26 August 2014

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundCamera Shy - Kate Bush has asked fans not to film her 22 Before The Dawn shows at Hammersmith Apollo which start tonight. The Wuthering Heights singer has said it would "mean a great deal to me" if people did not use their phones or tablets during the concerts, which mark her return to live performance after 35 years. Mobile phone technology and home computing were in their infancy when she last performed live in 1979. Writing on her website, the singer said, "I have a request for all of you who are coming to the shows. We ... More >>

Robe checks in at Hotel M

Robe checks in at Hotel MBelgium - Belgian celebrity and TV host Marcel Vanthilt took his popular summer 'pop-up' magazine show concept to two cities this year - Roeselare and Knokke-Heist - both of which staged Hotel M for a number of weeks throughout the summer. An elaborate Hotel M set designed by Piece Montée was constructed as the studio facility and backdrop to the daily magazine programme broadcast on national TV channel EEN, concluding each evening with a live music performance. Lighting for the stage area on the set comprised 35 x Robe ... More >>

Shure & Tour Supply support UK summer festivals

Shure & Tour Supply support UK summer festivalsUK - In conjunction with live sound equipment company Tour Supply, Shure Distribution UK has been supplying equipment and technical support services at a number of the UK's biggest festivals during the summer period. Tour Supply's distinctive cabin could be found backstage at the Radio 1 Big Weekend, Parklife, Wireless, Sonisphere, Bloodstock, Download, London Calling, Lovebox, and the V Festivals. Shure UK technical experts were on hand at select festivals with Tour Supply providing technical assistance to engineers and crew members ... More >>

TUT backs community theatre arts festival

TUT backs community theatre arts festivalSouth Africa - The Tshwane University of Technology's Faculty of the Arts, in partnership with the City of Tshwane and DWR Distribution, will launch Hello, a community theatre arts festival this weekend. The festival aims to expand the boundaries of theatre by interacting with local and emerging artists at the Breytenbach Theatre on Friday, 29 and Saturday, 30 August. The opening event at the Breytenbach Theatre will feature a musical show based on the story of 50 Gogos (grannies) who decided to leave their comfort zones and to ... More >>

CPL invests in apprenticeship Scheme

CPL invests in apprenticeship SchemeUK - West Midlands-based technical solutions and video specialist Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) has invested in its first apprenticeship scheme in conjunction with Birmingham based Creative Alliance, and its first apprentice is 16 year old Cameron Preussner who has joined the team at CPL for a hands-on training in 'Technical Theatre Studies' (TTS) for the next 12 months. CPL's MD Matthew Boyse says, "For some time we been considering the harnessing of fresh new talent at school leaver age rather than after University, with the idea ... More >>

DiGiCo makes Pharrell happy at Montreux

DiGiCo makes Pharrell happy at MontreuxSwitzerland - This was year 48 for the Montreux Festival and the event attracted the usual spread of artists including Pharrell Williams who had the crowd begging for more during week one. All the leading DiGiCo models are in play at Montreux, from the flagship SD7, which holds fort in the Stravinski, to the ultra-compact SD11, which sits in the same venue providing talkback, alongside the house SD5 in monitor world. Furthermore, SD8s, SD10s, and SD9s all have their part to play, in the Jazz Lab, the Jazz Club, the Rock Cave, and ... More >>

ETC Cobalt helps Russian city celebrate

ETC Cobalt helps Russian city celebrateRussia - A major street festival in the north-western Russian city of Petrozavodsk attracted some 10,000 people to its main stage last month, with lighting controlled by an ETC Cobalt 20 desk. The main stage is the central point of the annual Petrozavodsk City Festival, which celebrates the anniversary of the city's founding. This year was extra special, because it commemorated the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the city from Finnish armed forces. Large crowds gathered to watch live music and entertainment, including local dance ... More >>

