31 May 2016

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundEuropean Guidance - National Campaign for the Arts has launched a guidance document about the sector and its relationship to the European Union. Chair Samuel West said he hoped it would "stimulate debate and encourage deeper thinking". It comes as Arts Council England has also published guidance outlining how funding for the arts can be connected to the European Union. NCA's document covers areas including funding, artistic exchange and export, and talent development. Because of its charitable status, it cannot express a view on whether ... More >>

Exhibitor spaces for Showlight 2017 selling fast

Exhibitor spaces for Showlight 2017 selling fastItaly - With less than 12 months until the tenth Showlight 2017 lighting quadrennial (Florence, Italy, 20-23 May 2017) over 50% of exhibitor spaces have already been filled. "We are delighted to see Showlight off to such a flying start," says Showlight chairman John Allen. "It's hardly surprising as Showlight is a unique, cross-industry showcase and networking opportunity which offers the chance to spend quality time with designers, manufacturers, practitioners and fellow enthusiasts - many of whom fit into all categories." Those ... More >>

Robe BMFLs are a key to Eurovision 2016

Robe BMFLs are a key to Eurovision 2016Sweden - Nearly 100 Robe BMFLs - 88 x BMFL Blades and six BMFL Spots - proved invaluable to Fredrik Jonsson's lighting design for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest which was staged in the Globe Arena, Stockholm with a capacity live audience of around 10,000 plus an estimated 180m television viewers worldwide. Fredrik was lighting his second ESC in three years, having also been LD for the 2013 edition in Malmo. He was also the lighting operator for the last ESC staged at the Globe Arena in 2000. Significantly, the BMFLs were an essential ... More >>

Grand Mosque installs Pan Acoustics

Grand Mosque installs Pan AcousticsThe Netherlands - In the centre of Utrecht, in the multicultural Lombok neighbourhood, the biggest Mosque in Holland has been built, offering a variety of areas where high intelligible sound was required. Not only because of its size but also the area where the Mosque is built is unique in Holland and perhaps even in Europe, within a five minutes' walk from the Utrecht Central Station. In the Mosque, open to all religions, visitors not only find the three praying levels but also a silence area for other religions, a splittable ... More >>

Unusual Rigging proves It's Not Rocket Science

Unusual Rigging proves It's Not Rocket ScienceUK - Proving that 'science isn't just for geeks', It's not Rocket Science launched on ITV in February, with each of the six episodes packed with thrilling large scale experiments. Fronted by actor Ben Miller, stand-up comedian Romesh Ranganthan and presenter Rachel Riley, the fast paced series succeeded in bringing science to life. Each week, one of the presenters put their lives in jeopardy in a series of daredevil, high risk experiments where only science could save them - and Unusual Rigging was on hand to help the production ... More >>

Clay Paky Scenius fixtures light The Woodies

Clay Paky Scenius fixtures light The WoodiesUSA - USA - MTVU's Woodie Awards returned to SXSW in Austin, Texas where Clay Paky Scenius moving head spotlights made their show debut during the performance of London-based electro-pop artist Jack Garratt. Tom Kenny also returned for the third consecutive year as lighting designer of the show, which celebrates the music voted best by college students. MTVU broadcasts to over 750 college campuses across the US. Woodies/10 for 16was hosted by A$AP Rocky on the main stage in Austin's American-Statesman parking lot. Garratt ... More >>

D.A.S. Sound Force debuts at Disco Ícaro

D.A.S. Sound Force debuts at Disco ÍcaroSpain - D.A.S. Audio's Sound Force systems recently made their Spanish debut at Disco Ícaro in Conil de la Frontera. The much-anticipated relaunch of this hotspot on the Cadiz coast included revamped décor, lighting, video and sound, the perfect fit for D.A.S. Audio's Sound Force range, designed for high-end venues like Disco Ícaro where powerful sound and a striking visual design are a must. Local company Cotelson was called in to handle the supply and installation of the club's new sound system. With Andrés Sánchez at ... More >>

