Europe - Audio technology innovator Holoplot has confirmed details of a webinar that will introduce its 3D beamforming and wave field synthesis technologies.
Taking place on 3 July at 16:00 CEST, the webinar is free but requires registration, which can be made on Holoplot’s website.
With high-profile installations in museums, concert halls, and many other public venues, immersive audio has become a significant global trend during the last few years. But it is often the case that immersive sound installations are time-and cost-intensive exercises involving complex audio design work and multiple loudspeaker positions.
Into this emerging market, Holoplot has launched a solution with its technology that offers a simpler and more effective method of delivering immersive sound experiences. In this special seminar, Holoplot will introduce this technology and explain how it can be applied to a wide variety of installations and applications.
Based in Berlin, Holoplot is pioneer in wavefield synthesis and 3D beamforming. Its technology has been applied to immersive audio projects in venues around the world. The current product range is based around the Io audio module, the Eta processing core and the Orbit software interface.
During the webinar, Holoplot will provide an overview of its 3D beamforming capabilities and explore the possibilities of sonic immersion and wave field synthesis. Specific topics t
USA - After venturing into neonGARDEN, it was easy for Electric Daisy Carnival fans to forget they were standing under a desert sky. With its redolent neon signage, metal posts and intense, dark techno beats reverberating off its walls, this patch of land on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway grounds was transformed for three days in May into something evoking the vibe of an underground warehouse club that would be right at home in Brooklyn.
One of the keys to creating this atmosphere was an intense SJ Lighting video and lighting design that served up a crisp, precise, hard-edged visual accompaniment to the no-nonsense techno beats of DJs like Fisher, Idris Elba, Eats Everything, and Green Velvet.
Steve Lieberman and assistant lighting designer Max Robin included 48 Chauvet Professional STRIKE Saber fixtures in their rig. Supplied by Aspect Lighting, the batten-style fixtures were positioned around a “window” created in the middle of a massive 125’ wide by 30’ tall 25mm mesh video screen that covered the entire front of the neonGARDEN stage.
From this position, the STRIKE fixtures did more than add a potent visual punch to the environment; they also made it easier for the design team to create an essential component of any underground club: the VIP area.
“The video screen was the big feature of our design this year,” says Lieberman. “Because of the style of music and the community that enjoys neonGARDEN, there was a VIP section right at the stage. We relied on the video screen to create a setting where the crowd wouldn’t have to s
USA - Danley Sound Labs has announced its new FLX-Series of flexible loudspeakers.
The Danley FLX-12 is the first member of the range. It can be pole-mounted, hung from rig points, or lain on its side as a floor monitor.
With 94dB sensitivity, a phase-coherent frequency response from 75Hz to 21kHz (+/- 3dB), multi-band Sentinel burn out protection, and 118dB continuous and 124dB peak output, the FLX-12 is at home in any small- to medium-sized sound reinforcement application.
“The new Danley FLX is designed by Tom Danley and his team of engineers for customers who need extreme flexibility and Danley fidelity at a cost-effective price point,” explains JP Parker, director of global sales at Danley Sound Labs. “The FLX stands for flexibility without sacrificing Danley’s legendary performance.”
UK - Birmingham-based NEC Group gave a presentation of what’s to come in the new Bradford Live venue, during an event at the National Museum of Science and Media.
Formally the Bradford Odeon, the demolition work inside the building is now well under way, with many of the original art deco features revealed for the first time in over 40 years, as the concrete from the 1960s cinema structure is stripped out. The next stage of development will be the start of the renovation and restoration works, paving the way for a re-opening in the 2020/21 season.
The venue will boast the renaissance of the 1930s ballroom, which will become a 750-person capacity space, for conferencing and banqueting, whilst the double height main auditorium will be reinstated as a 4,000-capacity live events venue.
Phil Mead, NEC group chairman for the group’s arenas and ticketing company, says: “We really want to put Bradford back on the map for major touring artists. The venue has seen legends play there, such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and I’ve no doubt that we’ll see legends play there again. We are in preliminary talks with a number of promoters and event organisers to discuss the opening season and will announce this as our plans progress next year and construction dates are finalised.
