the-cast-of-the-band-credit-matt-crockett2Unusual Rigging on board for The Band tour
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

UK - The Band is a new musical written by Tim Firth, featuring the music of Take That. Cast through the 2017 BBC reality television show Let It Shine, it is produced by David Pugh and is currently touring the UK through until July 2018, with more dates being added.
With so many theatrical venues playing host to the production, Kate West, production manager has brought Unusual Rigging on board for the duration of the tour to provide motors, truss and rigging for LX and sound positions and for some scenic items, as well as supplying staff for the get-in and get-out at each tour move.
While The Band is not a particularly complex show in terms of rigging, as with the nature of touring productions, some venues are more challenging than others and Kate needed peace of mind that the points could be installed relatively quickly in each venue to enable the fit up to be completed on time. The team also had to be quite conscious of how much truck space was used to transport equipment as space was limited.
Kate explains: “I have worked on many productions with Unusual Rigging and they have always been very helpful right from the start of the process – making suggestions on how things can be achieved, which is why we brought them on board for this particular tour which sees us visit lots of different venues across the UK.
“Unusual provides us with a person who is a point of contact for the show, which means you have one person who is completely on top of the job, which makes it a lot easier and ensures things are less likely to

kennydollyKenny Rogers bids farewell with Bandit Lites
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

USA - It was an evening of memories, music and celebration as Kenny Rogers celebrated his retirement from an illustrious career. Bandit Lites provided the lighting for Blackbird Presents, All In for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration, a one-night only send-off to one of music’s most successful artists of all time.
In a recorded production to be televised at a later date, the music industry’s finest, including Kris Kristofferson, Chris Stapleton, Alison Krauss, Lady Antebellum, Wynonna and Naomi Judd, Lionel Richie, Idina Menzel, The Flaming Lips and Little Big Town performed the hits of Rogers, before the evening culminated in legendary duet partner Dolly Parton taking the stage with Rogers himself.
Lighting designer Mark Carver crafted a lighting look that would match the Gambler’s classic style while creating looks that would translate the feel of the live show to those who would eventually view the production at on television.
“The producers were looking for a contemporary yet classy look to go along with the feel of the evening,” Carver explained. “The creative team used a LED video wall to provide content and themes for each song. It was our job to be in sync with both our colour palette and attention to tempo.”
Carver utilised the B-EYE K20 fixtures for colour toning, with Viper providing texture and Sharpys giving the hard edge beam looks. “The Patt 2017 and Truss tower fixtures were used for video camera cross shot eye-candy,” said Carver. “The goal was to translate the audience experie

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 28 November 2017


City Limits - Five British cities competing to be the European Capital of Culture in 2023 have been left reeling after it emerged the European Commission is to exclude them from the competition. The news comes less than a month after final submissions were made by Dundee, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Nottingham and a joint bid by Belfast, Derry and Strabane.
A letter sent by the commission to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said the UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU meant “the participation of the UK in the European Capital of Culture will not be possible”. Expectations had been high that a British city would be selected for the first time since Liverpool in 2008. A judging panel had been due to convene next week to assess the British bids.
Responding to the decision, a DCMS spokesman said it: “disagrees with the European Commission’s stance and is deeply disappointed that it waited until after UK cities had submitted their final bids before communicating this new position”.
Certified Resellers - Google has announced that event ticket resellers will need to be certified before they can advertise through its advertising service AdWords. The new policy will take effect next year from January 2018 and will apply globally.
In a recent YouGov poll, 48% of respondents said they wanted ticket reselling sites to be banned, due to inflated prices and a lack of legally required information, such as seat numbers. Google, through this change in strategy, aims to assist consumers in purchasing “face value” ti

 
communityiv6arrayCommunity launches modular vertical array
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

