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Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN
Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN

Working in Pairs

Nook Schoenfeld
Editor's Note

Not too many days go by when we all wish we could clone ourselves, to take some of the workload off our shoulders. We wish we had a partner that we could turn to in order to help sort through the mess on your desk, before you lose your sanity and a certain job altogether. Partnerships reinforce ideas within some companies. Like-minded people who can work, act and discuss business with clients in the same manner as ourselves are an important commodity. Just take a look at the current Presidential race.

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Robe Patt Lights on stands add to the visuals. Photo by Steve Jennings
Robe Patt Lights on stands add to the visuals. Photo by Steve Jennings

Cage the Elephant 2016 Tour

Steve Jennings (Photo and Text)
Wide Focus

Lighting designers Eric Cathcart and Michael Grant have been busy lately piecing together three different bands — Cage The Elephant, The Arcs and Silversun Pickups. They’ve managed to work out the scheduling to alternate LD duties from one to the other… timing has been on their side. PLSN spoke with Cathcart and Grant about the Cage The Elephant tour.

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Peter Gabriel, Sting and their longtime LDs, Rob Sinclair and Danny Nolan, all collaborated on the 2016 'Rock Paper Scissors' tour. Photo by Todd Kaplan
Peter Gabriel, Sting and their longtime LDs, Rob Sinclair and Danny Nolan, all collaborated on the 2016 'Rock Paper Scissors' tour. Photo by Todd Kaplan

Peter Gabriel & Sting "Rock Paper Scissors" Tour

Nook Schoenfeld
Production Profile

Two British Artists (and LDs) Meld Ideas to Create One Unique Show

This summer, two talented English legends joined forces (and bands) to unite on stage for one big show. Proclaiming the tour as Rock Paper Scissors made a lot of sense, as each artist played and sang on the other’s songs as band members effortlessly formed different ensembles to play a multitude of both artists’ hits. What made this production even more interesting was the collaboration of two popular English lighting designers, Rob Sinclair and Danny Nolan, who looked after their respective artists’ looks. They melded ideas, then networked two different lighting consoles together to run a dynamic looking show for a six week run of dates in America.

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LED video displays within the Tokyo Dome make use of Macroblock's technology.
LED video displays within the Tokyo Dome make use of Macroblock's technology.

Macroblock

Kevin M. Mitchell
Company 411

Importance of LED Driver ICs Increases with Demand for Quality Screens

Macroblock, an LED driver IC (integrated circuit) manufacturer founded in June of 1999 in Hsinchu, Taiwan, is a maker of everything related to LED applications. Lately, they’ve been expanding into live events by creating products for LED displays that are getting noticed in a big way. They developed the world’s first 16-bit PWM (pulse-width modulation) embedded LED driver with patented S-PWM technology, which they showed off at a little show called the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.

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Chroma-Q Inspire in use at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO. Photo by Emmalee Schaumburg
Chroma-Q Inspire in use at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO. Photo by Emmalee Schaumburg

Enhancing the Worship Experience with LED Fixtures

Thomas S. Friedman
Installations

LED lighting has been around for at least a decade now. While interest in LED fixtures has always been high, the performance has often been lacking, causing potential adopters to hold back on making the transition, or ending up with a lighting rig with issues. In recent years, however, LED lighting has given house of worship lighting designers the brightness, control, and color options they had been seeking to bring their worship services to life.

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Most of the pies were fake, but a few were real. The Waitress photo by Joan Marcus.
Most of the pies were fake, but a few were real. The Waitress photo by Joan Marcus.

The Pie's the Limit

Bryan Reesman
Inside Theatre

Scott Pask’s Scenic Design for The Waitress

The Tony Award-nominated musical Waitress, adapted from the film by the late actor/writer-director Adrienne Shelly, combines splashy sets and breezy music with serious themes of repression, enlightenment, and female empowerment. Jessie Mueller plays Jenna, a diner waitress who possesses a passion for making pies with exotic names that reflect real-life themes and ideas — such as Marshmallow Mermaid Pie, I Hate My Husband Pie, and Kick In The Pants Pie — but she is under the thumb of her controlling and verbally abusive boyfriend Earl. Once she learns of a pie-making contest with a nice monetary prize and also begins an affair with a handsome doctor, she begins to feel a sense of liberation that she has been craving.

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Northwoods Community Church in Peoria, IL upgraded its lighting, rigging and projection systems. Photo courtesy Northwoods.
Northwoods Community Church in Peoria, IL upgraded its lighting, rigging and projection systems. Photo courtesy Northwoods.

At Northwoods Community Church, a Total Systems Upgrade

Michael S. Eddy
Installations

While the technical systems at Northwoods Community Church, located in Peoria, IL, were adequate for most services, there was no room for growth and little flexibility. To improve, the church upgraded or replaced almost all of their technical systems. Matt Hemmele, Northwoods’ Technical Director, walks us through their technical systems along with Graeme Brown, president of Peoria, IL-based Advanced Audio and Lighting Systems, who handled all of the lighting, video, and audio work for the project.

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Angus MacPhail, longtime LD for The Cure, spec'ed a wide array of fixtures for the band's latest tour. Photo by Steve Jennings
Angus MacPhail, longtime LD for The Cure, spec'ed a wide array of fixtures for the band's latest tour. Photo by Steve Jennings

The Cure

Steve Jennings (Photo and Text)
Designer Insights

Longtime LD Angus MacPhail on the Band's Latest Trek

The Cure performed another of their marathon more-than-three-hour concert performances to a packed amphitheater of devoted fans, performing both hits and rarities in their ever-evolving set list. There’s no denying the bands influence and originality in a career spanning 40 years. Bringing even more mood and impact to vocalist Robert Smith and the band is lighting designer and director Angus MacPhail, who talked to us about his long association with the band.

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Pyrotecnico’s 'Prism' at PyroFest 2016 was a Memorial Day weekend showcase for fireworks, flames and other special effects. Photo by Doug Van Sant.
Pyrotecnico’s 'Prism' at PyroFest 2016 was a Memorial Day weekend showcase for fireworks, flames and other special effects. Photo by Doug Van Sant.

Creative Sparks: Pyrotecnico Hosts PyroFest 2016

Wilson Burke
PLSN Interview

This past Memorial Day, more than 12,000 people at Cooper’s Lake campground in Western Pennsylvania attended PyroFest 2016, where they were treated to a celebration featuring two-days of fireworks and pyrotechnical special effects. Now in its fifth year, the event is hosted by New Castle, PA-based Pyrotecnico, a still-family-owned business that has been working with fireworks since 1889. New Castle is known as the “Fireworks Capital of America,” so there’s no better place to stage this spectacular annual showcase.

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