Audiences to SOMNAI are tripping out with the mind-bending visuals. © Ellipsis Entertainment / dotdotdot
Audiences to SOMNAI are tripping out with the mind-bending visuals. © Ellipsis Entertainment / dotdotdot

SOMNAI Bends Perspectives of Visitors with Immersive Projection Mapping

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London's new immersive experience, SOMNAI, is tripping out visitors with its dreamlike visuals mapped onto a perspective bending dome at the heart of the production using Avolites Ai's Autoblend feature. SOMNAI is the latest project from dotdotdot, in collaboration with a host of video content and AV specialists including long-time Ai expert, GaiaNova. The British 360° dome mapping specialist acted as the production's dome system integrator.

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Actors Equity on new sales tax in Washington, D.C. to support the arts
Actors Equity on new sales tax in Washington, D.C. to support the arts

Washington D.C. Council Creates Dedicated Sales Tax to Fund the Arts

Michael Eddy

Actors' Equity Association released the following statement after members of the Council of the District of Columbia approved a dedicated sales tax to fund the arts at their last legislative meeting in June. The new tax is expected to generate $30 million per year to fund local theatre and arts productions.

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Jonathan Rowland, Technical Manager of The Bridgewater Hall with their new ChamSys MagicQ MQ80 console
Jonathan Rowland, Technical Manager of The Bridgewater Hall with their new ChamSys MagicQ MQ80 console

The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, UK Upgrades its Lighting Control

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The Bridgewater Hall, a 2,400-seat concert venue in Manchester, UK recently upgraded its lighting controls with the installation of a ChamSys MagicQ MQ80 console. The venue hosts some 250 concerts and events a year, and the existing lighting controls presented a challenge for the facility’s technicians who are often called upon to run the lighting for its many events.

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The company of The Band's Visit. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The company of The Band's Visit. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Sound Designer Kai Harada on the Audio Systems for The Bands Visit on Broadway

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Following the Tony Awards ceremonies in early June, the subtly engaging new musical, The Band’s Visit was recipient of an astonishing ten awards, along with a Tony Award for Best Sound Design in a Musical for Sound Designer Kai Harada. Once again Meyer Sound systems were a part of Harada's sound design. Meyer Sound products are used for this production as well as powering the music along the Great White Way, with numerous hit productions relying on LEO Family line arrays and UltraSeries loudspeakers.

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Private equity investor LDC has backed the management buyout (MBO) of Martin Audio
Private equity investor LDC has backed the management buyout (MBO) of Martin Audio

Martin Audio Undergoes a Management Buyout

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Mid-market private equity investor LDC has backed the management buyout (MBO) of Martin Audio, the designer and manufacturer of premium high-performance loudspeaker systems, from global audio specialist Loud Audio. As part of the deal, LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, has invested £12m for a significant stake in the company, alongside its current management team led by Managing Director Dom Harter.

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(L to R) Former general director David Gockley with the San Francisco Opera Medal, the Company’s highest honor with SFO General Director Matthew Shilvock. ©Drew Altizer Photography
(L to R) Former general director David Gockley with the San Francisco Opera Medal, the Company’s highest honor with SFO General Director Matthew Shilvock. ©Drew Altizer Photography

San Francisco Opera Medal Awarded to David Gockley

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In an onstage presentation following the July 1 performance of Richard Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock presented former general director David Gockley with the San Francisco Opera Medal, the Company’s highest honor. An industry pioneer who helped shape the operatic repertory and build new audiences for the artform, Gockley served 10 years at the helm of San Francisco Opera and is currently the Company’s General Director Emeritus.

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Group One Ltd. Training and Support Associate Kyle McMahon
Group One Ltd. Training and Support Associate Kyle McMahon

Group One Ltd. Names Kyle McMahon Training and Support Associate

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Group One Limited, the Long Island-based U.S. distributor for a number of top pro audio and lighting manufacturers, has named Kyle McMahon as its new training and support associate for DiGiCo, as well as the KLANG:technologies, XTA, and MC2 brands. Group One President Jack Kelly made the official announcement.

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The cast of Jesus Christ Superstar at Lyric Opera of Chicago during a rehearsal
The cast of Jesus Christ Superstar at Lyric Opera of Chicago during a rehearsal

Sound Designer, Nick Lidster on Jesus Christ Superstar at Lyric Opera of Chicago

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The Lyric Opera of Chicago recently staged a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar that was originally staged in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London. The production had to be completely reimagined for the Lyric Opera, a venerable, high-ceilinged space with its own set of challenges. Sound designer Nick Lidster from Autograph in London, used a full complement of Martin Audio MLA Compact and CDD-LIVE supplied by OSA International, Inc. in his design for the Chicago production.

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