26 May 2015

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundEdinburgh Rocked - Edinburgh's position as the world's pre-eminent festival city faces challenges from the digital revolution, public investment and city infrastructure, according to a new report. Thundering Hooves 2.0 is a £50,000 report commissioned by the city's festivals forum, the umbrella body for public organisations that have a vested interest in the success of the city's 12 key festivals. It builds on an original 2006 report when it was feared that the "thundering hooves" of other cities could be heard overtaking ... More >>

Dramatic role for Robe at Israel's national theatre

Dramatic role for Robe at Israel's national theatreIsrael - Since 1938, the Habima Theatre has officially been considered the national theatre of Israel. Among the first Hebrew language theatres, it is located in Habima Square, central Tel Aviv in an impressive building reopened in 2012 after four years of renovations, with architect Ram Karmi harmoniously integrating historic and modern in a complete redesign of the old building. The enormous project included the total rebuilding of Habima's four auditoriums - each of which is a different size and colour. This was accompanied by a ... More >>

Education to the fore at PLASA Focus Kansas City

Education to the fore at PLASA Focus Kansas CityUSA - PLASA's inaugural Kansas City Focus Show opened its doors this week showcasing the very latest live entertainment technology products, attracting major buyers and hosting truly inspirational industry speakers who shared their knowledge and expertise. The seminar programme and training sessions saw a diverse range of topics with highlights including: Rocky Paulson - a master of rigging, sharing his expertise on the art of rigging safely with the right components; Daunte Kenner - a veteran in both lighting and video, enlightening ... More >>

ETC Rigging debuts at Stage Set Scenery show

ETC Rigging debuts at Stage Set Scenery showGermany - ETC is getting ready for its first appearance at Berlin's Stage Set Scenery show, 9-11 June, in Berlin. The company is set to make a big splash, giving Europe its first ever look at ETC Rigging, on stand number 208 in Hall 2.2. ETC will also have a second stand at the show - number 210 in Hall 1.2 - to demo its popular lighting products, giving show visitors a lot of new gear to experience. Introduced in the US in 2009, ETC Rigging has made a deep impression on the industry, with some of the best quality and most versatile ... More >>

Adam Beaumont joins Area Four Industries

Adam Beaumont joins Area Four IndustriesUK - Fresh from the recent re-branding of Milos to Area Four Industries, the UK operation continues to strengthen its position with the recruitment of Adam Beaumont as UK Brand Manager for LITEC, JTE, TOMCAT & EXE Hoists & Controllers. Beaumont joins from ACTUS Industries with a wealth of experience in Rigging & Automation. He explains: "For over 15 years I have worked closely with LITEC and most recently at ACTUS we assisted with the development of the new range of EXE Hoists & DST systems. To be finally working within the team is a ... More >>

Clay Paky opens Museum of Modern Show Lighting

Clay Paky opens Museum of Modern Show LightingItaly - In the year UNESCO has decided to devote to light, Clay Paky has inaugurated MoMS - the Museum of Modern Show Lighting. MoMS is housed on the company's premises in Seriate, Italy, and is the first Museum in Europe specifically devoted to light, not regarded merely as a useful natural phenomenon, but seen as a means to arouse emotions. The exhibition aims to reveal and let visitors discover the playful, theatrical and evocative nature of this important aspect of the physical world. MoMS officially opened its doors on Friday 15 ... More >>

Symetrix appoints Audmax as distributor for Hungary

Symetrix appoints Audmax as distributor for HungaryHungary - Digital signal processing specialist Symetrix has announced a further strengthening of its presence in the Eastern European market with the appointment of Budapest's Audmax to serve as its distributor for Hungary. Established 10 years ago, Audmax has maintained a solid focus on pairing a strong and evolving distribution roster with comprehensive technical expertise. Today, the firm represents many of the leading pro-audio and MI brands in the industry - including Allen & Heath, Audio-Technica, Avid, Genelec, Korg, Tascam and ... More >>

Audio-Technica stages Allen & Heath training

Audio-Technica stages Allen & Heath trainingUK - Audio-Technica (exclusive distributor of Allen & Heath products in the UK) is to host a free training event on 29 May, aimed at giving attendees an overview of the full range of Allen & Heath digital mixing consoles including Qu, GLD and iLive Series. To be held at Wigwam Acoustics in Heywood, Lancs, between 10am-4pm (with refreshments and lunch provided), the training will be delivered by Rodrigo Thomaz, one of Audio-Technica's Allen & Heath product specialists. Including a brief history of Allen & Heath and its product ... More >>

Martin Audio MLA takes the stage at Rock In Rio

Martin Audio MLA takes the stage at Rock In RioUSA - For two weekends in May, Rock in Rio made its US debut in Las Vegas - on the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds at the northern end of the strip. A significant share of the music came from the Mercedes-Benz Evolution stage, equipped with a Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker system provided by Gabisom Audio Products Brazil, Rock in Rio's longtime production company. The system itself was supplied by Las Vegas' own 3G Productions who also assisted with setup, stage gear and production for the event. Founded in 1985, Rock in Rio has been held in ... More >>

