Current Issue : March - April 2022
Read/Download

OR

Flipbook

OR

To The FREE Digital Magazine And Newsletters

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.
Nex Protection Technology

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
Nex Protection Technology

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


Show More

Backstage Funstage

U2 have come and gone. The Irish Four Leaved Clover brought with them all the magic we attribute to magical Irish creatures. 

Onstage the band was in their element. They took their fans on a smooth fluid ride through one of the greatest Rock albums ever fashioned and then ran us through landmark moments on their journey from their beginning’s to our hospitable city.

Supporting them was a cast of some of the finest and most committed stage hands I have seen working together. 

Backstage the team worked as effortlessly as the Band were on stage. Each complex part assembled perfectly and slotted in so easily. Every guy knew his job backwards. And waited around casually seemingly aimlessly until he gently steeped forward added his unique skill to the stage ‘compilation’ if that is an appropriate word.

Each piece of set was designed to be piled or lifted into or onto each other so cleverly it seemed organic and elementary. Simple logic delivered with extreme engineering. It was a joy.

Compare that to the usually chaotic production scenes we see in our country. In our defence, the U2 stage was designed by geniuses harnessing the full benefits of computerised calculation and design. And each part practiced over the run of the shows. In India most large scale productions are One Offs.

Rarely is the entire production designed by a Single agency. Usually the set designer puts forward a concept drawing and hands it over the production to build and then the light sound and video boys fit their equipment into wherever they find space. Hot heads, fraying tempers, burning sun and endless batata vadas and chai keep everybody going and together.

Somehow it all gets done and everybody goes home happy. All the temporary angst calmed down by sheer exhaustion or the cold beer of the happy after party.

Two extreme ends of the spectrum. Work ethic and approach to the job. Super organisation and Super chaos both leading to fun, memorable moments for the audience.

Backstage is a crazy life but it’s addictive. The adrenalin rush must be experienced. The short and frantic journey from the first truck driving in to the clean up after is both exhausting and exhilarating. Creativity, “Jugad” (is that the same thing) meet discipline and practice. The seemingly mundane spiced with some of the most colourful characters you will ever find gathered in one tight place.

I have never met a stage technician who is in it for the money. There is something within him or her that is addicted to being there. That’s the only way I can describe it. Do you have a better reason?

Each piece of set was designed to be piled or lifted into or onto each other so cleverly it seemed organic and elementary. Simple logic delivered with extreme engineering. It was a joy.


U2 Joshua Tree Tour India; Pic Courtesy: Ross Stewart


Over the years I have noticed a general calming down of the backstage atmosphere. As the work is getting more complex – there is greater compartmentalisation of each function. This inevitably ends up meaning a greater interdependency of each function.

Earlier the Speakers were stacked on independent platforms on either side of the stage. Sound techies were rigid on size and position and heights. If the black boxes got in the way of sightlines and other equipment – it was just Too bad.  Everybody else moved or we were threatened with bad sound leading to total collapse. With the advent of flying rigs the stage guys became a little more friendly to the trussing guys. The set guys breathed a sigh of relief as their beautiful stage was not boxed by ugly carpeted boxes. Three sets of happier people thanks to technology.

As LED screens took over and we got free of the demands of projection, the lighting guys got freer to experiment with more dazzling visuals. This in turn drew in visual artists and video craftsmen who brought with them another language and dimension to live shows.

Apparently the LED screen assembled for the U2 concert was the largest LED screen ever assembled for anywhere. And we in Mumbai got to see it. Fitting for Bollywood. It was big and loud and filled with amazing visuals. And for me the best part was the sense of ‘We’ve only just begun’.

Do I sound like an old cynic when I feel what we’ve pretty much done with huge leaps of sound and lighting tech – for at least a while.  Sure there will be incremental steps but I don’t expect to see anything like the huge leaps I expect out of video technology over the next few years.

I really would not be surprised if someday soon the entire set, staging and periphery will be made up of video pixels embedded into some magical invention. Probably motorised and computer controlled. Which brings me to another world that I expect will dominate Set Design.

Motion Control! How long before the U2 screen gets picked up, split into pieces and distributed over the entire stadium? Science fiction - today. But I’m certain some kid in some garage is sitting there wondering ‘Why Not?’

That’s just the traditional technologies. How about some other disruptive technology comes in and make everything we know redundant. Perhaps Robots?

What if you entered a stadium and there was nothing. Just nothing. And then some strange sound creeps up (Those damn sound boys are not going anywhere – No matter how much everything else gets disrupted).  Suddenly this robot rises up. All 50 feet of it. Shakes himself awake and proceeds to tromp over the entire stadium giving every seat a front row view all the while doing some amazing things or perhaps simply whispering a quiet mesmerising version of an age old fairy tale.

Backstage – the possibilities are limitless. Grab your boots, clear your minds and join in the fun.

I promise you the ride of a lifetime.

Archives

Palm Expo Magazine Jan Feb 2022 Palm Expo Magazine Jan Feb 2022
X