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6 December 2016

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundDiplomatic Spat - South Korean pop stars appear to have become pawns in an escalating diplomatic spat between Seoul and Beijing over the deployment of an American missile defence system. Entertainers from the colourful Korean music scene, K-pop, have been mysteriously barred from entering China to perform, Korean TV shows and films have been blocked, and actors replaced by Chinese stars in advertising campaigns, say local press reports. Wembley Bound - Adele has added two further dates at Wembley Stadium next year, after the ... More >>

Robe on court at WTA Finals in Singapore

Robe on court at WTA Finals in SingaporeSingapore - The 2016 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore tennis tournament was presented by SC Global and staged at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang over a seven-day period at the end of October. Over 100 Robe moving lights illuminated the court as part of a lighting scheme designed by Michael Chan and Tom Langridge. While Tom ensured that the court was lit specifically for the TV cameras and special requirements like slomo, Michael looked after lighting for the Opening Ceremony and then for general ambience and effects lighting ... More >>

Nexo and Yamaha training initiative in Singapore

Nexo and Yamaha training initiative in SingaporeSingapore - A special Nexo ETC1 seminar has been hosted by Yamaha Music (Asia) Ptd Ltd in Singapore, part of an educational collaboration between Yamaha and the Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Yamaha's programme is aimed at enhancing technical expertise in the audio industry, and organised the two-day seminar to help address understanding of key concepts in the design and implementation of professional systems. Nexo's engineering support manager Nicolas Poitrenaud flew in from France to supervise the seminar, bringing the successful ETC training ... More >>

Newark theatre upgrades to EM Acoustics

Newark theatre upgrades to EM AcousticsUK - Newark-on-Trent is a thriving market town in the heart of the East Midlands with a strong cultural heritage. Part of that heritage is the 600-seat Palace Theatre built in the 1920s as a picture house but now laid out as a traditional proscenium arch theatre with front stall, rear stall, circle and boxes. The venue recently invested in a significant EM Acoustics HALO-C system to bring the venue's audio specifications into line with the demands of modern productions. "We were well overdue for an upgrade," admitted the Palace's ... More >>

Annalise Hodgson joins DWR Distribution

Annalise Hodgson joins DWR DistributionSouth Africa - DWR Distribution has announced the appointment of Annalise Hodgson who will lend a helping hand to Duncan Riley as a much-needed assistant. Annalise previously worked at sound company Tadco before joining Christie Digital Systems as office manager. Her joined DWR Distribution at the start of December. "It's a great team and I will find my feet, once I've done the filing," she says. "I am so excited to be here." Duncan Riley adds, "It's an honour and a privilege to have Annalise as part of our team. I wish her many happy ... More >>

AC-SP installation at John Lewis studio

AC-SP installation at John Lewis studioUK - A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (AC-SP) has recently specified, supplied and installed premium performance lighting fixtures, complete with a truss ground-mounted structure, for John Lewis's new content production studio in London. This modern, purpose-built facility is used for photoshoots and filming, to generate content for the websites, mobile apps and magazines of what is one of the UK's leading retailers. Underwood Carpenter Ltd., who project managed the setup of the new facility, approached AC-SP, requesting an installed lighting ... More >>

Adlib upgrades Midas inventory

Adlib upgrades Midas inventoryUK - Event specialist Adlib, has upgraded its stock of Midas mixing systems to the brand's flagship, powerhouse PRO X console. Two MIDAS XL8 desks have made way for two brand new PRO X systems, which provide 168 input channels, 99 buses and a 96 kHz sample rate. Adlib, with headquarters in Liverpool, has just recently completed a major £1m expansion of their UK operations with the opening of a Scottish warehouse and office space on the outskirts of Glasgow. Hires manager Dave Jones comments, "We upgraded our inventory so that we ... More >>

Avolites delivers for Public Service Broadcasting

Avolites delivers for Public Service BroadcastingEurope - Lighting designer Francis Clegg of London-based design house MIRRAD turned to control technology by British manufacturer Avolites to drive his atmospheric lighting for electronic retro-rockers Public Service Broadcasting's (PSB) 'The Race for Space' album tour. The band's unique sound features samples of vocals from old public information films and propaganda material with a goal to "teach lessons of the past through the music of the future". This is reflected in the live show's black and white archive video content by Gerrad ... More >>

Claypaky illuminates Osram anniversary celebrations

Claypaky illuminates Osram anniversary celebrationsItaly - Lighting manufacturer Osram, which celebrates its 110-year brand anniversary this year, is joined by another famous institution: the Westin Excelsior Hotel in Rome was opened in 1906 and is also celebrating its 110 years anniversary. To mark the occasion, Claypaky - a company of the Osram group - illuminated the venerable hotel, whose past guests have already include celebrities like Pablo Picasso, Elizabeth Taylor and the Rolling Stones, in a particularly spectacular fashion from 5-20 November. Following the video projection ... More >>

Dave Koz and friends celebrate Christmas

Dave Koz and friends celebrate ChristmasUSA - Dave Koz is bringing his celebrated contemporary jazz sound to audiences around the country. The nine time Grammy nominee and acclaimed saxophonist has embarked on the Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour - Starring Dave Koz, Valerie Simpson, Jonathan Butler, and Kenny Lattimore. The tour features a lighting package designed by Erik Parker of Chris Lisle Lighting Design and provided by Bandit Lites. Parker worked closely with both Koz and production manager Brian Foisy on the design and the show, a project Parker had looked forward ... More >>

