Billboard Awards - Ed Sheeran was the big winner at the Billboard Awards in Las Vegas. The singer took home four awards - top artist, top radio songs artist, top song sales artist and top hot 100.
Other artists used the ceremony to pay tribute to Avicii, the Swedish DJ who died last month aged 28. Andrew Taggart from The Chainsmokers said the DJ's death was "a great loss for the music world and for us. He was an artist who inspired so many in so many ways and simply put he meant so much to us and so many in the EDM community."
Halsey added: "Everyone who worked with him would agree he was such a joy and it makes this tragedy all the more painful. And it's a reminder to all of us to be there and to support and love all of our friends and family members who may be struggling with mental health issues."
The annual awards show, which celebrates artists' achievements on the Billboard charts in the US, had a performance from Ariana Grande. She performed No Tears Left To Cry, her first single since the Manchester Arena terror attack, which took place almost a year ago. Other winners included Taylor Swift, who won top female artist, and Camila Cabello, who scooped the Billboard chart achievement award. Khalid won top new artist, Taylor Swift won top selling album for reputation and Kendrick Lamar was named top streaming artist.
Vinyl Record - Arctic Monkeys' new album is the fastest-selling on vinyl in 25 years, the Official Charts Company says. The band's Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino album sold 24,500 vinyl copies in its f
UK - PSCo, trade only rental supplier of display technologies, has invested in Absen’s new 3.9mm indoor / outdoor LED product within the Polaris range. The PL3.9 Pro LED is exclusively available in the UK from PSCo.
This new product from Absen is part of their High Brightness Black (HBB) range, an innovative new series which utilises Common Cathode technology. This provides dedicated voltages for individual RGB sub-pixels to substantially improve their efficiency. This results in 20% less power used and 20% less heat generated, allowing for more brightness output with total stability & reliability.
This technology means that the PL3.9 Pro with HBB can achieve 5000nits brightness with a 1921 black-face SMD - using less power and without compromising on brightness or black levels. This is delivered in an IP65 rated chassis allowing for excellent visual performance outdoors – with the same high-performance grayscale as previous generation Absen rental technologies. This visual performance can also be delivered at lower brightness indoors without compromising on colour depth or contrast.
The new Polaris chassis adds further creative flexibility with the ability to create convex (-7.5deg) or concave (+10deg) curves both flown or ground-stacked using the integrated adjustable side locks.
UK - Event production company VisionEventsManchester (VE-M) has upgraded its equipment inventory, adding a selection of Doughty equipment to its stock.
Darren Howard, director, VE-M explains: "As VE-M has expanded, we found we were regularly hiring in stands and so it was really a natural choice that we should purchase some Doughty kit."
The company which was born out of Vision Events back in 2011 focuses on bringing together various elements of event design under one roof, making its clients' lives easier when organising often complex events. The addition of Doughty items to the company's stock is part of a major overhaul of VE-M's video, lighting, audio and rigging stock as the company continues to grow. Keen to invest in high quality technologies, Darren turned to A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) – one of Doughty's UK distributors to handle the entire upgrade.
Darren purchased some Doughty Zenith truss lifts and solid truss adaptors – all new items to the company's inventory, as well as a selection of smaller items such as half-couplers, truss adaptors etc. Once delivered, AC-ET assisted with product training on the new systems at their Northern sales office in Leeds.
AC-ET's Mike Docksey, who handled the sale commented: "It was an absolute pleasure to work with VE-M. I'm sure their clients will be very pleased by VE-M's major investment in these and other leading technologies from AC-ET, to ensure they continue to offer the highest production values for events."
Darren continued: "The Doughty name is a well-known, high qua
The Netherlands - EVE is a restaurant and event location set in an old locomotive train repair hall, called Polygonal Hall, in Tilburg, Holland.
The hall is built around a circular platform which was formerly used to rotate and position trains in the correct track to enter and leave the big hall. You still can see all the old details in the well preserved monumental building.
