Europe - Wireless Solution Sweden has announced that ADB Stagelight has joined W-DMX’s OEM family.
ADB recently debuted the Klemantis, a new LED cyclorama light based on a six-colour module, with HCR, being able to deliver a wide selection of colours, from bold hues to pastel shades.
The unit also comes standard with a W-DMX module, that allows it to wirelessly receive DMX data from a W-DMX transmitter. It includes an external 2dBi antenna in order to be able to achieve long-distances on 2.4 GHz.
“We are very excited to be able to work with ADB,” says Niclas Arvidsson, CEO for Wireless Solution. “The company is in great shape and developing some of the most pioneering products for theatre, it’s great they have chosen our company to supply Wireless DMX. Giving the users the possibility to wirelessly control their Klemantis fixtures opens up a lot of possibilities for designers to be very flexible with their lighting design, without having to consider data cables“.
The Klemantis series had its TV debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon last month.
Australia - Dreamweavers is an event production company serving greater Australia as a full-service force in integrated event creation and production. Clair Brothers is now an integral part of the Dreamweavers considerable arsenal of technology.
“We were invited by Wayne Grosser, Clair Brothers’ rep here in Australia, to take a listen to a full range of Clair Brothers systems,” explains Sam Pomana, general manager for Dreamweavers. “Wayne is familiar with our mission to stay on the cutting edge of event production innovation. He knows we have to - the nature of our creativity depends on it.”
According to Grosser, the Clair Brothers kiTCurve system seemed like the perfect fit. Kyle Hodges, Dreamweavers audio engineer and producer puts it like this, “Wayne took the opportunity to demo several Clair Brothers systems for us as points of reference. They all sounded incredible, as expected, but Wayne was right - the kiTCurve boxes were phenomenal and really stood out performance-wise.”
A recent event produced by Dreamweavers was a cirque-themed cocktail event on Australia’s Gold Coast. The full ballroom event included performances by two bands and three acrobatic troupes.
“The Clair Brothers system we used for this show was comprised of four kiTCurves with four kiT-Sub-minis. It did the job beautifully and the sound was enormous,” describes Kyle. The system has now handled a wide variety of events since its implementation, from 800-person conferences and 1,000-person gala dinners to shows with national acts such as Megan Washingt
[India] Madrix - the German lighting control solution developed by ionage - received a PALM Sound & Light award for Lighting Product Innovation at the PALM Expo India held in Mumbai on 31 May - 2 June.
Madrix, the latest version of which was launched at Prolight+Sound, was recognised for “bringing in exemplary innovations in lighting technology and opening up lighting creativity opportunities for lighting design engineers.”
The annual PALM Expo, held across five halls at BEC, Mumbai, welcomed over 500 brands showcased by more than 200 exhibitors from the audio, lighting, systems engineering and AV sectrors from the USA, Europe, China and India.
The full list of winners is available here.
UK - Now in its eighth year, the Gus Dudgeon Foundation and JAMES Summer School 2018 will be held at Leeds Becket University.
The format of the Gus Dudgeon Foundation and JAMES Summer Course sees students from JAMES accredited university courses being selected to work over five days with industry professionals and experience the recording and mixing process in a real-life situation.
Commencing on 9 July, the programme will once again be led by producer and Leeds Beckett Senior Lecturer Ken Scott, who will guide 13 students through the course.
Murray Dudgeon, Gus' brother, comments: "I am delighted that the 8th Gus Dudgeon Foundation Masterclass is taking place again this year. The course is a great way to celebrate and share some of Gus’ talent, and pass on real experience and learning to a new generation. I hope that as in previous years the attendees find the course a really beneficial experience."
This year Leeds band Heir will be recorded during the Masterclass week. SSL, KMR Audio and PMC are sponsoring the 2018 event.
Launching this year and following the same format, JAMES is also introducing the JAMES Orchestral Recording Sessions which will involve the student experience of recording both the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra.