“As well as creating the full time equivalent of around 50 new jobs, the venue will play an important part in the ongoing regeneration of the city led by Bradford Council and a range of partners. It will help to boost the night time economy of Bradford, increasing
Poland - Blues rock band Dżem celebrated a landmark 40 years of live performances with a massive show at the Spodek Arena in Katowice.
The lighting was designed by Michal Parzych from design collective Green Beam Design who has been involved in all Dżem’s special events for around the last 10 years, and on this one he again worked in collaboration with the band’s regular LD, Market Gubata.
Together, they specified 131 Robe fixtures - 30 MegaPointes, 56 Spikies and 45 LEDBeam 800s, all of which were delivered by rental company, Transcolor.
Green Beam Design (GBD)’s founder Jacek Chojczak explained that the starting point for the lighting was a request from Dżem’s management to have a large upstage LED screen, and apart from that, they left Michal and the GBD team to produce a spectacular solution for presenting the band and their special guests for this seminal event.
GBD also created the show’s video design and co-ordinated the visuals.
Michal Parzych designed the staging and set, with lighting rigged on a series of overhead and side trusses with some on the floor.
Ten MegaPointes were distributed on each of the three main LX trusses one, two and three. The Spikies were on four upstage side towers and the LEDWash 800s were rigged on the large ‘crown’ circular house trusses in the roof of the Spodek Arena and used primarily for audience illumination.
In addition to these, they utilised approximately 100 other lights of various types, all of which were controlled by a grandMA2 console, with another one runnin
South Africa - Event management company Unlimited Events Group has incorporated its Absen D2V 2.9mm panels to various high-profile events in South Africa.
The most recent highlights on the Johannesburg calendar include the new Sasol Energy TV commercial campaign launch, which took place at Sasol Place Sandton, the World Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce Dinner hosted at Emperors Palace Centre Court and a corporate event for the FCA Group, also held at Emperors Palace.
Unlimited Events was founded over 20 years ago as a small family business run from a house in Pretoria, and has grown to become one of the largest décor providers in the country. Today, the operation is run from two massive warehouses in Centurion with a staff complement of over 130 people.
Three years ago, Alastair Laing, CEO of Unlimited Events Group, joined forces with Marius van Rooyen, owner of the technical rental supplier Millennium Productions. The aim was to give clients, who mostly comprise of professional conference and event organisers, a turnkey solution from the conceptualisation of an event to the technical, furniture and décor supply. “The great thing, when we arrive on site, is that everything is under one roof and every individual knows their responsibility,” says Marius. “We don’t sell technical, we sell solutions to our clients.”
“Back in the day, events were very theme-orientated and people would do ‘Paris’ as a theme or maybe a ‘Western’. Over the years, themes have faded somewhat and have been replaced by audio-visual equipment. Absen a
Europe - Alt-folk rockers Mumford & Sons are midway through a world tour promoting their fourth studio album, Delta, which dropped at the end of 2018. The live show features a lighting design by long term LD Ed Warren and Phil Kaikoura which includes an extensive Kinesys automation system.
The Kinesys Apex System being used on the tour was chosen and invested in by UK-based Brilliant Stages who designed and provided the mothergrid system. Also in use are a series of bespoke spine trusses designed to span under venue score boards. The Kinesys motors are mounted inside Brilliant’s own custom truss sections, with two motors per section of truss that are then attached to the mothergrid spines through connection plates.
The lighting design started with Ed and Phil receiving a brief from the band containing -amongst other things - some cryptic statements about what Delta meant to them, which was followed by several months of back-and-forth, with set / video designers Stufish, Ed and Phil all throwing different ideas and proposals into the mix to see what stuck.
Show designer Ric Lipson from Stufish always planned an in-the-round show which brought many physical challenges for lighting - restricted positions for overhead trussing, sightlines, the band being able to move freely around the space, etc. Setup and rigging time were another major consideration as the dates were booked before the production was finalised.
