, Jeff Child.
Adlib’s Billy Bryson was the system tech, Jay Petch was the monitor and stage tech for the UK section of the tour and Billy was also the tech on the European festival dates.
They again chose to work with an L-Acoustics PA to achieve the precise sound they wanted, deploying 12 K1 plus 4 K2 down-fills for the main arrays and 12 K2 for the side-hangs.
For lip fills across the stage six L-Acoustics X8 were utilised, with out-fills comprising four ARCS II per side.
Subs were 16 x KS28, deployed in four blocks of four, tipped on end. The onstage sub in each stack was reversed and run in cardioid mode, at the request of Chris Salamone in continuity with the setup on their most recent US tour.
Adlib specified an Outline Newton multisource processor which matrixed between the main DiGiCo SD10 FOH console, the DiGiCo S21 backup
UK - AV solutions rental company Video Design has reported a busy summer, including work on high-profile tours and festivals.
“We started the summer run casually with a really successful tour for Rita Ora in May,” reports company head Alex Leinster. “Then mid June and production manager, Steve Voudouris asked us to support a quick sweep through the UK arenas plus a couple of shows on the continent for Lynyrd Skynyrd. Nice camera package, large rear screen full of lovely content - no dramas. And things soon hotted up.”
Leinster continues: “Stormzy commanded the stage at Glastonbury, supported by the outstanding vision of creative director, Chris ‘Bronkski’ Jablonski fused with LD Tim Routledge’s lighting. Production manager, Joel Stanley pulled it all together at extremely short notice, and yes, we sweated some bullets assembling the diverse elements of LED screen that defined Bronski’s iconic set. Even so, working for a visionary like him was well worth it.”
As Glastonbury revelled in the music another Video Design team, led by Richard Corns was busy in Hyde Park with Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time (BST). “The 950sq/m of WV8HD that we installed across the full panorama of the main stage and wings was fed by a very carefully chosen HD camera and Disguise gx2 package,” he said. “Artists the stature of Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, or Florence + the Machine have very distinct styles; these are not the sort of shows for an ever-hungry camera. It might sound counterintuitive, but through that huge panorama of LED the
UK - Green Hippo welcomed 18 of its most advanced Hippotizer practitioners to its latest UK ‘super user’ event in July.
A regular fixture in the Green Hippo diary, the event was hosted at the Leeds office of Hippotizer dealer A.C. Entertainment Technologies, giving the product team an opportunity to bring these leading Hippotizer experts up to date with the latest features, developments and initiatives. Additionally, it provides a forum for the exchange of highly-informed feedback and ideas from those working most closely with Green Hippo’s technology in a broad array of show environments.
“We run these events every six months or so,” says Tom Etra, senior technical sales manager at Green Hippo. “They are incredibly useful, both for us and our users. They’re an open forum for discussion and feedback with users who know our products inside and out.
He adds: “They work in various different disciplines - touring, theatre, installations, attractions - and they have great real-world experience and insight into where we’re going with the products. It’s a really productive environment - an amazing cross-fertilisation of ideas.”
The day began with the Green Hippo and AC-ET teams presenting the latest features in Hippotizer software V4.5. From AC-ET’s video division, Chris Beardwell showed the new VideoMapper and BeatBridge features, while from Green Hippo, Suzy Stenning discussed the Object to Output workflow, within Hippotizer’s 3D Mapping environment and Zep Mouris demo’d Hippotizer’s latest auto alignment capabilities.
India - Powersoft has named Preeti Trading Corporation (PTC) its distributor for South West India.
The company supports various commercial projects in the region, with its core customer base consisting of small and medium-sized enterprises that sell and install audio equipment for use in commercial, governmental, corporate and public buildings.
“India is an extremely important market for Powersoft,” says Varun Mahesh Jagger, Powersoft’s Europe, India and Africa account manager, distribution. “We see great potential there for strong and consistent growth across all verticals. PTC has been appointed to reinforce that vision. It has a strong dealer network, and a consistent record of moving with the times. We see them as a partner who has taken and continues to take risks in order to come out on top.”
Kammal Dhingreja, chairman managing director at PTC, adds: “As a premier AV import / distribution house, we have known and been in touch with Powersoft for many years now. We already distribute Martin Audio’s world class speaker products, and Powersoft’s amplifier platforms are a perfect addition to this side of our audio offering.
“PTC makes sure that quality comes first and is very proud of the high regard that customers have for our brands and services. We owe this to our qualified engineers and technicians, who continuously up our ante to incorporate newer technologies and state-of-the-art products.”
