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The two-night EDM event brought top artists and revelers together in Denver’s convention center. Pictured here, Flume performs. Photo by midg view
The two-night EDM event brought top artists and revelers together in Denver’s convention center. Pictured here, Flume performs. Photo by midg view

Decadence in Denver

Mike Wharton
Event Production

Brown Note Productions Brings Global Dance’s “City of Dreams” Vision to Reality By MikeWharton

The annual Decadence New Year’s Eve Dance Celebration returned for the sixth year to the Colorado Convention Center. Touted as “America’s Largest New Year’s Eve Dance Celebration,” the event is the brainchild of Ha Hau, owner of Global Dance, who collaborates with AEG Live and Live Nation to produce the two-day indoor EDM festival. Themed as the “City of Decadence,” the celebration features top DJs on two main stage arenas backed with an impressive visual and audio production. Between these two performance spaces is an interconnecting area dubbed “The Chill Room” which features high-tech artworks.

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The Sparkular
The Sparkular

The Sparkular

Craig Rutherford
Product Spotlight

The Sparkular is a DMX-controllable device that is capable of projecting up to a five-meter fountain of sparkles. This new product debuted at LDI 2016 and was named Best Debuting Product: Special Effects category. Since its inception, it has been used on the largest stages, from presidential campaigns to the 2016 American Music Awards.

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None of the 1,100 seats in the Wurtele Thrust theater are more than 52 feet from the stage. Photo by Gallop Studios.
None of the 1,100 seats in the Wurtele Thrust theater are more than 52 feet from the stage. Photo by Gallop Studios.

The Guthrie Theater

Nook Schoenfeld
Venue Design

The Birth of Non-Profit Residential Theater

The Guthrie Theater, serving in the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, has been in operation for over 50 years. Unlike theaters on Broadway, which are designed for optimum return on investment, Sir Tyrone Guthrie was primarily devoted to the idea of establishing a playhouse that would exist primarily to nurture and cultivate artistic expression. Run as a nonprofit enterprise, the playhouse he envisioned would keep important works of literature alive by presenting them to appreciative audiences while also cultivating the artistic talents of the performers on stage.

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Berenice and Albert Chauvet at NAMM 2017
Berenice and Albert Chauvet at NAMM 2017

A Chat with the Chauvets at NAMM

Kevin M. Mitchell
Company Q&A

Crossing Over to the Brighter Side of Event Lighting

It’s Friday at the NAMM Convention, and the separate Chauvet Professional and Chauvet DJ booths are filled with people. That the company is having an active day at an M.I. convention is not surprising. What puzzles me, though, is the number of visitors who walk from one booth to the other.

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A Perfect View

Brad Schiller
Feeding the Machines

Back in 1990, I was working for a theatre complex that opened a brand new multi-million dollar venue with two state-of-the-art theatres. Each theatre was designed with a booth that included large windows and built-in desks for the consoles. We were all shocked to find that the nice, new tech booths did not allow a good view of either stage. It seemed that the architects did not understand the diagonal view that was required. We ended up building a raised floor into each booth so that our viewing angle of the stage was correct. Since that time, I have programmed and operated lighting consoles in a variety of locations with various types of views. It is very important when setting up your front of house location that you consider your view of the stage.

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Chauvet Professional Strike 1
Chauvet Professional Strike 1

Chauvet Professional Strike 1

Nook Schoenfeld
Road Tests

Ever since I saw a Police reunion show a few years ago, I have had visions of moles on steroids. They had giant 9-lite moles that looked like they had par 56 bulbs in them as opposed to the normal par 36 bulbs we see in blinders. I thought to myself ten years ago, “Why doesn’t someone just make a “Build your own Blinder kit?”

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Justin Kitchenman served as LD and lighting director for Luke Bryan's 'Kill the Lights' tour. His new company is called Align Design Group. Luke Bryan 2016 photo by Todd Kaplan.
Justin Kitchenman served as LD and lighting director for Luke Bryan's 'Kill the Lights' tour. His new company is called Align Design Group. Luke Bryan 2016 photo by Todd Kaplan.

Kitchenman Creates New Company; CMA Touring Award Winners, More...

Debi Moen
Designer Watch

Production, lighting and media designer Justin Kitchenman started the New Year by creating a new company, Align Design Group in Nashville. “The focus of the Align Design Group is going to be live production, mainly concert touring,” he told PLSN. “But, as with all ventures, the future is a great mystery, with many twists and turns! I look forward to the future and all of the opportunities it brings.”

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Apollo Avere 4UV
Apollo Avere 4UV

Apollo Avere 4UV

Craig Rutherford
Road Tests

It’s become trite by now to point out just how much light-emitting diodes have changed things, and matured as a technology. The difference in every quantifiable variable we can look at in a light — the color rendering and gamut, the dimming, the brightness — has come so far as to make most comparisons to the very first LED devices designed for production laughable. Today, LED-based fixtures are beginning to challenge even large-format moving lights.

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Illustration by Andy Au
Illustration by Andy Au

The Politics of Color Selection

Chris Lose
LD at Large

I heard about a tragedy the other day. A designer lost a tour based solely on color selection. A particular band that chooses a different color for each album cover hired this person to do their tour. During a televised promotion for their upcoming tour, the production manager mentioned to the designer/programmer that they would like the color of their album to be in every single song. The designer chose to go against the band’s wishes.

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