Halo system for Benedetti's Games curtain-raiser

Halo system for Benedetti's Games curtain-raiserUK - Young Scottish-born violinist, Nicola Benedetti, is one of the UK's rising stars. Currently enjoying a top 20 position in the UK pop charts - the first time a British violinist has scored a top 20 album since Vanessa Mae in 1995 and Nigel Kennedy in in 1989 - Benedetti is a sought-after performer. She recently played a sold-out concert at the Guildhall in London as part of the City of London's Curtain Raiser programme for the Commonwealth Games. Audio production was supplied by Scottish audio specialists, The Warehouse who ... More >>

Bootsy Collins live with Wonder at Fiest'a Sète festival

Bootsy Collins live with Wonder at Fiest'a Sète festivalFrance - 'King of psychedelic-funk' Bootsy Collins is well-known for his pivotal role in the band Parliament and for playing bass with 'Godfather of Soul', James Brown. Perhaps surprisingly, Bootsy can also be heard on Dee-Lite's 'Groove is in the Heart', where his bass riff acted as a song within the song. With such a history, expectations for his concert at the Fiest'a Sète 2014 festival were high. Here Bootsy Collins took the stage for what was the last performance of his French tour, before returning to the US for a new series of ... More >>

Chauvet Nexus panels light Neon Trees in NYC

Chauvet Nexus panels light Neon Trees in NYCUSA - It was an unseasonably cold mid-August morning, but the thousands gathered at Rockefeller Plaza didn't seem to mind, as the red hot Today Show Toyota Summer Concert Series rolled on through its fourth month with a dynamic performance by platinum recording artist Neon Trees. Included in the crowd were Berenice and Albert Chauvet, the co-owners of Chauvet Professional. The Chauvets were on hand not only to enjoy the music, but also to take in the performance of the Nexus 4x4, their company's COB LED panels, which have been in ... More >>

Entech Connect exceeds expectations

Entech Connect exceeds expectationsAustralia - In only its second year Entech Connect continued its focus on education, training, networking and the opportunity to see the latest products for the very first time in Australia and its already exceeding expectations. This year, 1374 visitors came through the doors for Entech Connect, which was a 20% increase on the attendance over the two days, with an additional 15% increase on interstate visitors on 2012. Visitors got to experience the Live Audio Demo Zone, take advantage of the onsite manufacturers training, and gain ... More >>

D.T.S. Titans light Chateau de Versailles

D.T.S. Titans light Chateau de VersaillesFrance - One hundred Titan FC projectors by D.T.S., supplied through ESL, have been installed at the noted Chateau de Versailles in the Île-de-France region. The Titan FC projectors - IP65-rated, fitted with full colour (RGBW) LEDs - will light the various buildings of the Chateau at prestigious events taking place in this historic location. The colorimetric properties, light output and IP65 protection of the Titanss will allow effective indoor and outdoor use. (Jim Evans) More >>

NMK offers Midas M32 demo sessions

NMK offers Midas M32 demo sessionsUAE - Nicolas Kyvernitis Electronics Enterprises (NMK), distributor of Midas in the United Arab Emirates for the live sound market segment, is offering demo sessions on the manufacturer's M32 console to all audio professionals in the region. "Since the publication of our demo sessions, we have been getting the inquiries from UAE, Qatar and Bahrain," commented Pramod Manerikar, Midas and Klark Teknik product specialist at NMK. "The advantage of ongoing demo sessions is that client has the opportunity to keep a console for a few days at ... More >>

Nexo STM shines on Costa Brava festival

Nexo STM shines on Costa Brava festivalSpain - Nexo's STM M28 compact line array has proved a great success for new owners BTM Sound S.L., debuting at the Porta Ferrada International Festival in Sant Feliu de Guixols on the sunny Costa Brava. This international festival, first held in 1958 and now one of the most important summer cultural events in Catalonia, has seen a high-quality and eclectic programme of performers throughout July and August. In its picturesque location beside Sant Feliu's town harbour, the purpose-built stage has hosted local and international artists ... More >>

MJ Events supplies neon party

MJ Events supplies neon partySouth Africa - The Electric Night Event, where individuals run, cycle, skate or walk a five kilometre route at night covered in neon accessories and body paint is taking the nation by storm. Events are held across the country, and when recently hosted at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, MJ Event Gear supplied the full technical. What attracts runners and revellers alike is the amazing atmosphere. After their glowing race, the finish line is a neon party and the line-up included Dean Fuel, The Kiffness, Roger Goode and Chris Taylor.... More >>

