ac-et-to-host-free-novastar-uk-training-eventAC-ET to host NovaStar UK training event
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has announced it will be hosting a Seeing is Believing UK training and demonstration event on 6 March 2019, in partnership with video brands including NovaStar and Prolights.
Held at Production Park in Wakefield, technical experts from NovaStar and Prolights will provide hands-on product training focusing on the key features of NovaStar's LED display processing solutions, as well as advice on how to operate and specify them for different projects.
Attendees will get an insight into NovaStar's extensive product line-up that includes the Taurus multimedia player for smart display systems; the MCTRL660 PRO controller, which provides an ultra-low latency solution when paired with NovaStar's A8s and A10s receiving cards; and the InfoComm award-winning MCTRL4K controller, which utilises the latest HDR technology to show more details and bring pictures to life.
In addition, the day will give an overview of Prolights' flagship OmegaPIX modular LED displays, which feature NovaStar's A8s card.
Video content will be driven by Green Hippo's Hippotizer V4+ media server range, and product specialists for all featured video technologies will be on hand to answer any questions.
This is a free event and complimentary lunch & refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Registration is via www.ac-et.com/events
(Jim Evans)

apgZero Dbs to promote APG in Spain
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Spain - French loudspeaker manufacturer APG has appointed Andalusian audio specialist Zero Dbs to support and promote its brand and products in Spain.
Zero Dbs has organised demo days on 13-14 February in collaboration with the APG team, taking place at the Priego de Cordoba Victoria Theatre, which was equipped with a Uniline Compact system at the end of 2018.
Juan Antonio Cuevas, technical director and owner of Zero Dbs, comments: “I have favoured the APG brand for a long time thanks to its sound and manufacturing quality, as well as its versatility. Their products offer features that I have not found with any other brands in the industry.”
He adds: “The Spanish market might not know the APG brand well yet, but I’m convinced regional companies and customers will soon be aware of its qualities. Whenever we have provided APG in the past, customers have been amazed. They are usually so satisfied with their equipment that they come back for more.”
The APG Uniline Compact system deployed at the Priego de Cordoba Victoria Theatre comprises four UC206N medium/long throw speakers, a UC206W and two SB115-M2 subwoofers per side, as well as a DMS48 digital processor and a pair of Powersoft Quattrocanali amplifiers to drive the system.
Cuevas adds: “The APG gear was easy to install and is versatile enough for any type of show, which was a requirement for the end client. The intelligibility, sound pressure and coverage of the Uniline Compact is second to none, and its Dante-compatibility means the option for integration with a digital

 
 
sustainable-development-goalsUnusual pledges commitment to sustainability
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

UK - Unusual Rigging reports that its support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has been recognised by Support the Goals.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, or SDGs is a plan to end poverty, extreme inequality and climate change by 2030. Agreed in 2015 by world leaders, these goals can only be achieved with the support of businesses.
Unusual Rigging has gained its first star rating; a maximum of four stars can be awarded as the company progresses and communicates its journey to support the goals.
Tom Harper, director at Unusual and head of sustainability, comments: "On face value, the goals laid out by the SDGs may feel too broad and interdependent, hence way beyond the scope of an entertainment rigging and engineering company's influence. Yet with headlines such as "Only 12 years to act on climate change" or "Human activity causing the 6th mass extinction", it becomes incumbent on us to act - however small our organisation, or limited our impact may seem - being part of 'Project Everyone' means just that - a contribution to something greater."
Unusual has been working on demonstrating its commitment to sustainability for several years, incorporating the principles of a circular economy within its business practice, from running on renewables (SDG7) to 'closing the loop' through RFID technology, on thousands of items of equipment.
Harper adds: "In a circular model, businesses aim to create an economy that is restorative by design. In our case, we aim at keeping resources in use for

 
litecLitec debuts double pitch roof
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Europe - The Litec RL76 double pitch roof is the new version of the RL105 double pitch roof. Designed for high-loading capacity and long spans, but with an eye on your budget, it's an attractive structure that adds a nice touch to your outdoor events, as well as providing increased resistance to high wind loads, says the company.
Scalable from 18m x 16m to 21m x 16m, and up to 15m in height, it’s designed for medium-sized outdoor events. Built with rectangular RL76A high load aluminium truss with steel fork connections, it provides high loading capacity on medium-long spans.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
henleyRenkus-Heinz rows back on reverb in Henley
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

