painting-with-light-drs-down-110817-485Painting with Light delivers for Downs Syndrome project
Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Netherlands - drs. Down! is part musical, part drama, part medical case study and the brainchild of Dutch TV presenter and chat show host Ivo Niehe, making his debut as a playwright.
He boldly tackles some of the delicate issues associated with Downs Syndrome: judgements, prejudices and how it can shape and define lives, told through the true story of Pablo Pineda-Ferrer, who overcame the odds to gain a university degree in psychology.
Luc Peumans of visual design practice Painting with Light was asked to join the creative team and produce scenography plus lighting and video designs that captured the spirit of the performance and were also practical and tourable for the production, which launched at the DeLaMar Theatre in Amsterdam and is now touring through the Netherlands until January 2018.
A minimalist set was proposed, as key chunks of the narrative and dialogue – including the dreams and aspirations of main character Lucas - are explained and expressed via pre-recorded video content. It was important to have a clean and clear stage.
Luc drew on many avenues of inspiration, including his ground-breaking work on Ben X in 2012 for which he was also set and lighting designer. Touching on a similar theme, that show was about a boy with autism who escaped bullying via a fantasy computer game world.
In the case of drs. Down!, the starting point for Luc was talking extensively with Ivo and technical producer Frank van der Weij from Senf Theatre Partners in Amsterdam. Using their general vision, he produced the ba

iseISE 2018 to stage wide range of conferences
Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Netherlands - The 15th edition of Integrated Systems Europe 2018 will see the debut of a range of new show initiatives.
Launching on the day before ISE 2018 opens its doors, the TIDE (Technology. Innovation. Design. Experience.) conference, produced by AVIXA, is a one-day event, which will take place at the Okura Hotel, a few minutes’ walk from the RAI Amsterdam. TIDE will explore the creative forces and business decisions shaping the AV industry and how businesses can leverage these concepts. The TIDE conference will focus on Design Thinking for Business. The conference programme will be applicable to all design professionals, end customers and AV channel delegates.
The World Masters of Projection Mapping is a new competition with both the final and awards’ presentation occurring during ISE 2018. It is being produced by Amsterdam Light Festival, the RAI Amsterdam and ISE. The attendees will be able to view the finalists artistic 3D-light displays from canal boats sailing direct from the convention centre to the competition location.
The artistic and technical challenge for five shortlisted video artists will be to create a work of video art to be mapped onto the three-dimensional architecture of the futuristic EYE Filmmuseum, to be experienced, uniquely, from multiple viewpoints. Projectors, supplied by Panasonic, will be positioned around the futuristic building on a variety of platforms.
Judging will be led by Amsterdam Light Festival creative director Lennart Booij and will take place on 8 February. The winner will be ann

 
 
juergenshansLawo opens support hub and expands US team
Wednesday, 13 December 2017

USA - German manufacturer of IP audio, video and control infrastructure solutions Lawo is expanding its US operations, adding personnel and opening a new support and logistics hub in Elmsford, New York.
Three times the size and capacity of its previous facility, Lawo’s new hub will serve as warehouse, test facility, training centre and East Coast sales and support office. This new facility complements Lawo’s existing US HQ in New York City, West Coast sales and support office in Los Angeles, and Canadian headquarters in Toronto.
To oversee operations at the new hub, Ricardo Martinez assumes the position of North-American logistics and support coordinator starting 1 December. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management and comes to Lawo from his previous post as operations supervisor with Autonomic Controls.
At the same time, Lawo has announced the hiring of Hans Juergens as broadcast engineer for pre- and post-sales technical support. This addition complements the recent appointment of David Antoine to Lawo’s team of US-based support experts.
Juergens is well-known for his work as a staff and contract engineer for respected companies such as ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN and Vyvx Solutions, and most recently was a mobile unit engineer for NEP Broadcasting.
“Lawo has always been committed to providing excellent products with outstanding support,” says Sam Schauland, technical director, Americas. “TV and radio broadcasters in the US and Canada recognize this, and demand for Lawo IP-based video infrastructure products, radio

 
sd72-screen-and-logo100,000th symbol landmark for Stardraw Design
Wednesday, 13 December 2017

