Feeding the Machines

It's Time to GO!

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Automated lighting consoles are very complex machines that provide amazing abilities to transition data values utilizing various timing controls. From a simple crossfade between two cues to advanced multi-part timing and auto-follows there are a multitude of timing tools available. Although each console may use slightly different terminology, the abilities are generally the same. For the purpose of simplicity I will refer to one set of terms in this article, so be sure to reference your console’s user manual to determine the exact terms you may encounter. Add a comment

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Corporate AV

Immersive Projection at SAP’s Sapphire Now 2015 Event

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The event production team designed a massive video octagon that encompassed close to 225 diagonal feet and flown 14 feet above the open concept interactive area, better known as the SAP Experience Zone.SAP, the world’s leading provider of business software, is known for helping companies run more efficiently through enterprise application tools. SAP’s annual Sapphire Now brings together more than 20,000 customers, partners, and prospects from across the world to showcase new ideas and solutions from across SAP’s extensive product line.

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Designer Watch

'Deadicated' Designers Discuss 'Fare Thee Well' Tour

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Photo of Candace Brightman and Paul Hoffman by Joshua TimmermansCall her “Deadicated.” Forty-seven years ago, in 1968, Candace Brightman lit The Grateful Dead for her first time at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. Her first tour with them was in 1972, she recalls. She’s held the key as the overall production designer and lighting guru since then — keeping alive the psychedelic ballroom vibe no matter what the venue.

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Designer Watch

Designing Brian; Butch’s Plot; Future LD for Future Islands; Quick Cues

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From left, Brian Wilson’s production manager Clint Boire and LD Chris Stuba at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, TX on the tour’s opening night. Photo by Debi Moen“He said music has color, and the color of music is blue,” said LD Chris Stuba. The design inspiration for Brian Wilson’s summer tour starts with that thought from the Beach Boys legend. Wilson, who is performing with fellow band mates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplain, presents a welcoming design and programming challenge for Stuba on the lighting console. “Sometimes the bridge of the song starts at the beginning, or the song changes through many time signatures throughout,” Stuba said. “I had to approach programming and running this show differently because of those variances.”

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LD at Large

High Horse Hazards: The Importance of Knowing Who's Who

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Illustration by Andy AuWe’ve all had those moments. A familiar face catches your eye and you think, “That guy looks just like fill in famous name. The thing about being backstage after a show is there is a pretty good chance that the person you’re seeing is actually who they look like. About 20 years ago, I met Sarah McLachlan after a show in Toronto. A pleasant conversation ensued between the two of us and a fellow crew member, who was lamenting on the length of our tour. When Ms. McLachlan commiserated, it got interesting.

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LD at Large

Livin' on the Edge

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PLSN illustration by Andy AuI’m lighting a Truck Press Event... That’s right. Trucks. Those things that people like me can’t even fit in my garage. Even if I had a garage, I would have to move my clothes rack/treadmill and my complete collection of plastic wrapped Mad Magazines. Add a comment

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