24 November 2015

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundSecondary Ticketing - The music industry has called for action over secondary ticketing sites. Rock band Coldplay and managers of acts including Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Blur and Radiohead signed an open letter to the government calling for action over secondary ticketing sites. Published in The Times, the letter said fans are being "ripped-off by touts who anonymously exploit fair ticket prices via online ticket marketplaces". It urges the government to put "the public's interests before the touts". A government consultation on ... More >>

Black Light moves into employee-ownership

Black Light moves into employee-ownershipUK - An Edinburgh company which has designed light installations for the SSE Hydro and Gleneagles Hotel has announced it is to become employee-owned. The move by Black Light Ltd will see its 21 members of staff given the opportunity to become owners in the business. Black Light designs, supplies and installs lighting and AV equipment to theatre, architecture, education, entertainment and retail. The company has an annual turnover of £3m. The business was founded over 30 years ago by Gavin Stewart as a mobile disco. In the years' ... More >>

Doughty Engineering continues to invest

Doughty Engineering continues to investUK - Doughty Engineering has invested in a new CNC saw at its Ringwood headquarters as the company continues to look at effective ways to increase production and meet customer demand for its products. The new piece of kit replaces two existing saws and will be used to cut all of the company's aluminium extrusion. With the saw cutting faster and to an unbeatable quality, Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty explains that it's purchases such as this that help Doughty to stay competitive within the market place. "This new CNC makes a ... More >>

National Gugak Centre upgrades with M'elodie

National Gugak Centre upgrades with M'elodieSouth Korea - The National Gugak Centre in Seoul, South Korea has added M'elodie line array loudspeakers to upgrade the decade-old Meyer Sound system in its 800-seat Yeak-Dang Theatre. Renowned for its role in preserving and promoting ancient Korean musical traditions, the centre continues to count on the durability and reliability of its UPM-1P, CQ-1, and CQ-2 loudspeakers, which were reconfigured for the upgraded system. The decision to upgrade with M'elodie was not a foregone conclusion, despite the Yeak-Dang's previous positive ... More >>

Philips Vari-Lites add diversity at Kaaboo

Philips Vari-Lites add diversity at KaabooUSA - Created by music lovers for music lovers, Kaaboo is a three-day event that combines rock-n-roll, world-class art, and the finest culinary cuisines to appeal to all five senses. Located in Del Mar, CA, it is described as the ideal live music event that takes place in a wonderland off the shores of the Pacific Ocean. For the 2015 Kaaboo, lighting designer Chris Lisle was brought on by production manager Jim Dorroh, and he worked with Solotech to create a powerful and expansive rig using 36 VL4000 Spot, 41 VL3500 Wash and 12 VL3500 ... More >>

White Light allows Sky Garden to blossom

White Light allows Sky Garden to blossomUK - Sky Garden is a space in central London that not only offers a 360 degree view across the capital but also features a landscape garden, the Fenchurch Restaurant and the Sky Pod Bar; all of which play host to various parties and live music events. Run by rhubarb catering group, they wanted to enhance the existing space and create an unforgettable atmosphere for those visiting the venue. As a result, they called on complete production solution specialist White Light to help to achieve their vision. PB Jacobse, managing director of ... More >>

Martin MLA spreads the word in Florence

Martin MLA spreads the word in FlorenceItaly - More than 50,000 people assembled in Florence's Artemio Franchi Municipal Stadium on 10 November to welcome Pope Francis on his short Italian tour, to mark the Fifth National Congress of the Italian Church. The Holy Father celebrated Mass accompanied by a 400-piece orchestra, a giant chorus of 1,037 people - and an expertly designed Martin Audio MLA system to distribute the message to the faithful who had flocked to the stadium. No fewer than 132 Martin Audio cabinets were deployed across the stadium - provided by Lucca based ... More >>

Projection Studio returns to 2015 Durham Lumiere

Projection Studio returns to 2015 Durham LumiereUK - Projection artist Ross Ashton and The Projection Studio produced another spectacular work The World Machine onto Durham Cathedral in the UK for the 2015 Durham Lumiere light festival which attracted upwards of 200,000 people to the city over four nights of light installations. It was the fourth time that Projection Studio has created an art installation onto the Cathedral, but the first time it's been done using video projectors. In the past, PIGI film projectors were used. The projection system involved 14 Christie 20K ... More >>

CPL helps put Education First

CPL helps put Education FirstUK - Production design and solution specialist Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) provided full technical production - lighting, sound and video - to Bright Productions for a major global sales conference event hosted by Education First's corporate solutions division. The organisation specialises in the development of language training, educational travel, academic degree programmes and cultural exchange. The event encompassed a two day conference with two evenings of themed entertainment and was staged in the beautiful and majestic ... More >>

Yellowcard crosses time with Rogue RH1 Hybrids

Yellowcard crosses time with Rogue RH1 HybridsUSA - On their recent tour in support of the Top 40 album Lift A Sail, the unpredictable Yellowcard returned to their hard-edged punk-tinged roots. To complement the more aggressive sound, the band punched up its lightshow with help from the Rogue RH1 Hybrid moving fixture from Chauvet Professional. "The Rogues turned up the intensity on this tour," said longtime Yellowcard lighting designer Cody James of JDI Productions. "It was a trip back in time in a way, with the band returning to some older songs that were faster and more ... More >>