One of PTC’s goals for the new partnership is to increase the presence of Powersoft products in the region, thus making
USA - Audinate has announced the availability Dante Controller 4.2.3 with Dante Updater, a new feature that makes it easy to update firmware in Dante devices.
Firmware files are hosted by Audinate so they are always up-to-date. Dante Updater allows product manufacturers to more easily bring critical updates to customers by making them available directly in Dante Controller with one-click installation.
Dante Updater continues Dante Controller’s famed ease of use, automatically discovering and associating updates with connected devices in a clear, unambiguous interface, says the company. Now customers can take full advantage of new Dante features and capabilities without hunting for product-specific installers and can deploy updates to an entire system at once.
“Dante Updater is a win-win for Dante users and manufacturers alike,” says Neil Philips, product manager at Audinate. “Audinate’s updater programme allows manufacturers to include their specific firmware updates directly in Dante Updater for error- and headache-free deployment by end-users. Support costs are reduced, and users always have the latest features at their fingertips for the best possible Dante-enabled product experience.”
Dante Controller with Dante Updater is free for all users and is available now at www.audinate.com/dc.
UK - Penn Elcom has introduced a new solution for scenarios where space or access is limited. Suitable for commercial, industrial and residential environments, the R6400-RHF double-hinged wall mount rack enclosure joins the company’s range of 19” rack products.
The new model enables the full rack to securely swing away from the wall, giving technicians and installation engineers excellent access to the rear and sides of the rack and the kit inside of it. The design simplifies the process of running cables, replacing parts or performing regular maintenance and can dramatically reduce the time taken to access the equipment.
Built from rugged but lightweight steel to Penn’s industrial grade specifications, the bracket is reversible so the rack can be configured as left or right opening for full flexibility and space maximisation.
Heavy-duty hinges allow the R6400-RHF to be loaded with up to 50kg (110lb) of equipment, and a handy slam-lock system creates smart open / close functionality.
As with all Penn Elcom racking products, the R6400-RHF offers practical and integrated cable management, with both top and bottom 1U cable knockouts as well as full length internal rack rails.
The R6400-RHF is suitable for a range of applications, from professional entertainment and leisure installations to any spaces utilising IT hubs and servers.
South Africa - Robert Grobler, a lighting designer for Gearhouse Group South Africa is a Vectorworks Spotlight enthusiast who has used the programme to design some of the country’s biggest shows. One of the recent concepts that Robert designed was the Castle Lite Unlocks Post Malone concert held at the TicketPro Dome Johannesburg on 18 June.
An event with international acts comes with its own pre-requisites and between the expectation of the audience and the client, Robert Grobler had to ensure the planning and execution of concept would be world-class. Glenn 21, the events consultation company that organised this event, came to Gearhouse with an idea and Robert was tasked with taking this idea and making it happen.
Robert has used Spotlight for all his drawings 2009 and his experience drawing in Vectorworks offered up a sketch for Castle Lite that was massively detailed. The 50-sheet project gave the show a concept that was both original and well planned out. “Every new project is a new adventure, every show I design starts from scratch so I can bring something new and creative to each event,” says Robert of his process.
The drawing for Castle Lite Unlocks Post Malone is used not only as a reference for the concept but it also provides a detailed report because of the logistical tools that Spotlight offers. “The drawings can be as detailed as you want them to be and the value of having an automated report of what you need for each event is hugely beneficial,” says Dylan Jones, a sales representative and the product manager of Vectorworks
UK - The end of May saw Brompton Technology complete two one-day training courses at the new Manchester HQ of visual technology specialist FIX8Group.
The course was led by Brompton technical support specialist Sarah James and attended by both local Brompton partners and locally-based freelancers, who were taken through the fundamentals of operating the company’s state-of-the-art T1, S4, M2 and SX40 LED processors and XD data distribution unit.
With screens and rigging provided by Manchester-based Brompton rental partner A to V, Sarah took the attendees through the processors’ easy-to-use interface, as well as giving them hands on experience with handy features such as ChromaTune colour correction, On Screen Colour Adjustment (OSCA), Dark Magic for colour smoothing in low brightness conditions, On screen display (OSD) and Genlock.
Neil Trenell, creative director and founder of FIX8, comments: “It’s been a pleasure to host the Brompton training at our premises this week. Their philosophy of quality and high production values aligns closely with our own. We have been regular users of their system so its been great have an opportunity to learn more about it and to welcome other partners who share our interest in the system.”
