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Articles Nov-Dec 2022

Dialing it up: Ashish Saksena on how Monitor Mixing can Elevate a PerformanceNew!

What does it take to create a technically accurate monitor mix and put the stage performance on a pedestal? Ashish Saksena, Live Sound Engineer for Shankar Ehsaan Loy & Late KK, spills the beans on crafting a good monitor mix in PALM + AV-ICN conference session titled, 'How Good Monitor Mixing Can Boost A Performance.'read more

Articles Nov-Dec 2022

Revisiting Guwahati's Glorious Past: Tricolor India Schauspiel Delivers Assam's First 3D Projection Mapping at Gandhi Mandap Memorial MuseumNew!

PALM + AV-ICN spoke to Himanshu Singh Sabharwal, Creative Director, Tricolor India Schauspiel, to explore how the company illuminated The Ray of the East at Gandhi Mandap Memorial Museum to celebrate Assam's history, heritage, and culture at its more

Articles Nov-Dec 2022

Indian AV Specialist Certification CourseNew!

The AV Industry participated in CAVS first two course editions in Mumbai. Third CAVS course is scheduled to be held in Ahmedabad in March 2023. PALM AV-ICN magazine interviewed the promoter and founder of CAVS in India, Anil Chopra to understand the credibility, validity and legitimacy of AV-ICN's CAVS more

Articles Nov-Dec 2022

Are Lamp Projectors Slowly Becoming Obsolete?New!

Gone are the days of worrying about the lamp projector fizzling out, requiring bi-annual lamp replacement. With lamp-free projectors, LED projectors, and laser projectors, the time has come for uninterrupted projection to crystallize. But, does that mean no one needs a lamp projectors anymore? In this article, Pooja Shah, Editorial Assistant, PALM + AV-ICN, reports on the viability of a lamp more

Articles Sep-Oct 2022

Compass Box Studio's Raag Sethi Elevates His Recordings with Audient iD14 and ASP800 New!

Ahmedabad-based Raag Sethi is a man of many talents. He is a music producer, a music composer, an engineer, bassist, and guitarist with his own studio, named Compass Box Studio. Having collaborated on one-take, live sessions with renowned artists, musicians, and labels, Raag Sethi understands the gravitas behind working with the best-in-class sound equipment. read more

Articles Sep-Oct 2022

In Conversation with Krishna Tripathi, NEC at InfoComm India 2022 New!

Krishna Tripathi, General Manager, Display Solutions, NEC Corporation India Private Limited, joins Anil Chopra, Founding Director, PALM AV-ICN, for a quick conversation, where he talks about fail-safe display solutions for mission-critical applications, the rise of Micro LED and DVLED, and the revolutionary products on display at the NEC Booth at InfoComm India 2022. read more

Articles Sep-Oct 2022

Colour And Sound As Healing New!

How is the New Normal treating you? How different is yours from your Old Normal? Crazier and more stressful? It's said that if you have a normal life, 30 minutes of meditation and self-reflection is a healthy tonic. If, however you are super busy and lead particularly stressful lives, you need at least 60 minutes of the same. To uncross the tangled wires and cluttered messages inside your head. On one side they tell me that if you don't sleep enough - you will die. Now another hour wasted on meditation. Tell that to my boss / client who demands 25 hours a more

Articles Sep-Oct 2022

Sound, Uninterrupted Six Pendant Speakers to invest in this yearNew!

From Yamaha to JBL and Extron to Bose, pendant speakers have reimagined, restructured, and revolutionized sound in commercial spaces. PALM AV-ICN reports on the six investment-worthy pendant speakers from the AV more

Articles Sept-Oct 2022

Roger Drego on Creating Fail-Proof Sound for Mega Live Events New!

In a session titled 'Performance Guarantee of Mega Scale Live Sound Projects', Roger Drego, Managing Director, Electrocraft, took to the stage at PALM Conference 2022 to share invaluable challenges and insights with regards to guaranteeing fail-proof sound reinforcement during showtime. read more

Articles Sept-Oct 2022

Bringing Futuristic AV Ideas To Life New!

MMRDA, responsible for promoting, monitoring, and developing various sectors in Maharashtra, including, but not limited to transport, housing, water supply and more, entrusted EYTE to revamp and upgrade Wadala Monorail Depot's Boardroom with state-of-the-art AV infrastructure. Abdul Waheed, Managing Director, EYTE Technologies Pvt Ltd, in conversation with PALM Technology, reveals how his team transformed the visage and acoustics of the boardroom and managed to execute the impossible feat in a matter of seven days. read more

Articles Sept-Oct 2022

Exploring the Dynamics of India's Pro AV market with Renkus-HeinzNew!