The structure is highlighted by 66 Focus Pinspot compact lights with ultra-narrow beam, while the ceiling is lit by 24 Freeline 90FC LED bars. Scena LED 80 and Profilo LED 80 are used to light several details and areas in the building. This brings the total amount of DTS fixtures to 115, centrally driven by Drivenet 1664.
The installer was First Impression & Turific, lighting design is by Ruben Fernandes and Mischa Woudenberg and the lighting equipment was supplied by Full AVL.
UK - Steeldeck, platforms, staging and seating solutions manufacturer, has secured a new London production facility (see LSi May for more).
The new facility is located on the outskirts of London in Erith and will provide over 2300m2 of space, doubling the capacity of the company’s previous base in Bermondsey.
Steeldeck has historically been based in central London, but remaining in the heart of the capital had become irrelevant since the separation of the company’s rental and manufacturing arms.
Philip Parsons, Steeldeck CEO, comments: “The old premises were very conveniently located near our rental business in London’s Bermondsey, and to various suppliers such as the powder coater, but the area has changed. Factories have been demolished wholesale to be replaced by towering blocks of flats, parking is becoming increasing limited, the street access for lorries has been reduced drastically by street narrowing and the rents are rising very sharply.
“Moving from our present railway arch-based accommodation to relatively modern industrial premises will permit proper workflow. The new site has a substantial private yard as well as excellent access to transport links, all of which will allow us to keep pace with demand and to better provide the service our customers expect from us.”
The new production hub is being equipped with a rationalised production process that wi
USA - City Theatrical has announced the expansion of its QolorFLEX brand of professional, flexible linear LED lighting to include QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape, a new LED tape lighting that offers lighting and scenic design professionals more colour mixing options and flexibility of white light to help maximise creative potential for performances and installations.
Now available in full five-metre reels and sample strips, QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape is an interior-grade RGBWWCW LED Tape with high output brightness and the ability to create a wide spectrum of colours when used with a DMX colour control system. ETL-listed, QolorFLEX 5in-1 LED Tape includes a tunable white that pairs an RGB diode with 2,500 K and 6,500 K white diodes so designers can fine-tune colors. Each tape also comes with wiring leads on both ends and durable 3M adhesive backing.
QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape is consistently colour matched with the entire line of QolorFLEX LED Tape, including QolorFLEX Quad LED Tape, and pairs perfectly with the QolorFLEX 5x8A Dimmer. Like all QolorFLEX products, QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape is vibrant, easy to work with, and exceeds industry standards for service life.
QolorFLEX products can be seen in hundreds of productions and environments internationally, including: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, Anastasia on Broadway, The Band’s Visit on Broadway, and the Institute of Contemporary Art Theatre in Boston.
USA - Chauvet Professional has introduced the Ovation H-605FC, a convection-cooled fixture powered by an RGBA-Lime LED engine, enabling it to accurately reproduce nearly any colour and virtually any colour temperature of white. This feature allows the fixture to excel not only when functioning as a traditional house light, but also when used to colourise a room as part of a theatrical production or worship service.
“We developed the Ovation H-605FC in response to the demand from customers who wanted full colour-mixing in a house light,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “The RGBA-Lime LEDs give this light excellent colour-rendering capabilities. At the same time, it also has a virtual colour wheel to match popular gel colours.”
Colour Temperature Presets from 2800K to 6500K with high CRI and CQS ensure that the fixture’s output is of the highest quality. Adding to the value of the Ovation H-605FC is its 16-bit dimming, which results in extremely smooth colour fades down to the bottom of the curve. This allows the light to be dimmed at the start of a theatrical production or worship service without distractive sudden drops in output.
Interchangeable lens plates allow the fixture’s beam angle to go from narrow to wide, so it can be adapted to different mounting heights. Mounting can be done effectively from pipes or integrated loop-eyes, thanks to the yoke that’s included with the fixture.
