Industry News
Sean Olive is an acoustic research fellow at Harman and will present a paper at AES.
Sean Olive is an acoustic research fellow at Harman and will present a paper at AES.

Engineers and scientists from Harman (manufacturers of JBL, AKG, Soundcraft and more) will present five papers during the upcoming AES show taking place Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Dr. Sean Olive, acoustic research fellow at Harman will present a paper on the “Validation of a Virtual In-Ear Headphone Listening Test Method” and also participate in a student mentorship panel. 

Read more: Harman Engineers Offer Technical Contributions at AES

Industry News
A moment from Death of a Salesman at American Theater for Actors, with a lighting rig featuring Chauvet Rogue fixtures
A moment from Death of a Salesman at American Theater for Actors, with a lighting rig featuring Chauvet Rogue fixtures

Lighting designer Ben Danielowski of Boum Creative used Chauvet Professional Rogue fixtures to create depth and perspective for the American Theater for Actors production of Death of a Salesman. The 15 Rogue R2 Washes and 4 Rogue R1 Spots added flexibility to Danielowski’s design—important on an Off-Broadway budget. Squeek Lights supplied the fixtures which “went beyond anything we expected” says Danielowski. 

Read more: Chauvet Rogues Emerge as Heroes

Theatre Buzz
The 30th Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction took place Sunday, Sept. 25.
The 30th Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction took place Sunday, Sept. 25.

Broadway fans and theatre treasure seekers flocked to the 30th annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, raising a record $782,081. The day long event took place Sunday, Sept. 25, and featured 68 tables, 73 Broadway stars, and more than 200 auction items. Fans added unique pieces to their own theatrical collections from the tables representing Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and the auction offered extravagant Broadway experiences, like a walk on role in Kinky Boots or tickets to the opening night of Hello Dolly! All proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. 

Read more: Broadway Flea Market Raises Record Amount

Industry News
K-array speakers in King’s Theatre Glasgow
K-array speakers in King’s Theatre Glasgow

The Ambassador Theatre Group chose K-array loudspeakers for the house sound system in two of its historic venues in Britain. Stuart Graham, ATG’s Head of technical operations, chose the speakers for the “clarity at distance and the punch you get for such a little box, but also the consistency of top vocal all the way.”

Read more: Ambassador Theatre Group Chooses K-array Loudspeakers

Theatre Buzz
Anne Basting and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, 2016 MacArthur Fellows.
Anne Basting and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, 2016 MacArthur Fellows.

The MacArthur Foundation named their 2016 Fellows and included in the group of 23 honorees were two theatre artists: Anne Basting, who uses theatre to improve the lives of elders experiencing cognitive impairment and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, a playwright whose work explores the complicated issues around identity, family, class, and race. Both will receive an unrestricted grant worth $625,000. 

Read more: Theatre Artists Win MacArthur Grants

Tools of the Trade
The Chauvet Professional COLORado 1-Quad Zoom VW
The Chauvet Professional COLORado 1-Quad Zoom VW

The new COLORado 1-Quad Zoom VW from Chauvet Professional wash light will make its debut at the upcoming LDI show. It comes with a variable white color temperature range of 2800K-9000K, with a full output color temperature of 5000K. Its IP65 rating means it capable of handling adverse weather out doors. The fixture has a 15⁰ to 49⁰ zoom range to deliver complete coverage and allows the fixture to be used as an area-wash, or flooded out for close-up key light applications.It also has 16-bit dimming and DMX color mixing. 

Read more: Chauvet Introduces COLORado 1-Quad Zoom VW

Industry News
DeSisti and Coemar Lighting will show off their gear at Barbizon’s Miramar, Florida showroom
DeSisti and Coemar Lighting will show off their gear at Barbizon’s Miramar, Florida showroom

Barbizon Lighting will host DeSisti and Coemar Lighting in Barbizon’s Miramar, Fla., showroom for the latest installment in their Pop-Up Demo Room experience. The showroom will be open Monday - Friday, and a special open house will run all day, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 28, with experts from DeSisti and Coemar flying in to answer questions and highlight some of the features of the gear before it travels to LDI. 

Read more: Barbizon Lightings Announces Pop-Up Demo with DeSist and Coemar

Editor's Note
SD Editor Jacob Coakley
SD Editor Jacob Coakley

My editor's note this month was used to announce our new Illuminations blog, which will highlight diversity backstage. You can read my intro to it here, and check out our first interivew, with lighting designer, projection designer, and puppeteer Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew here

Read more: Video Tips for De-Stressing

Answer Box
The pixel-mapped dress in performance.
The pixel-mapped dress in performance.

One lighting designer leaned in pixel-mapping and new technology to make a brand new Christmas Angel

The musical Rent, as with all industry changing productions, has earned iconic characters and popular moments for which audiences have developed firm expectations. At the University of Northern Iowa, director Jay Edelnant, costume designer Amy S. RohrBerg, and I (lighting designer) wanted to break those expectations. The character Angel Dumott Schunard is traditionally introduced in a Santa Claus costume for the musical number “Today 4 You.” Our costume designer wanted to break with tradition and have Angel enter dressed as a Christmas Tree. As a lighting designer, one instinct is to offer Christmas tree lights as an option, but I wanted something new. So the decision was made to pixel map on the dress. When pixel mapping, you have individual control over each LED pixel in the dress as opposed to LED strips where the set of LEDs are controlled as a whole. The goal was to make the LEDs in Angel’s dress look like regular Christmas tree lights upon entering. As "Today 4 You" started, we could chase across her dress, show animations, and strobe, enhancing the exotic and creative personality of Angel.

Read more: Changing the Iconic

Tools of the Trade
 Vectorworks 2017 is now available in its English-language version.
Vectorworks 2017 is now available in its English-language version.

Vectorworks has released the 2017 versions of their software, including Spotlight. Updates include a new Resource Manager to enable designers access their resources from multiple content locations. In Vectorworks 2017, project sharing enhancements integrates customer feedback from its initial release in Vectorworks 2016 and frees designers to work anywhere at any time with cloud integration that allows them to save project files in Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and Box. It also offers more options to customize multi-user workflows with the ability to check out individual objects or layers. Addtionally, Vectorworks has implemented a unified symbol library, the addition of fixture modes, enhanced Vision Data Export Mapping and a new Send to Vision command, designers will enjoy the benefits of a reduction in repetitive design tasks for previsualization workflows with Spotlight and Vision 2017 software. 

Read more: Vectorworks Releases 2017 Version

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