Light & Sound International

"Despite changes, there is a strong backbone of continuity,” writes outgoing editor Lee Baldock of Avoliltes’ recent restructure on pages 24-27 of this issue, my first at the helm of LSi. It’s a timely sentiment that struck a chord. Yes, Lee is leaving us having steered LSi impeccably for the past 13 years - but having worked alongside him for the past decade, I want to assure you: there is a strong backbone of continuity.

With change comes inevitable reflection, which this month manifests itself in Jerry Gilbert’s continuing Tech Trail series. Part one of his chronicle of the history of festival sound systems is a goldmine of information for anyone with even a passing interest in our industry; keep an eye out for part two coming to these pages in the near future.

Speaking of which, the ‘future’ is front and centre of this issue with our cover story examining the innovative technical wizardry at work on the RSC’s latest production of The Tempest. Also inside, Steve Moles reports from York Barbican on Mike & The Mechanics latest touring production; we have our review of ISE, Amsterdam; a look ahead at expected highlights from this year’s Prolight+Sound; Phil Ward reports from Hanover as Sennheiser launches its Digital 6000 radio mic system; and Mike Wood offers a closer look at Ayrton’s multifunctional MagicPanel FX LED fixture.

With all that and much more inside, I hope you enjoy the magazine and that during my tenure, LSi will long continue to have a place in your heart and on your desk!



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The Tempest

Tim Frost reports on the RSC production which uses video projection to bring the story to a 21st century audience . . .

On Tour: Mike & The Mechanics

Steve Moles reports on the latest touring production by Mike Rutherford’s supergroup . . .

Tech Trail: Festival Sound, Pt.1

Jerry Gilbert charts the development of festival sound systems, from Windsor and Woodstock to Glastonbury Fayre . . .

Regulars

Mythbusting...

Claire Beeson talks to lighting designer Tom Campbell . . .

Trade show fatigue

What is Notch?, by Richard Cadena

LSi talks to rising star Calum Paterson

The Shend Interrogates Levi Tecofsky

Reality Shows, Phil Ward speaks volumes

Review: ISE 2017

Claire Beeson reports from Amsterdam on the latest news from the Integrated Systems Europe exhibition . . .

Tech: Ayrton’s MagicPanel FX

Mike Wood assesses the lighting effects fixture from the French manufacturer . . .

Hawthorn at 30

As Hawthorn celebrates 30 successful years of business, Kate Lyon talks to company founder Martin Hawthorn . . .

Tenors of Rock

LSi talks to Dan Creasey, the latest Brit to light a show on the Vegas strip, about Tenors of Rock at Harrah’s  . . .

Avolites: Refining Control

Avolites, a leading name in the lighting control market for over 40 years, has been changing. Lee Baldock reports . . .

ASD’s Winter School

As the ASD completes its second Winter School, Phil Ward sits quietly at the back . . .

Interview: Nina Dunn

LSi talks to video and projection designer Nina Dunn, who projects the needs of video design in theatre . . .

Sennheiser launches Digital 6000

Phil Ward travels to Hanover to witness the launch of Sennheiser’s ‘no compromise’ Digital 6000 radio mic system . . .

Preview: Prolight+Sound 2017

LSi looks forward to Frankfurt, with a round-up of some of the expected highlights . . .


NEXT ISSUE: Salford University’s Gateway Project • An Inspector Calls • New sound for Dorking Halls • Flybynite’s rehearsal studio • Tech: Wisycom’s MPR50

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