UK - Stardraw.com’s line-art library is now reportedly comprising over 100,000 symbols of 34,586 products from 838 manufacturers.
Stardraw’s symbols library has been a work in progress for over 20 years and, since the advent of the Product Request service in 2002, the number of symbols available to subscribing customers has grown massively. Moreover, since the addition of new products into the library is based on user requests, the contents of the library reflect the products in use by the global professional AV industry.
All symbols are generated in-house by Stardraw’s Symbols Department according to an established data specification. This means that regardless of the original data or what the symbols might represent, a qualitative standard is maintained. As a result, any and all symbols used in project documentation work seamlessly with each other, making the design a coherent whole.
In Stardraw Design 7.2 a product is usually represented by multiple symbols, where each symbol is appropriate for use in one of the application’s smart Drawing Modules; Block Schematics, Rack Layouts, Pictorial Schematics, Plan View or Panel Layouts. So, for example, Block Schematic symbols are focused on connectivity and show technically accurate inputs and outputs, delineated by signal type and are assigned to different layers accordingly.
The addition of new symbols to the library is prioritised based on user requests: those with a current subscription can visit the Stardraw website and simply enter the manufacturer and model number of the products t

 
 
Vivitek and Delta Displays join forces at ISE 2018
Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Netherlands - At ISE 2018, Vivitek, and Delta Display Solutions, a division of Delta Electronics, will showcase to new and existing customers “how to achieve more together”. The combined brands will be demonstrating a full selection of visual solutions including standard and large venue projectors, to wireless collaboration and digital signage solutions.
Its wide array of advanced display and presentation solutions are engineered for environments ranging from meeting and collaboration rooms, to larger venues, control rooms, and even entertainment facilities. The Vivitek and Delta Display Solutions stand at Hall 5 R60 at ISE 2018 is set to be more than double the size of last year’s.
ISE 2018 will play host to the first public unveiling of a new product; the Delta Displays FE Series with the 1.26mm Fine Pitch Indoor LED Wall Solution. Delta Displays offers pre-set configurations in different sizes based on the pixel size in FHD and UHD resolution, complete with frame and controller to simplify the selection for the end customer and help them achieve the result they are aiming for in their display needs.
Visitors to the combined Vivitek - Delta stand can also view and experience the performance of Delta’s video wall cubes in UHD 4K resolution and laser-phosphor technology designed for demanding control rooms.
Vivitek will show off its new and brightest single-chip DLP laser projector: the DU9800Z. The solid-state illumination source projector offers 18,000 ANSI Lumens with a native WUXGA 1920 x 1200 resolution that delivers an impe

 
executiveclassicdnp gears for ISE 2018 with booth revamp
Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Netherlands - Optical projections screens supplier dnp denmark will set out to demonstrate how to achieve the “ultimate meeting room experience” at this year’s ISE 2018 show.
Hence their booth (1-E50) will be divided into two distinct sections. In the meeting room, they will show the dnp LaserPanel, integrated with the Executive Classic furniture, as well as an improved version of the dnp Supernova XL - now with a less visible seam - and the dnp Supernova Flex Classic.
This area of the stand will be faced by an independent retail/digital signage zone, where dnp will demonstrate the Supernova Blade and showcase a future possible transparent display solution. As is now customary, they will take the opportunity to compare other projection materials against the dnp Supernova material and to further show how far screen definition has progressed, will exhibit the dnp LaserPanel Touch.
Soeren Kraemmergaard, VP global sales & marketing at dnp, says: “With a growing recognition that ambient light levels are forever increasing, we are focusing on meeting rooms and digital signage. We are determined to show how well the dnp LaserPanel products fit into these types of applications - raising the meeting experience using these and the dnp Supernova displays.
“We will of course also still position ourselves as the best optical projection display provider when it comes to coping with light in the room, thanks to our ambient light rejection technology.”
In fact, dnp has now produced a targeted Make Room For Better Meetings guide