UK - Henley Town Hall, an imposing Grade II listed building, sits in the centre of the Oxfordshire market town and is administered by Henley-on-Thames Town Council. Whilst in regular use for council business, its principal spaces are also used for a variety of functions, from weddings, civil ceremonies and concerts to meetings, classes and trade fairs.
The venue’s arch-roofed, second-floor main hall is a highly reverberant space - in fact even by heritage listed building standards, the acoustics are challenging. Existing acoustic panelling in the hall had been supplemented with additional provision but its beneficial effects were still rather limited.
The audio system in situ was not only outdated and inadequate but constituted something of a black box eyesore amongst such opulent surroundings. Whilst it was of fundamental importance that the audio in the room was vastly improved, a further consideration was that any new system should, as far as possible, complement the aesthetic of the space. Other requirements included a suitable DSP control system with external inputs for visiting sound desks or media players, as well as two channels of handheld wireless microphone provision.
Town Clerk and Janet Wheeler appointed Audiotek Ltd as consultants and the company arranged a number of onsite demonstrations to compare the potential of different systems to overcome the challenge.
Audiotek put the project out to competitive tender specifying Renkus-Heinz Iconyx speakers and Henley Theatre Services won the contract to install the system and in turn,

 
leo-by-rp-colour-1Leo Sayer switches to DPA d:facto
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Australia - It isn’t often that an artist introduces a sound engineer to a new piece of audio equipment - usually it is the other way around. However, this is what happened when British-born singer/songwriter Leo Sayer discovered the benefits of DPA’s d:facto vocal microphone. As a result of his good experience, he introduced the kit to his long-term sound engineer and production manager Damien Young.
Now based in Australia, where he has lived since 2005, Leo Sayer began using d:facto vocal microphones during his last UK and European tour when they formed part of the audio itinerary supplied by Cliff Brothers. He was so impressed with their sound that on his return to Australia he asked Damien Young to source wireless d:facto mics for his forthcoming Australia and New Zealand tour dates. DPA’s local distributor Amber Technology was delighted to help and after demoing various versions, Sayer purchased two 4018V capsules because he loves the extra presence this capsule gives him.
“My introduction to the d:facto Vocal Microphone certainly came through Leo and it is now a microphone I would really like to have in my personal microphone kit because it is amazing,” Young says. “I usually struggle with the ‘extra’ top end Leo loves but this mic doesn’t give me any issues and I use significantly less processing to get a great vocal. On the last show I only used a HPF and compression, no severe EQ or DE-Essing was needed. It also takes FX well. The reverbs and other processing just works better with less noticeable artefacts.”
Damien Yo

 
 
rocky-paulsonRocky Paulson to receive ESTA award
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

USA - Rocky Paulson will become the third recipient of the ESTA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award.
The award, which recognises individuals with ‘significant and sustained’ technical contributions to the entertainment industry over at least 25 years, will be presented at the conclusion of the New World Rigging Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Louisville at 5:15pm on 20 March.
After being discharged from the Navy and while in college, Paulson worked for the stagehands' union, rigging at the Cow Palace arena in San Francisco and other locations. In 1973, Rocky took a job with the NBC network as a production rigger for Peter Pan and toured the world with them for several years.
After returning to the Bay Area, he founded Stage Rigging in 1977. The company went on to become one of the preeminent rigging companies in the world, providing services to such shows and events as the Super Bowl, the RNC Convention, Pink Floyd, and The Who, among many others. Paulson has also been described as an ‘an extraordinarily generous teacher’ for his commitment to training and standardisation.
Paulson was one of the co-chairs of the original ETCP Rigging Certification Subject Matter Experts. In addition, he was a founding member of ESTA’s Technical Standards Programme and authored its first ANSI Standard, E1.1, on the construction and use of wire rope ladders in the industry.
In 2000, Paulson sold Stage Rigging to Freeman Decorating staying on to help run the company until he retired from full-time work as a rigger. He continued to teach an

 
eighth-dayWisycom solution for Eighth Day global tours
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