All of this led to the essence of the lighting design being based on a series of moving pods. These could be varied accordin
Belgium - Europeans went to the polls on 23-26 May to elect a new European Parliament, with citizens in 28 countries casting ballots in the second largest democratic election in the world.
Although the election takes place across the continent, the geographic focal point is the European Parliament building in Brussels, which was decked out in blues for the occasion, courtesy of Elation Paladin LED luminaires.
Elation’s Belgian distributor IDD Concept of Brussels illuminated the outdoor Esplanade, the mall, often used as a backdrop for election television coverage, and the European Parliament buildings, the Espace Léopold, in a wash of European Union blue. IDD Concept provided all of the outdoor technical lighting for both sides of the building, including specification of the Paladin luminaires for the main Esplanade front.
IDD Concept initially considered using 80 LED fixtures with 10W LEDs but found that just 32 of the weatherproof Paladin luminaires with their high-power 40W RGBW LEDs and wide-angle zoom could do the job much better. DB Video of Belgium supplied eight of the Paladins for the project with the rest coming from Niclen in Germany.
The Paladin fixtures, mounted across three sides of two separate scaffolding towers, worked alongside moving heads and were used to project a rich, beautiful saturated blue to match the deep blue of the European Union flag and logo. Rain on the last day posed no problem for the IP65-rated Paladins although much of the other lighting had to be covered.
UK - London-based technical event specialists Light Fantastic Production Services has announced six appointments at its Borehamwood base.
Five of the new additions have taken up technical roles in the company’s warehouse and fabrication workshop, whilst the sixth new team member has joined the project management team.
Jed Burns and Taylor Bunn have joined to expand the capabilities of the LFPS in-house fabrication workshop. Lauren Tanner, Joe Bentwood and Pius Yiga have become warehouse technicians, whilst Ned Lay has taken up the role of a project manager.
LFPS managing director Rob Myer comments: “It’s always a pleasure to welcome new talent to the Light Fantastic family, particularly during what has been an extremely busy period for us. Adding these new faces to our team adds strength throughout key areas of our business - we are really looking forward to working with them all.”
USA - LEA Professional has released the Connect Series amplifiers with four mid-power models of IoT-enabled professional amplifiers for the professional installation market. The Connect 354, Connect 704, Connect 354D and Connect 704D aim to “provide system designers and integrators simple and powerful solutions to drive their large-scale installations with the capacity to support monthly recurring revenue (MRR) business models”.
“Our mid-power models are meant to be the installers go-to amplifier when designing larger, more complex systems for applications like airports, theatres, theme-parks, and stadiums. These are the venues where reliability and simplicity are critically important and that is where our IoT enabled amplifiers will shine.” says LEA Professional founder and CEO, Blake Augsburger. “Installers need to know that their systems are performing perfectly during every use and this is the product that will arm them with that information and confidence.”
With the Connect Series’ built-in AWS IoT Core, system integrators can monitor hundreds of data points from fan speed to thermal temperatures to system faults and more without even being in the same building as the system. This opens the door for system integrators to identify potential issues, troubleshoot the cause, and load new parts on the truck long before any urgent maintenance is required.
The Connect Series is made up of two product families – the Dante Connect and Network Connect models. All four mid-power models are built with fully routable analog inputs and the
Germany - DirectOut Technologies has expanded its sales support team with the appointment of Benno Sonder as of 1 June 2019.
Sonder will serve as sales support engineer for the German pro audio and broadcast equipment manufacturer, taking on technical support of DirectOut clients. He brings 25 years of experience in television broadcasting to the position, with specialist knowledge of intercom technologies and audio editing. Additionally, his skill profile includes work as a support & application engineer at Broadman/Optocore, specialising in digital multichannel audio solutions.
Alongside customer support and trainings, Sonder will assist the DirectOut sales team and the company’s distributors in designing new project concepts.