Renkus-Heinz is a professional loudspeaker company known for its innovative technology that redefines sound to empower its audience. PALM+AV-ICN got in touch with Karan Kathuria, Renkus-Heinz's Director of Sales and Business Development, Asia, Oceania and SAARC, to learn more about the company's plans for India and its strategy to stimulate growth across different more

Articles Sept-Oct 2022

7 New Trends in AV Conferencing to look out for this year New!

From augmented meetings and interactive whiteboards to LED video walls and seamless acoustics - Pooja Shah, Editorial Assistant at PALM AV-ICN, reports a comprehensive roundup of the biggest AV conferencing trends to keep an eye out for in 2022. read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

IRAA 2021 Winners Felicitation New!

The IRAA 2021 winners were felicitated at the PALM expo on 28th May 2022 in the presence of Jury members. Check out the pics here. Nominations for IRAA 2022 close on 30th October so hurry and send in your nominations now! read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

PALM AV-ICN Expo 2022 - Glimpses & HighlightsNew!

The PALM AV-ICN Expo 2022, held from May 26 - May 28, 2022 at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, witnessed 20,000+ unique visitors from the world of pro audio, display, lighting, and integration. Take a look at the three-day expo's glimpses. read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

HARMAN Live Arena dazzles with a range of latest audio and lighting gearNew!

The HARMAN Live Arena one of the most popular demo features at the PALM Expo entered its 11th year. The Live Arena facilitates live demonstrations of advanced sound and lighting systems, through three-day live musical performances, featuring popular and budding artists and bands from the country's independent music more

Articles July-Aug 2022

CAVS (Certified AV Specialist) Course returns for its second consecutive editionNew!

The ethos of CAVS is to provide an independent neutral education forum suited to Indian AV ecosystem to gain their commitment to a future career in AV as a technician and join an integration team on par. AV professionals in India were imparted basic knowledge of AV from May 26 - May 28, 2022 at the CAVS three-day more

Articles July-Aug 2022

PALM AV-ICN Conference & SeminarNew!

Curated by PALM AV-ICN magazine, the PALM Conference & Seminar was the optimum learning and networking platform for attendees, where the best talent and top-notch professionals from the country shared their expertise, skills and knowledge. read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

High Quality Attendance At Palm & Av-Icn Expo 2022New!

The professional sound, professional display, professional lighting and integration market of importers, distributors, dealers and actual users congregated in full strength at the BEC, Mumbai, to witness the largest display of product range from top global brands, sourcing millions of dollars inventory for distribution and rental.... read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

IRAA strikes an energetic progress path with new chiefNew!

K.J. Singh recording engineer of brave new-gen albums is a spirited veteran deeply involved with Indian recording arts and professionals. The entire jury of IRAA after years is now entirely fresh, newly appointed by KJ... read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

Attendees to PALM & AV-ICN Expo 2022New!

PALM AV-ICN 2022 proved to be far busier and well attended than expected. Who exactly attends and exhibits at India's foremost audio, lighting, and audiovisual technology expo? Read on for detailed breakdown of the attendee figures... read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

Chopra's Keynote Pushes For Indian Manufacturing, Indian BrandsNew!

The 20th PALM Convention Keynote address by Founding Director Anil Chopra gave a clarion call for major investment into manufacturing pro audio, pro lighting and pro AV hardware in India... read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

What to expect from NEC at InfoComm India 2022New!

Joining PALM AV-ICN for a quick interview is Krishna Tripathi, General Manager, Display Solutions, NEC Corporation India Private Limited, wherein he elaborates on the exciting products attendees will be able to witness at the NEC Booth E20 at InfoComm India... read more

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New Technologies that are Re-Shaping Stage Performances

- By PALM Expo Team

American Actor Brian Stokes Mitchell once spoke about the magic of theatre, “It has the power to transform an audience, an individual, or en masse, to transform them and give them an epiphanal experience that changes their life, opens their hearts and their minds and the way they think”.

Although technology plays an essential role in the content of theatre, it also revolutionizes the way productions are created and how they are created. From sound design, sound effects, lighting, music, costumes, and performance, technology is at the heart of everything and has become an integral part of theatre. Technology is giving sound designers the tools to set up and create exceptional sounding acoustics for better performance.

