New Zealand - The Stardome Observatory and Planetarium recently upgraded its cinema and live performance venue with a complete Harman Professional networked surround sound system comprised of JBL Professional, Crown, BSS and Soundcraft solutions.
The Stardome’s observatory opened to the public in 1967, while the planetarium - the largest in New Zealand - launched in 1997. The venue features a panoramic theatre with a full-dome concave screen, laser projectors and IMAX angled seating for an immersive 360-degree viewing experience. Doubling as both a cinema and live performance venue, the Stardome needed a versatile sound system to support a wide range of events. Additionally, since a range of staff members and volunteers operate the facility, ease of use was a top priority.
Stardome organisers hired AV Integration company Avid Automation and Harman distributor JPRO to equip the planetarium with JBL loudspeaker systems, network-connected Crown amplifiers, BSS signal processors and a Soundcraft digital mixing console.
“The primary use of the system is to provide an immersive 5.1 cinema experience, but the theatre also doubles as a live performance venue for small bands and events - everything from strings to electronica,” said Darian Sundar, director, Avid Automation. “So, in addition to offering an accurate cinematic experience, the system needed to be capable of handling larger SPL to accommodate live performances.”
Avid Automation and JPRO selected a range of JBL AE Series loudspeakers for the theater’s surround sound system. JBL
USA - For all six seasons of Fox’s award-winning television series Empire, lighting programmer Jared Moore used a variety of Hog control products for the show’s diverse performance settings and other scenes. The American musical drama was one of the most-watched series during its long run through 2020. After a quick run on the US shoot for Warner Brothers The Batman, Moore next turned his focus to work on Power Book IV: Force, Starz's spin-off based on original Power character Tommy Egan.
Jared began his career in 2002 as a freelance LD in Chicago, coming of age through the theater scene and designing for a modern dance company on ETC desks. In 2013 he transitioned into television and film work, where he learned of the Hog platform. He says, “I was told by another programmer that all the film guys used Hog. I worked on the ABC show Mind Games where I used a Hog III - that’s where I learned the console. Transitioning to the Hog 4 platform when I booked the Empire gig was a natural step.”
Moore’s resume saw him brought in as lighting programmer for the opening 2015 season of Empire. Still called a ‘dimmer op’ in the film/television world, he was a production constant through the series, working with various DPs and gaffers, and eventually purchasing his own Road Hog 4 desk. “I was even in the backgrounds for a few scenes,” he laughs, “as part of a quick clip. The director wanted a shot of somebody pressing a button. That was the joke – me in the background.”
“I knew Empire was going to be
UK - Martin Audio is gearing up for two ‘action packed days’ in early September, which will see them combine the latest in open day programme - and their first in two years - with a party to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
Held on 7 and 8 September, the open days have been designed to coincide with the return of the PLASA Show in London, when the international light and sound community descends on the capital.
The events will rigidly follow COVID rules for both staff and visitors, with appropriate protocols put in place. Sessions will be held at 09:30, 12.30 and 15:30 on September 7th, and at 10.00 and 13:00 on September 8th. Each session will run for two hours.
For the active demonstrations, guests will have the opportunity to sample the Adorn series, including the latest ceiling additions, as well as BlacklineX, CDD, Torus and SXCF118 subwoofer. The Wavefront Precision series, recently recognised with the Queen’s Award for Innovation, will also be presented.
The events will also incorporate a legacy and memorabilia walkthrough to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. This birthday will also be celebrated with a party at the end of the first day, when the action moves to nearby Marlow for a 7.30pm start. All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the company’s 50th celebratory coffee table book.
The event is capped at 150 people and guests will need to register on a first come first served basis.
USA - Main Light, LLC. has announced that it will be expanding its operations with a location in Las Vegas, NV as of August 23, 2021. The new 40,000sq.ft shop, at 6435 South Valley View in Las Vegas will allow the dry hire service to better support the western US
Pairing with Main Light’s Delaware shop, the Las Vegas operation will duplicate the depth of new and well-maintained equipment available.
“Having a west coast shop is something that our clients have been asking about for some time,” states Randy Mullican, general manager of Main Light, LLC. “As the entertainment and event industries are re-opening, many of clients are asking us to step-in and support them across the country. Though we always would provide gear wherever needed, the Las Vegas location will allow us to respond to those needs more efficiently, and very-importantly, cost effectively.”
