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Latest Issue - September 2016


Light & Sound International - September 2016Lee Baldock Welcome to this redesigned and relaunched LSi magazine! This month we introduce Early Stagers, a regular new interview feature that aims to introduce the new generation of techs and designers emerging from some of our leading educational establishments.

Our cover story is our major report on the production of Coldplay's A Head Full of Dreams tour; we also have reports from the Royal Windsor Horse Show, from the British Summertime Festival at Hyde Park, the Cambridge Folk Festival, Montreux, and Il Divo's European tour. We also talk to Dr. Christian Heil discussing his new L-ISA technology, and to Bristol-based Enlightened Lighting.

We look at Robe's latest initiative in support of lighting students – the NRG, and, of course, our focus on the 2016 PLASA Show, which returns to West London, by popular demand, from 18-20 September. As you'll see in this issue, the show is set to offer an enticing blend of new products and learning opportunities, with an emphasis on interactivity and training. We'll see you there . . .

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ReadOn Tour: Coldplay Live in Berlin

The UK band's A Head Full Of Dreams Tour has been one of the summer's hot tickets. Steve Moles reports from Berlin's Olympiastadion . . .

ReadCreating the Halo Effect

LSi looks at how Light Initiative, lighting designer Ed Warren and lighting manufacturer Robe brought a new lease of Light to the Parcan . . .

ReadPreview: PLASA London

As the PLASA Show returns to West London, LSi has a look forward to some of the highlights you can expect to find - including seminars, training, demos and the PLASA Awards for Innovation . . .

ReadNew L-ISA life

V-DOSC inventor Christian Heil is - literally - making new waves, reports Phil Ward . . .

ReadAll the Queen's Horses

Kate Lyon reports from Windsor on the elaborate show created for The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations

ReadPlaying to the Park

LSi reports on the technical triumphs and challenges involved in staging Hyde Park's British Summertime Festival . . .

ReadTech Focus: Meyer's MJF-208 Compact Stage Monitor

The MJF-208 aims to bring the sonic excellence of the award-winning MJF-210 to more intimate stages. Mark Johnson tries it out . . .

ReadVirtual Montreux

audioborn and PRG Lab create VR experience for the archives of the Montreux Jazz Festival . . .

ReadTech Focus: Nexo ID Series

Nexo's ID Series is designed to combine high quality sound reproduction with the utmost flexibility of use, in the tiniest and lightest of packages. Simon Allen assesses the result . . .

ReadNATEAC 2016

David Barbour reports from the North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference . . .

ReadTech Focus: Clay Paky Scenius Profile

All the major players offer a light in this class now, between 1,400 and 1,800W using short arc lamps. How does the Clay Paky Scenius hold up under scrutiny?

ReadRolling Stones: Exhibitionism

Resident at the Saatchi Gallery before heading off on an international tour, Exhibitionism charts the Rolling Stones journey from humble blues beginnings to stratospheric success and makes innovative use of technology in doing so. LSi reports . . .

ReadTech Focus: MA Lighting dot2 console

With the dot2, MA aims to bring the power of its lighting control systems in simplified guise to a far wider range of shows and users. Rob Halliday takes a look . . .

ReadDivine Intervention

Phil Ward discovers how Italian brand Outline's GTO line array is reaching the parts only Il Divo can reach . . .

ReadNew Products

A round-up of the latest tech in the industry

ReadBee-ing Enlightened

There's a buzz in the air - and it's not just emanating from the seven large beehives tucked around the back of Enlightened's extensive warehouse facility. LSi reports . . .

ReadTheatres Trust Conference 16: Protecting Theatres

Claire Beeson reports from the 10th annual Theatres Trust conference, where a retrospective of British theatre design and usage lead to interesting debate on how to keep theatres relevant for future generations . . .

ReadRobe adds NRG

Robe has a history of supporting lighting students, and its latest initiative is the Robe Next Generation (NRG). Lee Baldock joined a recent gathering in London . . .

ReadPower Advantages

Pearce Hire's green credentials are growing thanks to significant investment in energy efficient technology. Claire Beeson joined them at the Cambridge Folk Festival . . .

ReadListening in to the future

LSi looks at how Sennheiser's new MobileConnect technology is helping the Ambassador Theatre Group connect with the future . . .




QandAThis month: Phil Ward talks to AV consultant Emma Bigg

"In the last five years venues as a whole have had to generate income and footfall in new ways. They can't just be one thing, but have to offer multiple attractions. There's a lot of business in private events . . ."

ReadVideo Matters

Richard CadenaThis month: Code is Right on Time

"SMPTE timecode is fundamentally an analogue signal, so later on in 1986, Evan Brooks of Digidesign and Chris Meyer of Sequential Circuits developed a way of transmitting SMPTE timecode digitally . . ."

ReadCrew Cuts

Crew CutsThis month: Sue Collier

"My love of music started very young. My Gran was a piano teacher and I was well into the viola and recorder!""

ReadSecond Fix

Second FixThis month: Who needs project managers anyway?

"We didn't share the same concept of project management as they did. When we suggested that they might need to have someone directing the project, they looked at us with incredulity, it was as if we suggested that we needed ice-cream delivered every day."

ReadAudio File

Phil WardThis month: Collateral Damage

". . . All the leading manufacturers devote much attention to preparing their output for bad days at the office, and it's amazing just how many tests are carried out and how many eventualities are foreseen."

ReadClassic Gear

Classic GearThis month: The Jack Plug

"...the quarter-inch jack, which can trace its history all the way back to the late 19th century: the picture on the 1895 patent looks very like the connector we know today."

ReadTools from Beyond

3D MiceThis month: Tile

"Some tools are just a pain. Take the card-reading security PIN device my bank makes me use to access it online. Secure, yes. But, ever since my children spirited it away to some unknown place in the house, it's become hyper-secure since even I can't get into the account."


Inside our Next Issue . . .

Theatre: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child • Show Review: PLASA Show, London • Company Profile: Lamp & Pencil • TF: Coda's AiRay reviewed • Regional Focus: Lighting in Namibia • Tech Trail: Rigging & Trussing


New Day

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Unusual Rigging

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Le Maitre

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