 
 
seateamS.E.A. appointed Community distributor for Germany
Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Germany - S.E.A. Vertrieb & Consulting will become the German distributor for Community Professional Loudspeakers from 1 January 2018.
The distributor exclusively markets a portfolio of 20 premium audio brands, offering solutions for recording studios, live events and fixed installations.
Heinz Bouwer, sales manager at S.E.A. Vertrieb & Consulting, comments: “We are delighted to join forces with Community and represent the company’s high-performance products in the German market. Community offers a comprehensive range of audio products with superior sound, excellent manufacturing quality and unique features, making the brand a perfect fit with our existing portfolio of installed sound products. We look forward to further developing Community in our territory and taking advantage of the synergy with more than 12 years of successful cooperation with its sister brand Apart Audio.”
Community’s EMEA sales manager, Jamie Ward, adds: “We’re really pleased to partner with S.E.A. for this key European market. S.E.A. has a great team dedicated to the fixed installation sector, with a wide breadth of experience and knowledge in all areas of pro audio to draw on. Additionally, the company has a very strong in-house technical applications department, capable of supporting all Community verticals from hospitality through outdoor and up to large scale venues.”
(Jim Evans)

 
richard-hewish-1lowresDoughty’s Articulated Carriage at Taunton college
Tuesday, 12 December 2017

UK - Doughty dealers Chinnick Theatre Services experienced a ‘light bulb moment’ when they first saw Doughty’s new Studio Rail Articulated Carriage at PLASA, London, realising it was the perfect piece of kit for a job they were working on at Richard Hewish College in Taunton.
“We were approached by Halsall Construction in Bath and asked if we could quote for a lighting grid at the college,” explained Clive Chinnick, “We were sent a photo of the internally wired theatre grid that had been in place previously. However, it was in a classroom setting which made very little sense to us. Then we were sent through the specifications for the project, and one of the requests was for a socket to be placed every 200mm. We realised we needed to visit the college to try and better understand their needs.”
On visiting the college, Clive discovered that the project had nothing to do with drama as he was assuming. Instead the lighting grid was required in an art block. The client wanted some frames from which students could hang their pieces of artwork with some lighting points, in a gallery style. The 8ft by 4ft frames would be fitted with panels and a hinged top that could be lifted, allowing the students to pin their artwork on the boards or to hang them on the grid and then position them. However they wanted to achieve this on either side of a walkway with the option of being able to push the panels completely out of the way.
A couple of weeks later, Clive attended PLASA and stopped by the Doughty stand where he was captivated by the new Articulat

 
 
jack-and-the-beanstalk-at-salisbury-playhouse--the-other-richardPanto season for White Light
Tuesday, 12 December 2017

UK - The Pantomime season is well and truly underway with dames, beanstalks and magic lamps taking centre stage up and down the country. As one of the leading suppliers to West End and UK touring theatre, White Light is supplying the lighting equipment to a range of pantomimes across the UK.
WL’s hire manager Jedd Hamilton comments: “For a lot of theatres, pantomimes are their biggest shows of the year. They are often extremely loud, fun and flashy productions; meaning they require a range of lighting equipment to achieve this impact. As a company, it’s our role to ensure we supply designers with exactly what they need.”
As usual, it’s a host of familiar titles that are gracing the stage this Christmas. WL is supplying productions of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Bournemouth Pavilion, Cambridge Arts Theatre and Salisbury Playhouse. The lighting designer at Salisbury is Nic Farman, who comments: “I fundamentally start designing a panto in the same way I design any show, setting out concepts for each location and scene and finding the narrative in the script and music. We’ve tried to find every bit of magic in every moment of Jack and built from there. James Button’s set design is sumptuous and beautiful so lighting it has been a joy.”
He adds: “The show is pretty epic with over 200 individual RGBW festoon bulbs and a lot of practical elements in the set. In terms of the larger rig, I’ve drawn on the Martin MAC 700 Profiles and Coemar Infinity M Spots for the overhead spot work. I’ve also added some extra Martin MAC Aura

 
fox-valley-web-res-1Bose Professional for Stockbridge retail park
Tuesday, 12 December 2017