“The introduction of new IP technologies and growing complexity of setups in our industry demands a diverse spectrum of knowledge from our customers. In strengthening our team, we guarantee our own support for users and distributors in meeting these new challenges,” says Claudio Becker-Foss, CTO and managing director at DirectOut. “We are very happy to have found such an experienced new colleague for our Sales Support team in Benno. With his industry experience, he is already familiar with the views and requirements of our customers, and will be able to cater to them ideally.”
UK - Neutrik has appointed FBT Audio (UK) as an authorised distributor, effective 1 June.
The agreement has been hailed by Neutrik UK managing director Mark Perrins as “the culmination of a long search for the right partner”.
“We are intent on bringing the highest quality product to this very important market, and we have been assessing a strong partner in the UK who can help us to achieve that goal,” explains Perrins. “We are delighted to have appointed FBT Audio (UK), serving a range of MI and pro audio-based dealers and distributors. Coupled with high quality product from FBT, Neutrik has also been impressed with the quality of customer service and extensive additional market coverage that FBT Audio (UK) can offer. We are looking forward to a long and enjoyable relationship as we explore new markets and meet new customers.”
“Some brands are rightly considered the gold standard in their field - a description that absolutely applies to Neutrik,” comments FBT Audio (UK) managing director Mark Parkhouse. “This agreement strengthens our position within the UK and opens exciting new opportunities. I’m proud to represent such a highly respected range of products and I’m looking forward to helping Neutrik reach new heights in the UK.”
USA - Bose Professional has expanded its portfolio with more than 50 new products designed to enable specifiers to “build complete Bose systems without sourcing from different vendors”.
Meanwhile, end-users are set to benefit from “a system with components that have been designed to work seamlessly together,” says Bose.
Announced earlier this year and being shown at InfoComm 2019 are the new ArenaMatch DeltaQ loudspeakers and ArenaMatch Utility loudspeakers, which bring Bose consistency, vocal clarity and flexibility to outdoor installations through DeltaQ technology.
Also introduced this year are 12 models of new, easy-to-install DesignMax loudspeakers in a range of sizes (ceiling and surface models, black and white, with subwoofer options); five new PowerSpace amplifiers (two with onboard DSP); two Commercial Sound Processors with a simplified configuration tool; three new digital ControlCentre controllers; and an upgraded Business Music System Designer software tool to facilitate quicker and better system designs.
Morten Jorgensen, director, global sales and operations, comments: “At Bose Professional, we believe pro audio is about creating incredible experiences. It’s about making the spaces in which we live and work better. With that in mind, we’re developing more products than ever, so that our customers can build complete systems that are easier to install and easier to operate while delivering clear, powerful sound in every space.”
USA - Coda Audio is launching its ultra-compact two-way Arrayable Point Source N-APS at this year’s InfoComm.
Combining the versatility of a point source with the arrayability of a line array, N-APS offers a sound reinforcement system for small to medium size venues by delivering twice the power handling, as well as significantly more low-end, than other comparable sized systems, says the company.
N-APS is the smaller sibling of Coda Audio’s APS system. For smaller venues or corporate events where, for example, the geometry of a space might be considered to make coverage awkward, N-APS provides “an unobtrusive, ultra-small, yet phenomenally powerful solution”.
Complementing the launch of N-APS, Coda Audio is also introducing N-SUB, a compact 15” high output subwoofer that reaches as low as 30Hz. Like N-APS, N-SUB benefits from DAC which allows it to reach high SPLs whilst staying “completely cool”.
UAE - disguise has announced Creative Technology Middle East has joined its certified solution provider (CSP) worldwide network.
The disguise CSP programme is designed for systems integration partners to resell disguise products and services to end customers as part of their differentiated solution. Under this programme, CSPs manage, service and support end customers directly.
CT is a long-time disguise user, and CT Middle East (CTME) has been using disguise for more than three years.
“CT is always looking at new ways to raise the bar within the industry, and this CSP accreditation is the perfect addition as it enables us to continue to be a vital driving force within the region,” says Andy Reardon, managing director of CTME.