USA - When preparing for international stadium tours for two of the world’s top pop artists, touring company Eighth Day Sound worked with Wisycom to develop a solution for its wireless RF challenges.
Eighth Day Sound’s two most recent high-profile global tours turned to Wisycom’s MAT288 Matrix Combiner and MFL RF-Over-Fibre Antenna System to give sound engineers the tools necessary to cover the extensive wireless needs for these large projects.
For Eighth Day project manager Jordan Kolenc, creating an RF design that would provide maximum coverage for one such major stadium tour left him with a long list of concerns, and a need to pre-emptively find solutions. After much trial and error, Kolenc contacted Jim Dugan, president of Wisycom USA, who visited Eighth Day’s shop to demonstrate how Wisycom’s MAT288 combiner, along with its MFL antenna system, could provide expansive coverage for live touring applications.
The MFL Fibre Rack Unit provides coverage farther than the 300ft limit found in coaxial cable, making it suitable for stadium-sized tours. Additionally, the Wisycom MAT288 Matrix Combiner allows sound engineers to actively and effectively make adjustments that pertain to and affect the microphones and instruments, while the MFL does double duty by extending coverage over fibre for the in-ear transmitters.
“Wisycom is the only company that I know of that can handle the RF distance that we were trying to cover,” says Kolenc. “The company’s wideband capabilities are the largest in the industry. The fact that we can also

 
 
forge-custom-led-moduleForge develops adaptable LED modules
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

UK - In recognition of the demand for high-performance reliable LED modules, Forge has introduced a custom module to do exactly that.
Forge has also recently developed a <10⁰ optic to suit the module, fulfilling that demand for a tight crisp beam pattern to complement the medium and wide offering. With Forge’s optic design and manufacturing capability, you can also create your own bespoke beam pattern and achieve specific light distribution. All of this is before you even consider your light CCT and CRI requirements - you really can put light where you want it, says the company.
(Jim Evans)

 
jean-charlesIn Memoriam: Jean-Charles Juliat
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

France - Robert Juliat has reported the passing of Jean-Charles Juliat, aged 76. Joining Robert Juliat in the 1960s, Jean-Charles became company manager in 1972 and was a driving force behind RJ’s move into theatrical and entertainment lighting.
“This is a very sad news for all Robert Juliat family and friends,” says a joint statement from François and Frédéric Juliat. “We cannot find the words to express the deep sadness that overwhelms us as we pay tribute to our father, Jean-Charles, who passed away today at the age of 76.
“Blessed with a curious spirit, a passion for the entertainment world and its lighting, and a strong personality, Jean-Charles raised us with the same spirit and made Robert Juliat into an enduring family business of which he can be proud. The flame of his presence will continue to shine in our hearts forever.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
adorn-series-copyMartin Adorn loudspeakers now shipping
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

UK - Martin Audio reports that its recently announced series of Adorn on-wall loudspeakers is now shipping.
Adorn was launched at the recent Martin Audio Open Days, where global distributors noted the many application opportunities it offers, from retail to corporate.
Designed for distributed sound applications that require high performance from visually discreet enclosures, the Adorn series also provides a seamless sonic transition within a multi-zoned complex using larger Martin Audio systems such as CDD or BlacklineX.
Dom Harter, managing director, comments: “The commercial install market for loudspeakers is significant and growing, and the Adorn series is targeted to win over specifiers, system integrators and installers by offering stunning sound quality in a diminutive, attractive and competitively priced package.”
The newly-announced SX110 subwoofer will further extend the bandwidth of Adorn on-wall speakers, and is suitable for foreground music applications which require increased impact and low frequency performance.
Supporting electronics for Adorn series has also resulted in a significant shake up of Martin Audio’s amplifier and controller portfolio. Via is a new range of four high performance, cost effective power amplifiers designed primarily for installation use, but also suited to portable applications.
Dom Harter, explains: “We have enjoyed huge success with the new iKON amplifiers for our Wavefront Precision series and this Via range of amps offers our users affordable, high-performance amplifiers for us

 
shceohmg-1Production AV to demo disguise/Agile integration at EPS
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