Main Light also took the opportunity to reveal their new logo and introduced a new company-wide 800 number, (800)-397-MAIN (6246).
Throughout the pandemic, Main Light took the opportunity to rebalance their own inventory by selling off older equipment and buying new technology. Staying in front of their client’s needs, Main Light focused on acquiring the gear that will be in demand by production companies looking to supplement and access quality equipment from a trusted dry hire resource. “We will be here for our clients,” notes Mullican, “as they reopen and get back to work without having to invest in acquiring new equipment themselves. All these production companies need
Survival Course - The Womad music festival has been cancelled "to guarantee its survival", co-founder Peter Gabriel has announced. Earlier this month, the former Genesis singer warned that the three-day event might not go ahead without government-backed insurance or test event status. Confirming the cancellation, he said waiting for either would "put Womad's long-term future at risk".
In a statement, Gabriel said the decision to cancel his world music festival, which was launched almost 40 years ago and attracts about 40,000 people each year, was made "with great regret". "We feel that our audience, artists, staff, and contractors, who have been amazingly supportive throughout all this, will understand the need for us to act to guarantee our survival," he wrote.
Gabriel said the decision to grant test event status to some festivals due to be held on the same 22-25 July weekend as Womad "clearly implies that only approved test events will be protected and guaranteed the right to go ahead as normal - even though this flies in the face of the Prime Minister's statements".
Recovery Fund - The final round of the Culture Recovery Fund will comprise £220m in grants intended to help organisations reopen and return to full capacity, the government has confirmed. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced how it will spend the £300m of culture-specific support announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak in the spring Budget.
About £220m will be made available for another round of CRF grant support, which will be open to “cult
UK - The widely respected PLASA Awards for Innovation return to the PLASA Show for 2021, in association with LSi magazine. All PLASA Show 2021 exhibitors are invited to enter their new products by Friday 6 August to be in with a chance of winning one of the coveted awards.
The awards celebrate products from across live entertainment technology which demonstrate a new style of thinking, improve technical practice or safety, introduce new materials or techniques, or offer a new commercial advantage.
Each entered product will be judged by an independent panel of industry experts who have the authority to present up to eight awards of equal standing, plus a potential Gold Award for an outstanding new product.
Furthermore, an Award for Sustainability is reserved for a product that can demonstrate a significant reduction of power, utilises renewable energy, or has a positive impact on the environment.
The awards will be presented during an intimate industry ceremony on the Monday evening of PLASA Show 2021 which is running from 5-7 September at Olympia London.
Products launched since the PLASA Show 2019 are eligible to enter. For full entry criteria and further information on the PLASA Awards for Innovation 2021, please visit: www.plasashow.com/awards
UK - Fairport Convention have announced that their annual music festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, has been postponed for the second time.
The three-day event had been scheduled to take place on 12-14 August this year. It will now be staged over the weekend of 11, 12, 13 August 2022 on its usual farmland site in Oxfordshire.
The organisers hope the current line-up of acts will be carried forward. Artists booked to appear this year have provisionally agreed to transfer their bookings to 2022. Highlights are expected to include Trevor Horn Band, Clannad, Steve Hackett’s Genesis Revisited, Richard Thompson, and host band Fairport Convention.
Festival director Gareth Williams said: “We’re left with no other choice than to postpone our festival again. We have reached the point where we’d need to spend big money but without any certainty we could go ahead. The dilemma we are facing is simple – proceed and risk potentially going out of business or postpone for a year and live to fight another day.
“So far, despite over six months of lobbying, the government has failed to support any form of Covid-related cancellation insurance scheme for the festival industry,” Mr Williams continued. Also, there has been no guidance on what mitigations might be required post Step 4. This has made it effectively impossible to plan this year’s event.
“Like the rest of the festival industry, we’ve tried everything we can to keep going but I’m afraid we would be placing Cropredy’s future in serious jeopardy if we were to go ahead.
UK - The past year has been difficult for the professional audio industry. Continuing education during this time has been in high demand, and Shure is responding to the need by announcing a new, free training programme specifically for audio professionals.