“We are pleased to be a part of the disguise CSP programme, allowing us to expand our offering within the industry and move CTME closer to the disguise business and user community,” he notes. “It provides us with a better understanding of the business and product pipeline and gives us a direct line to the development and engineering teams. CSP accreditation allows us to be a preferred solutions provider within the region which will inevitably connect us with a larger share of the integrations market.”
CTME utilised disguise for the Special Olympics World Games opening ceremony 2019, held in Abu Dhabi where two 4x4pro’s were used as the main machines and a further two were used as understudies. Two 2x2plus’ were also utilised for the main production with one machine serving as the main and one as unde
UK - White Light has recently acquired the assets of Imax Lighting, a London and Bristol-based dry hire company.
Imax Lighting’s inventory will now be available through WL, and the acquired company's founder, Gary Churchill, will be joining WL as a consultant. Also joining WL is Rodney George, who will oversee the sale of used equipment to small businesses, theatres, colleges and live music venues in the role of used equipment manager.
WL has also made three key appointments, bringing in Carmelo Amenta as technical account manager responsible for broadcast projects, large-scale award ceremonies and live music concerts; Ian Charlampowicz has joined as senior account manager and will work within the broadcast media sector; and Jade Harrison has been appointed as business development manager.
WL has also expanded the teams within its managed venues. This includes the recently-opened Illuminate with the appointments of Mark Sutcliffe and Luis Quiterio as venue sales manager and venue technical manager respectively. Lastly, Leonard Layton has been appointed as deputy venue manager at Central Hall Westminster.
Retiring from the company this summer will be long-term staff member and head of broadcast and corporate hire, Roger Deane. He comments: “I first joined this world back in 1978 and, after four decades, I think I deserve a break! Whilst I will be sad to leave WL, I’m happy in the knowledge that the company has made so many exciting appointments and will continue to grow and offer clients, new and old, a level of personal service they won
USA - Powersoft has unveiled Mezzo, a new line of amplifiers designed for the AV/IT market.
Mezzo consists of eight amplifier models, each offering different power and connectivity options. The range is suited for corporate, hospitality and educational environments and is a self-configuring amplifier system that delivers power and flexibility in a compact, Class-D technology design that is easy to install and operate.
Klas Dalbjorn, product manager at Powersoft, comments: “Until now, AV/IT integrators and end-users might have experienced limited flexibility in existing low power solutions to drive audio in corporate, hospitality and education environments. Our new Mezzo platform delivers the quality and reliability Powersoft is already known for, but with smaller power configurations that are highly adaptable for a range of different fixed installation environments.
“We recognise there are many system designers and integrators that seldom need more than 250W and can often make do on as little 15W on a channel - Mezzo covers these needs.”
The eight available models in the new Mezzo line consist of four power sizes, each offering an option with ‘A’ (analogue) or ‘AD’ (analogue-digital), which adds Dante/AES67. The power sizes include smaller option of 320W in 4 x 80W and 2 x 160W variants, and a larger option of 600W in 4 x 150 or 2 x 300W. All of the eight models are networkable and feature automatic setup for audio parameters, significantly reducing deployment time during installation.
“The power sharing capabilities of
UK - Shure supported West Herts College students at an educational day of seminars and performances at Watford Colosseum. Ahead of Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes third album release earlier this month, the band decided to support the college in their hometown with a masterclass and performance at the event.
The day consisted of three seminars. The first was a production talk with Frank and Dean from the Rattlesnakes on their approach to recording their third album with Cam Blackwood. The second talk was with the band road crew and featured the band’s tour manager Ian Dowdell, guitar teach, Elliot Russell and monitor engineer, Will Taylor covering life on the road. The final talk was with the band’s manager Matt Greer, focused on building a profile, the album campaign and developing an artist.
Stephen Carter, HND music & curriculum developer, West Herts College, comments: “Taking the vocational industry approach that we have at West Herts College and the help from companies like Shure is hugely beneficial to the next generation. Not only are they able to achieve the theoretical knowledge to pass the qualification but the hands-on industry experience of putting on events like this one, help them to build a working portfolio to take with them on their journey into the music industry.