Hosted by West Suffolk College, the Orchestral Sessions five-day course will begin on 28 June at University of Suffolk, Atrium Building with two days of preparation in orchestral recording. This is then put into action with one day recording the rehearsal and a concer
UK - Artists Ross Ashton and Karen Monid returned to York Minster to deliver an immersive and intricately crafted sonic and visual work - Northern Lights.
The video projection and sound installation was commissioned by the York Minster Fund as the culmination of The Northern Lights Dinner fundraiser. This was held as part of a four- year campaign to build an on-going endowment for the protection and restoration of the Minster’s historic glass. This involved illuminating the vault of the nave and famous Great West Window, known as The Heart of Yorkshire.
Ross & Karen are known for their projection and audio artworks. Their style of mixed-media 'installation performance' has developed over a series of innovative projects at many different locations. They worked at the Minster in 2010 when they produced Rose, another spectacular artwork which focused on the celebrated Rose Window. They have also created other artworks for the Illuminating York festival in 2008 & 2013.
"York has been very good to us, giving us the freedom to create several major works here. We were delighted to be back, and this time working inside the Minster," says Ross.
The 10-minute artwork was seen by an audience of 700 at the Northern Lights dinner. This was followed by two days of performances with the Minster being opened to the public at dusk each night. This allowed another 3,300 people to see the artwork.
The projected images covered the entirety of the 65 x 20m nave vault and the West Wall. Ross used eight ble
USA - Technological innovation is nothing new at the Rio Grande Theatre. Opened in 1926, as a silent movie hall, the two-story building was retrofitted three years later with sound equipment, making it among the earliest theatres in its state to show ‘talkies’. It was also the first business in Las Cruces to be air conditioned.
History repeated itself earlier this year, when the venue, which now hosts a diverse mix of theatrical productions, concerts and special film showings, took a technological step forward by replacing its old stage lighting with a new LED system that features a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Hubbard’s Music.
“This project involved replacing the existing conventional fixtures that Rio Grande was using,” said Will Sadler, project manager for Hubbard’s Music. “The theatre wanted a more flexible lighting system to handle the wide variety of shows it hosts. It also wanted to reduce the heat load in the space and bring down costs. This was not a straight one-to-one fixture trade. The venue’s mission has changed since it last installed a lighting system, so the new system had to represent a new approach to reflect the variety of new uses.”
The Hubbard’s Music team installed five Ovation E-160WW warm white ellipsoidals and an equal number of Ovation E-910FC RGBA-Lime colour mixing ellipsoidals for front lighting from the catwalk position. This gave the theatre an optimal balance between full colour and warm white stage lighting without the use of gels.
“This was the first time I’v
Italy - Italian singer-songwriter Vasco Rossi entertained 50,000 fans at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari as part of his Non Stop Live 2018 stadium tour.
Lighting the tour was the artist’s long-term LD Giovanni Pinna, who included over 300 Robe moving lights on the rig - a mix of MegaPointes, Spiiders and LEDBeam 150s - all supplied as part of the lighting package by Rome-based lighting rental company, BOTW, and used to create plenty of excitement and hi-impact.
The starting point for the tour design for Giovanni and the Vasco creative team - was the show-stopping event in Enzo Ferrari Park, Modena last summer, Vasco’s one and only live appearance to celebrate 40 years of mainly-thrills-with-a-few-spills in entertainment - in front of around 250,000 people, the largest rock concert in Italy to date.
The Modena Park design presented a simple, bold, raw industrial looking set and both the artist and his management wanted a continuity from this. As a seasoned performer, Vasco is so charismatic that the enormous but essentially streamlined and Spartan look works brilliantly as a performance backdrop.
As with the Modena show - where Giovanni used over 550 Robe fixtures - he wanted to use just one type of profile or spot and this time he chose Robe’s new MegaPointe, with 135 of the luminaires scattered all over the rig.