“We want to equip everyone with various levels of technical knowledge including people who are new to the audio industry as well as experienced professionals and help set them up for success as the industry begins to reopen,” said Eduardo Valdes, senior director, global marketing, for Pro and Consumer Audio at Shure.
The Pro Curriculum is a new eLearning training from the Shure Audio Institute. The programme is divided into three tiers: Level 1: Fundamentals To become a successful audio professional, a strong understanding of industry fundamentals is essential. This program covers core essentials such as maximizing performance of microphones, wireless systems, and other technologies.
Level 2: Shure Product Training Audio professionals know that to be the best, they need to stay on top of the latest advancements in products and technology. In Level 2, training focuses on how to set up and use Shure products.
Level 3: Advanced Application Training Level 3 builds on Level 1 and Level 2 to provide targeted training for a variety of professional applications. This training approaches audio challenges as a system, addressing concerns in audio, wireless, networking, and more, to successfully set up and deploy audio systems.
“This is a completely new curriculum designed specifically for
Italy - Powersoft has launched two additions to its rtouring amplifier platform, the T Series.
The new T902 and T904 have been introduced to extend the applications of the T Series further, allowing it to cover the requirements for any system deployment, including larger-scale live sound applications.
The T902 is a 2-channel amplifier specified to deliver 4000W at 2 Ohms, 3200W at 4 Ohms, or 1800W at 8 Ohms, and its high rail voltage and peak current on the outputs make it ideal for driving large 4-Ohm subwoofers (like dual 18’’) or 2- and 3-way line sources.
The other addition to the T Series family is the 4-channel T904, which can deliver 1800W at 2 Ohms, 2000W at 4 Ohms, or 1600W at 8 Ohms. This new amplifier platform is designed to power Bi-amped systems like stage monitors, 2-way point source speakers, and 2-way line sources, as well as smaller subwoofers.
Much like the rest of the T Series family, the new T902 and T904 feature onboard DSP, in-built Dante inputs, and live impedance monitoring, as well as Powersoft’s Active DampingControl for cable resistance compensation.
Sweden - Geijerskolan, a school surrounded by forest, deep in the heart of the Swedish countryside in Ransäter, Värmland offers a wide variety of music-based education alternatives including music production, last year it opened a new analogue studio with the Audient ASP4816 desk at its heart.
The studio and two rehearsal rooms are housed in an old-fashioned red wooden house typical of the area, whose rustic exterior belies the technology found within its walls. “It’s important that the students can work with a real analogue console. They need to make their own mistakes as well as finding their way around a ‘real’ studio,” says Stefan Deland, one of the teachers at the school. He underlines the school’s ethos of giving students the freedom to evolve in a creative community and ‘learn by doing’.
The music production programme is a mixture of studio production and songwriting, focusing on the commercial aspect of the music business. Students learn to write, record and mix their own music, and are taught by Olivia Lundberg and Jarl Furingsten who are producers and songwriters in their own right. Jarl says, “it’s important that we can work with what we teach to stay up to date and evolve as educators.”
Olivia agrees and adds that switching roles between teaching songwriting and production makes things more interesting for both students and educators. “It keeps everybody on their toes and on their best game,” she says. “We are proud to be able to give the students something they can’t learn from a YouTube tutorial or from
USA - The outdoor stage at the Avondale Brewing Company in Birmingham, AL, was smaller than the ones Pigeons Playing Ping Pong normally plays on, probably not much more than 30ft in length. But adaptation is the order of the day as live music returns throughout much of the USA.
The size of the stage didn’t matter much; breaking rules and flying off in wonderfully unexpected creative directions can take place in any space. The popular jam band provided proof of that recently when they improvised their way through two upbeat sets filled with energy and original musical turns.
Flowing with them on this freewheeling journey was their long-time lighting designer, Manny Newman. Described by the quartet as “the fifth member of the band”, Newman also proved that limited space is no obstacle to limitless ideas. His expansive show filled the stage and the entire venue with visual delights that included swirling custom gobo patterns and colour combinations that moved from dreamy pastels on white, to bold edgy mixes.
