27 July 2015

Robe BMFL Spots on Namibian Music Awards

Robe BMFL Spots on Namibian Music AwardsNamibia - Celebrating the very best of Namibian musical and recording talent, the 2015 Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) was staged at the Swakopmund Indoor Sports Centre, in the coastal city of the same name, with full technical production delivered by Windhoek based dB Audio Namibia for producers Rockstar 4000. The eye-catching lighting scheme was created by Jonathan Bandli from design practice Bad Weather in Cape Town, and included over 100 Robe moving lights. The show, sponsored by a combination of Mobile Telecommunications ... More >>

LDR in major church project in Guatemala

LDR in major church project in GuatemalaGuatemala - The Frater is the largest Christian Church in central and South America and has recently undergone a major lighting installation. "We worked hard," says Walter Moran head of the lighting project, "but it's important that everybody is happy with the achieved result. A special thanks goes to Fabiano The Frater is a modern multi-complex venue built on a 113,000sq.m site in San Cristobal, a few miles away from the city centre of Guatemala. The 50,000sq.m building includes a main auditorium with 13,000 seats. The Frater belongs ... More >>

Royal Caribbean installs Daktronics displays

Royal Caribbean installs Daktronics displaysUSA - Royal Caribbean International partnered with Daktronics, in conjunction with Robotic Arts and ABB, to implement a never-been-done-before visual experience for their new Quantum Class cruise ships. Anthem of the Seas made its first voyage on 22 April, 2015 with the visual spectacular first showcased on the maiden voyage of Quantum of the Seas in November 2014. Daktronics worked hand-in-hand with all parties involved from the initial concept through the final installation to provide a first-of-its-kind experience now available on ... More >>

Woolf Works in 3D audio enthrals ROH audiences

Woolf Works in 3D audio enthrals ROH audiencesUK - Woolf Works, Wayne McGregor's first full length ballet for the Royal Ballet, performed at Covent Garden's Royal Opera House, was met by critics and audiences with high acclaim. The ballet triptych is based on Virginia Woolf, as viewed through her three major novels: Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves. The original score by Max Richter was realised for the stage by sound designer Chris Ekers who successfully brought together a truly complex sound production incorporating music from a live orchestra, ... More >>

XL Video supports 40th Silver Clef Awards

XL Video supports 40th Silver Clef AwardsUK - XL Video continues its relationship with the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity, sponsoring the Artist Films for the O2 Silver Clef Awards for the third consecutive year, and by supplying the live video production and technology for the 2015 awards event. At this year's awards, which honoured music artists including Iron Maiden, Il Divo, Duran Duran, Rita Ora and Mark Ronson, representatives from XL Video's music touring team attended, and were joined by their new colleagues from PRG for the first time. Working closely with the ... More >>

Bose solution for Kidzania London

Bose solution for Kidzania LondonUK - When Kidzania London opened its doors at Westfield London for the first time on 25 June, 300 local children converged on the child-size city, keen to be the first to experience this real-life introduction to the adult world. The atmosphere on opening day was electric, and as the excited children charged into the city, they were greeted by music and special effects delivered through a Bose audio system. As an official industry partner of Kidzania London, Bose supplied all of the audio within the city, from the streets on the main ... More >>

Jam band adds Rogues to well-travelled Rig

Jam band adds Rogues to well-travelled RigUSA - The 15-passenger van that Brothers Gow rolls with has logged a lot of miles of late, as the much-in-demand jam band has been playing to packed houses from San Diego to Seattle on its current Bring The Heat tour in support of its fourth studio album, Reflections. Fans aren't flocking just to hear the quintet's captivating blend of rock, funk, jazz and reggae, they're coming to see it too, thanks to a quick moving lightshow that reflects the improvisational spirit of the music. Lighting is so much a part of the Brothers Gow ... More >>

Avolites for The Charlatans at Summer in the City

Avolites for The Charlatans at Summer in the CityUK - Avolites Tiger Touch II consoles and Ai media servers were partners for The Charlatans, as they performed at Manchester's Castlefield Bowl for Summer in the City. Appearing after a special event at Hotel Football the previous night, the band captivated the audience with an assortment of crowd-pleasers from their extensive catalogue, as well as new material from their latest album, Modern Nature. Andy Liddle programmed and operated the lighting using an Avolites Tiger Touch II console, which controlled an array of lighting ... More >>