For the primary wash light, he picked Robe Spiiders and these were also deployed everywhere he could fit a fixture, and used to wash the vast stage space, PA wings and runway out into the audience at the front with li
UK - Specialist equipment supplier and production house Light Fantastic Production Services applies its stock of Robe MegaPointe fixtures to a variety of live events. Having made a significant investment in Robe MegaPointe fixtures to extend its lighting inventory, Light Fantastic has been keeping these versatile fixtures busy throughout the spring season.
LFPS director, Rob Myer, says: “We have a long-standing relationship with Robe so naturally we are delighted with the performance of our MegaPointes. Over the past few months we have been making great use of them on a host of projects, from creating aerial searchlight effects and gobo projection across building facades to adding incredible theatrical looks to prestigious large scale live events, including a particularly spectacular product launch installation on a roof at Chelsea Harbour.”
Working both on its own in-house projects and in collaboration with a broad range of industry partners, LFPS provide service and support to a wide variety of live event, television and music productions.
Rob concludes: “Our lighting inventory, including our MegaPointe stock, is prepped, packaged and ready for the Summer season. We are delighted to already have a number of exciting projects entering into production. I’m also pleased that we are in a position to help meet the demand for quality equipment at this busy time of year, including making our product range available for dry hire to our industry partners.”
USA - In the Netflix original comedy series Grace and Frankie, characters played by Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Martin Sheen learn to adapt to their worlds gone haywire.
But for Scott Webb, lighting programmer from Local 728, all is in control in the studios with High End Systems’ Road Hog 4 and Hoglet 4s.
Webb purchased and supplies the Road Hog 4, which runs lighting for the two main stages for the Emmy-nominated series. The show is now filming its fifth season at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. In prior seasons, Webb rented a Full Boar 4, and purchased the Road Hog 4 at the start of season four.
Webb also owns and supplies two Hoglet 4s with DMX Processor 8000s. One system runs lighting on a third stage, while the other is moved to other set locations when needed.
Citing 500 conventional dimmers and various LED film lights in the rig, Webb notes, “This show doesn't have anything real flashy. No movers or cool effects. It's more about managing lots of channels and maintaining the proper looks from scene to scene, episode after episode.”
Webb manages the channels and maintains proper looks by using a few favourite console features to help him run the show.
“One feature I use quite a bit is Dotted Fixture Numbers. It allows me to manage LED fixtures with multiple channels quickly,” he explains. “I use the function keys for quick access to commands I use non-stop. I also like the large screen, which enables me to lay out my group buttons according to how the set is laid out. I use an (optional) external monitor
USA - Light City Baltimore is an annual event that takes place at the Baltimore Harbour celebrating light, music and innovation. This year, the Baltimore Office of Production and Arts decided to add a new stage to the event - Club Light City - to showcase DJ sets in Kaufman Pavilion by Rash Field. The organisation tapped Baltimore-based RCI Systems to provide sound reinforcement for the new music venue.
“The stage featured DJ acts which require a dynamic stage monitor system for the performer while also covering a small dance floor in front of the stage. The main PA was designed to project sound into the area in front of the Pavilion, which was approximately 200ft wide by 400ft deep,” explains David Hoover, senior account manager for RCI. “We used our EAW KF850 rig for the stage monitor system and our new EAW RADIUS sound reinforcement system to cover the outdoor area. The tight pattern control of RADIUS kept the sound contained while still hitting 115dB when needed - everyone in the area was immersed in sound.”
Hoover specified a left-right PA, with each array made up of four RSX208L stacked on two RSX18 subwoofers. Two KF850 loudspeakers stacked on two SB850 subwoofers were placed stage left and right for monitor purposes.
“We are an EAW house,” adds Hoover. “When we decided to add a new system to our inventory it made sense to check out Radius. Sticking with one manufacturer makes it easy to interface different components and provides a commonality of tone that we, and our customers, appreciate.”
The Club Light City Stage
Russia - Funktion-One Russia has supplied and installed a permanent sound system for Volgograd Arena - one of the World Cup 2018 stadia. Working closely with the Funktion-One design team in the UK, the company’s Russian arm specified a system comprising 638 Funktion-One loudspeakers and 50 MC2 Audio amplifiers.