UK - Video solutions specialist Production AV will be on Stand I2E at the Event Production Show at London Olympia on 26 and 27 February to showcase the Agile Arc Lite PTZ camera integration solution from leading media server company disguise. Based in Cheltenham, Production AV has been at the forefront of AV innovation for 14 years. It is inviting visitors to get hands-on with the new disguise and Agile kit at the show.
In February, disguise launched the latest version of its award-winning software, used to design, sequence and control live shows and experiences. Version r15.2 now includes integrations with Agile Remote Cameras’ range of PTZ cameras, enabling live video feeds from the discreet PTZ cameras to be used as part of the visuals on impressive live events.
“We’re thrilled to demo just what disguise’s new Agile integration protocol can do in a real-world scenario to enhance the video capabilities for a whole range of events,” says Production AV founder, Pete McCrea. “The latest r15.2 software release brings full control over so many features, such as recording pan, tilt and zoom information as a preset, and it can all be adjusted from the software interface. It really is special.”
Also on Production AV’s stand will be Desay’s X2.6i 2.6mm indoor LED modules, which can be built in both concave and convex configurations as either a flown or ground support system. “We recently made a major investment in more than 200 Desay LED modules and in doing so we now have a significantly higher resolution LED option, which p

 
 
parkwayAyrton Ghibli on Parkway Drive tour
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Australia - Formed in 2003, Parkway Drive are an Australian metalcore band from Byron Bay in New South Wales with an international following. The band’s Reverence tour in support of their sixth studio album kicked off in Canberra in October 2018 and employed 16 Ayrton Ghibli LED spots for the main beam fixtures.
Lighting provider for the Australian leg of the tour was New South Wales-based ei Productions who purchased the Ayrton Ghibli units just prior to the start of the tour. “This was a complex show with lots of lighting, moving staging and pyro flames, and it relied heavily upon the Ghiblis to provide much of the lighting’s punchy looks,” commented Neale Mace, managing director of ei Productions. “The fixtures were chosen by the band’s lighting designer, Steve Granville, after he heard we were looking at them, and I don’t think I’ve seen a light - especially an LED-based one - have so much punch and colour output, not to mention its zoom.”
Granville positioned the Ghibli fixtures across three flown trusses where, Mace remarks: “They looked incredible. Having seen this show, I’ve never seen an LED based fixture that is as bright as the Ghibli. They also have intense colours and can produce beautiful air / beam effects. We didn’t actually use the motorised framing feature on this tour, but it’s great to know that we can also use them for front truss profile work when needed.”
Granville agrees: “The Ghibli is the first LED profile fixture I’ve seen that is super bright and has a perfectly flat field that doesn’t d

 
palaceL-Acoustics for restored Alexandra Palace Theatre
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

UK - Alexandra Palace opened in 1873 as a grand Victorian public gesture - ‘the people's Palace’. Since then, the complex story of the London venue - affectionately known as Ally Pally - has been marked by fires, restoration, substantial war-time damage, charitable rescue and many political sagas. 
In December, after 80 years of slumber and two years of careful restoration, Alexandra Palace Theatre re-opened. As part of the process, a complete technical infrastructure had to be installed, including a substantial L-Acoustics Kara PA system.
The Alexandra Palace Theatre itself is part of the building's East Wing. It had an original capacity of 3,000 and the stage was a marvel of Victorian engineering, incorporating a variety of innovative stage machinery. The BBC leased the Palace in 1935 and the theatre went unused until performances started again in 2004, in a limited way, though it wasn't until 2012 that the Alexandra Palace and Park Trust contemplated a thorough restoration of the building, starting with the East Wing and the theatre. Work began in 2016 and the new Alexandra Palace Theatre opened its doors in December 2018.
One of the people brought in to help the project through reconstruction and on to a healthy, 900-capacity commercial theatre was Steve Brookes, now head of production and technical at the venue. His aim was to bring a full, modern production infrastructure to the space so that no company or touring production would hesitate to perform at the Palace, but at the same time to honour the heritage of the building.
"There

 
 
