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Getting Behind the Scenes at 40-45

Four of the technical partners – Fisheye, Painting with Light, PRG Belgium and WIcreations – involved in the ground breaking 40-45 Spektakel Musical production being staged at the Pop-Up Theatre in Puurs, Belgium, by Studio 100 are featured in a Behind the Scenes (BTS) movie.

Shot in 4K during the set up and first weeks of the production, the BTS movie features clips from the show itself plus extensive and exclusive interviews with director Frank Van Laecke, technical director Bart Caels (Tour Manager for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) from B-Art Production Design, creative lighting expert and video designer Luc Peumans, innovative entertainment engineering specialist Hans Willems, Fisheye director Stijn Slabbinck – in charge of several scenic masterpieces – and Tom Van Hemelryck from PRG who provided lighting and rigging equipment.

www.paintingwithlight.com

www.wicreations.com

www.prg.com

www.fisheye.eu

info@b-art-production-design.be

Prolights Preview New Products for Prolight + Sound

Prolights will be at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt from 2nd-5th April 2019 – Hall 12.1 Stand D40. Where they will be unveiling new products that will ‘set a new standard of whites and colours’.

www.musiclights.it



TPi Awards 2019

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to our sponsors and supporters.

PK Sound – Can Your Line Array Do This?

See how the Trinity Advanced Robotic line array system can improve your show experience.

Solotech Implements its New Brand Image

Solotech, a supplier of audiovisual and entertainment technologies for over 40 years, recently unveiled its new brand image. Playing with contrasts, the new identity showcases both the artists and the technicians, the onstage and the backstage, the cool colours and the warm hues. The new slogan “Solotech, Simply Spectacular” captures the company’s understanding of the duality needed to realize creative visions.

More than just an aesthetic transformation, this new brand image reflects Solotech’s positioning as an international leader in the audiovisual and entertainment technology industries, particularly now with the conquest of the American and European markets. Indeed, on November 27, 2018, Solotech acquired SSE Audio Group, the British leader in audio services, concluding the most important transaction in its history.

“This rebranding is a fantastic evolution of our image, an honour to our expertise and passion for more than four decades”, said Martin Tremblay, President and CEO of Groupe Solotech. “We are looking ahead with confidence thanks to our modern and dynamic identity which is aligned with our strategic objectives. Our new imprint not only enables us to better stand out on the global stage but also on digital and mobiles platforms”.

In fact, the redesign of Solotech’s brand image includes its new website showcasing the company’s new identity, which is the result of a long-term endeavour involving multiple collaborators (Ascendis, Apogée Solutions Créatives, etc.), and overseen by Christine Latour, Marketing and Communications Director, as well as her entire team. The implementation process will continue in the following months in Solotech’s offices and on its gear. “I am convinced that our modernized and asserted identity, combined with our talented team, continues to strengthen our leadership and visibility on all continents”, concluded Martin Tremblay.

www.solotech.com

Adam Hall Group – Experience Event Technology

Pro audio, LED lighting, stage equipment, flight case hardware – Innovative, user-friendly and performance-driven, the Adam Hall Group offers Event Technology Solutions, which enable people to electrify their ideas, amplify emotions and share great moments together.

Founded in 1975, the Adam Hall Group is a leading German manufacturing and distribution company providing event technology solutions around the globe to business customers, including retailers, dealers, live event & rental companies, broadcast studios, system integrators & installers, private & public enterprises, industrial suppliers and flight case manufacturers.

www.adamhall.com


PRG Shifts Motion To The Highest Gear On Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds

When the 40th anniversary arena tour of Jeff Wayne’s musical version War of the Worlds was announced, the shows production manager, Steve Nolan, called on PRG once again to provide automation. This proved the perfect opportunity to showcase the state of the art Movecat automation system which PRG has recently invested in.

www.prg.com

KLANG Adds Extra Dimension to Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds

KLANG:technologies visited Jeff Wayne’s The War of Worlds to talk with him and monitor engineer Becky Pell about the challenges in managing a full string orchestra and band with 168 tracks.
Jeff Wayne commented: “When I’m conducting, I’ve got a band on one side and a symphonic string orchestra on the other and with the KLANG system, the placement of those elements is very much as I’m seeing them, rather than just having a good general mix. The result is that it’s very much more alive – more 3D. I have a better balance in my head, so the sound quality is at a completely different level now than previously. I’d like to stay with the KLANG system whenever I’m performing with in-ear monitoring.”

MyT Folding Steroid Roof System Dominates in Naples

Litec has just released a new video on A4i.tv dedicated to its MyT Folding Steroid Roof System, which was chosen for an extremely large Tribute Concert in Naples, Italy that celebrated the life and songs of Italian singer Pino Daniele.

The video documents construction of the massive MyT Folding Steroid Roof System, which also featured spot and delay towers (constructed with MyT Folding Steroid’s modular components), and shows them in action during the evening’s performances. The highly publicized and nationally televised concert attracted an impressive crowd of more than 85,000 attendees and was broadcast to a television audience of millions.