UK - Fox Valley Retail Park in Stocksbridge, north Sheffield has been equipped with a Bose audio solution just a year after its official opening. Property developer Dransfield Properties commissioned long-time Bose pro partner Promotiontime NE to design an audio system for the retail, office and leisure development.
After breaking ground in March 2014, it took just over two years and a £50m investment to transform the 28-acre former steelworks site into a retail and commercial hub for over 18,000 locals.
Fox Valley required an audio system to fill walkways and open pedestrianised areas with both background and foreground sound as well as needing sound-reinforcement in the entertainment areas.
A network of 26 Bose FreeSpace loudspeakers were installed across the site, utilising a mixture of DS 100SE and DS 40SE products for the public retail spaces, and in addition eight Bose Panaray 402 series IV loudspeakers were specified for the entertainment areas. All the Bose speakers, which are driven by two PowerMatch PM8500 configurable power amplifiers, are suitable for outdoor use, and are capable of operating throughout the year, allowing the park to create atmosphere whatever the weather.
According to Brian Graham of Promotiontime, the system has been met with such positive feedback that since installation, Dranfield Properties has commissioned his company and Bose Professional to provide audio solutions for four additional regeneration development projects across the north of the UK. “We selected Bose for this particular installation, as we k

 
 
walk-like-a-man-1Walk Like A Man with Chauvet Professional
Tuesday, 12 December 2017

UK - Walk Like A Man takes audiences back in time to the freewheeling early ‘60s when the music of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons ruled the airwaves. At a recent run of the Mark Halliday produced show at Blackpool’s historic Grand Theatre, the cheerful nostalgic music was supported by a fast-moving upbeat lighting design created by Ollie Wilkinson of Arranpaul using a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures.
Anchored by Rogue R1 Spot and Q-Wash 560Z-LED moving fixtures, Wilkenson’s design captured the snappy devil-may-care spirit of the doo-wop era that transformed the musical landscape throughout the UK and USA.
“Our team at Arranpaul has spent a substantial amount of years building a relationship with the Grand Theatre,” said Wilkinson. “This was the perfect opportunity to collaborate with them once again with a colourful lighting concept to reflect the energy and vibrancy of this critically acclaimed show.”
Wilkinson hung five Rogue R1 Spot fixtures above the stage to back light the performers, creating an evocative mood that conjured up images of singing on the street corners and in the small clubs of the early 1960s. To enliven the stage with the sense of expectation that was so characteristic of the early rock era, he shook up his look by occasionally driving his spot fixtures slightly out of focus to use them as wash lights.
“I wanted this show to represent the generation that the music was bringing back to life, so I wanted a fixture that would provide me with some powerful ol

 
marina-bay-sands-12-1024x422Green Hippo in Marina Bay Sands spectacular
Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Singapore - Two years in the making and set to run for five years, Spectra is Marina Bay Sands Singapore’s outdoor laser, light, projection and water show, designed by Steve Nield.
The Marina Bay Sands Singapore was already a stunning looking structure. Steve Nield was the creative tasked with designing an outdoor laser, light, projection and water show with the visuals to complement the Aedas-designed S$8 billion property.
Featuring a soundtrack composed by Singaporean award-winning producer and music arranger Kenn C, Spectra runs for 15-minutes, setting itself apart from other shows with many technical firsts, including the use of specially-developed underwater 500 watt LED fixtures, and a 12m high laminated glass prism, which forms the ‘heartbeat’ of the show.
Charged with delivering ‘emotion’ over ‘storyline’, Steve worked closely with Kenn C, knowing that Kenn’s production would deliver the backbone for a truly visual spectacular. At the core of the show’s media system Steve installed six Green Hippo Media Servers. One pair of Hippotizer Boreals – one main, one back-up – provides media feeds to three water screens, with each screen having two Christie Boxer 4K20 projectors. The remaining four Boreals – three main, one back-up – project on to the ‘petals’ of the adjacent ‘lotus flower’ styled ArtsScience Museum.
Control of the servers is via Art-Net from a grandMa2, which in turn is triggered via time code from an ADAT. This system also provides multi-channel music to the speaker array, on,