Silent in its operation, the Ovation H-605FC is well suited for recital halls and venues that have video productions. The fixture also featur
Portugal - The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), hosted at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, saw the latest range of Claypaky and ADB lighting fixtures feature prominently in the multi-dimensional lighting design by Jerry Appelt.
Appelt's design is one of the biggest lighting set-ups in Eurovision history. Appelt employed over 2,000 lighting fixtures - 750 of which were Claypaky Arc and LED moving heads and 100 of which were the ADB asymmetric cyc LED fixture, ADB Klemantis. All lighting was supplied to ESC by Ampco Flashlight and Pixellight.
Appelt, lighting his fourth ESC, worked in close creative collaboration with set designer Florian Wieder to deliver a stunning, multi-faceted stage canvas that beautifully echoed Portugal's nautical heritage, while offering a remarkable level of visual versatility. In addition, the design directly addressed the comments from last year's winner, Salvador Sobral, who said: "Music is not fireworks, music is a feeling, so let's try to change this and bring music back!"
Appelt's shrewd positioning and programming of the Claypaky arsenal enhanced, defined and shaped the various layers and areas of the set to deliver a striking succession of evocative and sculptural lighting looks. This, combined with carefully choreographed moving trusses and beat-perfect camera work, ensured each country's story was told with a refreshing depth and sensitivity.
"I was looking to create dimension, not just from my fixture positioning but also from the feature set of each fixture itself,” says Appelt. “I also wanted consistency
China - Top One Design Engineering in Hong Kong and Macau has invested in Robe MegaPointes and LEDBeam 150s.
It’s the first Robe purchase for the company founded in 2012 by Kurt So to further the cause of bringing world class lighting and event design - with an emphasis on creativity and innovation - to a diversity of sectors in the region including live and corporate events.
Top One is also the first Hong Kong rental company to have these latest Robe luminaires in stock - 24 x MegaPointes and 60 x LEDBeam 150s.
Kurt and technical director Sam Hui had been keeping an eye on both of these Robe products for some time, they explained, and were “blown away” with the first demonstration which was organised by Raymond Wong from Robe‘s HK distributors, Arc Source.
“The MegaPointe has far superior functions in both quantity and quality when compared to other lights in a similar class,” says Kurt, highlighting the animation wheel and prisms in particular.
Almost immediately the lights were delivered, they went straight out on The GREAT Festival of Innovation, staged at the Asia Society Centre in Admiralty, in the explosives store of the old Victoria Barracks to be precise, a carefully restored heritage site now transformed into a buzzing cultural, artistic and intellectual hub for the city.
They were in action again recently in MacPherson Stadium for the MacPherson Festival x Siu Fay Love for the Entire Life concert featuring Patrick Lui and other special guests. Lighting designer MaKaWai Mamui of AriesFlare Studio positi
Vietnam - Ba Sao Audio recently deployed complete Harman Professional Solutions audio and lighting systems at the Rock Island Club at the Nam Nghi Resort.
Located on a small private island offshore from Phu Quoc island, the Rock Island Club is an outdoor eating, drinking and dancing venue that offers a 360-degree panorama of Phu Quoc’s beautiful coastline and a mesmerizing ocean view. The club is renowned for its team of mixologists and chefs, who craft innovative cocktails and provide a contemporary culinary experience.
Management recently decided to upgrade the sound and lighting with the intention of turning the Rock Island Club into an international party destination. To achieve this goal, management hired Ba Sao Audio to design and install a complete Harman audio and lighting system made up of JBL, Crown, BSS, Soundcraft and Martin solutions.
“Club and DJ events require a comprehensive range of high-quality audio products that provide exquisite sound quality,” says Nguyen Khac Anh, CEO, Ba Sao Investment. “The Harman solutions work perfectly for the venue, and the system allows the guests to enjoy crystal-clear music, not only onstage, but in the entire building.”
