Latest Issue - April 2014
This month we have news of PRG's launch of the PRG Alliance, a new strategy to work with partners in territories where the company has had no direct representation to date. The news was shared with LSi at ProLight+Sound in?March, and our extensive review of that exhibition forms the backbone of this issue. For those who didn't make it to Frankfurt, look out for many of the latest product launches making their UK debuts at PLASA Focus: Leeds later this month (see preview, pages 34-37).
Also in this issue we have the work of high-flying young LD, Cate Carter, on tour with Ellie Goulding; Rob Halliday's account of The Drowned Man, the latest site-specific production from Punchdrunk; and Phil Ward's company profile of Sennheiser UK. Our Technical Focus this month includes reviews of Flare Audio's latest products, with their award-winning Space and Vortex technologies, and the new Cobalt series of lighting control consoles from ETC. There's lots more besides in this issue - and as always, your feedback is welcome.
LSi is ABC Audited.
Lee Baldock and Claire Beeson round up the news and product launches from Frankfurt’s ProLight+Sound . . .
Steve Moles takes an in-depth look at Ellie Goulding’s most recent tour as it visits Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena . . .
Phil Ward visits Sennheiser UK’s new premises and finds some upwardly mobile audio . . .
“. . . it only has a few lines of code, so it’s easy to understand and it’s a great introduction to programming. It’s also a good tool for lighting techs to learn about LEDs and pulse-width modulation (PWM).”
Flare Audio’s award-winning new loudspeaker technologies have been making waves in pro audio in more ways than one, but how well do they really perform? Sound engineer Simon Allen lends us his ears . . .
Rob Halliday reviews ETC’s new Cobalt 10 & 20 lighting control consoles . . .
PRG is creating a new business network to extend its global reach. Lee Baldock reports . . .
The Fugard Theatre’s highly successful 40th anniversary staging of Richard O’Brien’s cult musical Rocky Horror Show has opened at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre, Johannesburg. LSi reports . . .
Phil Ward drops in at Soundcraft to see a new milestone in the Vi range . . .
Theatre company Punchdrunk has staged an immersive theatrical experience amid the vast, labyrinthine interior of an old Royal Mail sorting office near Paddington Station. Rob Halliday talks to the team behind this remarkable production . . .
LSi will once again be reporting from the Eurovision production this year, but what do the victorious Danes have in mind for 2014? In search of clues, Steve Moles talks to show director Per Zachariassen and head of production Kamilla Monies . . .
LSi reports from London’s Palace Theatre as Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments finally makes its West End debut . . .
With the ever-popular PLASA Focus: Leeds taking place at the Royal Armouries at Clarence Dock on 29 and 30 April 2014, we take a look at some of the expected highlights . . .
20 Years Ago . . . LSi April 1994
"Vari-Lite Buys Into Europe’ was our lead headline this month, as Vari-Lite acquired from Samuelson Group plc “the assets, names and goodwill of Vari-Lite Europe Ltd, Brilliant Stages Ltd and the lighting operations of Theatre and Concert Services Ltd.” Vari-Lite Europe Holdings Ltd now consisted of Vari-Lite Europe, Brilliant Stages and Theatre Projects Lighting Services - the latter with two trading entities, Theatre Projects and Concert Production Lighting."
10 Years Ago . . . LSi April 2004
"The lead news this month was the dramatic announcement by Florida-based Super Vision International Inc, a manufacturer of LED and fibre-optic lighting, that it had filed a lawsuit in Orlando against Color Kinetics Inc, seeking past due royalties and damages worth $10.5m. The announcement followed Super Vision’s acquisition of US Patent #4,963,687 from High End Systems."
This month: Fair Play
"More lucratively, and assuming larger-format versions are possible in due course, EVO Live could challenge Euphonix, Studer, Lawo and Salzbrenner Stagetec in prestigious palaces of culture . . ."
This month: AutoLight
"It’s hard to believe now, deep in the 21st century, that there was ever any doubt that one day we’d all be planning our lighting rigs using computers. But when stencils reigned and computers were expensive - really expensive - and slow - alarmingly so - it was often quite hard for the jobbing lighting designer to see beyond the tracing paper and the dye-line machine. Except for a few pioneers who stumbled across the self-evident truth early, then promoted it religiously."
This month: Guitar Tech Kevin Devogel
"I always wanted to be an actor but then rock and roll ruined my life. I started playing guitar and then ended up going to music school (gasp!) for audio production. All the while I was working as a stage hand in various venues where I discovered a love for live events. It was the first job I ever had where I looked forward to going to work; I found the studio to be extremely boring in comparison. I would watch touring crews come and go and thought it might be something I’d like to do, and so an opportunity came up and I’ve been on the road ever since. "
This month: The morals of what we do
"“The problem with construction is that morals don’t come into it. I’ve sat in meetings where people have cut items that would make the building safer. Morally it’s wrong, but legally they could prove to be in the right. In those circumstances ‘doing the right thing’ is difficult to justify . . .”"
This month: Password Management Tools
"How many passwords do you have floating around in your head? If you spend any amount of your life online, it’s probably a lot - work, banks, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, utilities, airlines, credit cards, Amazon, the countless other websites that you now visit day-to-day without even thinking about just how much information about you and your life is tied up in those sites. "
This month: Warning: Out of Space!
"When you have less storage space and more data, then you need better discipline and a better approach to securing, storing, and accessing your files . . ."
This month: Phil Ward talks to Mark Flanagan, VP of Marketing for Install & Tour at TC Group . . .
"It’s easier to establish a business case for devices whose function has a track record, but when you’re genuinely innovating it means that the marketing has to break new ground . . ."
"When I listen to the music it’s not so much an emotional response, but I find that as I listen I often form a strong sense of colour that I can’t really explain."
LD Cate Carter talks to Steve Moles (On Tour: Ellie Goulding)
"We have a huge LED-back wall - over 100m wide . . . The second kind of surface we have is the LED-floor . . . Then there is the ‘Cubus’, as we call it, the third surface. The Cubus is 18m tall ."
Eurovision 2014 creative director Per Zachariassen talks to Steve Moles (Eurovision: Join Us)
"It’s not really about gear going back and forth, it’s really about the execution skills, and how can we execute projects in various regions where there’s a cultural or language barrier."
Jere Harris talks to Lee Baldock about the new PRG Alliance (PRG Alliance)
Inside our Next Issue . . .
On Tour: Drake • Show Review: PLASA Focus, Leeds • Theatre: I Can’t Sing • Profile: Leisuretec Distribution • Pioneer in Ibiza • Profile: LumenRadio • Lighting The One Show • Theatre: La Celestina, Italy