 
 
korn-2017toddkaplan-smlSerenity of Summer for Korn with Ayrton
Tuesday, 12 December 2017

USA/Europe - Korn lighting designer Thomas ‘Church’ Christmann is no stranger to the world of Ayrton. “On my first outing with Ayrton fixtures I was really impressed with the style, the output, the versatility and the beam options they offered me. I was very happy with what I could achieve with my last design so when the next generation of Ayrton fixtures were launched I jumped at the chance to make my new tour design even bigger, even more flexible and even more exciting.”
Two-time Grammy award-winning, Alt-Metal band Korn was busy crossing and re-crossing the Atlantic this summer, firstly headlining the 17-date Serenity of Summer tour in North America, before crossing over to Europe for a festival run and then back to the US for further leg on home territory.
Church elaborates on the details: “There were a huge number of Ayrton MagicPanel-Twin fixtures on this design, along with a supporting number of Ayrton NandoBeam-S9 and NandoBeam-S3 units, 15 MagicBlade-FX and half a dozen MagicRing-R9 fixtures. As this outing was split, design-wise, into three distinctly different sections, it was important to pick fixtures that were versatile and could adapt to our differing stage settings without losing any of their dynamic performance.
“For example, after the SOS tour in North America, the European festival leg featured a new version of the central stair riser MagicPanel-Twin design we did last year, and I’ve just finished the last US run where we reinstated the SOS ‘pods’ but this time sitting on stage framed by Nandobeam-S3 and

 
kara-lily-hayworth-cilla-cilla-the-musical-liverpool-empire-phot-1Sound Stage Services adds Sennheiser Digital 6000
Tuesday, 12 December 2017

UK - Rental company Stage Sound Services (SSS) has recently invested in Sennheiser’s new Digital 6000 microphone system.
SSS chose the system for its sub-hire and its rider / specification friendliness as well as its environmental credentials bolstered by its rechargeable battery.
“We've been working with Sennheiser from the very start of the company, starting out with their wired microphones,” says SSS commercial manager, James Lewis. “A large proportion of our business is professional theatre, from small plays to full-scale musicals and, in recent years, our stock of Sennheiser and Neumann wired microphones has increased dramatically to accommodate these shows. Last year we started to add Sennheiser wireless into our rental stock, with the purchase of 32 channels of its SK 5212 system for the Funny Girl UK tour. Sennheiser is on many specs, so it wasn't a hard decision to make.”
“Kevin Gwyther-Brown and Andy Lilywhite from Sennheiser came down to give our guys and the show’s crew an insight into the features of the Digital 6000 system, along with the monitoring and scanning functions that they need to use when on the road with the show,” says James. “Sennheiser’s Tim Sherratt also gave us a very insightful overview session about Digital 6000 and digital radios, which answered lots of questions that we didn't know we had. It was very informative.”
Dan Samson, sound designer for Cilla and Cabaret, had used digital radio microphone systems on a number of previous shows and specified them again for bot

 
 
ver-stepsVER video walls enhance Steps UK shows
Tuesday, 12 December 2017

UK - VER joined Steps, treading the boards at venues throughout the UK, mixing tracks from recent album Tears on the Dancefloor with their string of crowd pleasing chart-conquering hits.
Working closely with production manager, Steve Reeve and Pull the Pin Out Productions, VER London provided the multi-layered, custom-built LED video walls used to deliver the show’s suitably vibrant backdrop.
Featuring stunning content by Jack Jones and Nic Drew at Really Creative Media, the video imagery was splashed across the layered screen installation, which has been designed to incorporate a 18m x 10m upstage back wall built behind a three tier, on-stage riser, complete with bespoke sliding doors on two levels to allow the performers direct access to and from the stage area.
To help heighten the audience experience, VER also provided video director Phil Jennings with a suite of cameras plus IMAG screens used to deliver real time performance footage, captured on-stage throughout the show.
The full-service video provision has been headed up by VER crew chief John Wynne, whose six-person team has remained hands on with the production from the live rehearsals, hosted at Fly By Nite Studios through to the month-long string of UK arena dates.
Speaking about the Production, VER business development manager Lester Cobrin says: “The Steps shows have been immensely well received, so it’s hugely satisfying to see the video installation playing such a great supporting role. John and the crew have done a super job with the custom-built LED install