Seattle's Benaroya Hall upgrades with Symetrix

Seattle's Benaroya Hall upgrades with SymetrixUSA - It's natural for modern, Seattle landmark concert venue Benaroya Hall to be used for performances by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Specified by Jaffe Holden, it's fitting that the audio infrastructure be serviced by a Seattle integrator, Carlson Audio Systems. But it's just that little bit special that a key element of the audio system inventory is made by a Seattle manufacturer: Symetrix. Benaroya Hall is a purpose-built home for the orchestra, but it also hosts lectures, jazz concerts, rock gigs and guest orchestras, including ... More >>

Clay Paky Mythos on tour with Fritz Kalkbrenner

Clay Paky Mythos on tour with Fritz KalkbrennerGermany - Fritz Kalkbrenner, the younger brother of musician and techno music producer Paul Kalkbrenner, is also a music producer and singer. In his solo projects, he combines techno rhythms and melodic elements. Kalkbrenner broke through with his second album Sick Travellin' and is now on tour to promote his third album Ways Over Water. The production director Bastian Weinert and operator Thomas Dossman are in charge of the tour. The lighting was designed by Cue Design Gmbh. Among the lights used for the shows are 24 Clay Paky ... More >>

Danley delivers at Franklin High School

Danley delivers at Franklin High SchoolUSA - Franklin High School in Franklin, Wisconsin recently seized the opportunity to build a proper fine arts auditorium, both for use by its rapidly-growing student body (currently 4,300 students) and for use by the larger Franklin community. The new 25,000sq.ft, 850-seat auditorium propels the school to the cutting-edge of live performance technology and infrastructure, not the least of which is an impressive Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system. An exploded left-sum-right configuration of Danley SH-60 full-range loudspeakers ... More >>

Avolites Expert Pro controls a big, bold show for Ben Howard

Avolites Expert Pro controls a big, bold show for Ben HowardUK - Ben Howard recently closed out his most recent UK tour, which included three consecutive nights at London's Alexandra Palace, with lighting designer Andy Rowe controlling a Nitelites rig using an Avolites Expert Pro running the latest Titan V9 software. Devon singer songwriter Howard toured 11 dates around the UK and Ireland, in support of his latest album I Forget Where We Were. "When I first started lighting for Ben Howard, Avolites was an easy choice," says Rowe. "I know the console inside out, it's easy to busk on, and it goes ... More >>

Blackout reveals Paul Cummins sculpture at Chelsea Flower Show

Blackout reveals Paul Cummins sculpture at Chelsea Flower ShowUK - Blackout installed a kabuki drop system to reveal Paul Cummin's latest sculpture to the national press and her Majesty the Queen, as it was unveiled at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 18th May 2015. Inspired by the show's 2015 creative, the sculpture stands at 8m high and is covered in thousands of hand-painted ceramic tulips. Paul Cummins is well-known for the now-iconic Tower of London poppy installation. Located in the 12,000sq.m Great Pavilion - filled with more than 100 beautiful floral displays - the sculpture was hidden from ... More >>

Clay Paky scores at the Central American Games

Clay Paky scores at the Central American GamesMexico - They may be on a smaller scale than the Olympic Games but the 22nd Central American and Caribbean Games packed just as much glitz and glamour into their opening ceremonies in Veracruz, Mexico last November. Lighting designer David Grill, of David Grill and Associates, Inc. (DGA) in Mahwah, New Jersey, used Clay Paky Sharpys and A.leda B-EYE K20s to illuminate the festivities. The Central American and Caribbean Games are held every four years with athletes from the region competing in a variety of sports, some of which qualify ... More >>

Painting With Light at Schlagerfestival 2015

Painting With Light at Schlagerfestival 2015Belgium - Event organisers VTM Television and the Ethias Arena in Hasselt, Belgium asked the Painting With Light team to add some extra special visual flair to the 10th annual edition of the Schlagerfestival, a live show highlighting some of the best Flemish and Dutch 'schlager' genre of pop music. The Genk based creative practice led by Luc Peumans as show designer, designed lighting, video and set for the event which featured five sold-out shows playing to over 60,000 fans over the course of a week as people flocked to hear Laura ... More >>

J&C Joel unveils acoustic solutions in Berlin

J&C Joel unveils acoustic solutions in BerlinGermany - This year's Stage Set Scenery will provide the stage for J&C Joel's global project team to unveil a number of new acoustics solutions this June. J&C Joel, one of the world's leading manufacturers of flame retardant fabrics and flooring for the entertainment and event industries, will also be celebrating its rich textile heritage at the Berlin show. The theme of J&C Joel's stand - The inspiration behind the performance - will see the company showcase its new brochure, website and rebrand as well as a number of new ... More >>

d&b expands installation systems at InfoComm

d&b expands installation systems at InfoCommUSA - d&b audiotechnik will introduce two new and much anticipated installation amplifiers at InfoComm 2015, Orlando. These amplifiers join the d&b family of dedicated installation products and reaffirm the company's focus and commitment to the market. Roger Keim marketing manager, d&b audiotechnik USA said, "InfoComm is a key event in our calendar and we have good news at the show this year. Based on nearly 35 years experience in developing systems and, more importantly, from the interaction and feedback from our valued customers, our ... More >>

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