1 September 2015

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundMoney, Money, Money - The piano that featured in nearly all ABBA's recording between 1973 and 1977 is going to auction. Sotheby's expert Philip Errington said, "The opening piano glissando from Dancing Queen is one of the most distinctive sounds of the 1970s and we are delighted to offer the actual instrument used by the legendary ABBA in their major recordings. The piano itself is an instrument of real importance and with the added ABBA provenance we expect it will have worldwide appeal." The piano was made by Swedish musical ... More >>

Robe has divine role in Sister Act

Robe has divine role in Sister ActSouth Africa - A truly spectacular 'rose window' made up of 89 x Robe LED moving lights - was revealed during the new South African production of Sister Act at the Joburg Theatre, downtown Johannesburg Production designer Declan Randall united all visual elements - lighting, video and set - in a colourful collage of finesse and visual imagineering to match the pace and vibrancy of the show. With a cast featuring some of the best South African musical theatre talent, directed by award winning Janice Honeyman and produced by ... More >>

Ayrton MagicBlade-R makes UK/European debut

Ayrton MagicBlade-R makes UK/European debutEurope - Lighting designer Steve Bewley is the first to tour the UK and Europe with Ayrton MagicBlade-R fixtures, using over 100 units for British rock-band, Enter Shikari, in support of their new album, The Mindsweep. Bewley has truss-mounted eighty-four MagicBlade-R fixtures behind the band in a curved wall which splits horizontally to adapt his design to fit any size of venue. "My initial concept was to create a kind of 'fence' housing an LED framework in emulation of a brain and the neuropaths within it to emphasise the idea ... More >>

Symetrix delivers for Beijing High Court

Symetrix delivers for Beijing High CourtChina With responsibilities that include the live transmission/recording of court proceedings and the management of case-related documents, it stands to reason that no chances can be taken when it comes to the AV infrastructure of the Beijing Higher People's Court. In this spirit, the Court - which is the most senior level of judiciary in the municipality of Beijing - recently pressed ahead with an audio system installation in which Symetrix DSPs play an integral role. In delivering the best possible solution, the project entailed ... More >>

D.A.S. hosts training seminars in Columbia

D.A.S. hosts training seminars in ColumbiaColumbia - D.A.S. Audio recently held a series of training seminars in Colombia as part of its ongoing commitment to provide sound professionals with training in D.A.S. technology. Led by D.A.S. technicians for South America and the Caribbean Roberto Almodovar and Ramón Franco, the seminars held in Medellín, Bogotá and Cali were attended by a record number of Colombian sound professionals eager to learn more about D.A.S Audio's sound solutions. The first seminar, held in Medellín, was organized in collaboration with local distributor ... More >>

Into the future with Sennheiser

Into the future with SennheiserUK - Sennheiser CEOs Daniel and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser presented the world with its first glimpse of the audio specialist's next milestone product at an exclusive event at London's Central Hall Westminster. Themed Reshaping Excellence, the celebration of sound and innovation marked Sennheiser's 70th anniversary year and featured a concert performed to an audience of 1,200 guests by the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie orchestra and Grammy Award-winning artist Imogen Heap. At London's Central Hall Westminster, Sennheiser's selected ... More >>

Ampco Flashlight Group streamlines sales activities

Ampco Flashlight Group streamlines sales activitiesThe Netherlands - Ampco Flashlight Group has merged the recently acquired Audiopro Netherlands with its sales companies TM Audio Holland and Lightco Netherlands in a move to streamline the department. The three companies will now operate under the name Ampco Flashlight Sales. Audiopro Netherlands is one of the principal suppliers and installers of d & b audiotechnik and Clearcom systems. It brings a strong brand package that is supported by a number of experienced product specialists. TM Audio and Lightco are system integrators and ... More >>

PLASA launches Our Common Goals initiative

PLASA launches Our Common Goals initiativeUSA - PLASA's Technical Standards Programme has announced two actions to widen the programme's benefits in the entertainment industry. The first is a new standard, one that will help performers and performance venue designers; the second is a programme to extend the benefits of the TSP to other organizations in the entertainment and special events industry. The first is the publication of a new standard, ANSI E1.55 - 2015, Standard for Theatrical Makeup Mirror Lighting, which was developed at the request of Actors' Equity Association to ... More >>

Deadline to order Behind the Scenes holiday cards

Deadline to order Behind the Scenes holiday cardsUSA - The deadline for ordering 2015 Behind the Scenes Holiday Cards is just two weeks away. These unique cards were created especially for Behind the Scenes by designers William Ivey Long, Robert Mendoza, Bruce Rodgers, Court Watson, Paul Weimer, and Paige Weintraut. What better way to spread holiday cheer to friends and family than with cards that bring help and hope to your colleagues in need. The order deadline is September 14th so place your order now! Three card ordering options are offered: personalized cards with a company logo ... More >>

