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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.
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


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Coldplaying in the Heat & Dust


They were here. Did you see them? Has your life changed?

If you did not see them - get the recording off VH-I. I have been told they will keep broadcasting it.

If your life has still not changed - sunny boy, this is the time to recognise your dad was right. You need a real job. Like in an office, with a tie.....

If you, like me has seen the future. Then you in the right place. A few columns ago I wrote that we were in the best of times and in the worst of times. Coldplay was the best of times.

In my opinion Chris Martin is a Star. Cut in the mould of the greatest Rock Stars of his generation. Amongst a crowd of 80,000 (reported) he connected to everyone there. He was best friend.... or brother or lover or whatever you wanted him to be. That is his gift and we all felt it that night.

Also in my opinion the rest of the band was about the most boring, average set of musicians who were supremely lucky to have befriended a Rock God. Lucky Them. Was that boredom or resentment on their faces ? While Superstar Martin obviously was enjoying every moment on stage and ensuring that every one of his new best friends or lovers or brothers in India also enjoyed every moment, the rest of the band looked like they were going to burst into tears or just wanted to be somewhere else.

Now let’s talk about the real hero of the evening. The Staging.

The Sound - Impeccable. All the work and the attention to detail paid off. The Colden King was transmitted to each one of us there. The unique timber of his voice sitting on our shoulders. As for the rest of the guys - the PA made them actually sound good.

The Lighting - Vast. Who says that a massive inventory of cheap Chinese lights doesn’t look great. Who would have thought that DMX delays and many cylinders of carefully released smoke can fill a space with shock and wonder. I learnt a huge lesson that day.

The Staging. That vast flying wing of blinding light flying at you. The confetti, the balloons, the bridge and even more confetti. Simply WOW.

Everything put together makes me feel that tomorrows Global citizen has much to look forward to.

Clean Toilets, Digital Currency, No corruption and every time somebody powerful wants to make a connect to India’s unbounded youth - we can celebrate these gifts with a huge concert.

There was so much around the concert. So much to read, so much fuel, so much hype. Like good little children being groomed to be global citizens, concert mama also advised us on what to wear - loose comfortable clothing. What to pack - water, salt tablets, nutrition bars. We were told to bring cash. Not cards. Apparently the ringing of cash registers and the airwave consumption of card machines would adversely affect the technology of the evening. Hopefully next time we will learn to behave in the presence of our betters. But mama - we were good children right? Nobody got hurt or was led astray.

I was led astray. After ages some excitement crept into my cynical old bones. I danced, bad leg and all, and still had energy to walk to the car.

I am a minimalist. I believe that great lighting is about the minimum darkness we displace. One carefully placed spot light in a beautifully timed fade, to me is orgasm. In the theatre my mentor would yell at me. ‘I don’t care how big the show. You don’t need more than 15 dimmer channels - as long as you have a finger on each one of them ‘

Even in a Pink Floyd Concert with its amazing light shows - when you break it down it is always so simple. Every song has ONE big look. That you can never forget. Against them you have the Rolling Stones with their jumble of joys. But the Coldplay light guy had it all. Simple stuff like in the obviously lit ‘Yellow’ to the complexity of ‘In My Place’ From Garage Band to Outsize stadium in a switch. Break it down guys. Watch it over and over. It was lesson in showmanship. What can I say - Respect !

This issue is all about Outsize DJ’s. This is a Visual Designers dream. Like the self effacing Pink Floyd once said - ‘None of us are in the Robert Redford looks department, so we got have our audiences see something’

Fortunately for us, most of the DJ’s are not much better looking than Roger Waters. Can I be mean and say - perhaps even including the ladies !

So here’s your chance to stand up and give those incredible audiences ‘Something to See’

All the advertisers in this issue offer many tools in that journey. Coldplay has taught us that being a maximalist with cheap Chinese lights is the new way forward. I finally understood why people would invent boxes that control mountains of DMX universes. Ok sorry - I was slow - but I got there !

Break out of the square box stages. Fly off in a hundred new directions and bring back the stages that immerse you in light, shower you in fine smoke and fill all the air around you in tightly controlled LIGHT.

The beat is steady and easy to bounce off. The girls are pretty and everybody is moving in chic convulsions. Come on we got Mr Modi to sprout ‘Too cool to show up for a Nobel, Dylan’

Step up and take the space before these Global citizens come yapping on your heels.

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