 
ease-focus-church-underlaycdd15-copyMartin Audio offers EASE Focus 3 data
Tuesday, 12 December 2017

UK - Martin Audio has announced the availability of GLL loudspeaker measurement data compatible with EASE Focus 3 for many of its point source loudspeakers.
EASE Focus 3 from AFMG Technologies is an acoustic simulation programme for 3D modelling that enables the user to define audience areas, section views, and receiver locations flexibly, while calculating sound coverage and frequency response immediately.
Dan Orton, Martin Audio’s product group manager, comments: “Martin Audio’s runaway success with the likes of CDD series and BlacklineX has accelerated our installation market share, and now that we and our customers have the ability to model our point source boxes in a 3D environment it will help ensure that this trend continues.”
The GLL loudspeaker data compatible with both EASE and EASE Focus is available to download from the Martin Audio website.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
godivafestival-electricmainstage-3july2009The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 12 December 2017

City of Culture - Coventry has been named UK City of Culture 2021. The city was announced as the next holder of the title on 7 December, and will become the third host city, after Derry/Londonderry in 2013 and Hull, which is UK City of Culture this year. It beat bids from Sunderland, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent and Swansea to take the title, and has already set out plans that focus on youth and diversity in its proposals.
Each city was assessed over a number of months by an independent panel – chaired by television producer Phil Redmond – and set out the details of their plans to the judges when they visited each location. Coventry now has three years to prepare its year-long programme of activity, and will receive a £3m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to kick this off.
Arts minister John Glen congratulated Coventry on winning UK City of Culture 2021. He said: “The title is an incredible opportunity for Coventry to boost investment in the local economy, grow tourism and put arts and culture centre stage…In 2017 I have seen the transformative effect this prestigious title has had on Hull. The city has embraced City of Culture and in doing so has demonstrated how culture, the arts and heritage can bring communities together.” Hull’s local economy has received a £60m boost in 2017, with nine of out 10 residents attending or taking part in a City of Culture activity.
Artist of the Year - Stormzy has been named artist of the year at the 2017 BBC Music Awards, capping a hugely successful year. The south London MC, whose debut album <

 
berliner-domnr1eurovideomappingnelofeeDigital Projection at Berlin Festival of Lights
Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Germany - Digital Projection recently wowed stakeholders and audiences alike at the 13th edition of the Berlin Festival of Lights, where a number of its laser projectors were installed to enable video-mapping displays at key sites in the city.
With a renewed focus on digital at this year’s event, it was the biggest and most successful edition to date with in excess of two million visitors. Spread throughout one of Europe’s most popular cities bringing its sites of major interest to life in spectacular style, the festival is a leading light in the video-mapping world, raising the bar with its impressive showcase.
Every October, the festival transforms Berlin into a city full of light art with displays by national and international artists turning famous landmarks, monuments, buildings and places into a huge stage.
Working alongside Dutch integrator Pronorm Urban Experiences – the six-year incumbent preferred supplier for the technical installation at the festival – Digital Projection supplied products which were central to the video-mapping installations at three locations: the Berliner Dome, the Staatsoper Bebelplatz and the Nicolai Kirche. This year’s festival was the first time that projection mapping had been used on the Berliner Dome and Staatsoper Bebelplatz buildings.
The Berliner Dome was rigged with 14 Digital Projection M-Vision Laser 18K projectors fitted with 4.0-7.0 lenses and using an HDBaseT interface. The projectors were connected to two Vioso Media servers with eight outputs each. At the Staatsoper Bebelplatz,