The project, which began in spring 2017, demanded significant support and commitment from both manufacturers in order for Funktion-One Russia to meet all criteria and deadlines en-route to delivering the audio installation.
Funktion-One sales director, David Bruml comments: “We are extremely happy with the sound system installation at the Volgograd Arena and are grateful to our Russian partners for their unwavering support and excellent communication throughout. The whole company was energised by this major contract, which is amongst the largest Funktion-One installations to date.”
XTA’s technical brand manager, Waring Hayes, adds: “This was an amazing opportunity to showcase our latest DSP amplifier platform, and we were thrilled that Funktion-One chose to specify DSP amps exclusively for the entire system. The amplifiers come in DSP and non-DSP (but still with network audio) flavours, so the additional monitoring and control aspect was important in the choice of DSP models.”
The loudspeakers are accurately arrayed and aimed using bespoke metalwork – 24 C-shape clusters along the sides and 12 Y-shape clusters for the corners. Each array features Evo 6SH loudspeakers with 50° horizontal dispersion for the closer seats an
Hungary - Out Board has appointed Votec Kft. to distribute TiMax SoundHub spatial audio and showcontrol processors and TiMax Tracker performer tracking systems throughout Hungary.
The relationship was triggered by owner Sándor Elek’s “passion for ground-breaking audio products” and is reinforced by Votec’s in-depth technical experience of delivering high-end live sound for events and installations.
Elek comments: “We had a productive workshop session with Dave Haydon here in Szeged and are very pleased to distribute the impressive TiMax range of products in Hungary. It is a product that has a great deal to offer theatres and AV installations here, and the key for us now is to focus on educating our customers about its unique benefits.”
Out Board director, Dave Haydon, adds: “TiMax sits best with sales and support partners who share our passion for leading-edge spatial reinforcement and immersive audio - Votec’s technical knowledge, depth and contacts, coupled with a solid customer support ethic, makes them a natural fit. Its investment in TiMax demo systems has already borne fruit with new projects already pencilled in.”
UK - HD Pro Audio is holding a Professional Audio Technology Showcase in conjunction with the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) on 2 July (Monday), from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at the Electric Theatre in Guildford.
The event will feature the dLive mixing console platform from Allen & Heath, the latest plugins from Waves, the 3D IEM system from KLANG:technologies, Shure Axient digital wireless microphones and loudspeakers from EM Acoustics. Specialists from each manufacturer will be on hand to present their respective products and technologies, and assist with hands-on demonstrations.
Matt Russell, lecturer at ACM, comments: "At ACM, we pride ourselves on offering real-world immersive learning experiences for our students. We are therefore thrilled to be working with HD Pro Audio to host this Professional Audio Technology Showcase Event where our students can meet those working in the industry right now."
Andy Huffer, HD Pro Audio’s sales director, adds: “With such a great line-up of manufacturers and new technologies, demand is likely to be high so those wishing to join us should register as soon as possible.”
This event is open to ACM students, as well as members of the wider professional audio community. Entry for the event is free and refreshments will be provided. Those wishing to attend need to register online.
Canada - MDG, Montreal-based haze and fog generators manufacturer, has won the 2018 ESTim Award for Best Manufacturing Company from the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Montreal.
The award was accepted by MDG CEO Martin Michaud and vice-president of finances Jacques Foisy.
The 30th annual ESTim Awards ceremony took place in Montreal on 3 May to celebrate the outstanding achievements of businesses and organisations across the city.
The ceremony was followed on 14 May by the official signing of the visitor’s book in the Borough of Montreal-North where MDG is located. This honour was carried out by Martin Michaud at the invitation of Christine Black, accompanied by Jacques Foisy, in the presence of the Borough Council. “This is an occasion I would not have missed,” says Michaud. “One can never be tired in the face of such an honour.”