“Without companies like Shure being so hands on with education and offering their expertise, the next generation would not be prepared and ready for the industry. Shure’s sponsorship to the college has been incredible. Having the team on hand to talk to
Australia - Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the southern hemisphere, has come to life. Once again, Australian entertainment technology company Technical Direction Company (TDC) is playing a significant role in surprising and delighting visitors.
As the company has done for the previous 10 years, TDC is providing expertise in large scale projection mapping, LED video and technology for a number of the 50+ features.
Vivid Sydney is Australia’s largest event, and celebrates creativity and innovation across all three pillars - light, music and ideas. It takes place annually, and features immersive light installations and projections, performances from local and international musicians as well as an ideas exchange forum featuring public talks and debates from leading creative thinkers. The event attracts over 2m people. Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, and runs from 24 May to 15 June throughout Sydney.
Michael Hassett, founder and managing director at TDC, says: “The use of projection mapping and video display - using projected light and images to turn buildings and architecture into dynamic art projects - has exploded over the past few years and Vivid Sydney is one of the top examples. We see this trend increasing with a larger focus on interactivity where the audience can really engage with technology and art.”
“We’ve approached this year in a completely fresh, new way - trying to achieve something even b
UK - Cheltenham’s annual Science Festival arrived in June to explore the weird, wacky and wonderful. Production AV was commissioned to design, supply and operate the high-end screen, projection and sound solutions that formed the foundation of the multiple zones that were created in the specially built Festival Village.
Hundreds of events took place over the six-day festival, with more than 280 ‘experts’ imparting knowledge, prompting discussion and provoking thought to thousands of visitors, including more than 9,000 school children.
Festival organisers asked Production AV to deliver all aspects of audio/visual for the growing event. The team oversaw set-up and technical checks for all of the zones, including the flagship Cheltenham Town Hall space and adjoining Pillar Room, the Helix, the Crucible and the Cinema zone.
“We were thrilled to design, set up and run an audio solution for the Town Hall this year, in addition to the visual elements, and we opted for a PA system based around d&b audiotechnik Y-Series speakers, Yamaha QL desks and Sennheiser radio mics,” explains Production AV MD, Pete McCrea.
“The Town Hall is notoriously tricky to set up for good sound, and it took the expertise of Production AV’s project manager, Olie Goulding, who oversaw the event load-in and operated the Town Hall audio, to scope and plot the venue to design the d&b solution, which perfectly fitted the bill.”
Production AV also supplied the Town Hall’s main room with a 16’x9’ screen with a 10k Barco projector, a Barco switchi
USA - Allen & Heath’s dLive digital mixing system played its part at Coachella 2019, supporting sets by breakout pop artist Billie Eilish and Kanye West’s special Easter Sunday Service.
Billie Eilish lived up to the hype. Sound Image supplied a pair of S5000 Control Surfaces and DM64 MixRacks to handle both front of house and monitor duties as the teen superstar wooed her fans in two packed and highly energetic shows.
Jeﬀ Hawley, Allen & Heath USA marketing manager commented, “Billie has been out with dLive for her last sold out tour and now in support of her Billboard-topping When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? album, with Coachella kicking oﬀ the new tour.
Engineers like Drew Thornton and Salim Akram (Billie Eilish, FOH and monitor engineers) are out there with the dLive, tackling fly dates with the compact C1500 one day and jumping up to 168 fader strips on an S5000 to drive shows such as Coachella, on the next.”
dLive was also an integral part of Kanye West’s innovative Sunday Service, the debut public performance of his gospel-themed interactive experience. A dLive C3500 and DM64 MixRack were positioned just a few feet away from Kanye on ‘the mountain’ along with over 20 Allen & Heath ME-1 personal monitor mixers which fed in-ear mixes to the accompanying choir members and live musicians.
“We worked with Kanye’s team to design a system that is flexible enough to keep up with his ever-evolving technical and artistic needs,” notes Allen & Heath live sound and touring manager Mike B
UK – Lighting designer Jon Trincas of design house Co1ab used Prolights LumiPIX 15IP LED battens to create powerful effects lighting for British dance duo, Third Party’s LIIIVE show at the Eventim Olympia, Liverpool.