Doughty Engineering solution for Liège museum

Doughty Engineering solution for Liège museumBelgium - Doughty Engineering has been brought on board by FEELTEC SPRLU to supply a new lighting hoist and technical grid to the Musee La Boverie as part of the museum's 30m euro refurbishment. The newly renovated museum, designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti, who is known for his work on the MUCEM in Marseille, boasts 3000sq.m of space with an additional glass box extension which opens out onto the nearby park offering a further 2000sq.m. Following a partnership agreement with the Louvre in Paris, Musee la Boverie will lend its space ... More >>

ETC equips Lake Geneva private school

ETC equips Lake Geneva private schoolSwitzerland - The Institut Le Rosey on the banks of Lake Geneva in Switzerland is one of the world's most renowned private schools. The prestigious boarding school houses a large number of classrooms of different types and a modern concert hall: the Paul & Henri Carnal Hall. This complex comprises the 900-seat Rosey Concert Hall and the 227-square-metre Black Box Studio. The venue is equipped with a large number of products from ETC that were installed by Electric Claudio Merlo (ECM), ETC's distributor in Switzerland. These include ... More >>

Grease: Live is hopelessly devoted to DPA Microphones

Grease: Live is hopelessly devoted to DPA MicrophonesUSA - When Grease: Live, a television adaptation of the 1971 musical Grease, aired on FOX, audio supervisor/designer Bruce Arledge chose DPA Microphones to provide the audio support for the multitude of actors on set. Brought on by producer Greg Sills and production mixer Mark King, Arledge was confident that the DPA mics would catch every syllable, both spoken and sung. Shooting on four stages at Warner Bros. Studios and outfitting multiple performers, Arledge needed microphones that would complement the unique sound ... More >>

Hearing-impaired theatre goers disappointed says survey

Hearing-impaired theatre goers disappointed says surveyUK - Poor experiences are commonplace for people with hearing loss who attend theatres or concert halls, according to a recent survey by specialist social enterprise Ideas for Ears. Ninety-four per cent of survey respondents said hearing ability has resulted in them having a poor experience, and 83% said they have been disappointed because the right provision wasn't available to allow them to access and enjoy the performance. The survey was completed by 143 people with a range of hearing abilities, from mild to profound hearing loss. ... More >>

High-Tech Elation at Monterrey's Bisoü Club

High-Tech Elation at Monterrey's Bisoü ClubMexico - Bisoü is an upscale club in Monterrey, Mexico, that operates not only as the cosmopolitan city's newest nighttime destination but also as a showcase of modern club lighting technology. Opened in spring 2016, Bisoü boasts a stylish design accentuated by a state-of-the-art lighting package of Elation Professional luminaires supplied and installed by Elation's Mexican partner, Adimsa. Adimsa owner Edson Rivera was involved in the installation from the beginning, a project that he describes as the interpretation of architect ... More >>

Iluminarc lights broadcast friendly Hour of Power

Iluminarc lights broadcast friendly Hour of PowerUSA - The Hour of Power broadcast from Shepherd's Grove church in Huntington Beach, CA, has touched countless lives through its uplifting and inspiring messages. Recently, the church decided to enhance the quality of its world-famous broadcast services even further by switching to an all-LED lighting system. A key part of this lighting upgrade is a beautiful and engaging colorwash on the wall behind the altar, provided by a collection of 41 Colorist 12Qa linear RGBA fixtures from the Iluminarc division of Chauvet Professional. "Chad ... More >>

Merlins prove wizard for Colour Sound

Merlins prove wizard for Colour SoundUK - From touring productions to festivals and corporate events, Colour Sound has come a long way from the company's early years as a supplier of early moving lights to dance parties and raves. As one of the first companies to invest in intelligent light fixtures in the UK, Colour Sound continues to operate a firm policy of investing in the very latest products on the market to keep the warehouse stocklist bang up to date. The company has chosen to invest in a number of Robert Juliat Merlin 2.5K HMI Followspots. Project Coordinator, ... More >>