USA - Community has expanded the system design versatility of its I Series family with the new IV6 Modular Vertical Array 600 system. Aesthetically designed for installed indoor or outdoor applications, IV6 is a scalable, adaptive sound reinforcement system featuring wide-dispersion IV6-1122 array elements (12-inch, 2-way) available in two complementary vertical coverage angle versions (5° and 15°).
Built-in Passive Acoustic Optimization (PAO) settings on the rear of each loudspeaker allow up to 55 different frequency response profiles to be independently selected for each element in the array, providing unmatched SPL and frequency response consistency throughout a listening area without requiring costly additional amplifiers or DSP channels. Community’s exclusive PAO module included within EASE® Focus 3 software quickly calculates the ideal PAO settings for each loudspeaker.
Community has collaborated with trusted audio rigging manufacturer Polar Focus to design a variety of colour-matched array frames that seamlessly integrate with Polar Focus’ wide variety of install-friendly array-to-structure hardware.
IV6 loudspeakers are available in textured black or white finishes for indoor applications, and may also be ordered in weather-resistant versions featuring Community’s exclusive PolyGlas enclosures and optional powder-coated stainless-steel hardware for outdoor applications.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
painting-with-light-bodyguard-madrid-companiaThe Bodyguard opens in Madrid
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Spain - After 647 shows and a massively successful run of almost two years at the Beatrix Theatre in Utrecht - delighting more than 800,000 fans - Stage Entertainment Holland’s blockbuster production of The Bodyguard has opened at the Teatro Coliseum in Madrid.
Imaginative and eye-catching lighting is again designed by Luc Peumans of the Belgian mixed-media visual design practice, Painting with Light.
Luc was integral to the original Dutch production’s creative team, who were all commissioned to bring their style and magic back to the show in the vibrant Spanish capital. This included Carla Janssen Hofelt, responsible for the impressive automated video set featuring content produced by Ad de Haan.
Juxtaposed against this, Luc’s lighting captured the drama of the story and presented it in the distinctive cinematic aesthetic they developed for the Dutch show that garnered critical acclaim.
“It was great to be back working with everyone again and enjoy the synergy we all shared on the original production,” commented Luc.
The main challenge in Madrid was fitting the production into the reduced stage space, which was 4m narrower and 3m shallower than Utrecht. Working with these parameters, they replicated the Dutch show as closely as possible, maintaining all the spirit and production values.
The five flying scenic video screens were accommodated together with a number of set trucks, some partly covered in LED, so it wasn’t possible to work with standard overhead lighting positions.
Instead, 12 x Claypaky Mytho

 
robe-x-factor-uk-2017-xf14-dymond-0907Robe MegaPointes for X-Factor UK
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

UK - For the second year running, Robe’s newest moving lights - including the just launched MegaPointe multi-purpose moving light – featured prominently on the UK’s much anticipated 2017 X Factor final series. Six weeks of nail-biting live show excitement with lighting designed by Tim Routledge will reveal some incredible singing talent and culminate on the final at Wembley Arena this weekend.
The show was staged for the first time at LH2 Studios in Park Royal, north-west London, and joining the 43 x MegaPointes on Tim’s rig were another 270 Robe fixtures - 112 x Spikies, 52 x Spiider LED wash beams, 37 x BMFL Blades, 34 of the brand new LEDBeam 150s, 35 x onePATT single cells which are also new and a BMFL RoboSpot, adding up to a grand total of 314 x Robe lights.
Another stunning set by Florien Wieder of Wieder Design included multiple LED screens and a strong video presence defining the space, building on the look that was such a big hit with everyone last year. The set occupied slightly more space this year, incorporating a series of balconies and a mezzanine level.
A new creative team from The Squared Division came on-board for 2017 alongside series director Julia Knowles. The executive producers wanted an immersive feel to the show, so the 3mm high definition LED screens gave a wide and apparently continuous look, with some discreet breaks in between that were filled with concealed lighting.
A trough beneath the main screen and the slim gaps in between the LED surfaces were the starting points for Tim’s lighting design.