The system includes JBL Control 31 two-way loudspeakers, which are paired with JBL PRX418S subwoofers to reinforce the bottom end. The system is powered by Crown DriveCore Install and CTs 2000 amplifiers. Audio processing is provided by BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 and BLU-50 signal processors, and a BSS Ethernet controller is used for signal routing.
Audio is m
USA - The term “president’s gala” may conjure up images of staid speeches and a formal dance, but nothing could be further from reality at Anderson University’s South Carolina School of the Arts. The culmination of the academic year at the art institution, the President’s Gala, is a rousing evening of musical diversity that moves seamlessly from West African drumming and dancing, to orchestral and choir compositions, to show tunes.
Providing a visual backdrop for this far-ranging event, which took place at the school’s Rainey Fine Arts Centre on 21 April, was a richly textured and flexible lighting/video design by ACS Sound and Lighting that featured a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures and LED video tiles.
“Jay Pitts, the new producer of the President’s Gala, brought our company on board to help enhance this event with extra artistic flair that could support its diverse performances, while making it camera friendly for television,” says Denise Simpson of ACS Sound and Lighting. “We’ve worked with Jay on many events in the past and we understand his vision. I was the lighting designer and board operator for the event, working closely with Chris Hansen, the director; Andrew Allday, the video designer; and Daniel Fisher, the video director.”
Key to the flexible lighting design at the President’s Gala were the 16 Ovation E-910FC colour mixing ellipsoidal fixtures with HD 19° tubes that were flown on the FOH truss. Used as the main stage wash, as well as for band specials, these RGBA-Lime fixtures made i
Europe - Cymatic Audio, specialists in audio recording and playback for live performance solutions, participated in the recent Eurovision Song Contest in partnership with data storage specialists Angelbird Technologies.
Multiple Cymatic Audio uTrack24 systems loaded with the Angelbird SSD2GO PKT 512GB SSD card and Cymatic Audio’s optional MADI card were chosen to act as Line ID systems for the commentary system at ESC.
Cymatic Audio CEO, Arie van den Broek, comments: “From a broadcast perspective, the Eurovision Song Contest is one of biggest live events of the year, and so reliability is of paramount importance. Just as the show itself is live, so therefore is the commentary with all the commentators broadcasting live to their own countries.
“The Cymatic Audio/Angelbird solution was used to set up, identify and test the commentary circuits prior to the event. The equipment performed perfectly throughout, delivering everything that was required of it - impeccable audio quality, rock-solid reliability and a high channel count at an extremely attractive price point.”
USA - Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic is an off-Broadway show playing at New World Stages beneath an all-LED Elation lighting rig.
The play portrays a certain famous wizard school from the perspective of the slightly nerdy and not-so-famous house called Puffs. Described as ‘a play for anyone who has never been destined to save the world’, Puffs are the outsiders of the magic school who disheartenedly observe as a certain boy wizard repeatedly saves the day. Written by Matt Cox and produced by Tilted Windmills Theatricals, the play is directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker with lighting design by Herrick Goldman.
The third iteration of the show opened at New World Stages in Manhattan last summer, where it’s still running. Puffs came to New World Stages from the Elektra Theatre but was originally staged at the Peoples Improv Theatre, a basement locale that gave the play a “downtown sensibility” according to Goldman. He and set designer Madeleine Bundy sought to keep that feel at New World Stages while upping the production value, a parity the LD describes as “a balance between the old and new stage.”
At New World Stages, Goldman has an automated rig of Elation LED luminaires to work with, a setup of Satura Spot CMY Pro LED moving heads, SixPar 300 LED Par lights, Colour 5 Profile LED ellipsoidal spots, Colour Chorus 24 LED battens and Fuze Wash Z350 PAR moving heads, along with some conventional fixtures.
The up-tempo nature of the show plays well to the strengths of
China - A large number of top international DJs, including Hardwell, W&W, Slander, NGHTMRE, Brohug, Kill The Buzz and Maurice West took to the stage at the Creamfields Festival 2018 in Changsha, China.