“With more and more of our processors in the market there is an increasing demand for technicians and freelancers with the knowledge to get the best out of our processors so making sure people have access to high quality training is key,” adds Brompton’s business development manager, Rob Fowler. “We are de
UK - The Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place in the grounds of Goodwood house in Sussex and brings together every aspect of the past, present and future of the automotive industry.
Two eye-catching stands at the 2019 show which took place in early July, were those of Mini and BMW, who both worked with leading marketing agency TRO to realise their visions.
Video provision was an essential promotional part of both stand-designs and TRO contacted Hertfordshire based specialists pixl evolution to deliver solutions. Recently-launched sister company audio evolution was brought in to supply sound systems for both areas. Paul Wood acted as pixl evolution’s project manager for the week-long build and four-day show, with Peter Russell managing events on behalf of audio evolution. High value aesthetics were the order of the day and it was essential that all provision was delivered with close attention to a quality ‘finish’.
Content was screened throughout the show by both manufacturers. On the BMW stand, pixl supplied a 2.5m x 1.5m 3.9mm resolution outdoor LED screen, whilst at the Mini stand, which took the form of a film-set style street frontage, a 5m x 2.5m 3.9mm resolution outdoor LED was mounted on the roof of the Mini Electric building.
In addition to this, one 85” LCD screen and one 48” touchscreen were supplied at ground level to show content specific to the different facets of the Mini story on display. To complement the strong nostalgic recreation of Mini history, in particular the development of the marque’s electric car, pixl
South Africa - Johannesburg rental company MGG supplied the full technical production package for the Africa Play Conference.
Hosted at The Maslow Time Square hotel in Pretoria earlier this year, the conference is a partnership between the Lego Foundation, the Department of Basic Education of the Republic of South Africa, UNICEF South Africa and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA).
Four hundred delegates from around the globe, including educators, policy-makers and researchers, joined together to share insights and come up with ideas to help equip children in Africa to become creative and life-long learners. The emphasis was to explore learning through play and how this could improve the quality of early childhood development and become an integral part of the education system.
“To add an element of fun, MGG was asked to include Lego pieces in the set design,” explains Denzil Smith of MGG. “We soon realised that the Lego factory in Denmark was willing to manufacture actual Lego blocks, 500cm wide by 250cm high and 250cm deep, which were then shipped to South Africa. There was great excitement as the containers arrived at the MGG premises, and even more so when it came to the actual load-in. It was like watching children build a big Lego set.”
MGG project manager Günther Müller was on-site to head the project. The Lego built stage included three high-resolution Absen 2.9mm LED screens designed into the white set, which were the main source for content and information. The middle screen was able to switch
Saudi Arabia - The Jeddah World Festival Closing Ceremony was the first of its kind and saw acts such as Janet Jackson, Liam Payne, Future, Tyga, 50 Cent, Chris Brown and Steve Aoki perform. The ceremony marked the end of the 41-day festival, which comprised of a series of events to include performances from national and international artists.
The ceremony took place on 18 July in the vicinity of King Abdullah Sports Stadium, which gave festivalgoers a view of the stadium as a backdrop to the main stage.
The event was not only the largest music festival to have been held in Saudi Arabia, but it also marked ‘a milestone in KSA’s 2030 vision to expand the entertainment sector in the country’.
Creative Technology (CT) worked alongside client The Manual, technical director, John Adkins (World Class Events) and production designer, Mark Cunniffe to deliver all live video aspects of the sold-out event.
CT supplied 15 custom-mounted 4.8mm outdoor LED screens in the shape of diamonds at 4x4m each, two 4.8mm rolling DJ risers and 150 running meters of ROE LED strip which outlined the stage and catwalk.
The design was achieved through rotating the screens 45 degrees across the 90-meter structure.
Giorgio Devecchi, CT’s project manager, explains: “Mark Cunniffe’s creative design required an engineering safety approval before we could hang the LED panels 45 degrees along the scaffolding structure. Prior to delivering the project, we carried out pre-production testing of the large diamonds at CT headquarters in Dubai. During t
The Netherlands - Dutch popstar, Marco Borsato, recently returned to Rotterdam’s De Kuip stadium for the first time in 15 years to host a five-date concert series featuring an ambitious lighting and video programme. The 50,000-capacity stadium was fitted with a massive 85 x 15m rear wall screen as the backdrop to Borsato’s band and featured an innovative display of lighting and augmented-reality (AR) video images.
Commissioned by Musica è and Mojo Concerts, Faber Audiovisuals supplied the LED screens, play-out, camera, and video facilities, with Visual Solutions and Malfmedia developing the AR and 3D video design, and disguise programming. Faber selected more than 1,000 square metres of ROE CB5 LED screens, four kilometres of ROE LED strips, and 21 cameras, with the strips managed by just seven Brompton Technology Tessera M2 LED processors.
