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Articles Mar-Apr 2022

PALM AV-ICN 2022 SHOW PREVIEWNew!

PALM Expo was launched in 2001, in response to the top music recording engineers in Bombay desiring a dedicated pro audio expo. Bombay was the music recording capital and Bollywood Bombay boasted of the big studios and big sound rental companies and the beginning of the big stage... read more

Articles Mar-Apr 2022

Milind Raorane Sets the Tone at ToyRoom MumbaiNew!

ToyRoom outfitted its second outpost in Mumbai with Electro-Acoustic Design Consultant Milind Raorane to deploy a comprehensive Sound and Audio design that would enhance the unapparelled ambience of the nightclub. PALM +AV-ICN Reports.
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Located in Kalina, Mumbai, Toy-Room Mumbai is established on the premises of the vibrant and stylish Grand Hyatt, one of Mumbai's sophisticated leisure and business... read more

Articles Mar-Apr 2022

Post Pandemic Video Conferencing RiseNew!

Abdul Waheed is the Managing Director at EYTE Technologies. A CTS holder from Avixa, Member of the Certificate Committee of AVIXA, has been in the AV industry for more than two decades, delivering many successful projects across various segments. Abdul gives his overview of the video-conferencing industry and the latest market trends.

ommunication, the human connection is the key to personal and professional success. It is very important to have effective communication... read more

Articles Mar-Apr 2022

The CHORDFATHER Experience New!

Neumann's first Studio Monitor Experience Center in Mumbai
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Recently Neumann in collaboration with well-known music composer, producer, sound engineer, and live engineer, Sunny M.R.'s Chordfather Productions announced the launch of its exclusive Studio Monitor Experience Center for audio professionals... read more

Articles Jan-Feb 2022

Understanding the Dynamic Evolution of Projection Technology with NEC New!

Humans have always wanted to bring their imagination to life. Introducing 2K / 4K projectors that deliver superior colors’ and high resolution has made that possible.
Nex Protection Technology

The high detail, true color rendition and cinema-like quality video of projectors are being leveraged by Artists, museums, schools and businesses alike to educate, attract and engage customers or to uplift and inspire people in new and innovative ways...... read more

Articles Jan-Feb 2022

Integrated System Design Crafts a Savvy Aural Experience Hot!

HARMAN Professional Solutions & ISD install a comprehensive Aural setup at Pass Code Hospitality newly opened restaurants.
Integrated System Design

When Pass Code Hospitality opened three new bustling restaurants in Lower Parel, Mumbai, they reached out to HARMAN Professional Solutions and Integrated System Design to deploy a comprehensive Aural setup that enhanced each restaurant's theme well....... read more

Articles Jan-Feb 2022

Star Dimensions India accomplishes STATE-OF-THE-ART- LIGHTING ARCHITECTURE for the "BANDRA WONDERLAND" project in Mumbai New!

Ashish Mehta & Becket Tundatil Creatively Execute Seamless Architectural Lighting Design at the Iconic Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
Bandra-Worli Sea

Between 24th December 2021 and 2nd January 2022, the project came alive as the sun set on the city - with the entire 1.5 km of the Bandra Reclamation promenade being engulfed in specially themed displays that emphasized the four different seasons of the year, boasting different eye-catching..... read more

Articles Jan-Feb 2022

Understanding the Pro-Audio Market with Sennheiser New!

Sennheiser is a leading manufacturer of headphones, loudspeakers, microphones, and wireless transmission systems and has been creating unique sound experiences for customers. PALM+ AV-ICN got in touch with Vipin Pungalia, Director, Sales - Pro Audio & Country Manager, Sennheiser - India, to learn more about the company's plans for the Indian market.
Vipin Pungalia Pro Audio Country Manager Sennheiser

The live music industry had seen a boom before the third wave of COVID stuck. What are the current industry sentiments, and do you think that the industry is poised to see a boom again? India has always been a music-loving country, for global as well as local artists..... read more


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Old Loves

‘Z’ is the last letter of the alphabet, and yet so many lighting equipment models that are considered breakthrough have a ‘Z’ in their name.

Leading from the rear, so to speak.

So what is it that manufacturers are working so hard to top each other?

The usual barometer is to make a fixture brighter, lighter, smoother and carry more and more features. Features that compete with fixtures from a range of manufacturers.

That got me thinking on what are the features I would covet in a fixture. What kind of feature would make a fixture my personal favourite? Now that I think about it – all of the fixtures I loved were phased out as quickly as I discovered the joys of working with them.

What was it about the fixture that drew me to it? Why was that fixture not widely adopted?