The all-nighter event formed part of Third Party’s 2019 Together worldwide album tour, and featured a full roster of artists from the progressive house scene.
LD Jon had been impressed by the LumiPIX 15IP fixture’s performance on previous live events, so decided to put it centre-stage in his lighting design for the Third Party show.
He utilised 24 fixtures, arranged in two vertical columns either side of the stage, and pixel-mapped content onto each battens’ 15 separate RGBW LED cells, to create impressive, powerfully bright ‘eye candy’ looks to emphasise the artists’ euphoric and anthemic dance sets.
He commented, “I was really impressed by their colour-mixing, achieving anything from a true white, emulated tungsten, to very good darker, deeper saturated colours. The ability to pixel-map every cell was also a bonus and helped achieve the big looks I wanted.
“This is another Prolights fixture that has exceeded my expectations in every possible way. The LumiPIX 15IP is robust, lightweight, wireless and very bright. As a whole, the Prolights lighting range delivers great performance, and gets maximum value out of your show lighting budget.”
The LumiPIX 15IP fixtures were supplied for the event by Iain Wood at Zeal, with full show design by Co1ab and event production provided by Sam N
UK - Long since it had stopped building ships, The Harland and Wolf Shipyard in Belfast - where Titanic was built - was again thrust into the limelight as the main studio for the HBO series Game of Thrones.
A visit to the shipyard-turned-studio with a gaffer friend in early 2011 plunged Keith ‘Shanksy’ Shanks into the fantastical world of Westeros and Essos as the lighting programmer for Game of Thrones throughout its entire eight-season run. With him all the way, on every one of the 73 episodes (plus the pilot), has been a series of ChamSys consoles.
“I met the producers through my gaffer friend and was given the opportunity to work on the pilot,” said Shanks, owner of Key Console Systems in Belfast. “We never looked back, as I’ve been programming the show ever since that day, right up to the final episode.”
Shanks had never used a ChamSys desk before working on the Game of Thrones pilot. “I was primarily a rock touring LD up until then,” he recalled. “However, I felt the console I was using would not be up to the task of this project.”
After carefully evaluating his options, Shanks selected a MagicQ MQ200 with a Playback Wing for the pilot show. He soon added a second MQ200 to his setup, followed by an MQ500 Stadium. By the series reached its eighth season, he had four MagicQ MQ500 Stadiums and two MQ200s with Playback Wings at his disposal.
The increasing number of consoles reflected the growing complexity of the set lighting, which went from 14 universes to 19, as it moved from extremely high le
UK - Europe’s largest digital experience conference, the Adobe Summit EMEA 2019 returned to ExCeL London earlier this month. Creative technical event production specialist Hawthorn was once again chosen by agency Taylor Bennett Partners to deliver the full technical production for the two-day event.
Focused on creating innovative customer experiences, over 6,000 delegates from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa gathered to hear the latest updates from Adobe Experience Cloud and its partners.
Led by group creative director Pete Harding, Hawthorn was tasked to bring Taylor Bennett’s vision to life, delivering the technical production for the main conference plenary, exhibition space, break-out sessions and the Summit Celebration.
Measuring 500sq.m and floating above the Adobe stand, the Jellyfish, was dreamed up by Russell Bennett, Partner at Taylor Bennett Partners. For this, Hawthorn collaborated with experiential design studio Cinimod and laser specialist ER Productions. Four circle truss structures fitted with 84 Robe 150 beam fixtures and 84 DMX-controlled fans allowed the illuminated material to billow float on air. With interactivity the name of the game, delegates changed the colour of the installation by passing their hands through a cage of 24 laser beams situated in the centre of the Adobe stand.
This year’s Keynote theatre played host to a number of famous faces, including international human rights attorney Amal Clooney, actor Eddie Redmayne and comedian Jack Whitehall. With brands such as Unilever, BT and illycaffè