robe-perpetuum-jazzile-329-photo-sasa-huzjakRobe builds layers for Perpetuum Jazzile
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Slovenia - Lighting designer Gregor 'Grga' Smrdelj helped create a high-profile show by Slovenian vocal group Perpetuum Jazzile at the Arena Stolzice in Ljubljana.
Grga works full time with Event Lighting, one of Slovenia’s leading rental specialists and the show’s lighting equipment provider.
Grga integrated LED and video into his proposal for the stage and production design. It was at the first production meeting that he suggested having the singers on the three different levels, which everyone liked, so they went with it. “I wanted to make a statement, and the idea was that the full profile of all 44 singers could be seen rather than just the front row and everyone else squeezed in behind with only their heads showing.”
Up in the roof of the Arena Stolzice, the Event Lighting crew installed seven straight trusses for lighting positions. Ladders were used from the side trusses to get lights into exactly the right low positions for beaming across the stage.
The Robe count comprised 28 x Spiiders, 16 x MegaPointes,16 x Pointes 12 x BMFL Blades, 48 x LEDBeam 100s and 24 x LEDBeam 150s, distributed all over the trusses.
The Spiiders were used as ‘all-rounders’ for top, back and front light.
The BMFL Blades were on one of the front trusses for key lighting. The shutters enabled them to pick out singers for solos and he programmed some highly effective blade chase that looked uber-cool resembling a barcode scanning effect for a couple of the numbers. The Pointes were used as the traditional effect light.
Eight MegaPoi

 
super-bowlShure wireless dominates Super Bowl week
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

USA - The Super Bowl, one of the most wireless-intensive live events with thousands of devices vying for clear spectrum, deployed Shure wireless systems for game day, including the flagship Axient Digital wireless system and PSM 1000 in-ear monitors.
All RF usage was planned and managed by NFL lead frequency coordinator Karl Voss. Primary audio supplier ATK Audiotek again brought in experts from Orlando-based Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) to meet the challenge of delivering pristine audio for the on-field entertainment. PWS handled Gladys Knight’s rendition of the US national anthem among other pre-game festivities, plus the Maroon 5 half time show and the referee’s critical microphone.
Professional Wireless Systems RF engineer, Gary Trenda, chose Shure wireless again. He explains: “It’s our second straight year using Axient Digital as our preferred system, which has several advantages in covering a football field. The Quadversity antenna system increases reliability and range. No matter where your transmitter is, you’re always closer to antennas than you would be with a regular diversity setup. That’s a huge advantage to us because the stage design and location are typically not yet finalised at the time when we are designing the RF distribution and specifying the wireless equipment.”
For the coin toss, referee John Parry was double-miked with twin Axient analogue AXT100 bodypack transmitters, in frequency diversity mode. Parry used the system for penalty calls throughout the game, so the referee’s mic was always under the mi

 
 
atlonacraig-childspressAtlona appoints regional sales manager
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

USA - Atlona has appointed Craig Childs as regional sales manager, TOLA, for the residential and commercial markets.
A certified technology specialist in professional AV technology, Childs will also manage relationships with regional partners that sell and install Atlona solutions. He will be based in Dallas and report to Bruce Moses, director of sales, western region.
“I look forward to capitalising on the success that Atlona has had in the TOLA region by developing new residential and commercial accounts, and providing excellent customer service to established customers,” says Childs. “I will leverage my extensive commercial AV sales experience to drive my ambitious sales goals, as well as the strong relationships I have built with corporations, universities, systems integrators, consultants, and others throughout the region. The common denominator is that these organisations all require reliable AV solutions that enhance collaboration and communications.”
Childs brings nearly 25 years of industry experience to this new role, and has held positions of increasing responsibilities with some of the industry’s most recognised brands.
(Jim Evans)

 
dhaKarachi sports club revamps with Harman
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Pakistan - KYAF Corporation recently outfitted DHA Sports Club with a new complete Harman Professional Solutions sound system to provide an immersive audio experience on the field and in the stands.
Located in the heart of Karachi, DHA Sports Club is managed by renowned Pakistani cricketer Moin Khan. As part of the facility’s mission to provide a place for young Pakistani athletes to develop their talents in a supportive environment, DHA Sports Club hired KYAF Corporation to upgrade their sound system with modern audio solutions. After careful consideration, KYAF Corporation and DHA Sports Club selected a sound reinforcement system comprised of JBL Professional speakers, Crown amplifiers and AKG microphones.
“DHA Sports Club asked us to provide a high-quality audio system that would complement their beautiful sports facility and provide great coverage,” says Ahmed Bawaney, KYAF Corporation. “After we demonstrated the quality and performance of the Harman audio system, they gave us the green light to install.
“We faced a few challenges during the installation - namely, the left side of the stadium is blocked by an apartment building, posing a potential for harmful reflections. In addition, the unusual architecture of the stadium posed challenges in the rigging of the speakers. The flexibility and clarity of the JBL speakers helped us overcome these challenges to provide perfectly clear sound throughout the stadium.”
To ensure premium audio quality and coverage throughout the facility’s stadium, KYAF installed eight JBL AWC82 all-