UK - The National Theatre has embarked on a ‘progressive upgrade’, predominantly of its Martin TW1 halogen tungsten wash inventory. This month, the theatre took delivery of a total of 42 MAC Encores from Martin by Harman dealer Stage Electrics. All 42 units have been installed in the permanent rig at the Olivier Theatre.
The acquisition forms part of a 10-year plan, as Paul Hornsby, the NT’s lighting resources manager, explains. “We review which equipment has reached end of life and decide what needs to be retired first - but the decision is driven by LDs as well. We only go dark for five days a year and we managed to replace these on the rig without losing a show.”
The purchase was authorised jointly by Hornsby, head of lighting Matt Drury, and Jack Williams, lighting supervisor for the Olivier Theatre, following a three-day evaluation against a number of competitive brands.
The final installed inventory comprises 29 MAC Encore Performance (24 x WRM 3000K versions and five CLD 6000K versions) and 13 x MAC Encore Wash WRM fixtures. The Performance fixtures were specified with optional enhanced frost flags and the Wash fixtures with optional PC lenses.
Hornsby confirms that achieving the tungsten look from an LED fixture had been the initial aim. “Our start point was to recreate what the Tungsten Wash did - and then look at additional feature set.” Key features include the quietness of operation, flexibility, energy efficiency and power output.
Paul Roughton of Stage Electrics, adds: “We have supplied and supported Martin
Finland - Hippotizer is the media server of choice for Finnish National Opera and Ballet’s landmark production to mark 100 years of Finland’s independence.
The Finnish National Opera and Ballet (FNOB) marked 100 years of Finnish independence with a number of exclusive events. Its headline event, Land of Kalevala, premiered in November 2017 running for 26 performances until February 2018.
Taking place in the FNOB’s home base, the Opera House in Helsinki, Kenneth Greve’s ballet spectacle explores the very essence of Finland and the Finns through dance. The team behind this occasion was very carefully assembled, with Mikki Kunttu taking charge of set, lighting and projection design.
The main concept of the stage design was 38, 12m tall pillars flying through space, creating different three-dimensional scenes and transitions. Mikki’s wish was to create lighting and projection content to compliment the ‘mass’ of the pillars, creating a single, visual entity. One which, in Mikki’s vision, represents the weight of Finland’s history and subconscious memory, which carries from generation to generation.
Working with Mikki on show nights were operators Tommi Kiviranta and Heikki Riihijärvi from the Opera House, together with head of lighting, Tommi Härkönen. Mikki was already a confirmed fan of Hippotizer Media Servers, in particular its responsiveness in terms of how quickly intuitive changes can be made during stage rehearsals, so it was second nature for him to specify a pair of Hippotizer Boreal Media Servers.
USA - The annual Billboard Latin Music Conference landed in Las Vegas in April with a series of star-studded events featuring Avolites-controlled lighting supplied by Miami-based production specialist 3G Productions.
The four-day conference was held at The Venetian hotel's Marcello Ballroom and hosted a series of performances and talks from Latin music stars including Steve Aoki, Maluma and Bad Bunny. The conference's audio, lighting and video were provided by 3G, who this year introduced Avolites consoles for the first time following the company's recent investment in the brand's Titan and Ai ranges.
"We've been doing this event for 12 years in conjunction with our client ACME Productions," says Juan Ugas, 3G's lighting sales manager and production manager for the conference. "ACME trust our ability to be able to control the conference's various shows live and deliver lighting looks that best support the diverse range of artists that attend and perform at the event."
The 3G team headed by Ugas opted for the Avolites Arena and Tiger Touch II consoles, both loaded with Avolites' powerful, feature-rich and user-optimised Titan software. This proved essential when 3G was asked to be "open-minded about changes throughout the event and to be prepared for last-minute additions to each set".
"The Tiger Touch II has proven to be a robust console for our programming needs at 3G," says Ugas "The console's compact form is essential in smaller rooms and Titan's powerful feature sets make programming and answering our clients' needs a breeze."