Kinesys in control for Zac Brown Band tour

Kinesys in control for Zac Brown Band tourUSA - Zac Brown Band's Jekyll + Hyde North American stadium tour presented by Bai is the band's largest tour to date and features a production design created by James Scott and Louis Oliver, of UK-based creative specialist Okulus, which involves several moving elements with a Kinesys control system at its core. The Kinesys control system was specified by the tour's rigging contractors Atlanta Rigging Systems (ARS) and is running 39 axes of movement facilitated by 38 Lodestar 1 tonne chain hoists and a custom screen element. Ten of the ... More >>

Move Live on Tour with Clay Paky fixtures

Move Live on Tour with Clay Paky fixturesUSA - Choreographers, actors and dance champions Derek and Julianne Hough have taken their Dancing with the Stars expertise on the road for a second year in a row with their dynamic show, Move Live on Tour 2015. Lighting designer Peter Morse of Peter Morse Productions in South Lake Tahoe, California is using Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 and Sharpy Wash 330 fixtures on the show. Move Live on Tour 2015 opened in Phoenix and played 42 dates across the country before closing in Las Vegas 8 August. The spectacle features ... More >>

Summerland Tour chooses Allen & Heath

Summerland Tour chooses Allen & HeathUSA - The Summerland Tour, previously hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "10 Hottest Summer Package Tours", returned this year with Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing systems managing FOH and monitor positions. Now in its fourth year, the annual Summerland tour is devised by Art Alexakis, front man of popular 90s alternative rock band, Everclear. This year's tour comprises Everclear, Toadies, Fuel, and American Hi-Fi, travelling across North America to over 30 different venues. Alexakis gives credit to the iLive ... More >>

The Phoenix takes flight with D.T.S. at Red Valley

The Phoenix takes flight with D.T.S. at Red ValleyItaly - An immense Phoenix spread its wings on the beach of the Red Rocks of Arbatax, in Sardinia. It is here that mythology has merged with the lighting technology in the heart of one of the most charming landscapes of Italy. The Red Rocks have a close relationship with the great music, having already hosted the likes of Patti Smith, Lou Reed and Eric Clapton. In Arbatax, the Phoenix does not rise from its ashes, but expresses its special relationship with the sun, which enhances this wonderful place, giving beautiful reflections to ... More >>

American Ninja Warriors power up with Chauvet

American Ninja Warriors power up with ChauvetUSA - Intensity is the name of the game at American Ninja Warriors. More of an athletic event than a reality show, the popular NBC programme, which is perennially number one in its time slot, treats its 6m viewers to a breathtaking display of physical power, quickness and dexterity. Lighting director Edward Motts brought forth similar qualities in the searing lightshow he created for the 2015 edition of the program, using Next NXT-1 and Nexus LED fixtures from CHAUVET Professional provided by Aspect Lighting. Taking place at the ... More >>

D.A.S. reinforces Back to the City Festival

D.A.S. reinforces Back to the City FestivalSouth Africa - Live performances, dj sessions, break dancing, art, film, fashion - the Back to the City Festival in the Johannesburg neighbourhood of Newtown is a celebration of local and South African artistic expression. Live performances - boasting a star-studded line-up of local artists and headlined by internationally acclaimed hip hop rappers ONYX - entertained throughout the day on the main stage, where D.A.S. Audio systems ensured that flawless sound was delivered for the 19,000 fans who poured into the inner city venue for the ... More >>

ETC Eos in control at London's National Theatre

ETC Eos in control at London's National TheatreUK - What colour is the voice of a deity? This was the synesthetic question faced by the design team at London's National Theatre in their production of Everyman, a new adaptation of the classic 15th Century morality play. This isn't your medieval ancestors' staging of Everyman. Carol Ann Duffy's adaptation recasts the play as a critique of the prodigal present, as a modern Everyman (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is forced to confront his solipsism, materialism and wasteful ways in the face of imminent death. The National's ... More >>

Danley columns in refurbished Vault 634

Danley columns in refurbished Vault 634USA - Set to open fall 2015, Vault 634 will be a premier location for first-class private events in the revitalized heart of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Its building was erected in 1911 for Lehigh Valley Trust, Allentown's biggest bank at the time. It has a Greco-Roman façade complete with ornate lion heads and an interior that bespeaks the bank's prestige at the time of its construction. Gold-leafed crown molding, a Victorian stained glass ceiling, marble flooring, Tiffany glass lamps, four massive stainless steel vaults, and six stunning ... More >>

Lawo in the mix for Pan American Games

Lawo in the mix for Pan American GamesCanada - Lawo, the German manufacturer of broadcast audio, video and IP networking equipment, has provided all audio integration and distribution systems for support of the international feed of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The main mix was provided with a 48 fader Lawo mc²66 console and a secondary console, a Lawo mc²56 with 32 faders, handled sub mix duties for over 40 ambient microphones used to bring the action from the field to the broadcast centre. In addition to the main and secondary mix ... More >>

Philips Vari-Lites take on Smashing Pumpkins

Philips Vari-Lites take on Smashing PumpkinsUSA - When The End Times tour kicked-off at the Concord Pavilion in California, it was the first official tour for the Smashing Pumpkins following the release of their latest album Monuments To An Elegy. As the long-time tour lighting designer, Lawrence Upton of UV Lighting was once again designing the lighting rig for the alternative rock band, and the co-headlining line-up with Marilyn Manson presented a set of challenges. Working with tour lighting provider DPS, Upton created a festival-type lighting rig complete with 24 ... More >>