 
 
pearcehire-and-eeaec-managementl-rdeanreesshaunpearcejasonlunnceast-of-england-arena--events-centrePearce Hire collaborates with major UK arena
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

UK - East of England Arena Events Centre (EEAEC) has announced a collaboration with Pearce Hire. The EEAEC is one of the UK’s top event venues, hosting over 300 events, conferences and meetings a year. The multi-purpose events complex sboasts over 9,000sq.m of indoor space and over 250 acres of outside space. With significant and ongoing investment in the venue and its infrastructure, the venue has appointed Pearce Hire as a preferred contractor working throughout the complex.
“With our HQ based in Peterborough we are ideally placed geographically to offer an outstanding level of service and support to the venue, to the organisers putting on events at the venue, and to the exhibitors at all the major trade and consumer exhibitions which take place here throughout the year,” observes Shaun Pearce, managing director, Pearce Hire.
“Having provided services for many years to the EEAEC, we are familiar with the venue, and understand the requirements of many of their regular event organisers coming through the doors year on year. We are delighted to have now stepped onto a more significant footing and to be linked more closely with the venue.”
Jason Lunn, venue director for EEAEC, explains: “Pearce Hire and EEAEC share the same goal to provide the best services possible to our customers. We consider Pearce Hire’s overall production services to be a faultless and wide-ranging offer. We note with pride that the touring productions which come into our venue always rate them very highly.”
(Jim Evans)

 
rda-group-photoRDA to represent Community in New England
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

USA - Community Professional Loudspeakers has appointed Richard Dean Associates as its rep firm for the New England and Upstate New York. Established in 1975, Richard Dean Associates’ line card includes Shure, QSC, Allen & Heath, BARCO, Patton Electronics, Denon/Marantz Pro, Rane, IDK Corp. and Listen Technologies.
Dick Bazirgan, principal of Richard Dean Associates, comments: “We pride ourselves on representing the premier brands in every category, and Community is certainly in that group. It is a great complement to our other brands, with outdoor and installation products covering voids we couldn’t previously fill. The endorsement of many of our rep colleagues also played a big part in our decision. To a firm, they talked about what a great company Community is to work with.”
Bazirgan adds: “We have a large number of outdoor opportunities with all of the colleges and universities here, as well as a big opportunity for the E Series column line source systems in the house of worship and small theatre markets. We spend a lot of time with end users and consultants, giving us an edge when the final decisions are made.”
Mike Marr, Community’s eastern regional manager, says: “The regions of New England and Upstate New York are in good shape and RDA brings opportunities to introduce Community to new dealers as well as to consultants and engineering firms. The area they cover is large with substantial opportunities for Community and I am excited to be able to work in the field with the RDA team.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
dancers-and-lanternsVerity Studios drones in New Year’s Gala
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

China - AG reports that 88 Verity Studios drones were chosen to feature in the CCTV New Year’s Gala. The CCTV (China Central Television) New Year’s Gala is one of the world’s most-watched TV programmes.
This event was broadcast live to an estimated one billion viewers across the globe. With 88 Lucie micro drones flying over performers in red Chinese lantern costumes, this is the largest number of costumed drones ever seen in a performance.
Sponsored by, a leading social media platform in Asia, the show opens to The Distance of Time, sung by popular singer Sun Nan and up-and-coming pop star Jason Zhang. As the song builds, 88 Lucie micro drones fly from the back of the stage like butterflies to dance above the 50 performers dressed as blossoming cherry trees.
“This stunning performance proves how compelling drones can be. More than just flying lights, we’ve shown that costumes can transform this technology into moving sculptures. This is the first large-scale performance ever done with drone costumes,” says Raffaello D’Andrea, founder of Verity and co-founder of Amazon Robotics.
The Chinese lantern costumes adorning the Lucie micro drones were all designed and produced by Léa Pereyre who creates the costume design in CAD software before laser-cutting the materials and assembling the costumes. The drones feature special guards that have pre-defined slots to easily attach costume elements.
Chinese smart media entertainment company, Keey Media, collaborated with Verity Studios on behalf of the main sponsor TikTok to pro

 
xiqu-centre-entrance-smlSSV acoustic solution for Hong Kong centre
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