Hungary - Event management company TéDé Rendezvények has invested in a Martin Audio Wavefront Precision Series (WPC) system. The order comprised iKON iK42 amplifiers and was completed via Martin Audio distributor BG Event Kft.
The new PA debuted at the two-day Bősi Motoros Találkozó (Bősi Motorcycle Meeting), with 10 bands entertaining 2,000 people. “We received a lot of positive feedback from visiting technicians, many of them amazed by the sound of the system. It not only delivered power but pure, highly intelligible sound in every way.”
According to Balázs Szentiványi, purchasing manager at BG Event Kft., the idea of upgrading the rental company’s inventory came about as soon as Martin Audio announced the Wavefront Precision family. He says: “TéDé already owned a W8LM Mini system and since they are on a healthy growth path they were in need of a larger PA.”
Tamás Dávid, who took his technical team along with Balázs to Martin Audio’s open day last September, adds: “I heard the WPC system there for the first time and decided immediately to change my old system to this new series.”
UK - Christie Lites UK has made a major investment in Kinesys automation equipment. The stage lighting company’s British operation has purchased 24 half-tonne Liftket motors with Kinesys Elevation 1+ vari-speed controllers, complete with LibraCELL load monitoring shackle pins and the brand’s powerful and flexible Vector control software package.
Christie Lites UK account handler Andy Strachan comments: “Kinesys is constantly appearing on riders and technical specifications - a strong sign of their success and that is across all sectors of our work - corporate and industrial, concert touring, television and theatre”.
Christie Lites CEO and founder Huntly Christie made the decision to go with Kinesys, together with Andy Strachan, Roy Hunt and Mathew Ilott who are all part of the Christie Lites UK’s account management team.
The Kinesys investment is an initial investment by the company with more expected in the future. “Kinesys is known for its quality, flexibility and robust engineering,” adds Strachan. “The Elevation 1+ and Vector products are well established and proven and have helped provide inventive and creative solutions to a multitude of productions and events.”
The Christie Lites UK system went straight out on a Queens of the Stone Age European tour where it was utilised to move 10 pods around the stage creating a series of different abstract looks at any given time. CL also used Kinesys on the 2018 Mercury Music Prize event at Hammersmith Apollo, on the recent James Arthur tour and many other cool and creative shows.
UK - White Light was recently chosen to oversee a bespoke lighting installation in the Making the Modern World gallery - one of the flagship galleries at the Science Museum, London. The gallery features some of the museum’s most remarkable objects and artefacts, such as the Apollo 10 Command Module and the first-ever Apple computer, that are now illuminated by SGM’s R-2 Rail Lights.
“I was looking for a source that could fulfill a range of functions, including daytime exhibition lighting and event lighting. As a result, I needed a fixture that allowed full remote control of colour and intensity,” explained WL’s lighting designer, Jason Larcombe, in regard to choosing SGM’s R-2s.
WL was asked to deliver a system that would keep the museum’s existing look during the day, yet have the ability to be transformed at night for special events.
“I treated the design in a very theatrical way as I wanted the exhibits to look and feel realistic. We programmed a range of coloured scenes, which can be recalled via an iPad, and offer the in-house event teams the opportunity to easily change the colour of the gallery for their individual events,” comments Larcombe.
For this particular project, it was important to provide a long-term lighting solution alongside an installation that was sympathetic to the exhibition.
“At all stages, we were looking to provide the most affordable solution to the museum, which meant minimising infrastructural work. SGM’s R-2’s integral wireless option and ability to be track-mounted did ju
Germany - Countless parties take place on May Day in Germany and this year one of the best took place in Cologne as hometown band Brings rocked Lanxess Arena with a high-energy Polka Party. TSL Production of Cologne supported the event as the full-service technical provider and used a full complement of Elation lighting gear to support the rock ‘n’ roll show.
Brings have been performing for over 25 years and the evening proved a nostalgic journey through the band’s long list of hits. Some 13,000 guests attended the four-hour concert, which took place in combination with an after-show party. Lighting design was by Dominik Schmid, head of lighting for Brings, along with Frank Schmitz, technical supervisor and owner of TSL Production.