GMB Pro Sound invests in dLive systems

GMB Pro Sound invests in dLive systemsPoland - GMB Pro Sound, one of Poland's largest rental companies, has invested in a total of three dLive mixing systems from Allen & Heath. The firm's client list includes Poland's major music festivals, concerts and TV shows, such as Open'er festival, Krakow Live festival and the huge World Youth Days worship festival. GMB's three new dLive systems comprise the flagship S7000 Surfaces and DM64 MixRacks, plus DX32 expansion racks and Dante networking cards. In addition, the company bought a ME personal monitoring system comprising a ... More >>

JBL installation in listed Spitalfields building

JBL installation in listed Spitalfields buildingUK - Elliot Patterson has carried out several sound system installations at Galvin Brothers' high-class restaurants over the years using JBL solutions - but the first with his new company, Evolve Install, will have been among the most challenging. Set in the Spitalfields development area of East London, Galvin La Chapelle occupies the landmark Grade II-listed, late Victorian St. Botolph Hall - a former chapel and school. While much of the grandeur of the building has been preserved in the fine dining restaurant at the rear, a major ... More >>

Les Misérables in Dubai scores with Sennheiser

Les Misérables in Dubai scores with SennheiserUAE - One of the most anticipated shows to grace the Middle East this year, Les Misérables lived up to the hype and enthralled audiences through its three-week-long run at the equally impressive Dubai Opera. While no detail was spared by the costume, lighting and effects departments, as a musical extravaganza, it was the audio that held the spotlight with a host of Sennheiser systems ensuring the success of the show. Commenting on the production's decision to tour with an extensive kit of Sennheiser microphones, headsets, ... More >>

Philharmonie Luxembourg invests in Yamaha

Philharmonie Luxembourg invests in YamahaLuxembourg - A popular addition to the rider of live classical concerts in 2016, Yamaha's flagship RIVAGE PM10 digital mixing console has recently seen its first permanent European installation at a classical concert venue, in Luxembourg. Opened 11 years ago in Luxembourg City, Philharmonie Luxembourg is a thoroughly modern concert complex. Home to the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, on average it is visited by around 180,000 people every year. The 1328-capacity Grand Auditorium combines the acoustics of classic 'shoe-box' ... More >>

Rogues rock Intergalactic Disco

Rogues rock Intergalactic DiscoUSA - Art Basel is one of the leading art fairs in the world, showcasing works from over 270 galleries and private collections representing over 30 countries ranging from Argentina to Zimbabwe. For many of the 80,000 or so visitors who descend on the five-day festival, Art Basel is about much more than just art. It's also a rollicking, joyful experience that turns life into art with street performances, acts of pure improvisation and boundary-free performances that stretch and pull preconceived notions in every direction, all while ... More >>

SGM installation nominated for lighting award

SGM installation nominated for lighting awardDenmark - Ragnarock, the Danish museum for pop, rock and youth culture, opened its doors to the public in April 2016. The museum's gold-studded facade, the red carpet runway and the lobby are exclusively equipped with SGM lighting fixtures and these installations have just been nominated for the prestigious Danish Lighting Award 2016. From the beginning, lighting was meant to be an essential part of the architecture and the visual expression for the museum. Ragnarock wanted to use lighting as a medium and as a means of communication to ... More >>

Tallinn's Kanuti Gildi Saal upgrades with Powersoft

Tallinn's Kanuti Gildi Saal upgrades with PowersoftEstonia - One of Tallinn's most progressive performing arts centres, Kanuti Gildi SAAL, recently installed a new sound reinforcement infrastructure, with Powersoft's X series amplification at its core. Situated in the Estonian capital's historic Old Town, the 150-seat theatre is the first privately-run venue in the country devoted to the genre of contemporary performing arts. However, according to Priit Kivimägi from Heliart OÜ, the Powersoft distributors and system integrators, the former house PA had been in service for more than 15 ... More >>

Unusual Rigging makes Circulars Awards finals

Unusual Rigging makes Circulars Awards finalsUK - Unusual Rigging has been nominated as a finalist in the Circulars Awards. The Circulars - an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, is the world's premier circular economy award programme and aims to recognise individuals and organisations that have made notable contributions to the circular economy in the private sector, public sector and society. Entrants to the awards are leading the way in driving innovation and growth that is decoupled from the use of scarce natural resources. In 2015, ... More >>

Vue cinema wins awards with Alcons

Vue cinema wins awards with AlconsThe Netherlands - Opened in first quarter 2016, the Vue cinema in the Dutch city of Alkmaar has been voted the best new-built cinema in Europe by the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA). The quality of its three Alcons Audio-based Dolby Atmos systems has played an important role in the accolade. Taken over by Vue Nederland in August 2015, the Dutch JT Bioscopen cinema chain was one of the first global adopters of Dolby Atmos immersive surround sound and already had several existing Alcons-equipped cinemas. Vue Nederland ... More >>

White Light supplies over 40 pantomimes ... oh yes it does

White Light supplies over 40 pantomimes ... oh yes it doesUK - White Light has worked on an array of shows over the past 12 months and the company is now preparing for an extremely busy festive season, in which it will supply the lights on over 40 pantomimes. Pantomimes remain some of the biggest shows for theatres across the country and this year is proving to be no exception. One of the most popular titles is Cinderella and WL is supplying five different productions of this all-time classic. One of these includes the Bracknell Wilde Theatre, where the lighting designer is Chris ... More >>

VHF frequency bands added to Shure systems

VHF frequency bands added to Shure systemsGermany - Shure has announced that its ULX-D Digital Wireless System and related accessories in the VHF frequency band are available now, with the QLX-D Digital Wireless System following early next year. These VHF options provide users with 42 MHz of tuning bandwidth in spectrum that is as predictable and as usable as today's UHF TV band. As the spectrum landscape evolves, Shure continues to serve as an industry advocate and information resource, and aims to provide users with new options that offer the reliability and top-notch sound ... More >>

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