Helping him achieve these looks were the 18 Chauvet Professional Rogue fixtures in the band’s own touring rig. He positioned six Rogue R1 Spot fixtures across a 16-foot truss as part of his ground package, and hung 12 Rogue R1 Wash units on four grids that were placed across the truss. Working this road package with the house rig, he unleashed a stream of looks across the stage’s backdrop that invited imagination.
“Usually during the second set I like to do psych looks on the back wall for certain jams,” he said. “At Avondale,
USA - The Kridel Grand Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum is a historic 9,000-sq.ft. space with soaring ceilings and rich architectural details that has played host to many of the city’s premiere events for decades. With its full proscenium stage, sound, lighting and projection systems, the venue is tailor-made for elegant gala fundraisers, corporate meetings, and weddings.
Chris Pitale, senior AV tech at the museum, oversaw a recent lighting upgrade in the Grand Ballroom that included Elation Professional Fuze Pendant LED downlights and Netron data distribution from Obsidian Control Systems.
“We set about planning an upgrade with Netron hardware and simultaneously had been eyeballing our aging house lighting system for upgrade,” Pitale explains, referring to an old system of 32 recessed 250W incandescent par cans that cast bad shadows due to placement of a truss grid. “We planned a 24-unit update with LED Lekos hanging from the existing ceiling in locations we could control the light spill and avoid the truss and chandeliers.” They started the electrical, ordered the units, and began testing. Then, late in 2019, the Ballroom ceiling façade collapsed.
“It brought the wood façade crashing onto the truss grid, lighting, audio and video systems, and anything else underneath,” Pitale recalls. The ceiling was eventually rebuilt to match its original look and after a full replacement of a host of systems, they returned to the house lighting question. “We shopped a few fixtures and settled on something an architectural firm assured us wo
Singapore - Situated in the heart of Singapore, Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay is a new destination for tourists. The hotel, part of the Pan Pacific Hotels Group, is the result of a complete renovation of an existing building.
The 767sq.m Garden Ballroom hosts wedding banquets and corporate dining events and can also be partitioned into three separate rooms for seminars. Acoustic and audio-visual consultants CCW Associates were tasked with the technical specifications of the Garden Ballroom. Concealing all speakers at their installation points within the elegant interior design was an essential requirement.
CCW Associates invited Singapore-based L-Acoustics certified provider Concept Systems Technologies to participate in the project tender, based on its proven credentials in providing audio solutions to over 40 hospitality projects around the city island.
Gerald Fong, project and sales director at Concept Systems Technologies, explains that the system previously installed in the space had limited sound power and coverage ability. “A stereo pair of point source enclosures and 6.5-inch ceiling speakers had been distributed across the ballroom. Unfortunately, the technical limitations of the system prevented the team from being able to push the levels to their desire,” discloses Fong.
Fong and his team believed the low-profile design of the L-Acoustics Syva and coverage capability, augmented by the distribution of L-Acoustics 5XT would achieve achieve both power and discretion.
With full 140° of horizontal coverage, a single pair of
UK - Founded in 1968, the amateur Stamford Shakespeare Company has been putting on performances of Shakespeare’s classics for audiences of all ages for over 50 years.
Since 1977 the company has called the Tolethorpe Hall home, with the concreted stepped amphitheatre allowing them to recreate the Shakespearian magic in the same environment it was written for.
Looking to upgrade the existing house rig from 1KW fresnels and frame scrollers, to modern LED replacements, Grant Witton, Stamford Shakespeare Company’s technical manager, chose Prolights Fresnels, which he purchased through A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET).
Grant comments, “We needed something to replace the aging and slightly noisy scrollers, but we also wanted a fixture that allowed us to colour match seamlessly with gels in the other fixtures in the rig. We looked into many different LED Fresnels but Prolights was the winner for us for a number of reasons. We found the fixtures to be super bright and the colour output very punchy and impressive. We also had to consider our annual budget and were delighted with the cost effectiveness of these Fresnels. They certainly ticked all the right boxes for us.”
The company are already putting these fixtures to good use for this season's performance of Love’s Labour’s Lost, Humble Boy and "The Importance of Being Earnest."