 
 
litegear-presentation-to-btsLiteGear’s LiteMat+ Plus supports Behind the Scenes
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

USA - LiteGear Inc., designers and builders of LED lighting products for professionals in the Cinema, TV, and HD Video industries, made its first Pledge-a-Product donation to Behind the Scenes on the show floor at LDI 2017. Pioneers behind the popularization of flexible LED lighting for use in Cinema and TV lighting applications, LiteGear presented a cheque for $7750 representing a percentage of the profits from sales of their new flagship fixtures, LiteMat+ Plus, to support the charity.
On presenting the cheque, LiteGear CEO, Al DeMayo, stated, “We are very proud to be part of such a great charity. The support for entertainment industry members is an admirable cause that LiteGear can really get behind.”
Tobin Neis of the BTS Foundation Board of Directors commented, “Behind the Scenes is thrilled to have LiteGear as a part of our Pledge-a-Product programme and for their first year they and their customers have made a wonderful contribution that will go far to help entertainment technicians in times of crisis.”
The Behind the Scenes charity provides entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured with grants that may be used for basic living and medical expenses. For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit www.behindthescenescharity.org.
(Jim Evans)

 
anolis-warmespeicher-photo-ssp-design-2n4a59131Feeling the energy at the Wärmespeicher
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Germany - Eighty Anolis ArcSource 4MC LED fixtures were specified to illuminate the indicator for a new heat storage tank (Wärmespeicher) installed in the Drispenstedt residential district of Hildesheim in Lower Saxony.
The impressive 17.5m high 4m wide structure which resembles a quirky piece of contemporary sculpture was designed by pape+pape Architekten from Kassel. It contains an internal cylindrical water feature which is illuminated by the ArcSources which are programmed to indicate how much of the energy generated from the nearby natural gas-fired combined heat and power plant (CHP) is currently stored and available for use.
The lighting installation was commissioned by energy company Energieversorgung Hildesheim (EVI) and the lighting design was imagined and delivered by locally based architectural lighting specialist SSP Design, with Matthias Schiminski and Henrik Nolte as the project’s lead engineer and designer.
When there is a lot of energy stored up and available for use to heat the nearby homes, the 20,000 litre water feature glows red. When there is less available, the colour gradually morphs through to blue.
EVI and the city’s planning and development department Gemeinnützige Baugesellschaft Hildesheim (gbg) initiated the plan which also involved the renovation of heating systems in 1600 homes over two and a half years, at a cost of around 3m euros.
Being right in the heart of a residential district, it was imperative that the indicator structure was aesthetically pleasing in its own right, and something that Arne H

 
 
haloHarman solution for halo upgrade
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

UK - London TV and feature film post production studio, halo, has carried out a major £300k upgrade of its main Studio 1 film dubbing stage, which it acquired towards end of 2011 after taking on the lease at 25 Noel Street in Soho.
As one of only three cinema-scale audio mix rooms in central London, halo had earmarked this as the first phase in a comprehensive refit of the 10,000sq.ft building, converting the stage into a Dolby Atmos environment, based around 46 JBL loudspeakers.The speakers, along with the Crown DCi-N network amplifiers and BSS Soundweb DSP, were supplied by Sound Technology, who distribute these and other Harman brands in the UK and Ireland.
Providing technical support from Sound Technology was senior application engineer, Ben Todd. He explained that with Atmos gaining traction in the industry, halo had felt the time was right to bring their main studio up to a reference spec.
With halo’s head of audio operations Richard Addis, and lead mix technician Johnathan Rush overseeing the implementation, in addition to the new generation technology, a heavy commitment was made at the same time to updating the room aesthetics, in order to provide a level of comfort and quality to match the already very highly regarded room acoustics.
halo, at first, had been reticent to change from their existing trusty bi-amped JBL loudspeakers. “So we persuaded them to have a demo of the tri-amped [JBL] 3732T ScreenArray to ensure that their LCR channels were up to date and worthy of the room,” said Todd. Sound Technology provided demo units

 
cochran-chapel1Historic chapel upgrades with Martin CDD
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