The MyT Folding Steroid Roof System is a modular, completely self-contained roof environment. It’s a hybrid combination of MyT Folding Steroid Truss made from EN AW-7003 T6 aluminium (used as a mother grid), 23 metre high towers with 85 by 85 cm bases made from EN AW-6082 T6 aluminium, and key structural elements in high strength S355 steel such as modular ballast bases, sleeve block and safety block grid/tower.

Even within an open-air stadium setting, and a tremendous crowd in attendance, Litec’s MyT Folding Steroid Roof System maintained its dominating presence. It thoroughly impressed both visually and with its high weight loading parameters.

www.litectruss.com



Gary Numan LD Luke Edwards Discusses Avolites Synergy

Learn from Luke about  Avolites Synergy on its first tour ever, the Gary Numan tour
Read the full story in the January issue of TPi. 

Production Futures 2018

This year’s Production Futures took place at Production Park in Wakefield on the 7th November. The event, which included the TPi Breakthrough Talent Awards was an opportunity for students and freelancers to get their first taste of the industry, through exhibitors, talks from industry professionals and a series of training sessions.

www.productionfutures.co.uk

David Byrne’s American Utopia Tour Tests Blacktrax Software

Automation Engineer, Sam Augustus demonstrates Blacktrax real-time tracking software on David Byrne’s latest American Utopia tour. The video, narrated by David Byrne, shows how all lights are programmed follow a performer in the middle, moving in a straight line, using the software’s offset feature to create a veritable real-life, real-time follow the leader scenario. Watch the video to hear a bit more about what’s happening.

davidbyrne.com

blacktrax.cast-soft.com

 

Star Events Captures BST 2018 Build

Star Events has released a vibrant video highlighting the company’s work for British Summer Time Hyde Park (BST) as the festival stretched to accommodate Roger Waters’ massive Us + Them performance, the first of its six sell-out shows this summer.

Shot by video production and promotion company, In The Bag, under blue skies, this unique look behind the new scenes focuses on the Star team building the Great Oak, panning across the Vista hospitality structure, the Barclaycard Stage, brand activations for Barclaycard and Samsung, the main entrance arches and site-wide overlay.

Roger Barrett, Special Projects Director at Star Events, commented: “To achieve what Roger Waters needed, while still enabling the other five major BST Hyde Park shows, was challenging to say the least.

“This film is a stirring document of Star working with a promoter committed to providing the very best for artists and audiences”.

www.stareventsltd.com

www.inthebag.pro



TPi Gets an Exclusive Look at Luna

Manchester-based in-ear monitor company, Cosmic Ears, unveils Luna, a brand-new product designed for the robust nature of touring duties; bringing a new comfort to ear fatigue caused by those familiar long hours on the road. It impressively offers a generic, off-the-shelf model (for those emergency misplacements situations!)

Behind the Scenes with FOH Engineer Matteo Cifelli

The renowned engineer mixes Sir Tom Jones at Edinburgh Castle on Crest Audio’s Tactus digital mixing system.

Outline Superfly Tour with the Aussie Pink Floyd

In the midst of a globe-straddling tour that recreates the unique multi-sensory experience of a Pink Floyd live concert, the men behind TAPFS’s live sound take time out to talk about their experiences with Outline’s Superfly loudspeaker system, supplied by London-based Capital Sound Hire.

Capital Sound System Technician Mark Edwards discusses its respective working experiences with Superfly. While FOH Trevor Gilligan talks in detail about what the system brings to his creative input while Mark focuses on how it facilitates the venue-to-venue performance consistency that helps Trevor.

www.superfly.outline.it

Bluman Associates Gets Interactive with Aphex Twin

To celebrate the release of the new Aphex Twin Collapse EP, renowned agency Brotherhood Media commissioned Bluman Associates to create an interactive Guerilla projection experience, based on the music video directed by Weird Core.

Utilising a Notch and d3 workflow, the team created a unique interactive experience by installing leap motion sensors into custom made plinths. By interpreting the gestural hand movements of the user, the projections and soundscape could be manipulated, creating an interactive experience for the intrigued audience.

The team created the unique visuals by taking assets from the Collapse music video and manipulating them in Notch. The audio was generated using MAX/MSP, and was based on selected sound bites from the EP.

The team projected in 4 unique locations around London including Shoreditch, Covent Garden, Waterloo and China Town. To create the experience, the team installed a 30k projector, PA, disguise gx1 media server and control in the back of a van, which was driven and set up at each venue – with the plinths being the only piece of equipment that had to be set up for the audience to use.

The team managed to project at each location for an hour undetected by the authorities.  The activation was a success in all four locations, with lots of audience participation.  The ‘pop up projections’ were a great way to celebrate and promote the new EP, and an authentic representation of the individual, underground style of Aphex Twin. You watch the full video.

www.blumanassociates.com