Jazz music's 'New Messiah' uses DPA microphones

Jazz music's 'New Messiah' uses DPA microphonesDenmark - UK artist and Quincy Jones protégé Jacob Collier is only 20 years old yet his undoubted talent as a musician and singer has already earned him the epithets of 'jazz's new prodigy' and 'jazz music's new messiah' from some heavy-weight music reviewers. Currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music, Collier recently embarked on a project with Ben Bloomberg, a PhD graduate student at the MIT Media Lab, to find new ways to multitrack live music. As a fan of the brand, Bloomberg chose to use DPA microphones. These ... More >>

Ambersphere joins up the MagicDots on the Farm

Ambersphere joins up the MagicDots on the FarmUK - The Barn on the Farm is one of the growing number of independent events that now populate the summer festival calendar. Since 2010, the event has grown year on year and now presents a broad spectrum of up and coming artists on multiple stages with pro-audio systems and professional lighting rigs. Lighting designer, Bryan Leitch was approached to submit design proposals for all three stages. "My design was originally produced with a narrow beam LED unit in mind but then, quite by chance, I saw the Ayrton MagicDot R fixtures in ... More >>

Finance House invests in Shure from Audiologic

Finance House invests in Shure from AudiologicUK - Founded in 1989, Killik & Co is a private client stockbroker and wealth manager based in London. Its head office is housed on Grosvenor Street, Mayfair in a Grade II listed building that was formerly the Japanese Embassy. The main meeting room at Killik & Co's Mayfair office, known as The Music Room, is a sumptuous, wood-paneled space which hosts a variety of events from seminars and presentations to regular lunchtime briefings and meetings Over recent times the company's technical support department had been upgrading certain ... More >>

The Great Adventurer at the Landy Festival

The Great Adventurer at the Landy FestivalSouth Africa - For many Land Rover enthusiasts, it was difficult to swallow the lump in their throat as they sat around the camp fire with Kingsley Holgate, a humanitarian and modern day explorer at the Landy Festival South Africa 2015, held on the 22 and 23 August at Soetdoring Vakansieplaas in Vereeniging. Kingsley 'Greybeard' Holgate chatted around the fire. EPH Productions contributed to the setting by creating an intimate look using six Robe Robin 600s, two Martin 401s and control on a grandMA Lite. "We used the Robins, positioned ... More >>

Heaven Shall Burn with Elation Snipers

Heaven Shall Burn with Elation SnipersSwitzerland / Germany - In June, German metal band Heaven Shall Burn used a barrage of effects from 36 Elation Professional Sniper 2R multi-effect lights to get the crowd going at Switzerland's biggest rock festival, the Greenfield Festival, then did the same in July at the With Full Force Festival in Germany. Austrian-based rental and production company MartinKames.com, who worked with several bands at the two festivals, has worked with Heaven Shall Burn on their shows worldwide since 2008 and provided floor package lighting and stage ... More >>

LTM recruits three apprentices

LTM recruits three apprenticesUK - Lift Turn Move based in Bromborough, Wirral, has already shown a commitment to training future engineers and this is set to continue with the announcement from director, John Jones, that they are training three apprentices this year; Joshua Baines, Brandon Gillam and Liam Shone. Josh joins Brandon in the work shop as the second apprentice currently being trained in the LTM workshop. Brandon and Joshua are studying for an apprenticeship in Mechanical Manufacturing which will involve one and a half days of tuition at a local college ... More >>

Spencer Newbury joins Lights Camera Action

Spencer Newbury joins Lights Camera ActionUK - Lights, Camera, Action has announced the appointment of Spencer Newbury as international business development manager. Spencer joins the team bringing a wealth of knowledge of the film, TV and broadcast industry and will help to develop international markets covering Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Working as a lighting technician for 25 years, Spencer has travelled globally advising on his specialty, lighting car commercials for advertising in studio or location. In the last seven years, he developed business for ... More >>

NEXT-proaudio offers customised colours

NEXT-proaudio offers customised coloursPortugal - This month, NEXT-proaudio is introducing a new paint shop at its factory, making it possible to customise the colour of each speaker according the RAL library. It will be possible for the customer to choose the colour of the wood as well as the colour of the grill and metal parts. Clients can choose from more than 45.000 possible colour combinations. According to NEXT-proaudio's assistant manager André Correia, "The strategy of the company is to provide to the customers a unique product for a unique solution, having ... More >>

Electro-Voice and Dynacord at BPM 2015

Electro-Voice and Dynacord at BPM 2015UK - At their joint booth at BPM 2015 (booth G109), Electro-Voice and Dynacord will be presenting the latest additions to their portfolios of loudspeakers, amplifiers, digital sound processing and mixing consoles. Electro-Voice will celebrate the BPM premiere of its EKX loudspeaker family, which be displayed alongside the Electro-Voice ETX Powered Loudspeaker family as well as ZxA1, ZLX and ELX loudspeakers. Dynacord will present the Xa2-PRO system in Birmingham for the first time. Also showcased will be the brand's Vertical Array ... More >>

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