The crowd at LDI watches the Hog Factor competition
The crowd at LDI watches the Hog Factor competition

HES Awards Top Team in 2018 Hog Factor Contest with Road Hog 4 Console

Stage Directions

Three teams of lighting programmers battled at the Hog 4 console in High End Systems’ annual Hog Factor USA Collegiate Competition at LDI 2018, with team Sola Tartan from Carnegie Mellon University winning first place. The action took place live on Friday, Oct. 19 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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The crowd of attendees at AES New York 2018 were ready to connect
The crowd of attendees at AES New York 2018 were ready to connect

Product Highlights of AES New York 2018

Steve LaCerra

Flying under the banner Connect, the 145th International Convention of the AES held in New York (October 17-20, 2018) delivered plenty in the way of connection — not just in terms of audio, but also by providing a cast of industry notables including Thomas Dolby, Bob McCarthy, John Storyk, John Meyer, George Massenburg, Steve Remote, and Dave Natale. Here is a report from our sister publication, Front of House magazine, written by FOH Contributing Writer, Steve LaCerra.

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David Lincecum, Vice President of Marketing for ETC (4th from right), presents a check to Behind the Scene Foundation Chair Rick Rudolph (5th from right) joined by ETC staff and members of the Behind the Scenes Foundation Board of Directors.
David Lincecum, Vice President of Marketing for ETC (4th from right), presents a check to Behind the Scene Foundation Chair Rick Rudolph (5th from right) joined by ETC staff and members of the Behind the Scenes Foundation Board of Directors.

iRFR and aRFR Apps from ETC Benefit Behind the Scenes

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Continuing their unmatched generosity to entertainment technology professionals, ETC presented Behind the Scenes with a check today for $18,567.19, representing the most recent proceeds from the company’s iRFR and aRFR Radio Focus Remote applications. Since the launch of the iRFR in 2009, ETC’s mobile app sales have now generated over $350,000 in donations. This has kept hundreds of individuals from losing their homes or having their utilities turned off, it has purchased medications or ensured continuing medical treatment. Simply put, it has been a lifeline of help and hope to our colleagues during their darkest times.

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The 700-seat auditorium at the Center for the Arts at the Hill School
The 700-seat auditorium at the Center for the Arts at the Hill School

Power and Control for the Hill School

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The Hill School in Pottstown, PA, which was found in 1851, needed to upgrade its AV, lighting, and power systems on its sprawling campus. To that end, the school recently began updating the schools Center for the Arts (CFTA). Built in 1987, the 31,000-square-foot CFTA houses a 700-seat proscenium theater that serves as a learning laboratory for actors, scenic and lighting designers, and theatre technicians. The power control for the stage lighting system hadn’t been updated since the theater was built and was due for an overhaul.

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LD Mathieu Poirer on Lighting Hotel for Cirque Eloize

Michael Eddy

Lighting Designer Mathieu Poirier created the atmosphere of the grand hotels of the past for Hotel, the latest touring show for Montreal-based company Cirque Eloize. In Hotel acrobatics, theater, dance, and live music guide the audience through an intimate refuge with an avant-garde look inspired by the elegance of the greatest hotels. The lives of transient travelers intersect briefly but long enough for tales and memories to be forged. Poirier selected Claypaky’s new Axcor Spot 300 moving LED fixtures to help set the scene for the troupe’s very special 25th anniversary production.

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