I can recall I loved the concentric ring fitting that you put in front of any Fresnel lensed fitting that gathered the light into a beam. Making any Fresnel into a blurred follow spot almost. Swinging a 2000 watt Fresnel like a follow spot was unwieldy and took a lot of physical strength (as far as I know); nobody made a swivel head for a 2000 k beast. I have seen the concentric rings on a 5K Fresnel but never actually used it in my shows.

It was a great fixture to play with. In the old days (before truss) when we mounted our lights on scaffoldings it was easy to put a lighting rigger (secure on a chair amongst the lights and subtly refocus part of the rig during the shows. I’d seen this fixture used in a great West End production of Martin Guerre – at that time the most expensive musical mounted, by the team that had produced Les Miserable. Sadly Martin G did not do as well, but it remains one of my favourite musicals partly because of its amazing lighting plot.

Then I loved the colour labs. One of the original DMX lighting fixtures that just sent simple 250 watt beams, but through chroma filters (breakthroughs of the day) so none of the light was eaten by the filter. Today most fixtures use chroma filters (Not the LED ones). The bright almost Neon textures a huge stand out from the more muted colours from transmission gels use on pars. I would have loved to use chroma gels on pars, but the very nature of chroma gels would have made them melt under the glare of a decent par.

Which brings me to my favourite light to date – The simple Par 64. About as simple and versatile a fixture as it can get. And, most reliable.

To date – nothing can replace the throw and ‘HIT’ of a par. Trouble is – as concert lighting metamorphosised into stadiums the ‘Par Look’ was looked upon as yesterdays ‘Concert Looks’ and just could not find a space within all those beams throwing themselves around.

In fact if anybody here recalls watching Michael Jackson live at Andheri Stadium, maybe you will remember the great Roy Burnett lighting all the new songs with ‘Modern Lights’ and all the retro textured songs were lit almost exclusively with Pars in the most amazing Gels and shades.

After a particularly beautiful stage production I had the opportunity to meet one of the greatest lighting designers in the world who asked me the most profound questions, ‘Why do Moving Lights have to move?” Only then did I realise that while the rig in the show was full of moving lights, we did not SEE a single light move in the show. In blackouts the fixtures changed colours, gobos and positions. Those same set of moving lights moved only in a blacked out stage to open up to at least a hundred different looks without anybody seeing the change. Genius to me. Unnoticed to almost everybody else.

Concerts today are all about a million lights flying off in all directions. It looks wow. And I marvel at the technology of controlling all those lights with and without visible cables. Respect.

At the recent World Cup Hockey Opening ceremonies we saw far more lighting dribbles and pushes than the hockey field will ever hope to see through the tournament. I was looking at the display with envy.

A day later I was walking past an exhibition of some theatre photos I had the joy of lighting years ago. A family walked past. The mother stopped abruptly and spontaneously exclaimed the name of the show. She grabbed her kids and brought them to the photo and excitedly pointed the photo out.

‘Remember that scene of that play I go on and on about......that’s it. That’s the play. That’s the scene. She then pulled out her camera and unselfconsciously got her kids to pose next to the photograph as a memory.

As she was gushing on about relieving that experience of years before, the people I was with encouraged me to go up and get some credit for the photo. Being a retiring lighting designer happy to skulk in the shadows, I could not bring myself to do it. The lady walked away surrounded by her memories. Little knowing how happy she had made me. The usual under-appreciation that all of us on the ‘Dark side of events and theatre’ have had to live with.

That is the seed of this article. Not one of the fixtures or gels used in that production of barely 10 years ago is still in use today. I am left wondering what are the technical gimmicks that have replaced that set of equipment.

And then I look at the photos of last week’s shows. Of course they are not as spectacular as the Hockey opening ceremony, but they seem to have attracted a decent number of likes on social media (If that can be considered a measure). Of course it would be great if a few years down the road someone will recall that image and identify it with the show they saw last week.

I guess what I am leading to is the inevitable learning of time. Things change. As a professional it is our job to stay on top of things for as long as we can.

Fall in love with equipment but be ready to move on. Fortunately equipment is not like wives. Advantage of wives – they can grow with us. Advantage of Equipment – when you discard the units, it may be just as emotional as abandoning a wife - but at least you don’t have to pay alimony!

The lesson here is to cherish the equipment we have to play with. Understand it and make it do everything it can possibly doing its short life span. That way when it is time to retire it, we can do so with respect and know that we got the most out of every bit of equipment while we could.

It will also open so many doors as you realise its inevitable short comings so you can in tune your search for a replacement.

That of course leads to another famous saying. Keep your eye in the future but keep your foot in the past.

(The views expressed by the author are his own personal comments and the magazine does not subscribe to them).

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