USA - Mark Waker, owner of the New England-based integration and consulting firm Balanced Input, faced a variety of challenges for an audio upgrade at Phillips Academy Andover’s historic Cochran Chapel in Massachusetts.
In addition to two lines of large pillars that run the length of the building and obstruct the passage of sound, the Chapel walls have 10ft high wood panelling running around the space along with the wooden pillars and pews, all of which contribute to reflectivity that can further impact audio reproduction. Fortunately, Martin Audio CDD12 speakers would help in providing a one of a kind solution to overcome these challenges.
Phillips Academy, a private boarding school founded in 1778 with a list of prominent alumni that includes former presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, originally dedicated the Cochran Chapel in 1932. The historic space underwent an extensive renovation in 1998 to expand the balcony and seating and add projection screens, but the audio coverage still fell short.
Discussing the recent audio upgrade, Mark points out, “The system had to provide superior audio for the wide variety of events held in the chapel, including school functions, weekly worship services for different faiths, weddings, concerts and recitals by high profile artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin along with guest speakers like Spike Lee and Jane Goodall.
“Of course, the biggest challenge was overcoming the problems posed by the two lines of pillars which are such a huge obstruction the school had to install the large

 
 
powersoftPowersoft drives Galaxy amusement park
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Ukraine - Four years in its construction, Ukraine’s impressive Lavina Mall has opened the doors to its vast 140,000sq.m shopping and leisure concept – the largest in the country.
Housed within and occupying a staggering 20,000m2 is Galaxy Amusement Park, one of Europe’s largest theme parks. At such a superlative destination reliability is at a premium. Dependability is the prime driver, and so the uniform and fail-safe sound coverage for the entire amusement park is under the steadfast control of Powersoft Ottocanali power amplifiers, specified and installed by integrator and Powersoft’s Ukraine distributor, MAG Audio.
A consistent audio soundtrack is integral to the amusement ride experience and at Galaxy this is distributed via a network of over 400 loudspeakers, installed at the 20m ceiling height and zoned around the indoor park and its attractions. Driving the audio across the vast space are just four Powersoft Ottocanali 4K4 power amplifiers, ideal for multi-zone locations and well suited to distributed systems.
Igor Sydorenko, MAG Store’s field service engineer, and the Lavina Mall project manager, responsible for project’s design and implementation, said: “In the end, the key factor for winning the deal came down to performance and price. The power capacity and complement of eight channels in the Ottocanali series saw the entire, huge, installation fitted with just four Ottocanali amplifiers. Other amplifier brands just couldn’t compete and integrators had significantly higher prices as they were forced to specify

 
sgmMan-made hill lit with SGM’s P-series
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Sweden - On one of the brightest nights of the year in Kumla, Sweden, lighting designer Fredrik Jönsson showcased a drama-filled lightshow using products from the SGM P-family. The show took place on a man-made hill, with smoke pouring from the ground, complementing the spectacular artistic light show on this bright summer night.
The light show took place during a gala dinner during a world leadership conference. It did not take long to choose the man-made hill, as it was the highest point for miles and with an already fixed art-installation with large outdoor installations called Art on the Hill. With a concept of dining at a very scenic place, the event company Bright Blue decided to build a huge tent with see through sides and roof on a scaffold construction on top of the peak.
Kvarntorpshögen was made during World War II, when extracting oil from slate. Although the oil extraction ended immediately after WWII, the hill is now a hot area, and sulphur and smoke still pour from the ground in some areas. With these special surroundings, a light show here called upon both drama and a storyboard to make it alive.
“My synopsis for the lightshow was that the art-installation wakes up during the night and greets guests with colour and lights, and ends with an up-tempo colour explosion where the installations dance,” said Jönsson, the designer behind a spectacular five-minute light show on Kvarntorpshögen.
The task of distributing power and signal around the hillside was immense, and lights were scattered almost everywhere on the hill