Digital transformation is changing the theatre, not only in terms of performance, but also in terms of the design and production of the theatre. While technology has remained true to its core, it has pushed the boundaries of the stage set world and created performances that take audiences back to stories from every time in history and create unforgettable moments. Like many other creative areas that run parallel to staged performances, technology is creating a new era of backdrops that transform the experience for the better.

The designers use a combination of lighting, and sound effects, as well as sound design, to connect with the performers, creating a stage that is evolving and alive. Technology has revolutionized the way directors and designers create productions, but it also influences how actors appear on stage.

The latest and best stage technology is useless if the designer does not fully understand it. However, the countless possibilities of the stage are created by new technologies such as virtual reality, 3D printing and more.

From theme parks to Broadway shows,theater productions are getting innovative with the latest technology to create immersive experiences such as automated scene changes and virtual reality.

From theme parks to Broadway shows, theater productions are getting innovative with the latest technology to create immersive experiences such as automated scene changes and virtual reality.

In the 1980s, modern technologies began to change the nature of the theatre industry forever, and although the theatre of the future is indistinguishable from its predecessors, the situation has improved dramatically.

Computer-generated effects began to come up, and digitized sounds amazed the masses with the clarity and complexity they produced. These technologies have literally transformed the stage from church productions to Broadway. Today, set designers and theater students need to learn how to use technology to improve final production.

The National Theatre in UK, pioneered the approach of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in 2016 by using virtual reality headsets to deliver experimental plays to theatre professionals, and encouraged them to think about how immersive technology could change the essence of history in a dramatic context. That same year, the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) brought motion capture technology to the stage for its rendition of “The Tempest.”

It has only recently become a viable option for stage and prop design, but scale models and sets have been built as part of the planning process. 3D printing is revolutionizing set design and stage performances. Designs and props are now being created using this technology to save time and costs. Set designers can now create prototypes online and send them to their customers within days or weeks, rather than months or years. This process saves a lot of time and effort and really helps to meet the tight deadlines that are very common in the industry.

Hologram stage interaction

Linking video and CGI in live-action performances gives directors endless opportunities to work with them, and artists invent new ways to use every component of a play in a theatrical setting to stimulate creativity.

Projection mapping allows designers to turn pretty much any object or shape on set into a display area with a video carrier image. Project mapping is nothing new, but the beauty of video projections is that they can be adapted to almost any kind of environment. Animated images and projection maps make it possible to make a performance unique, regardless of the location. Designers use this to blend the movements of the performers to create a stage that evolves and is alive.

Holographic performances are slowly taking the stage by storm, and in the years ahead, artificial intelligence could make them even more exciting. Holograms find their way onto the stage in a variety of forms, such as holographic sound effects, virtual reality and augmented reality.

Projection Mapping

Likewise, the digital information age has created a myriad of theatrical possibilities for producers of the performing arts. Automation and digital technological advances have become the standard for functioning theaters, and these tools lift the stage to create more opportunities for performances to influence culture beyond what we think. Today’s digital systems generate a continuous flow of information about performance, from lighting, sound and movement to sound and lighting effects.

Sound design means being part of the experience, and indeed, it can be argued that great sound design has been an important factor in the success of many films and TV shows over the years.

It used to take days to produce sound effects, but today directors and production teams can easily look up a sound effect, download it and upload it to a computer. Computer sound design packages can be stacked on top of each other to make every scene the director wants dramatic.

Today, sound recording devices such as microphones are now much easier to use than ever in the history of theatre. The sound of a production can be refined very easily and even a small microphone shift makes an enormous difference to the final production. After all, the goal of a theater is to immerse the audiences in the message, and improvements in sound engineering and microphones can only amplify this transformative experience.

Critics will argue for years, but it is important that artists experiment with these tools to advance their craft.

Ultimately, it is the passion that artists have for uncovering stories that drives the theater, and the instruments are there to enhance the experience.

Immersive Technology Theatre

Theatre is a great example of how technology can have both negative and positive effects, although that it is the way in which we use technology to broaden the possibilities for theatre that makes the difference.

It can be argued that theater and stage performances have always used the latest technology of the time to some extent. But the pace of technological change and its impact on theater performance is rapidly improving, and the theater’s future may no longer be apparent from that of those who preceded it.

A play that could not exist without the latest technology is the thrill of it all: the sword fight. Computer-generated avatars, which fight actors live with swords on stage, have been integrated into many modern productions, fusing elements of reality and technology in a way that has never been seen before in any other form of theater.

In the Jan-Feb 2021 issue of the magazine, Stage Sound & Tech will focus on the  Manufacturers who are reinventing the new-age stage.

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