Switzerland - At the upcoming Montreux Jazz Festival (MJF), Leopard linear sound reinforcement systems will be heading a line-up of almost 400 Meyer Sound loudspeakers providing audio throughout MJF venues. 2015 will ... More >>
The Netherlands - Stagelight is a leading Dutch technical production and rental company headed by the charismatic Jacco van der Heijden, and one of a growing number of Dutch companies investing in Robe's BMFL moving ... More >>
UK - Lighting designer Rob Sinclair and programmer Louisa Smurthwaite used a Jands Vista L5 lighting console to deliver a memorable performance for Florence + The Machine's Friday night headlining slot on the Pyramid ... More >>
UK - Stage Electrics has been working with creative communications agency drp since 1998, so when the company was asked if it would support drp's 35th anniversary, it was more than happy to oblige. drp boasts one of ... More >>
UK - HK Audio is the new sound system of choice for the Baltic centre for contemporary art in Gateshead. Baltic, which is the biggest gallery of its kind in the world, has no permanent collection, providing instead an ... More >>
"In terms of the building infrastructure itself the replacement of the auditorium and architectural lighting in the foyers with LED lighting is a crucial aspect of improving efficiency and brings a fresh, modern aesthetic to the spaces."
Sadler's Wells' Emma Wilson talks to Sarah Rushton-Read about the venue's extensive upgrade (Sadler's Wells)
20 Years Ago . . . LSi May 1995
"Lead news this month was that LSD founders Nick Jackson, Terry Lee, Tim Murch and John Lobel had bought back Light & Sound Design's US and UK operations from Christian Salvesen plc - just three years after they sold them . . ."
. . . LSi June 1995
"Our cover this month showed the dramatic setting of the World Liberty Concert, staged at the famous 'Bridge Too Far' in Arnhem, The Netherlands, to mark the 50th anniversary of VE Day. . ."
10 Years Ago . . . LSi May 2005
"Cirque du Soleil's gargantuan production of KÀ, at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, filled our cover this month. Costing a reputed $183m and with a technical rehearsal period of nine months, this show was "conceivably the most expensive, most rehearsed show ever staged" said Rob Halliday. . ."
. . . LSi June 2005
"Just as we went to press had come the news that Kylie Minogue's Showgirl tour (reviewed in this issue by Sarah Rushton-Read) had been cancelled following Kylie's breast cancer diagnosis - which is why our cover carried the picture of Kylie sitting in the crescent moon, with the message 'Best Wishes, Showgirl'. . ."
This month: Purple Rhine . . .
"I knew that the Vi7000 had been launched on the first day of Prolight+Sound, in the new Finnish sauna that Messe Frankfurt has had fitted in Hall 8 . . ."
This month: The Radio Mic
"Some classics gently shape our backstage world, nudging it in a new direction by giving practitioners better tools to achieve established results. A few, a very select few, revolutionise not just our backstage world but the entire world of entertainment that we serve. . ."
This month: BS7909
"One chap had a shock that put him in hospital for three days; he ended up needing further shocks (in the order of 800V, apparently) to try and reset his erratic and pacing heart . . ."
This month: Audio engineer, David Axis
"I saw my rock first band when I was eight and that decided my career path. Subsequently, I rejected the indoctrination system that passes for 'public education'. Then, lurking about on the fringes of society, I found punk rock (or maybe, it found me)!"
This month: How much should installations cost?
"There is no model for how much each technical element should cost. Some companies do have formulas to apportion value against sound, lighting and video, but this is pretty arbitrary . . ."
This month: Sustainability Credentials
". . . as events like Eurovision prove, the opportunities to improve the marketability of a product based on its sustainability credentials are only increasing . . ."
This month: MoneySavingExpert
"So this one's a life one rather than a work one, because there are two sides to successfully making a living. One, of course, is getting the jobs to earn the money. The other is making sure you don't needlessly waste that money."
This month: Hard Hats
"If the effort spent on policing the wearing of PPE was spent on educating the people considered to be at risk we'd see a dramatic improvement in site safety in general."
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: Steve Moles talks to TV studio lighting consultant Angus Clarke . . .
"It's immensely difficult for youngsters with talent who can't afford the training. Then, of those that do pitch up, many imagine this is some kind of nine-to-five job they can walk away from . . ."