USA - A milestone in music history took place at Soldier Field in Chicago as legendary band The Grateful Dead celebrated their 50th anniversary with the three final Fare Thee Well shows, produced by Paul Shapiro over ... More >>
UK - In the run up to this year's International Festival and Festival Fringe, currently the city of Edinburgh is a hive of activity. With hundreds of venues housing literally thousands of performances, the Fringe is ... More >>
The Netherlands - Elation Europe invites lighting professionals to a new PRO Theme Day to be held 26 August at its European headquarter office in Kerkrade, The Netherlands. PRO Theme Day will be filled with insightful ... More >>
USA - Chroma-Q Color Force premium performance LED battens have been added to the inventory of Atlanta-based Full Circle Lighting & Productions, to meet high demand from the company's many lighting designer, rental ... More >>
Italy - Tones on the Stones has renewed its partnership with Clay Paky for the third year running. The Festival was held in the Cava Bianco Montorfano (White Montorfano Quarry), near Verbania. The main attraction this ... More >>
"I was very interested in doing more music-oriented productions after the Kate Bush show. I have a great affinity and passion for music and so it suits me perfectly to be given the opportunity. Mark's music is full of atmosphere and mood and so is perfect for creating settings and landscapes for the music to work in - very theatrical in fact!"
Mark Henderson on lighting Mark Knopfler (Tracking Knopfler)
Want to see how durable the new RS-701 beltpack is? Here it is getting run over with a Jeep! It "sounds great and just won't break!" says Clear-Com Partner GerrAudio Distribution (http://www.gerr.com) who really put Clear-Com to the test.
20 Years Ago . . . LSi July 1995
"'Wholehog II Flies the Nest' we reported this month. "The "first production batch of consoles left their West London home in June following an exhaustive testing period and are bound for far-reaching global destinations," including New York, Orlando and South Korea. Distributor AC Lighting was organising group demonstrations of the new control desk in response to a backlog of demo' requests from potential users . . ."
10 Years Ago . . . LSi July 2005
"Back in 2005 the trial of Simon Brophy, the infamous former head of lighting at the Millennium Dome, had come to a close and the fraudster who helped himself to almost £4m of the Dome's management company's money was awaiting sentencing, along with his accomplice David Gordon, after both had pleaded guilty. In 1999, Brophy had used his position to award significant lighting contracts to a new company called Pro Design Ltd, which he and Gordon had recently set up - despite new companies being barred from the process under the NMEC's procurement rules."
This month: Orange Juice. . .
"Whether proprietary or not, new digital ways of doing what we used to do with analogue without batting an eyelid are taking over . . ."
This month: The Beamlight
"It's a curious contradiction that much of the light we (at least, those who don't spend most of their lives in darkened theatres!) live by is the parallel rays from the sun, yet most of the light we light with isn't, beams diverging rapidly as they issue from the lens of a fixture. "
This month: Thermal Effects
"The 'don't set fire to anything' mantra includes the distribution cabling and kit itself . . ."
This month: LD, Simon D. Michalak
"Currently, mostly LD & PM for The Dreamboys - a radical departure from rock 'n' roll. I also look after a couple of lovely music festivals in Borneo and point lights at Ray Davies when he decides he needs me."
This month: A Blott (and a lion) on the Landscape
"When I received a copy of the temp's letter to the security company, on BBC headed paper, she had quoted me word for word: "Dear Sirs, We want a man and dog in Bristol overnight Thursday and Friday. The man should be called Ron, we don't care what the dog's called."
This month: MailRoute
"It's a curious thing: this column has covered lots of tools offering the potential for efficient online collaboration amongst project groups. Yet in most cases, people just stick with email. Which works, of course, until everyone starts cc:ing everyone else and it's impossible to follow. And unless you have to sort through a mass of junk mail in order to read the messages you actually care about."
This month: Compressed Timescales
"It seems that no matter what the project, people consistently ask for things to be done at the last minute. Compressed timescales seem to be part of life for us. In general we are a reactive industry; we can't do our bit until others have done theirs."
This month: High Dynamic Range
"Amazon and Netflix are both promising to stream HDR content later on this year. As these new capabilities are rolled out and people get used to seeing the best possible picture, then HD, standard dynamic range, Rec. 709, and 24 frames per second will start to look like your grandfather's video . . ."
This month: Phil Ward talks to Graham Cochrane of Adlib . . .
"It was a year's work, concentrating on all the musical content with the live bands - a combination of television, theatre and live rock all rolled into one - and I loved it."