One-stop rental and production web portal launches

One-stop rental and production web portal launchesUK - Getsoundandlighting.com - an industry-supported web portal providing instant access to three vital needs of rental and production service companies - has launched today. Getsoundandlighting.com addresses the three most common needs as requested by rental hire and production companies, by providing a one-stop platform for instantly-searchable nationwide production services and hire stock, as well as an online brokerage for all used equipment, including audio, video and special effects as well as lighting. The new website features ... More >>

PRG XL Video supports Teenage Cancer Trust

PRG XL Video supports Teenage Cancer TrustUK - Continuing a long running relationship with Teenage Cancer Trust, producer Des Murphy, and production team, Steve Allen, Julie Chennells, and Nancy Skipper, PRG XL Video have once again supported the charity's annual run of fundraising live shows at the Royal Albert Hall. PRG XL Video supplied lighting, rigging and video technology for the week-long run of shows which included a comedy evening hosted by John Bishop, as well as concerts by The Vaccines, Simply Red, Bring Me The Horizon, and New Order. Supplementing the in-house ... More >>

The out-of-place pianist illuminated by Clay Paky

The out-of-place pianist illuminated by Clay PakyItaly - Paolo Zanarella is a contemporary classical music composer, who loves improvisation and is on the constant look out for new forms of expression, such as hovering with his baby grand piano 50ft above the ground at the Sanremo Casino. His outstanding, poetic performance of the pianista fuori posto (out-of-place pianist) was organized to celebrate the up-coming Sanremo Music Festival. Zanarella is not new to performing in unusual places and this one-night-only show took place in front of the building's façade. To ... More >>

TiMax unleashes the Gods of War in Tangshan

TiMax unleashes the Gods of War in TangshanChina - The 1500-capacity Tangshan Grand Theatre, situated within Tangshan's World Park Expo in China's Hebei Province, has installed a TiMax SoundHub-S32 audio showcontrol and spatial sound processor, whose first job was to bring a historic war drama very boldly to life. The production required dynamic surround sound effects of the cacophony of war, including thunder and rain alongside the bullets, bombers and explosions. The theatre management were impressed with the quality and realism of the effects, reporting that audiences had ... More >>

Peerless-AV as expands export sales team

Peerless-AV as expands export sales teamEurope - Peerless-AV has announced a new addition to its growing export sales team with the appointment of Dan LY as director of sales for France and Southern Europe (Spain, Portugal and Italy). Dan's extensive background in the IT and telecommunication sector will prove beneficial in his new role focused on business development, team management, customer satisfaction and channel partnerships. "As we continue to grow our presence in EMEA, we need to keep up with rising demand in key territories by bringing new talent on board," comments ... More >>

Ayrton slims it down with the IntelliPix-XT

Ayrton slims it down with the IntelliPix-XTUK - Next to be released in this year's plethora of new products from Ayrton is the first in its new extreme XT Series, IntelliPix-XT. Yvan Pe´ard, Ayrton's chief design and technology officer, has developed the XT Series an optimised range of luminaires designed specifically for large-scale venues using the largest and most efficient optics on the market. Designed in the same creative spirit as Ayrton's original IntelliPix-R, IntelliPix-XT is a versatile fixture that uses Ayrton's new, specially developed, 126mm diameter optics to ... More >>

d&b highlights networking at InfoComm 2016

d&b highlights networking at InfoComm 2016USA - At this year's InfoComm booth (C11516) d&b will be focusing on system integration and network technology. After the successful launch of the 10D and 30D installation amplifiers last year, d&b will now - for the first time - introduce its own network products, and reveal the extensive integration options with other manufacturer's control systems. Released earlier this year, the DS10 Audio network bridge is the first d&b device to be positioned before the amplifiers in the signal chain. Designed specifically for d&b amplifiers, each ... More >>

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