Grant continues, “From a programming point of view, we have noticed such a positive difference. The ability to now change colour, without the need to either make sure the required colou
USA - Lighting designer Tom Sutherland of DX7 Design specified 326 Robe MegaPointes as part of the lighting rig for the 2021 season of American Idol, for which the live shows and final were produced by Freemantle Media and recorded on Stage 36 of CBS Television City in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Award-winning director Phil Heyes approached Tom to bring his fresh modernist style to the bigger picture and he came in with a rock ‘n’ roll-style design carefully balanced for television.
He worked alongside creative director and co-executive producer Brian Burke - with whom Tom also collaborates on pop phenomenon Westlife - and set designer Florian Wieder, plus a trove of other smart and creative individuals including art director Steve Morden.
Season 4 of the show on ABC was the first time American Idol has been run without an audience - due to pandemic restrictions - although 50 COVID-tested members of the public were allowed in for each live show broadcast, seated in club-style booths which add a touch of ‘classic ambiance’ to the aesthetic.
The video-based set was fully automated on 37 moving points. The architecture of the space could be dramatically shifted at the touch of a button, and Tom’s main challenge was to accentuate the overall feeling of space and make the studio look as big, impressive and rock star-like as possible!
The lighting rig was designed at maximum width, expanding into the roof and right out to each side - above what would normally be the audience - with transformed the venue’s visualit
China - The Xi’an Olympic Centre Stadium in the Shaanxi Province of Northwest China is due to host the opening ceremony and track and field competitions for China’s 14th National Games in September.
With an immense size of 866,667sqm, the newly built venue boasts three main zones: the stadium, with 60,000 seats; the gymnasium with 18,000, and the natatorium with 4,000. A venue of this size required a colossal audio system that could meet the ambitious needs of the stadium throughout the upcoming National Games and beyond. The responsibility of designing an audio system spanning across these three zones was given to Powersoft’s Chinese distributor EZPro.
“The brief we were given was to create a world class audio system, that was advanced, stable, cost effective and flexible,” commented Yongjun Jiang, EZPro’s technical manager of the project. “With the system working as an entertainment, vocal and emergency audio system, it was vital we used the best in the business to create the most reliable and impactful system possible. For us, this meant using top brands with the best technology on the market, including Powersoft.”
EZPro chose to rely on a total of 236 of Eastern Acoustic Works’ (EAW) loudspeakers, nine Allen & Heath digital mixers, four Symetrix digital processors, powered by 43 Powersoft Quattrocanali 4804 DSP+D amplifiers and controlled by ArmoníaPlus.
EZPro chose to use 136 EAW loudspeakers for the stadium. Driving these speakers are 34 of Powersoft’s Dante enabled Quattrocanali 4804 DSP+D amplifiers.
USA - The Meyer Sound Spacemap Go US Roadshow will roll across the country through the summer and fall with stops in 10 cities, including sessions in conjunction with the Church Facilities Conference & Expo (CFX) in Dallas, 21-22 September and InfoComm 2021 in Orlando, 26-29 October.
The Roadshow demo sessions are principally focused on Spacemap Go, Meyer Sound’s spatial sound design and live mixing tool, although the touring system also showcases other new technologies as incorporated in the Ultra‑X20 compact loudspeaker and VLFC very low-frequency control element.
“We are taking Spacemap Go on the road so customers and users can experience it first-hand,” says Daniel Rivera, sales manager, West for Meyer Sound and principal organiser of the tour. “You cannot fully appreciate the power of Spacemap Go until you hear it in action, and you can’t grasp its power and intuitive operation until you have the iPad controller in your hands.”
In addition to CFX and InfoComm, currently confirmed cities and dates are Atlanta (12 July), Boston (27July), Philadelphia (11 August), Lititz, PA (12-13 August), Clearwater, FL (23-27 August), Seattle (8-12 November), Portland (29 November - 3 December) and Los Angeles (27-29 December). An additional five cities are tentatively scheduled.
Accompanying Rivera throughout the tour will be US sales manager, East Michael Armstrong-Brown, who will co-host the demo sessions and provide technical support. Regional sales managers will join the duo at selected events. Additional Roadshow stops are planne
UK - Zero 88’s RigSwitch is a remote controlled and synchronised power switching and surge control device that is proving to be a reliable, cost-effective, and popular solution for multiple venues and installation scenarios worldwide.