 
 
mercuryMoscow’s Mercury rising with first L-ISA installation
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Russia - Mercury Space Moscow is a 975sq.m, ultra-luxury, multifunctional venue located on the 40th floor of Mercury City Tower in the Russian capital. The owner of this new space, which has been designed for celebrity events and parties, wanted a sound system that would set it apart. When Sonoruss, L‑Acoustics certified distributor for the region, suggested an L‑ISA immersive audio system - the first nightclub installation in the world - it was agreed that there was no other choice.
L‑ISA, which stands for Immersive Sound Art, is an immersive audio technology, combining L‑Acoustics’ sound design and world-class loudspeaker systems with sophisticated processing tools to create a hyperrealistic soundscape at live shows.
“We introduced the venue’s owner to the new multichannel L‑ISA system, using Kiva II and KS28 when they visited the L‑ISA Lab in Highgate. We suggested that they could do the installation in two phases to spread the cost,” explains Igor Verholat, CEO of Sonoruss. “But he was so blown away by what he heard that he decided to have the complete system installed straight away. In fact, the trip determined the entire concept of Mercury Space Moscow.”
The installation was performed by Theatre Technique and Technology, with the Sonoruss and L‑ISA teams providing support from initial consultations, through to the sound design and final calibration.
“L-ISA provides an amazing localisation of sound sources that immerses the listener in the sound space,” says Alexander Ananiev, acoustic engineer for Sonoruss.

 
7thsense-wins-export-and-digital-engineering-technology-award-mitse-20177thSense Design scoops double awards win
Monday, 27 November 2017

UK - 7thSense Design has claimed two awards at the 2017 Made in the South East Awards.
The creative software and technology company which manufactures the Delta Media Server was presented with the Export Award and Digital Engineering Technology Award at a finalist event on 23 November (Thursday).
7thSense will now stand as finalists in the in Export and Digital Engineering and Technology categories of the 2018 Made in the UK Awards to be held in Liverpool on 20 June.
Matt Barton, managing director of 7thSense, commented: “The competition this year was especially tough, there’s so many ambitious organisations and a great deal of innovation in the region. We are so honoured to have be recognised with both awards and this was yet another occasion where we can proud of our incredible team.”
Now in their fifth year, the annual Made in the South East Awards recognise and reward south-east based companies that have demonstrated success in innovation, product development and growth in either domestic or overseas markets.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
ax1-wireless-pixeltubePLSN Goldstar Award for Astera
Monday, 27 November 2017

Germany - Astera LED Technology’s AX1 Wireless PixelTube won a PLSN Goldstar Award for the Best New Battery-Powered Light at LDI 2017 in Las Vegas.
The German manufacturer’s pixel controllable LED RGBW baton has 28W of LED power and reaches almost 700 lumen output. Its RGBW LEDs are individually calibrated to reach a CRI of 88, and the fixture’s built-in lithium-ion battery pack offers a 20-hour runtime on a single charge. Each of AX1's 16 pixels can be controlled individually via W-DMX or CRMX. In addition, the fixture’s IP65-rated housing enables safe outdoor use and LDs can use the AsteraApp to create programs on the go and to set up the AX1 for DMX usage and monitor the lights during operation.

