Latest Issue - June 2016
Eurovision: This month we bring you Steve Moles' major report on the complex and spectacular production of Eurovision 2016. This was the 12th Eurovision production for technical director Ola Melzig, and the creative and technical teams included many of those behind the Eurovision production in Malmö in 2013 (see LSi July 2013). Eurovision's production is a phenomenal artistic and technical undertaking, requiring an absolute masterclass in organisation and communication flow - which Ola and his team do brilliantly well. You can hear Ola and other key members of the team talk about those challenges when we welcome them back to the PLASA Show in London in September.
Artistic Input: We also have a design-focused feature on Adele's critically-acclaimed recent tour, in which Sarah Rushton-Read talks to the design team behind this aesthetically fine-tuned show. Also inside we have technical features covering K-array's Firenze line array system, the benefits of DMX-Workshop and the perils of Ransomware. We have interviews with Peter Matthes of Amptown System Company and with Roly Oliver, newly arrived at Vanguardia with a noise control brief. We profile the new owners of the legendary Optikinetics brand, and report on theatre sound with The Color Purple, corporate event production with the Adobe Summit, and a perfectly-formed trade show with PLASA Focus Leeds - plus all our regulars. Enjoy . . .
LSi is ABC Audited.
As Technical Media Partner for this year's Eurovision, LSi enjoyed a week behind the scenes at Stockholm's Globe Arena finding out how this spectacular show came together. Steve Moles reports . . .
LSi talks to sound designer Greg Clarke about providing audio clarity for the stripped-back revival of musical, The Color Purple . . .
Claire Beeson and Kate Lyon report from the eighth edition of the show . . .
Roly Oliver joins the growing army of expert noise control, reports Phil Ward . . .
Sarah Rushton-Read talks to the design team behind this critically acclaimed touring production by the much-loved British superstar . . .
Event production supplier Hawthorn hit a creative and technicial high at the Adobe Summit, held at London's Excel Arena. LSi reports . . .
Sound engineer Simon Allen takes a closer look at K-array's flagship Firenze, a large-scale vertical line array system offering speed and ease of set-up . . .
Optikinetics is a company with an old name, a new owner, and a new focus. Lee Baldock reports . . .
This month: Elliot Herman talks to Peter Matthes, managing director of Amptown System Company . . .
"I was at so many right places at the right times, but the key has always been about coming up with the best solutions and best products, from support to innovative, tough but lightweight cases. There are limits to a company, but those limits are simply the people within it . . ."
This month: Protect Your Content From Ransomware
"It pays to back up your data. There are many good ways to do this, but the key to avoiding having to pay ransom is 'versioning'. Any backup solution you use should allow you to go back in time and select a version from your backups that is free of malware."
This month: You must be mistaken
". . . most clients just want to have confidence that the system will work as expected . . . The last thing they want to see is squabbling. To the non-technical, our industry's technology is complicated enough, without confusing them with a variety of different opinions."
This month: Andy 'Fish' Fisher
"Leaving school I worked for a private investigator and security specialist firm. This wasn't for me, as I wanted to see more of the world and then some."
This month: The Cows Come Home
"Karl Marx would smirk, but companies like Music Group, the International Audio Group and Gold Peak own their means of production in China. They don't lease them, and that's the argument for complete vertical control over IP, QC and lots of other initials."
This month: Strand Cantata
"1987. In the world of theatrical spotlights, the end of an era was fast approaching . . . we just didn't know it yet."
This month: Qualified, yes. But competent?
""If you have a typical electrical qualification, does that make you competent to work in our industry? No, not really. It'll give you some underpinning knowledge, but it won't teach you everything you need to know."
This month: Soulver
"In effect, it's a free-form calculator that you can type numerically-based 'questions' into, and it'll try to figure out what you mean and show you an answer."
"The Scenius do a lot of gobo work and are my main profile light overhead and from the rear. They have been very reliable, I don't think one has gone wrong. There is also the advantage of the high-CRI light source and its whiteness, it's a revolution for TV."
LD Fredrik Jönsson discusses lighting tools (Eurovision)
"I wanted to provide a clean architecture for Adele's character and her voice, which are two entirely different things."
Set designer Es Devlin on Adele's touring production (Adele)
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On Tour: On Tour: Beverley Knight • Tech Trail: The Big Screen Story • Windsor Horse Show • Tech Focus: MA Lighting's dot2 console • Show Review: ABTT, London • Audio at Koko, Camden