RigSwitch was launched in 2019. It builds on Zero 88’s reputation for designing solid and practical power, control, and switching products, like the Chilli dimmer ranges, and applying the user-friendly logic that has always characterized the brand. Its price point makes it accessible and adaptable, and RigSwitch is opening more new business opportunities for Zero 88’s core customers.
Before RigSwitch, ‘power management’ was a department largely co-ordinated by the electrical contractor of a new build or technical upgrade/re-fit project, “but utilising this product, can now be in the hands of the specifiers or integrators who are designing other elements of the technical installation,” says Zero 88’s Tyler Holpin, UK and Ireland systems and distribution sales manager for entertainment lighting.
RigSwitch is available in standard 12 or 24 channel configurations - a popular module size to match the 12 and 24 channel format of Zero 88 Chilli dimmers - with a 48-channel RigSwitch device also available on request for the most power-hungry users.
RigSwitch can be supplied with RCD, MCB, or RCBO options - again informed by the success of the Chilli dimmers - plus a choice of different user control interfaces. Individual relays are rated for up to 32A operation.
The idea of automatically introducin
Belgium - Adapting in order to overcome adversity is nothing new to Van Marke Plumbing Supply. Founded on the eve of the Great Depression in 1929, the family-owned business has met challenges, from stock market crashes to war over the past nine decades, as it’s grown from a single location in West Flanders to a global leader in healthy water and heating solutions with operations in Benelux, France, Malta, Switzerland and the United States.
In keeping with its philosophy of adapting in the face of adversity, the company is livestreaming to reach its 1,300 global employees during the lockdown. This initiative began with a colourful and entertaining event produced by Flexivent.
Contributing to the open and friendly atmosphere of the livestreamed event was an engaging lighting design by Cedric De Reu that drew on the colour-rendering prowess of Chauvet Professional COLORdash and Rogue fixtures supplied by SLV Rent.
“We are one of Flexivent’s trusted partners, and were happy to join them in this project,” said De Reu, who is a member of the SLV Rent team. “They asked us to create a warm, cosy atmosphere for the livestream, which naturally led us to focus on using deep and inviting colours, such as different shades of amber.”
The design team turned one of the conference rooms at Van Marke’s home office into a large TV studio, which they divided into three areas: one of which was the set for speakers, a second for a “surprise” performer, and a third where a DJ created audio bumps to mark the arrival of guests.
Colour played a
USA - Peak City Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a contemporary Christian church experiencing a high level of growth. The church recently moved to a new location with room to expand its congregation, services, and community outreach and looked to LEA Professional to provide powerful amplification solutions to serve this growing community.
As part of the Church's plans to best address their current and future needs, managers reached out to AV systems integrator, Sight+Sound Technologies to design and install sound, lighting, and video systems that included a new distributed audio system for their lobby/cafe and common-space hallway area, and systems for their multi-use classrooms.
Kris Johnson, the chief operating officer for Sight+Sound Technologies (SST), was one of the key project point people for the new Peak City Church sound system expansion. SST has been an LEA Professional amplifier reseller and installer for the last couple of years and has placed LEA amps into a range of applications.
"We put in place five LEA Connect Series 704D, four-channel amplifiers - two supporting the distributed audio and three more amps, one in each of the classrooms. We did their whole distributed audio through the lobby and in the hallways with the LEA amps," adds Johnson. "All their sound systems are now on the same Dante network so that we can distribute the sound anywhere we want, which is a very nice growth feature for the church."
Johnson continues: "The 704D is one of our favourite amps; we keep a couple of them on the shelf because they alway
UK - Technical solutions distributor Visualization has announced the appointment of James Belso to spearhead its end user and consultant activity. Belso will be charged in developing Visualization’s business and grow its partner network.
Having worked for Christie Digital Systems for over a decade, Belso has recently been focusing on the consultant community and key end users. With both a deep technical expertise and strong commercial focus, Belso was instrumental in some major wins including the London Stock Exchange digital transformation.
Prior to Christie, Belso has worked with Panasonic and Cabletime (now MediaStar Systems) in sales focused roles.
Visualization managing director, Nick Pidgeon, comments, “James’ pedigree and experience precedes him. His relationships and industry experience will further help Visualization expand its offering to our channel partners. James’ role is non manufactured funded so our customers can truly expect the best of breed in solutions. He will be purely focused on developing business for our channel to benefit from. Working closely with our business development director Chris Brittan who manages our Partner network, James and Chris will offer a special combination within the market.”