 
castwysiwyg helps create techno light show for ØKUBE
Monday, 27 November 2017

Belgium - For lighting designers, testing their design during a show isn’t an option - but neither, in the majority of cases, is it feasible to put together a live trial.
That was the challenge facing Raphaël Ganhy, lighting designer for Gedinne Plein Air Festival 2017. Raphaël turned to CAST Software’s wysiwyg, a comprehensive design suite that incorporates virtual real-time pre-visualisation of lighting, motion, and media content.
“I used wysiwyg from the beginning to the end of the project,” he explains. “That meant spending around 200 hours using wysiwyg and all of its many functions – CAD, Design, CAD Plan, Report and so on. In total, I used around 133 DMX universes. It was a challenging, but very enjoyable, project, and wysiwyg enabled me to determine whether my ideas would work – and to find alternatives if necessary.”
What Raphaël was looking to achieve was something that can be described as innovative and ground-breaking. Where, traditionally, a lighting designer might have looked to video, they wanted to use LED pixel mapping instead. They designed a solution using 300 SGM LT-200 2m graphics tubes loaded with RGB LEDs to create a concept they called ØKUBE in which each pixel is individually controllable.
“Without wysiwyg and the support of Dino Mazza, wysiwyg’s product manager, I would never have been able to test and see if my idea was feasible,” Raphaël said. “Most importantly: wysiwyg was vital in helping us to not only meet the client’s expectations, but to exceed them.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
robe-rita-tour-2017-israel-rit261919126Rita hits the road again with Robe
Monday, 27 November 2017

Israel - Israeli singer Rita Yahan-Farouz is back on the road with a new album Transparent Miracles and a new lighting and visual design by Ronen Najar featuring Robe Spiiders and BMFL Spot moving lights.
The tour started at the Yakum Kibbutz Hall just outside Tel Aviv, where Ronen was engaged in five intense days of pre-programing before revealing the magic and mystery creating a stunning looking show for Rita and her 12-piece band.
Ronen, who has worked with Rita for around 16 years, discussed the show concept with the signer who came up with the basic live concept in terms of the music, rhythm and pace of the set. From this, he produced the essence of the design with the idea for a curved structure upstage of the band.
Visiting a wide variety of venues, from 500 – 3,000 seaters, the rig had to be scalable and the structure capable of being flown, ground-supported or both.
Deciding against IMAG video and large screens, Ronen proposed a series of 6mm video panels rigged at three different heights with some of the strips separated vertically, but close together for a large picture to be played out.
Once the video architecture was in place, Ronen chose and positioned the lights – 16 x Spiiders and 17 x BMFL Spots – supplied by Simul Argaman Systems – around the structure, also on three levels.
The rear of the curved truss is dressed with metre-wide silks that come tumbling down from the top rail, and each of these is up-lit with an LED batten. There are also some additional LED moving lights on a front truss.
So

 
artiste-daliIndustry awards keep coming for Elation
Monday, 27 November 2017

USA - Elation Professional’s Artiste Dali LED moving head won the accolade for Best Debuting Product: Lighting at the recent LDI trade show in Las Vegas. It is the second notable industry award in the past two months for the Artiste Dali, having won a PLASA Award for Innovation in September.
The award came just a day after the Elation Chorus Line 16 LED batten was awarded a Gold Star Product Award by the editors and writers of PLSN magazine, and with the Proteus Hybrid also a 2017 PLASA Innovation Award winner and the Artiste DaVinci WH a Best Moving Light Award winner at the recent WFX show, the Elation trophy case is bulging.
The LDI 2017 Best Debuting Product Award was presented at an awards ceremony on Saturday, 18 November, on the AG Productions' megastructure stage at LDI: Live Outside at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. “It’s a chilly evening but this definitely helps to warm things up,” exclaimed Elation sales director Eric Loader, moments after accepting the award together with Elation president Toby Velazquez. “To be recognised by our peers in the industry is always a humbling yet very gratifying experience. I’m proud of our entire team as we continue to bring innovative products to market that maintain excellent price-value ratios. Most of all, we look forward to seeing how designers will incorporate this new technology into their shows.”
Loader continued, “With the continued improvements in LED technology, the possibilities to use linear LED battens for everything from dynamic visuals to more practical lighting solutions

 
 
michael-broderick-with-third-year-tut-students-koketso-motsumi-and-lebogang-maria-phahlamohlaka-2017Theatre lighting workshop feeds creative appetite
Monday, 27 November 2017