Sofia's Bedroom installs L-Acoustics system

Sofia's Bedroom installs L-Acoustics systemBulgaria - Located in the heart of the capital, Sofia, the Bedroom Premium Club is one of the largest and highest profile nightclubs in Bulgaria. A recent upgrade has seen the club's desire to deliver the very best sound satisfied by an L-Acoustics system. Emil Yanakiev - owner of Forte Music, one of the country's biggest audio importers and rental companies - had previously supplied an L-Acoustics system for events at Bedroom Beach, Bedroom Premium's summer extension venue. Here, sets by high profile DJs had demonstrated the positive ... More >>

ETC lights Castle with magic

ETC lights Castle with magicUSA - Programmer Martin Weeks' ETC Gio console still looks brand new. You would never guess it had seen action on a few hundred episodes of the US TV series Castle. "I love my Gio, but most of the time I turn it on in the morning and off at the end of the day. The real work is done by the Magic Sheets, which have dramatically changed my workflow," explains Weeks. The Magic Sheets allow the operator to create a separate touchscreen showing all the fixtures and their levels without using the faders or submasters on the main desk. ... More >>

Clay Paky on the road with Mumford and Sons

Clay Paky on the road with Mumford and SonsWorld - Folk rockers Mumford and Sons are currently traversing the globe in support of their latest number one album, with lighting designer Ed Warren employing the bold bright wash and LED effects of 16 Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 fixtures to deliver "some of the most impressive moments of the set". The Wilder Mind tour has seen the British four-piece play sold-out dates across the USA, Canada and Europe. Warren specified the B-EYEs from Neg Earth to complement the rockier sound of the band's new material. "For this tour, my ... More >>

Life is Beautiful for Elation and Steve Lieberman

Life is Beautiful for Elation and Steve LiebermanUSA - For those who live in the warmer southern latitudes of the US, the outdoor festival and show season extends well into the fall. Two examples are the Life is Beautiful Festival, which took place in Las Vegas in late September, and the Victoria's Secret PINK Nation Game On! Bash that stormed the University of Texas San Antonio campus on 28 October. Production for both events was handled by AG Light & Sound, who supplied lighting packages that included Elation Colour Chorus LED battens and Platinum Series moving heads. With a ... More >>

Godspeed rock opera calls on DPA Microphones

Godspeed rock opera calls on DPA MicrophonesUSA - Touted as an 'epic biblical adventure', Godspeed: A Rock Opera was presented in a special, limited showing at the El Portal Theatre in Hollywood. Written and produced by music composer and Emmy-nominated TV show creator Sammy Oriti, Godspeed is a musical depiction of the stories of creation, Adam & Eve, The Virgin Mary, Jesus and John the Baptist, among others. It also featured a six-piece live, progressive rock band and 16 accompanying singers and dancers. In order to best address the breadth of sound that comes ... More >>

PRG XL Video on American Idiot UK

PRG XL Video on American Idiot UKUK - "If you could power a production by the passion of the cast, musicians and crew, then this show should be unstoppable," was how Naomi Symeou described the enthusiasm of the creatives and technicians responsible for bringing Green Day's musical American Idiot to the stage of the Arts Theatre in Leicester Square. Naomi is the general manager of Sell a Door and supports owners and show producers David Hutchinson and Phillip Rowntree. "Everyone involved in the show lives and breathes the music and it created a real buzz of ... More >>

Norwegian production house expands with Optocore

Norwegian production house expands with OptocoreNorway - Optocore has sold the first of its powerful new M8 and M12 MADI bridges to Biovisjon, one of Norway's leading subtitling, dubbing and one stop 'open platform' television production facilities. The installation at its studios in Nydalen, which gives them a vast MADI routing I/O (of around 700 x 500 channels), was carried out by Danmon Norway as part of an upgrade to continue servicing broadcasters such as Norwegian TV channel NRK, TV2 and TV Norge, as well as companies requiring content for TV, video, Web, IP-TV or other media. ... More >>

PR Lighting augments Nikos Vertis in Bucharest

PR Lighting augments Nikos Vertis in BucharestRomania - More than 100 PR Lighting fixtures were out in force recently, when Greek superstar Nikos Vertis arrived in Romania for his sell-out concert at Sala Palatului Bucharest. Part of his Nikos Vertis Tour 2015, with 4,000 people packed into the venue it proved to be the biggest concert of the year - to the delight of local promoters and event organisers, VreauBilet.ro. Handling the technical production were Temple Media, and the artist's lighting designer, Emiliano Bistri, worked closely with the venue's in-house lighting ... More >>

ArKaos releases new features in GrandVJ 2.1

ArKaos releases new features in GrandVJ 2.1UK - ArKaos has released the latest version of its popular video-jockey software, GrandVJ, in time for the busy festive season. GrandVJ 2.1 users will have access to a whole range of new features to make their parties and events easier to run and more creative than ever, says ArKaos. GrandVJ 2.1 is the result of intensive development from the masters of video manipulation, and has been comprehensively tested and approved by ArKaos aficionados. "We are always keen to hear the feedback from our loyal following to ensure that ArKaos ... More >>

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