China - Sound Space Vision (SSV) was part of the design team for the Xiqu Centre, the first finished building in Hong Kong’s new West Kowloon Cultural District. The Xiqu Centre serves as the gateway to the district and is dedicated to the performance of Chinese opera (Xiqu) and as the centre for preservation and development of the variety of Chinese opera art forms.
SSV was responsible for the acoustics and audio systems in all the centre’s spaces, including both amplified and un-amplified performances in the 1073-seat Grand Theatre, and the 150-200-seat Tea House; a well-equipped Seminar Hall; large and small rehearsal facilities; a recording/broadcast suite; and all the retail, food and beverage areas connected to the Centre’s public ground-level Atrium.
“We were well-prepared for this particular form of opera house having spent many years visiting Hong Kong arts groups, and building on our enthusiasm of Asian arts while working on the theatre design and acoustics for Singapore’s Esplanade,” says Anne Minors, co-founder and design principal of SSV.
In planning the acoustics and audio design for the Xiqu Centre, and the Grand Theatre in particular, SSV took into account the heritage and expectations of Hong Kong audiences and practitioners, and those of visiting artists from mainland China and international patrons and artists.
SSV co-founder and acoustician Bob Essert explains: “The overall aesthetic aim of Xiqu is beauty in all aspects of performance. Practitioners talk of roundness of movement, singing, and instrumental ton

 
 
winter-jamBandit illuminates Winter Jam Tour 360
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

USA - The Winter Jam Tour 360, Christian music’s largest annual tour, is out on the road with a lighting package supplied by Bandit Lites. This year’s line-up features Christian music’s top artists and speakers including Newsboys United, Mandisa, Danny Gokey, Rend Collective, Ledger, Newsong, Hollyn with special guest Adam Agee and speakers Greg Stier and Zane Black.
With multiple artists on the roster, production manager Jerry Holcomb and lighting designer Kurtis Wheat had to design a rig that would allow each performer distinct looks while still accounting for a line-up that ranges from a rock show, to a rap artist, followed by a speaker sharing the gospel.
“Lighting can often be a distraction to important moments, so I try to create a look that allows the speaker to be the focus, while still allowing the crew to change over the bands on the main stage,” says Wheat. “No matter the artists or the lighting rig, that will always be the main focus of this tour, so we have to make sure we do our part in not taking away from those moments. This year we decided to go with silver Tyler truss which allowed me to use the GLP X4 fixtures as truss warmers giving the rig a completely different look from the flashy bands and make it a bit more corporate.”
Bandit Lites supplied nearly 400 fixtures, including 120 Ayrton MagicDot-R fixtures, Robe BMFL, Chauvet Rogue RH1 Hybrids, Elation CuePix WW4, Elation CuePix WW2, Elation SixPar 200, GLP X4 RGBW and Martin MAC Auras.
“I try to pick fixtures that are not a “one trick pony” because

 
colour-sound-the-nestColour Sound AquaBeams on the Nest
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

UK - Seventy four of Colour Sound Experiment’s AquaBeam moving lights, rigged on a 25.5m diameter circular truss supported by an eight-legged ground support system, were an integral part of Nest, an immersive lighting, sound and sensory installation experience.
Nest was imagined by artists Marshmallow Laser Feast, in Lloyd Park, Waltham Forest, as part of the Mayor of London’s first ever London Borough of Culture event Welcome to the Forest.
The lights were choreographed to run with a special ‘transcendental soundscape’ created by composer Erland Cooper, who compiled a series of ‘sonic murmurations’, working with over 1000 participants including local choirs, schools and musicians.
Matthew Button of Buttonlight was the lighting designer for this project, one of a carefully curated collection of works celebrating ‘Radicals, Makers and Fellowship’.
Matthew has worked with Marshmallow Laser Feast on several previous projects, and he designs their lighting concepts and displays in close collaboration with others in the team, including Ersin Han Ersin and Barney Steel.
The structure and form of the ring of lights was inspired by the impressive architecture of traditional gas holders - an important industrial artefact of the gas-powered age, much loved by many - which are fast disappearing!
Matthew needed fixtures that were bright and would withstand the cold and inclement January weather, and approached Colour Sound, with whom he also works regularly. The AquaBeams were the chosen solution, and the

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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