Creamfields Tour Changsha took place at the International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Changsha on 1 May.
Creamfields Festival is one of the world's leading dance music festival. Originating in the UK and boasting more than 20 years history, it has travelled across 22 countries.
In China, Real Music Acoustics, the local distributor for NEXT-proaudio, provided the festival’s technical needs.
The FOH complete system comprised 24 x LA212x and 24 x LAs418. The entire setup was powered and managed via LA Powersoft touring racks with X8 Amplifiers.
“The main system, NEXT LA212x, delivered a premium sound at Creamfields 2018 Changsha to all spectators allowing everyone to had a perfect music experience,” explains Richie Wang, Real Music’s CEO.
Europe - A group of professionals from across member organisations, manufacturers and designers in the live entertainment industry had 'a very productive meeting' in Brussels on 17 May on the issue of Stage Lighting with the European Commission, a statement says.
The meeting was between representatives of the EU’s Energy & Culture departments, and PEARLE representing its members in all EU states including SOLT/UK Theatre, the trade associations PLASA, VLPT and OETHG, the ALD, IALD and the Association of Swedish Lighting Designers.
As a result, the organisations have agreed "to channel our work into seeking to draft a specific, technically based, exemption for lighting uses in the stage and entertainment industries in the new proposed Eco Regulations planned for 2020. This work needs to happen quickly with all collective comments being channelled through PEARLE to the European Commission in advance of the next draft of the regulations due in late June."
Europe/USA - Yamaha and Audinate are teaming up to present a free webinar titled Audio Networking For Houses Of Worship, Colleges and Universities on 23 May (Wednesday).
The webinar, to be broadcast on ProSoundWeb.com, will examine Dante-enabled solutions for system design, implementation and management for carrying large numbers of audio channels around an auditorium and for distributing audio throughout a campus.
Andy Cooper (manager, pro audio application engineering, Yamaha R&D Centre London) and Karl Christmas (technical marketing manager, Yamaha R&D Centre London) will feature alongside Kieran Walsh (Audinate director of application engineering, EMEA).
The webinar runs from 6pm CET / 5pm BST / 12pm Eastern Time and 9am US Pacific Time. Registration is free but required.
World - Philips Lighting completed its rebrand to Signify following the company’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on 15 May.
The name change is set to be implemented in all 70 countries where the company is active by the beginning of 2019. Signify will continue to use the Philips brand for its products under the existing license agreement.
Eric Rondolat, CEO of Signify, comments: “The choice of our new company name originates from the way light has become an intelligent language, which connects and conveys meaning. It is a clear expression of our strategic vision and purpose to unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world.”
Philips Lighting separated from Royal Philips in 2016 and announced it would change its name in March 2018. The new name satisfies the company’s contractual requirements under the Company Name License Agreement with Royal Philips, which requires that it changes less than 18 months after Royal Philips no longer has a controlling interest.
“We are driven by the principle that light is essential,” Rondolat adds. “And by connecting it to networks, software and cloud computing, we open the door to a smarter world where light delivers value beyond illumination.”
World - QolorPIX Pixel Controlled LED Tape and QolorPIX Tape Controller products by City Theatrical are now available to lighting and scenic design professionals around the world.
As part of City Theatrical’s QolorFLEX brand of flexible linear LED lighting, QolorPIX was created to help design professionals maximize their creative vision with customizable dynamic lighting effects that add distinction to theatrical, television, film, and architectural projects.
While many products on the market offer control of addressable LED tape and fixtures, the process of set up and operation can be challenging. Each QolorPIX Tape Controller is preconfigured with personality profiles that can be combined and adjusted quickly and easily to produce thousands of effects using QolorPIX Pixel Controlled LED Tape products, including chases, fades, scrolls, bursts, and more.
QolorPIX Pixel Controlled LED Tape is designed for the most demanding professional applications, with 48 individually controlled LED lights per metre. Each reel of tape includes a soldered-on four-pin XLR connector on one end, creating a plug and play connection to the QolorPIX Tape Controller.