 
 
New World Rigging Symposium sponsors named
Tuesday, 12 December 2017

USA - ESTA and USITT have announced the initial sponsors for the New World Rigging Symposium, taking place 13-14 March in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Signing up as the Platinum Sponsor is Stage Rigging, Inc. a diversified theatrical rigging company that provides a full range of specialised rigging services on a global basis for tours, corporate and special events, and expositions. Chris Schmidt, vice president and general manager of Stage Rigging, states, “For over 40 years Stage Rigging has been an advocate of rigging standards and education, the New World Rigging Symposium is the perfect event for both.”
Gold Sponsors are ETC, offering a range of hoists and controls to accommodate the needs of any production space and budget, and J.R. Clancy, providing professional rigging solutions worldwide on thousands of venues since 1885. PSAV, which has been connecting people around the globe with meeting and event experiences since 1937, has signed on as the AV Sponsor. The first Bronze sponsor is Sapsis Rigging, Inc. a leader in stage rigging, fall protection and safety systems for the entertainment industry.
Silver sponsorships at $5,000 each and Bronze sponsorships at $2,500 each are still available. Please contact riggingsymposium@esta.org if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.
The two-day symposium will include 10 sessions covering such varied topics as Automation and Touring, Cruise Ship Rigging and Ground Support Concert Rigs. Scott Fisher will provide the Keynote Address. Th

 
rolling-stones--mhvogeldeRobert Juliat Lancelot satisfies The Rolling Stones
Tuesday, 12 December 2017

France - Paris’s U Arena threw open its doors in spectacular fashion this autumn when The Rolling Stones performed the final three European dates of their No Filter tour to sold-out audiences of 40,000 people each night. Eight RJ Lancelot 4K followspots playing a key role in the action on stage.
U Arena is now France’s largest indoor arena, and one of the biggest in Europe, and a prime host for the Stufish-designed set comprising four massive video walls over-reaching a part-canopied, 60-70m wide stage and 14m thrust which only just succeeded in containing the exuberant performances from these youthful rockers.
The Rolling Stones’ long-term lighting designer, Patrick Woodroffe and associate lighting designer, Terry Cook, of Woodroffe Bassett Design, specified Robert Juliat’s most powerful followspot because they wanted them as the prime source of front-of-house illumination for the artists on stage.
“The minimalist, clean lines of the stage design had no advance truss, so most of the front lighting on the artists relied on followspots, with just some LED fixtures located on the rooflette to provide some key light, and footlights to outline the main and B-stages and catwalk,” explains lighting crew chief Andy ‘Fraggle’ Porter of Fraggles Rock Lighting Ltd. “Lancelot was ideal, not only to cope with the long throw distances, but for several other factors.”
The Rolling Stones like their followspots to deliver a big rock and roll look with beams passing across the auditorium to draw the audience’s focus directly onto

 
 
sonic-waveSonic Wave partners with Sennheiser in UAE
Monday, 11 December 2017

UAE - Audio visual solutions provider Sonic Wave has struck a partnered with Sennheiser to distribute a range of wired and wireless microphones and studio headphones from the German manufacturer.
The company has stocked wired mics from Sennheiser’s Evolution range; professional headphones like the HD-25s; and Neumann studio monitors and select models from Neumann’s range of recording microphones.
The announcement coincides with the opening of Sonic Wave’s Dubai showroom yesterday (Sunday, 10 December), with Sennheiser demo units to be available for testing at the new premises from this Wednesday, 13 December.
Andrew Williams, managing director at Sonic Wave, says: “Clients in the UAE are demanding reliable high-quality products with world-class support. Sennheiser delivers on these requirements with a catalogue of products and models that supports a full range of applications.”
Ryan Burr, technical sales manager for Sennheiser Middle East, adds: “Sonic Wave has a good understanding of the UAE’s music industry and enjoys great brand recognition with locally-based DJs and home production specialists. Sennheiser is always keen to engage with these professionals and Sonic Wave’s connections and new showroom will make us more accessible than ever before to this segment.”
(Jim Evans)

 
parrtjima6smMandylights over the mountains for Parrtjima
Monday, 11 December 2017