South Africa - Michael Taylor-Broderick of DWR Distribution presented the company’s two-day Theatre Lighting Workshop in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, covering a range of topics from stage lighting to elements of design.
“I am passionate and I absolutely love what I do,” said Michael, a lighting designer for over 15 years. “Every time I walk into a theatre I'm aware of how special and magical it is. I treat it with great respect and the idea is that other people should do that too. All forms of performing arts, all kinds of live performance are indebted to the theatre and its demands in some way.”
The course covered essentials such as the properties of light and colour, lighting positions and angles, lighting instruments, design and theatre language. “I try to instil that lighting is not about the lighting designer, but actually about what’s on the other side,” explains Michael. “There is a great Jean Cocteau quote I use, ‘The sum of all the lanterns should never be greater than the light shining from the actor’s hearts’. For me, that is essentially what it is, you are not there to show off your skills, but you are there to enhance the skills of the people on the stage. It’s quite simple and hopefully, it resonates.”
(Jim Evans)

 
maestra-london-four-new-team-members-nov-2017Maestra London adds four team members
Monday, 27 November 2017

UK - London and Dubai based event technical design and production specialist Maestra has welcomed four new team members in London, in time for the busy autumn and winter season.
Justin Hammond, managing director of Maestra London, commented: “We are delighted to welcome everyone on board, and have been really impressed with the calibre of people interested in making a commitment to working with Maestra at this very exciting time in our development.”
Lizzie Bishop joins as senior project manager, Alice Dapling comes on board as a senior production designer; Sirajuddin Mohammed is focussed on the financials and accounts, while Jenny Bumanglag strengthens the operations division.
Lizzie Bishop graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Geography, then started off her career in events as an Events Co-ordinator for Wise Productions, specialising in delivering technical production in unique London venues such as palaces, art galleries, museums and skyscrapers.
Alice Dapling studied Interior Architecture at Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC) and worked in an architectural practice before moving to London in 2012, where she worked at Event Concept for over five years before joining Maestra.
A recent graduate, Jenny Bumanglag’s university projects included producing live talk shows, creating set models and hosting fundraisers for awareness campaigns.
Sirajuddin Mohammed came to the UK in 2012 to study for his Masters in International Finance at the University of Westminster and graduated in 2013. Before then,

 
 
michael-althaus-cory-fitzgerald-and-chris-ferrante-with-the-ldi-2017-award-for-best-use-of-lightAyrton takes gong at LDI 2017 Awards
Monday, 27 November 2017

USA - Ayrton received the LDI 2017 Award for the Most Creative Use of Light at last week’s LDI Show in Las Vegas.
The judges praised “Ayrton’s cool product presentation that physically re-engages the audience to show their products in a unique setting”. The light show was designed by top lighting designer Cory FitzGerald and programmed by Jason Baeri, and accepted on behalf of the company by Ayrton’s global sales manager, Michael Althaus.
Ayrton exhibited in a crystal dome play-zone that showcased all their latest products while visitors were invited to lounge in comfortable gaming chairs. Above them rose a pyramid composed of two opposing triangles of truss that carried bars of 30 alternating MagicPanel-FX and 20 IntelliPix-XT fixtures, flanked by 10 MagicBlade-FX; on the opposite sides were two triangular projection screens for showing off the gobo projections from the new Ghibli LED spot projector, each with a line of eight NandoBeam-S9 wash lights at the base and three MagicBurst graphic strobe units at the pinnacle.
In between the triangular sides were four intersecting spines each loaded with four alternating Ghibli and 5 MagicDot-SX fixtures and edged by 10 Merak LED Fresnel fixtures. Central to the pyramid was a bank of 50 new MiniPanel-FX.
“This was a fun way to show off Ayrton to the American market in a dynamic and ‘real-world’ environment which visitors really seemed to enjoy,” says Althaus. “Cory and Jason did an amazing job with the design and programming, and the layout allowed people to see the show from d

 
ise2018pressimagefinalv1NEC to create ‘Endless Impressions’ at ISE 2018
Monday, 27 November 2017