QolorPIX Pixel Controlled LED Tape runs on low voltage (5VDC) and is sold in five metre reels, with a maximum cable connection length (between controller and tape) of 10m. The tape is encased in clear rectangular silicone, making it water resistant (IP 67 rated) for indoor or outdoor use.
The QolorPIX Tape Controller offers eight ports, each accommodating five metres of tape. It has a user-frie
USA - After 15 seasons on FOX, American Idol moved to ABC this year where the show’s long-time lighting designer Kieran Healy added to the rig 50 Ghibli fixtures, Ayrton’s first LED spot luminaire with a factory-equipped framing system.
“This year’s design for the American Idol studio shows has a moving ceiling with eight different panels,” says Healy. “I don’t have fixed lighting positions to key the judges since the ceiling can be in many different positions. I was looking for a new moving head spot fixture with an even field to put in the rig so I could take any pair of lights and key the judges from any angle.”
Healy opted for 50 Ghibli fixtures, five of which are dedicated to keying and backlighting the judges while the balance serves as performance lighting. The fixtures were provided by PRG.
ACT Lighting arranged a demo of the new Ghibli and other moving head spots for Healy at Volt Lighting. “LED spotlights are really just coming up to speed,” Healy notes. “Ghibli immediately struck me as a great instrument. The output, even field, colour rendition and framing shutters were all important to me. It stood out amongst the other lights.”
Healy uses other Ayrton fixtures on American Idol as well. “The upstage vertical screen splits four ways horizontally and vertically to expose three different light walls when the screens are in different positions,” he explains. “Ayrton MagicBlade and MagicPanel fixtures, hung vertically, are revealed to create beam effects and eye candy for various nu
USA - Building on the momentum that started with the company’s 2017 move to a larger facility, InterAmerica Stage is rolling out a new brand identity.
The new look starts with an updated logo, which embraces the familiar way clients refer to the organisation. “Everybody we work with calls us IA Stage,” says general manager, John Gitzy. “Heck, we even call ourselves IA Stage!” The new logo and branding theme were created by Black’s son, Andrew, who is a professional illustrator and animator.
IA Stage has been busy integrating the new brand identity into all facets of the company’s public presence, and to augment the branding efforts, the company launched a new website designed by Designzillas at the end of April, introducing cross-platform functionality and more streamlined user experience.
“We want people to visit our website and find something useful,” says Marta Peliwo, marketing & trade show coordinator. “Our old site was starting to look like a bulletin board and our identity was getting lost in the clutter. Visitors can explore the site without getting lost, or they can cut to the chase and go directly to what they’re interested in. Nothing is more than two to three clicks away.”
Italy - Claudio Lastrucci, Powersoft co-founder, is set to present a case study entitled Mains to Acoustic Efficiency at the Audio Engineering Society (AES) International Convention in Milan later this month.
The AES event, which alternates between a US and European location each year and is in its 144th edition, will take place this year at the NH Hotel Milano Congress Centre.
In his case study, Lastrucci will demonstrate how the power requirements to feed a subwoofer are defined. Standardised and programme audio signals will be applied and results directly measured on real devices. Measurements on true power input, true power output, and overall efficiency in the amplification chain will be addressed including different amplification topologies. This will reveal surprisingly high overall mains input to acoustic output chain efficiency in the specific, usable, passband of the speaker.
He comments: “As an Italian audio manufacturer it is wonderful to welcome to the AES Convention to Milan for its European outing this year. Our home country is known globally for its technology and manufacturing prowess, rooted in a culture of invention and innovation which is evident way back in history.”
Lastrucci co-founded Powersoft S.p.A in 1995 in Florence and acts as research and development director for the professional amplifier manufacturer. In this role, he works across power electronic, audio amplification signal processing, applied mechanics, acoustic and transducer design.