Australia - The Parrtjima Light Festival is held in Alice Springs, Central Australia, and showcases the oldest continuous culture on Earth through the latest technologies.
Through a spectacular world of light and sound, contemporary and traditional Indigenous stories and artwork are brought to life under the night sky on an unprecedented scale.
Illuminating the 300m-year-old MacDonnell Ranges and spilling into Alice Springs Desert Park, Parrtjima is an outdoor gallery experience presenting local artwork, culture and stories through interactive installations.
The sheer scale of the lighting on the MacDonnell Ranges makes Parrtjima Australia’s longest-ever light show installation stretching for 2km.
Mandylights were contracted by AGB Events, creative consultants and producers of Parrtjima, to tackle this light installation and they worked closely with the local indigenous Arrente people to ensure its success.
“We wanted the entire two kilometres of content to be as animated and moving as possible,” explained Richard Neville, managing director of Mandylights. “We also wanted the event to be more theatrical than the previous year, consequently we designed a six and a half minute long light show that moved from lighting positions around the localised viewing areas, then up into projected images across the ranges and finally across fixtures that we scattered over the sides of the mountains which were able to shoot back towards the viewers.”
With such an enormous canvas and a ridiculously long throw

 
 
adlib-enter-shikari-olympia-1-2rAdlib sparks up for Enter Shikari tour
Monday, 11 December 2017

UK - Hard rock band Enter Shikari are always pushing the boundaries of experimentalism as proved during their latest outing with an Adlib supplied quadrophonic system.
During the initial stages of the tour design, Andy Russell (FOH) wanted to specify a system that would push boundaries in audio fidelity. He wanted to connect the massive energy emanating from the stage to Shikari’s devoted fan base. So, hand-on-heart, Adlib systems engineers George Puttock and Sam Proctor together with Adlib account manager and director Dave Jones all recommended Coda AiRAY as the right option.
They specified the system - known for its low distortion, extreme output and intense clarity - based on Andy’s brief of delivering a truly stunning live experience for anyone catching the tour.
Andy has worked with Enter Shikari for the last 11 years and knows exactly how they and he like it to sound - raw, powerful, intricate and detailed - all in the same breath. He aims to achieve a big, bold sound with lots of creative effects to accompany the all-important volume and sub bass.
They were initially inspired to go down the quad route by Roger Waters Dark Side of the Moon surround sound performance at Coachella in 2008. It was a technique they utilised on the last arena tour (February 2016) which was also serviced by Adlib and system engineered by Sam Proctor.
However, for this tour, they took a much bolder quad approach.
The desire was to completely immerse the audience in the sound and wrap them up in an exciting sonic journey. The goal was to

 
pressrelease-plasaseminars-1Big names to join PLASA Focus Glasgow 2018 seminars
Monday, 11 December 2017

UK - PLASA Focus Glasgow, Scotland’s dedicated event for entertainment technology, has announced more seminars and workshops for the upcoming show at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) on 17-18 January 2018. This year's seminar programme will feature representatives from The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), Shure, the Edinburgh International Festival and the BBC. It is free to register for the show, which brings international brands and expertise to regional professionals working in lighting, sound, AV, rigging and staging sectors. 
Adlib, one of the longest-established technical production companies in the UK, is set to bring big lighting and audio brands to the show, providing a hands-on experience. Newly-added seminars will focus on large-scale light and sound design, approaches to mental health, changes to audio bandwidth, and building a successful lighting team.
Adlib will be hosting practical sessions introducing the functionality and workflow of various digital mixing consoles. Allen & Heath will introduce the latest SQ series compact digital mixers; Midas will showcase their M32 console; DiGiCo will present their S-Series and SD12; and L-Acoustics will demonstrate their sensational new Syva colinear source loudspeaker system. The action continues into the evening with a drinks reception from 5PM.
New additions to the programme provide technical insights for installations, personnel advice for lighting teams, crucial information for audio

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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