The Netherlandds - NEC Display Solutions Europe will showcase its latest display technologies at ISE 2018, with a particular focus on solutions for retail signage, large venues and corporate conferencing.
The ISE show runs on 6-9 February at RAI Amsterdam, where NEC will unveil its new campaign theme, Create Endless Impressions, which highlights how its range of display technologies enables users to create experiences which engage, connect and impress audiences.
The stand highlights will include: NEC’s Direct View LED displays for both indoor and outdoor applications; Large sizes (up to 98”) of its V and P Series of Raspberry Pi-compatible displays, which enable new applications for sensor-based and context-aware signage; NEC’s new professional C Series large format displays for seamless integration (up to 98”); NEC InfinityBoard, the company’s all-in-one meeting room and corporate conferencing solution, which has just started to ship, plus a new flagship 4K installation projector with 35K ANSI lumen and new RB laser technology. 
“From consumer retail to the business boardroom, display technology is changing the way that people experience the world, and interact with others,” said Stefanie Corinth, senior vice president marketing and business development at NEC Display Solutions Europe.
“Businesses and consumers are demanding more than just displays: they are demanding more interactive, immersive and collaborative user experiences. Visitors to ISE will be able to see live demonstrations of NEC’s world-leading technolo

 
 
contact-aes2Contact Distribution wows AES with EM Acoustics
Monday, 27 November 2017

Canada - EM Acoustics’ Canadian distributor Contact Distribution delivered a presentation on the challenges, merits and benefits of fixed versus floating point DSP algorithms at the Toronto chapter of the AES.
For over two decades the mandate of the industry has been to achieve higher sample and bit rates. Now that 192 kHz is possible, the question is whether clients need it or appreciate it, especially in view of the cost of the increased performance.
The evening was hosted at Revolution Studios in Toronto. Contact provided two pairs of HALO-Cs stacked on top of two EMS118 subs per side running off the four channels of an EM Acoustics DQ20 amplifier for a unique ‘ears on’ demonstration of the differences between 48kHz versus 96kHz and fixed and floating point architectures from Donny Chow, president and chief engineer of Xilica Audio.
“Apart from being a fantastically educational evening for us all, these events represent the best way of getting a bunch of southern Ontario’s top audio purists all in the same room to expose them to products I sell,” explained Contact’s MD, Bill Coons. “I specifically asked Donny to come up with a way that we could actually listen to the differences rather than just have him in front of a blackboard or PowerPoint presentation. He did an amazing job, and as a result, it was the first time anything like this had been presented in a public environment rather than in a lab in front of a bunch of egg-heads. It was a great showcase for Xilica and the perfect scenario to get some EM gear in front of everyone

 
inside-pussy-riot-4--kenny-mathiesonWhite Light joins Art Riot at Saatchi Gallery
Monday, 27 November 2017

UK - Created by the Olivier-nominated Les Enfants Terribles, Inside Pussy Riot is inspired by the all-female punk rock group who staged a protest inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in 2012. This immersive theatre experience is currently taking place at the Saatchi Gallery to coincide with their Art Riot exhibition. Having supplied a range of immersive theatre projects already this year, White Light was called upon to supply the lighting equipment.
Inside Pussy Riot invites audience members to pull on their balaclavas, stand in the dock and experience the realities of imprisonment. The lighting designer for the show is Charlie Morgan Jones. He comments: “Inside Pussy Riot takes its audience through the complete experience of Nadya Tolokonnikova’s trials and tribulations as the founder of Pussy Riot. At only an hour long, it’s extremely ambitious; as are all Les Enfants’ shows”.
The show takes place across two galleries inside the Saatchi Gallery within a multi-purpose set. Charlie explains: “There are numerous locations used throughout the piece, such as the Cathedral, the police station, the courts along with the prison. Part of my role as the lighting designer was to help define each location. Similarly, after speaking with Les Enfants and the set designer in the initial planning stages, we decided to create a feel of heightened reality. There are a lot of scenes that are deliberately absurdist (reflecting a lot of the situations the Pussy Riot group found themselves in) so this felt like an appropri

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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