Japan - Having expanded from its flagship venue in New York City, 1Oak, which stands for 1 Of A Kind, has recently opened a three-floor, 1000-capacity venue at the base of Roppongi Hills in Tokyo.
Sacha Robertson reports, “At the heart of the 1Oak approach is a focus on differentiation through design and function, capturing and curating the energy in each club. Interior design and lighting combine to play a major part, but ultimately that energy has its origin in sound.”
When it came to choices for the Tokyo venue, the interior design process was led by New York-based contemporary artist Roy Nachum, who was Grammy-nominated in 2016 for his cover artwork on Rihanna’s Anti album. With the club interior complete and the opening date fast approaching, 1Oak engaged the local d&b team to design and implement the all-important sound system.
1Oak owner Salvatore Morale says: “As a DJ I appreciate sound. At around the same time we were building the club I had started to notice that in all the places I visited around the world and heard great sound, whether that was a big festival, a hotel bar or an opera house, I was seeing d&b speakers. This was a clear sign for me.”
As with 1Oak clubs around the world, the latest Tokyo venue is not simply a nightclub. Founder Richie Akiva’s vision is that of an entertainment venue; an inspiring space capable of hosting live music, launches, premieres, after-parties and VIP events. Versatility without compromise underpins the business model.
Central to 1Oak Tokyo’s layout is a d&
UK - Lighting designer Nathan Wan created a high impact design for the Live Action Arena at the 2018 Autosports International show, staged at the NEC, Birmingham, where a one-hour special presentation was staged six times a day for the duration of the expo.
Nathan has worked on the show previously, and this year wanted to introduce some new visual dimensions to the mix utilising pixel mappable fixtures, which he drove using ArKaos’s powerful MediaMaster 5 control solution with Kling-Net protocol.
The quick and easy implementation of Kling-Net enabled Nathan to drive the 36 x Spiiders on the rig, plus 70 metres of Chauvet COLORband Pix LED battens with assorted video content that he had compiled and selected for the event.
The Spiiders were rigged on top of six 5m high scenic L-shaped Singapore F1 night-race style gantries that reached 9m over the track. These were introduced last year for the first time and were a big hit, so building on this experience, Nathan wanted totally different and more beautifully fluid kinetic effects that capitalized on the map-ability of the fixtures. With this in mind, he chose to rig each gantry with six Spiiders.
The COLORband Pix were positioned in a long 70m / 840 pixel row with gaps in between the units, curving around the low wall on the far side of the track - away from the grandstand. Once again, with graphic content fed into these units via Kling-Net from the laptop, a serious amount of programming time was saved.
Japan - One of Japan’s most popular singer songwriters, Koji Kikkawa, added real dynamics to his recent Live Is Life arena show at the 8,000-capacity Musashino Forest Sport Plaza with the aid of 23 JDC1 hybrid strobes from GLP.
Specified by lighting and set designer, Makoto Shimizu - who was also performance director - these were programmed in full 68-DMX channel mode to achieve full impact.
The entire stage concept was put together between himself and Koji Kikkawa. “He likes stereo architecture so we assembled mainly curved trusses,” explained Shimizu. “Also, using the lights we designed the back-lighting truss to resemble a weapon attack by the Mazinger Z [from the Japanese animé super robot manga series], with the JDC1 featuring prominently.”
Makoto said he had been aware of the power of GLP products for some time. “We had a tour last year, using the X4 Bars,” he said. “Because of the passion of Fourleaf [GLP’s Japanese distributor], we decided to purchase the JDC1. We saw the demo fixture during the performance by [Japanese mascot character] Funassyi last summer, and used two [GLP] GT1 and JDC1.”
GLP Asia’s Michael Münz and Søren Storm had also paid regular visits to Fourleaf, as well as major lighting company, Lighting Big1, who supplied the fixtures for this show. “They are one of the biggest rental companies in Japan and long time GLP customer,” said Münz. “They have been using the impression range since early on and currently have a large stock of the X4, X4 Bars and now the JDC1.”