Visualization also recently appointed James Hull as technical sales support engineer. Hull, who is also coming from Christie, brings over 15 years of experience on video processing, as well as LED displays and projection. He comments, “It is an exciting time to be joining the vibrant and forward-thinking team at Vi
Singapore - At the end of last year, The Lion City became home to the country’s largest extended reality (XR) stage, created by Singapore-based creative content development agency in events and media production, AUX Media Group. AUX Immersive Studio features an XR facility, with Brompton Technology helping merge physical and virtual events with its Tessera processing and Brompton HDR.
Powered by AUX Media Group’s partnership with UK-based creative technology company disguise, and Japanese audio-visual leaders Yamaha and Panasonic, AUX Immersive Studio is a collaboration between leading brands and technologies with a common goal, “to create experiences that allow our creatives to tell their stories in a way never done before,” explains Choong Chyi Kei, CEO at AUX Media Group.
“In 2020, amidst the worldwide pandemic, many industry players pivoted to virtual and hybrid events, with many using green screen technology that requires extensive post-production and guesswork. We decided to take the opportunity to forge ahead on the new path of virtual productions using extended reality technology from start to finish. And so, AUX Immersive Studio was born, Singapore’s first extended reality studio,” continues Choong.
Since its inception, the team has been able to retrain and rethink their entire workflow. “Marrying this with our experience in event production, we are proud to be able to spearhead this development by introducing extended reality technology to virtual and hybrid productions and learning from the rest of our global partners,”
China - Christie HS Series 1DLP laser projectors are illuminating the newly-opened Jiangsu Garden Expo Park with spectacular visuals that heighten the beauty and engineering marvel of this mountainside garden complex.
Located in Tangshan, Jiangning District, Jiangsu Garden Expo Park is a large-scale ecological, cultural and tourism venue that’s fast becoming a new landmark of Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu province. Covering an area of 3.38sq.k including a core gardens zone measuring 2.2sq.k, the sprawling park was built on abandoned mine pits over a two-year period. It boasts meticulously manicured gardens, traditional-style pavilions, promenades, rock formations and a lake.
Among the major highlights of the park are re-creations of traditional gardens situated in the 13 cities of Jiangsu province including Nanjing Garden, Suzhou Garden, Wuxi Garden and Taizhou Garden - which aptly demonstrate Jiangsu’s renowned garden culture and landscaping skills. After night falls, the park is bathed in a blend of blue, red and yellow lights amid a spellbinding light show that includes stunning projections on a hillside using four Christie DWU2022-HS 1DLP laser projectors installed by Zhongqing Yingye Group.
“Christie’s HS Series is a highly cost-effective and competitive projection solution that has always emerged a top contender for cultural tourism projects that we are involved in,” says Xinwei He, project manager of Jiangsu Garden Expo Park. “It has consistently excelled in areas such as performance, colour reproduction and dependability.
UK - Music Support, the charity created by and for music industry professionals to provide help for UK workers affected by mental ill-health and/or addiction, has been commissioned by Tour Production Group (TPG) to deliver pioneering Addiction and Recovery Aware training.
Co-ordinated by the TPG, donations totalling nearly £20,000 have been provided by contributions from Backup Tech, Massive Attack, Hipgnosis Songs, We Need Crew, and Rock-it Cargo. A bursary scheme has also been specially created to enable 100 touring freelancers working in the technical and production side of the industry to take the course free of charge.
Live music has suffered immensely since March 2020, and support groups and vital online networks have become a part of daily life for out of work crews. Formed in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, TPG has hosted online weekly discussions about issues faced by the touring industry ever since.
As Music Support turns five, its collaboration with the TPG reinforces its desire to positively impact the health and wellbeing of live music and events workers.
TPG’s Mental Health and Personal Wellbeing facilitators are tour manager Suzi Green and production manager Nick Gosling. Green comments: “Engagement with our members showed that addiction is one of the biggest challenges touring crew and musicians face. After a number of TPG members completed Mental Health First Aid Training, we felt a separate short course in addiction and recovery awareness would be really beneficial.”
The course is suitable for anyone