The Cardigans tour with GLD Chrome

The Cardigans tour with GLD ChromeSweden - Nordic rock band, The Cardigans, are currently touring with Allen & Heath's GLD Chrome digital mixing system, supplied and managed by Swedish PA company, Parashoot. "We have been using Allen & Heath's iLive systems on The Cardigans since the revival tour in 2012, and more recently, I used the GLD system on the Nina Persson's Animal Heart solo tour, so it felt natural to move to the GLD Chrome for this summer tour. Nina's vocals in particular sound so wonderful through GLD, I was confident about making the switch," says ... More >>

Brian Wilson hits the road with Bandit

Brian Wilson hits the road with BanditUSA - Bandit Lites is providing the lighting for Brian Wilson's summer tour, where he and his band, featuring Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, continue to play the greatest Beach Boys and Brian Wilson songs. Lighting designer Chris Stuba looked to Wilson's own music for inspiration in creating an elegant looking show. "I love the man and I love the music," said Stuba. "His band is one of the best out there working today." Stuba utilized VL500D fixtures as the main wash, with VL3500s as key lighting in addition to four the floor with MAC ... More >>

Mythos has desired effect for Flowers

Mythos has desired effect for FlowersEurope - Clay Paky's award-winning hybrid fixture, the Mythos, has joined Brandon Flowers on his European tour, with lighting designer Steven Douglas making full use of its multi-functionality for the majority of the show's stunning looks. Playing across Ireland, Germany, Italy and the UK, The Killers' frontman was out in support of his The Desired Effect solo album campaign. Douglas has been working with Flowers and the Las Vegas-based rockers for over 10 years, building design ideas from scratch for each of their highly ... More >>

France celebrates Bastille Day with Lawo

France celebrates Bastille Day with LawoFrance - More than 400,000 spectators gathered on Paris' Champs de Mars for the 14 July La FΩte Nationale (Bastille Day) public holiday. Marking the culmination of the French Revolution in 1789, and signalling the rise of France as a nation, the crowd assembled at the foot of the Eiffel Tower for a performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana by 250 musicians from the National Orchestra of France and of the Radio France Choir. TV viewers and radio listeners in France and beyond joined the assembled tourists and local residents ... More >>

Shania Twain rocks on with Clay Paky

Shania Twain rocks on with Clay PakyUSA - Her farewell tour is called Rock This Country and country icon Shania Twain is doing just that as she bids good-bye to her fans from coast to coast. More than 300 Clay Paky lighting fixtures are along for the ride, selected by lighting designer Mark Butts who also serves as the tour's coproduction designer with Raj Kapoor. Last year, when Twain was in her residency at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas where Kapoor was her show director, Butts conceived a "big, edgy, modern rock 'n roll look" for her farewell tour. "I wanted a big ... More >>

Electrosonic backs Martin lighting contest

Electrosonic backs Martin lighting contestSouth Africa - Three years ago, Martin Professional held a lighting competition to showcase their lighting design software and controllers around the Frankfurt Pro Light and Sound Show in Germany and in Russia. Entrants submitted videos of their designs, set to a pre-determined piece of music and let the public vote on the best submission and contestants then won prizes from Martin Professional. Electrosonic SA decided to take this concept to the next level: Why not invite entrants to design their own show, to their own music, and then ... More >>

Christie Lites reports strong Chicago office

Christie Lites reports strong Chicago officeUSA - At the mid-year mark, Christie Lites reports a busy and successful 2015 for its new Chicago rental office, which officially opened in January. The full-service, 50,000sq.ft warehouse in the suburb of Woodridge, Illinois, marks #13 for this North American stage lighting and rigging rental company. Said Christie Lites CEO Huntly Christie, "I have always considered Chicago the sister city to my home town of Toronto. We both enjoy great history, architecture, water, food, sport and wonderful people. Christie Lites is pleased to ... More >>

Prolight Concepts releases update for LED Master 64 controller

Prolight Concepts releases update for LED Master 64 controllerUK - Prolight Concepts has released the V1.5 software update for the popular LED Master 64 DMX controller from Transcension. The update allows the user to patch a virtual dimmer for any fixture that does not feature its own onboard dimmer channel (i.e. 3 DMX channel RGB fixtures). The virtual dimmer gives control over intensity for all functions of control including manual colours, fades and chases. Users can download the V1.5 software from the product page of Prolight Concepts' website and load onto the controller using a standard USB ... More >>

Current RMS integrates with QB Online

Current RMS integrates with QB OnlineUK - At the start of 2015, Current RMS became an Add-On Partner for cloud accounting software Xero. Now the system has just released a seamless, real-time integration with QB Online, another popular cloud accounting software in the AV, Production and Events industry. "Post invoices and credit notes from Current directly to QB Online and effortlessly keep you customer data in sync, reducing duplication of data and time spent updating multiple systems - streamlining the rental cycle that one step further," says Current RMS. "Using cloud ... More >>

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