Meyer Sound reinforces Aida Cruise facilities

Meyer Sound reinforces Aida Cruise facilitiesGermany - With nearly 500 Meyer Sound loudspeakers already installed aboard its ships, Aida Cruises of Rostock, Germany has recently added Meyer Sound UPA-1P loudspeaker systems in four performance rehearsal spaces in Hamburg. In addition to sound quality and reliability, the design team has named accurate sonic translation as a primary reason for the system choice. "Since Meyer Sound's goal with all products is neutrality, performers will hear the same sound on the shipboard stage as they hear in rehearsals," says system designer Malte ... More >>

Nexo Geo enhances learning space at Lausanne University

Nexo Geo enhances learning space at Lausanne UniversitySwitzerland - A new Nexo Geo S8 compact line array system has enhanced the ambient environment of the multipurpose l'Amphimax hall at Lausanne University. The hall, used for exams, meetings, assemblies, lectures and the occasional celebrity visitor such as the Dalai Lama, is the largest space on the university campus. It can seat more than 1,000 students for examination: 650 in the primary space and a further 400 in an extension behind a moveable wall. The university was looking for a system with clear intelligibility as it will mainly ... More >>

Elation on Telemundo's Buscando Mi Ritmo

Elation on Telemundo's Buscando Mi RitmoUSA - American Spanish-language television network Telemundo's latest music competition, Buscando Mi Ritmo is being lit by lighting designer Gaston Fazio of HD House, who speced an Elation Professional lighting package of Platinum Spot LED Pro moving heads and Cuepix Panel matrix blinders for the six-episode series. "Being that we were working with a small stage, the client wanted to achieve radically different lighting moods for each performance. The Cuepix gave us that flexibility and more," LD Gaston Fazio states. "Since our ... More >>

Parasol centre stage in Hollywood blockbuster

Parasol centre stage in Hollywood blockbusterCanada - Vancouver-based Parasol Systems has developed intelligent, self-propelling, and wirelessly controlled vehicles that travel along pre-determined guide ways. Basically, the Parasol Systems technology moves already moving lights. This innovation means that lighting designers will be able to bring you more dynamic, unique, and utterly mind-blowing visual effects at concerts, clubs, professional sport arenas, parties, and more because they will no longer be restricted to light sources that stem from one static point, says the ... More >>

Lights Camera Action on the move

Lights Camera Action on the moveUK - LCA are moving to new larger office and warehouse on Wednesday 27 August. The new address is: Unit 14, Fairway Drive, Greenford, Middlesex UB6 8PW. Office telephone numbers remain the same. Says the company, "Our new location enables us to stock more products on the shelves as well as offering a dedicated demo area for customers to come and test equipment. In addition to this, we will also be creating a client lounge where you can relax and meet our team with a drink and if you need to work, you can utilise our hot desking ... More >>

DPA Microphones expands sales force

DPA Microphones expands sales forceUSA - DPA Inc., the U.S. branch of DPA Microphones, has announced the appointment of Christopher Spahr, Pedro Rocha and Leonardo Romero as area sales managers for the Eastern US, Western US and Southern US/Latin America, respectively. The company has also promoted Shan Siebert to general manager of the Longmont, Colorado-based office. "This announcement comes at a very exciting time for DPA Microphones' US operations," says Eric Mayer, president of DPA, Inc. "Not only does this serve as an example of how our brand recognition has ... More >>

Lawo appoints product support manager

Lawo appoints product support managerGermany / USA - Lawo has appointed Karl Kussmaul as product support manager. He brings with him a wealth of pro audio and video experience from his many years in product management and support roles with Sony. In his new post, Kussmaul will coordinate the Lawo service force in North America from his New York base, and will provide assistance to the constantly growing number of Lawo customers and installations using his advanced technical knowledge and long experience. "I am delighted to be part of this innovative company," says Kussmaul.... More >>

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