The Netherlands - For 33 years, Queen Beatrix has lead the Netherlands with grace and beauty. Known for her warmhearted smile and 'modernizing' the royal house, she has been beloved by the Dutch people since receiving ... More >>
Poland - The Iluzjon cinema in Warsaw has been home to the Polish National Film Archive since the mid-50s, and is also Warsaw's main art-house cinema. The venue, which had remained in its original state until just two ... More >>
Germany - Since its release at LDI 2012, High End Systems' Hog 4 console range has become one of the most successful lighting control platforms ever introduced. The Hog 4 console range includes the flagship Hog 4 ... More >>
UK - Yamaha professional audio equipment is suitable for theatrical venues and productions of all sizes, a fact amply proved by its presence at this year's ABTT Theatre Show. Exhibiting on Stand 137 at ABTT 2013 - ... More >>
Kenya - Nairobi Baptist Church recently upgraded their existing analogue mixer to an Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing system, supplied by Kenyan company, Sound Creations. Founded in 1958, the Church required a more ... More >>
16 May 2013
Sweden - PLASA's first ever networking event in Scandinavia, PLASA Focus: Backstage Malmö, was a huge success, with over 240 delegates attending from across Scandinavia and northern Europe. Devised in conjunction with ... More >>
14 May 2013
UK - Unusual Rigging has provided a comprehensive and imaginative rigging solution for the lighting, sound, AV and scenic elements of the acclaimed David Bowie is... exhibition at London's V&A museum. Over 300 ... More >>
USA / UK - Loud Technologies Incand POLAR Audio have announced a distribution agreement whereby POLAR Audio will serve as the distributor for the Ampeg and Mackie brands in the UK and Ireland, commencing 1 June 2013. "... More >>
17 May 2013
USA - Bandit Lites had the privilege of being the first to light a concert at the University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium, where ACM award winner Jason Aldean played to more than 60,000 people. The 90-minute set, ... More >>
14 May 2013
UK - Alex Czechowski, whose Ace Vintage Systems inventory of classic components includes some of Martin Audio's most iconic designs, has done it again. Ace recently fielded a large vintage Martin Audio rig for the ... More >>
UK - Sound Technology, the Harman distributor in the UK and ROI, has promoted Joe East to the new role of business development manager - installed audio. East has been at Sound Technology Ltd since the company ... More >>
China - Lighthouse Technologies has announced the promotion of Randy Green to the position of chief technology officer. Green has more than 25 years experience in strategic planning, sales, design and implementation ... More >>
USA - Chuck Davies, founder and CEO of the ADJ Group has announced that Toby Velazquez has been named president of ADJ, Elation and Acclaim Lighting. Velazquez, who joined the company shortly after it was started in ... More >>
UK - LEE Filters has announced the appointment of Richard McKitty as their new business development manager for camera and lighting filters. McKitty comes to LEE with six years of experience in the lighting industry ... More >>
UK - AMX has announced the appointment of Jeff Gorton as UK business development manager for the corporate sector. "It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Jeff has joined the AMX team." said Jonathan ... More >>
"They asked me not to use it to run a show, but to run it alongside and see what I thought of it: I was running on a Full Boar. After three shows, I thought 'bollocks' - and started running the show on the Hog 4 and it was fine."
Show designer Oli Metcalfe discusses control for Muse (On Tour, 82)
Hundreds of lighting professionals gathered at the fourth Knight of Illumination Awards in London on September 11 to celebrate the work of lighting designers working in the UK. Organised by The Society of Television & Lighting Design (STLD), The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) and Clay Paky, the Knight of Illumination Awards provide public recognition for outstanding achievements in touring, television and theatre lighting design, and forge closer ties between designers and the industry as a whole.
20 Years Ago . . . LSi May 1993
"In the news this issue: The Icon moving light from Light & Sound Design had been given its first public showing at the Showlight event in Bradford, UK. Dave Smith of LSD was pictured with Mike Jefferies of the STLD. This issue also noted that an engineer by the name of Colin James had been remanded in custody accused of the murder of David Martin, founder of Martin Audio. Martin had disappeared from his home the previous December."
10 Years Ago . . . LSi May 2003
"Lead news this issue was the launch of Robe UK, following the closure of Robe's former UK representative Coe-Tech, which had gone into administration in April. Robe UK Ltd was to be a direct sales operation supplying the UK and Ireland, and followed the setting up of both Robe Italia srl and Robe America."
This month: Optima Antequam Pessima
"LMC Audio Systems, the award-winning London-based dealer with a new desire to enrich its offer with a distributed line, has just signed some fresh talent from up north. Inspired Audio is young, with fresh legs, but has been nursed through the Academy of Chris Scott"
This month: The Stroboscope
"I have a very clear memory of the first time I noticed performance lighting: an aerialist at an old-school circus somewhere, spinning on a rope but seemingly frozen in motion by flash after staccato flash of white light."
This month: FOH engineer Ricky Fernandez
" I grew up playing in bands and eventually realised I wasn't meant to be on stage but I was always drawn into the music scene. I worked for an arena on my college campus and remember watching Death Cab for Cutie play and knowing right there that I wanted to mix bands for an audience. So I interned at big production companies but never got a chance to touch a console. One night, I had a panic attack about my life and decided to just get out there and start touring."
This month: The Ascension of Old Faithful
"I've always loved the XL4 - it's like an old friend you randomly bump into down the seafront and promise to go out for a few drinks, and then embarrassingly bump into again later in a bar, without having made that phone call."
This month: Kickstarter
"Calling itself â€˜a funding platform for creative projectsâ€™, itâ€™s a place where people with an idea can come and find money to help make that dream a reality."
This month: What does future-proofing mean?
"Digital audio really only got out of the lab and into products in the early 1980s. The effect of its bite was only felt in the last ten years, but it still isn't ubiquitous, even after 30 years."
This month: Adding Fibre to Your Video Diet
"If you are in video production and you want to have a more secure future in the business, learning how to terminate fibre will give you a skill that will be in increasing demand as video formats and networks become more bandwidth hungry.""
This month: Paul Watson talks to Keith Wood, tour and production manager for AEG.
"A tour today can literally be half a dozen shows if that, but also, tour schedules are becoming a lot tighter now. You donâ€™t have half as many days off, as the nature of the business and the economics that surround it mean when youâ€™re not working, youâ€™re not earning money."