“4000 strips is arguably the highest number ever deployed in one single show to date. With numbers this large, when you start doing the pre-production and planning the infrastructure, only one thing comes to mind: ‘How do we set up so that if a problem occurs, we can resolve it easily?” explains Joel Schilder, project manager at Faber.
“With Brompton processors, you have the ability to use layers and groups, enabling us to separate large parts of the set into smaller blocks or even string level. This made it very convenient for us to keep a clear overview of what was going on during the show, because you can turn layers on or off and focus on what you’re working on.”
One of the biggest cha
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has provided Scottish Opera with a new surtitling system, utilising AlphaPIX2 by Prolights LED video panels.
Founded in 1962, Scottish Opera is Scotland’s national opera company and largest performing arts organisation. With a diverse annual season of productions embracing opera’s unique blend of music, singing and theatre, it is committed to making the art form available to the widest possible audience.
As well as performing its productions in mainstage and other venues across the country, Scottish Opera’s home is the Theatre Royal Glasgow, which last year celebrated its 150th year. Recently the Theatre Royal’s surtitling system was in need of an upgrade after 11 years of service.
Alex Reedijk, general director of Scottish Opera approached AC-ET to discuss alternatives. Chris Beardwell, technical sales executive in the company’s video division recommended the Prolights AlphaPIX2 screen, which is available as a custom surtitling package featuring various size displays and an independent software control system.
Alex commented: “After approaching AC-ET, we were very encouraged that they had already supplied the AlphaPIX2 surtitling system to two major UK opera companies. In addition, like us these other companies favoured the fact that the hardware was not linked to a dedicated software package, allowing for future hardware or software upgrades without the need to replace the whole system.”
Scottish Opera’s primary surtitling screen features seven side-by-side AlphaPIX2 LED pa
Belgium – The highly anticipated Eric Prydz EPIC 6.0 Holosphere debuted at Belgium’s Tomorrowland Festival last weekend, with Eric performing inside a giant video-mapped, 3D transparent LED sphere.
The production was the latest in Prydz’s EPIC (Eric Prydz In Concert) series of visual spectaculars, realised by dream team, long term collaborators Liam Tomaszewski (Punkette), Ross Chapple (RCLD), Mark Calvert and Dave Green (RES) and Bryn Williams (Light Initiative) with the eight-metre-high Holosphere forming the centrepiece of the new design.
“EPIC 6.0 has been two years in the making, starting with conceptual sketches, through to putting together exactly the right team with the skills, know-how and passion to get the project off the ground, and now successfully delivering the show at Tomorrowland,” says Calvert, who has been working with Eric Prydz on the EPIC shows for more than a decade as executive show producer, production manager and co-show designer. “When our team presented the concept to Michiel Beers and Jan Herinckx at Tomorrowland, they were extremely supportive and excited to co-produce the show with us.
“We are very grateful for their faith in this production and equally to our chosen technical fabrication team, Light Initiative. We believe the show takes the core elements of dance music, LED technology, creativity, engineering, lighting and video control to the next level.”
To deliver Tomaszewski’s holographic imagery, Light Initiative designed and manufactured a lightweight structural and cladding system that
UK - Lighting and video rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment supplied stage and architectural lighting and LED screen to the 2019 Hampton Court Palace Festival, staged in the Tudor Courtyard of Hampton Court Palace in Richmond, Surrey.
A star-studded line-up for the 2019 season included Kylie Minogue, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Tears for Fears, The Jacksons, Jools Holland and many more.
The event was enjoyed by thousands who flocked to this unique venue to enjoy summer evenings picketing in the gardens and grounds before taking their seats for the evening concerts which ran over a three-week period in June.
Ensuring that everything ran like clockwork onstage was Jonny Gaskell, production manager and production lighting designer, who has worked for the festival for the last seven years. Jonny provides a production design for the stage and lights selected architectural features around the surrounding courtyards and gardens.
In addition to the house rig, Colour Sound provides the artist specials packages as required. The music ranges from Jools Holland to full orchestral to pop, rock and funk and soul, catering for a wide range of tastes, and the lighting design takes this as a starting point.
The stage is a custom construction fitted neatly and sympathetically to the Courtyard walls, providing all the accoutrements of a modern festival stage, complete with seating tribunes in front.
Jonny’s production design for 2019 was based on three lighting trusses – front, mid, and rear – sub-flown from the roof structure, and these p