UK - Lighting manufacturer GDS has re-structured its UK distribution network to widen access to market for its products. Existing partners, Hawthorn, Stage Electrics, and White Light have become GDS's stock-holding, ... More >>
UK - Northern Stage Services Ltd has unveiled a new corporate brand following the acquisition of the business of Lancelyn Lighting and Lancelyn Theatre Supplies in February this year. Now operating as National Stage ... More >>
UK - Creative Technology (CT) has expanded its inventory of Riedel Communications' pioneering real-time video, audio, data and communications solutions. Engineered to provide exceptional performance and flexibility ... More >>
UK - d&b audiotechnik introduced three new products at PLASA Focus 2015 at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. The new D20 amplifier, the MAX2 stage monitor and ArrayProcessing, a significant new feature within the d&b ... More >>
USA - In Lewis Carroll's classic Through The Looking Glass, Alice steps into a mirror to enter an incredible world where flowers talk, chess pieces come to life and characters like the Red Queen tickle the ... More >>
"You can think of a soundscape as a really long song, one that lasts the length of the show, whose instruments can be naturalistic sounds or not, which are played to create crescendos and chaos, or moments of stillness and silence. The technology is affordable enough now that we can create an immense multi-layered cinematic sound design with thousands of cues, or we can deliver sharply defined minimalism."
Gareth Fry explains the role of the sound designer (Theatre Sound)
20 Years Ago . . . LSi April 1995
"In the news, ETC was to end its arrangement with Arri (GB) Ltd under which Arri had successfully marketed ETC's lighting control products in Europe and most Asia. The arrangement would be replaced with a new international distribution structure . . ."
10 Years Ago . . . LSi April 2005
"Phil Ward discussed the subject of noise at work regulations and how they affected the live sound reinforcement at rock concerts . . . Steve Moles reported on the touring production for Natasha Bedingfield, which saw Dave Gibbon in the lighting designer's seat, and Anthony King at the FOH mixing position . . ."
This month: All That Jazz . . .
"At the Milano there's a carefully orchestrated speakeasy vibe, or perhaps the evocation of a decade or so later, after Prohibition but before Elvis - either way, it's the spirit of a time well before rock made electro-acoustics not only necessary and visible but also cool . . ."
This month: The Lil'DMXter
"It can be hard to recall now, nearly 30 years on, the fear with which many regarded DMX - the miracle of 512 dimmers down a single cable that had what looked suspiciously like audio connectors on the ends . . ."
This month: Lamp & Pencil's Robin Barton
"As a child I quickly worked out that I was not suited to the limelight! I still wanted to be involved and had made friends so I found my way backstage and realised how much fun it is. From there I was lucky enough to make it a career."
This month: Uber
". . . Uber, has a bigger ambition: reinventing the taxi cab not just for the internet age but for the global age, when many people genuinely do find themselves in London one day, New York the next, Hong Kong the next and just want transport without worrying about local rules, phone numbers, language or currency."
This month: Have Regulations Worked?
"The dangers of using trusses as fall arrest anchor points is starting to be more fully understood. It may look 'safe' but could easily give a false sense of security, unless the employer has done the engineering . . . "
This month: Spreading the Canvas
""Projection isn't the only video-based medium that's escaping the tyranny of the flat rectangular prison. Video pixels have been busting out of their rigid boundaries and scattering into crowds of pixel-wearing people since at least 2010."
This month: Lee Baldock talks to visual designer Tupac Martir . . .
"By this time I'd met a lot of bands and became more and more involved with the lighting guys, watching them, talking to them, learning from them."