TSL Production supports Brings as technical provider at all their concerts and developed the entire technical concept (lighting, video and sound) for the May Day Polka Party show.
The lighting rig was large and included some of Elation’s newest stage lighting luminaires, namely 20 Artiste DaVinci LED moving spots and 16 DARTZ 360 narrow-beam LED beam/spot moving heads, as well as 30 Platinum HFX moving heads, 24 ACL 360 Bar LED moving battens and 16 ACL 360 Matrix moving head effect panels.
“The DaVinci and DARTZ were solid and gave us some unique looks,” says TSL Production’s Frank Schmitz. “We used pixel mapping between the large LED screen strips and the ACL 360 Matrix and ACL 360 Bar fixtures, which made for some nice visual looks as well. We then interspersed effects from the Platinum HFX fix
South Africa - South African rock band Prime Circle have acquired Robe lighting fixtures for their current live tour. DWR Distribution supplied Robe MiniPointes, Robin LEDBeam 150s, Robe VIVAs and a Le Maitre MVS Hazer.
“We’ve worked with DWR for quite some time now and the products are just amazing,” said Marco Gomes, bass guitarist and Prime Circle’s manager. “We firstly wanted to get lighting kit for touring purposes, but we also wanted to make sure that the product would be right. To us, there is no better product than the Robe gear.”
Prime Circle are currently touring their seventh album If you don’t you never will. Their new gear includes eight Robe MiniPointes, eight Robin LEDBeam 150s, two Robin VIVAs and a Le Maitre MVS Hazer.
“We are excited and hope that this will up our game, up our touring, and take the performance a step higher,” said Gomes. “We are fortunate enough to already have a nice little dot2 console. While our former lighting designer for many years, Vincent van Niekerk, has recently joined the DWR team, we have a new chap on the road, Benjamin Mills and we are happy to have the new set up.”
USA - A large brassy blues and funk ensemble should be supported by a bold lightshow that covers the stage with intense, colourful and fast-moving light. Or so thinks Jeff Hinton, owner of 815 Productions, who put this theory into practice in late April when he lit a benefit show by Late Nite Blues Brothers and 10 of Soul with a high-octane lightshow created with a collection of 14 Chauvet DJ Intimidator fixtures.
“When I have a super energised band with a lot of people in it, I like to get a lot of light directly on the performers and keep my light sources close to the stage,” says Hinton. “In my view, this is the best way to support the music. If you don’t do this, you always run the risk that your lighting will get lost.”
With its high-domed ceiling and deep stage, the historic Dixon Theatre, where the benefit was held, and which was the beneficiary of the fundraising concert, did not offer the hanging points that Hinton was seeking. To get the proximity he wanted, he erected a 28ft goal post on stage.
Aside from the goal posts, Hinton also had four 3ft truss totems, located two apiece, stage left and stage right. He positioned four Intimidator Spot 255 IRC moving fixtures on these totems and relied on them primarily for side lighting as well as for aerial effects.
In addition to the four Intimidator Spot 255 IRC units arranged on the truss totems, Hinton flew 10 Intimidator Beam LED 350 fixtures on the overhead section of goal post truss.
UK - LM Productions has added two new AV products to its expanding rental fleet.
The Eastbourne-based event production company has taken delivery of Digital Projection new M-Vision Laser projectors. These projectors pack a real punch at 18’000 lumens and 10’000:1 contrast ratios and produce amazing images, says the company. All LMP’s rental projectors come complete in flying frames ready to go and we offer 8’000 to 35’000 lumens and everything in between. LMP has also added a Kinetic lighting system with over 150 pieces. This system offers high performance DMX winches with a drop of up to 6m coupled with 25cm RGB LED lighting spheres and is controlled by the latest Matrix5 software & hardware systems.
The Kinetic lighting system is modular and offers the flexibility to configure to bespoke designs. The system had been well received on a recent project of the company, which involved creating an immersive attraction at a major UK exhibition.