Tonight was the first show of Seal’s Summer 2011 European tour in Parnu, Estonia. With a packed crowd under the late evening sun, his performance was full of energy and the band played with true finesse. Basic Monkey’s new touring Catalyst system integrated seamlessly with the LED screen provided by Eventech and was triggered by the lighting console, ...

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Straight off a plane and to the rehearsal studios to meet the team. First impressions of Estonia from the back of the minibus are far from expectations. Tallinn is a modern, fast developing and picturesque city. I was expecting to see stereotypical ex Eastern Bloc but instead was greeted by something very Scandinavian. Beautiful old buildings surrounded by new, smart ...

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After a hugely successful and hectic week in Paris, I’ve arrived in Tokyo for my last involvement with the Thomson Reuters Eikon launch campaign this year. Sunday was a long day, starting at the Halle Freyssinet to pack up video city, followed by two trains and a bus to get to Charles de Gaulle ...

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Yesterday, after a long flight back from New York with no sleep, I headed straight to the hotel to catch up on some much needed rest. After waking I headed over to the site of the London “Go Live” launch of Eikon, where Tim Riley and the team from XL Video were busy building the complex MiTrix ...

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Today I had the pleasure of visiting XL Video’s very smart and comprehensive “LED LAB” in New York. The purpose of the operation is to show event and concert designers what technology is available to them in the world of creative video. In the showroom, which is high up in an office building in midtown New York is a huge variety of LED displays from ...

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So, just arrived in New York to prepare for the USA leg of the Tompson Reuters Eikon launch. In NYC there will be two venues for the teaser campaign, these will be revealed very soon… can’t give the game away can ...

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So it’s been a while since I’ve spent any time prepping lighting, but when duty calls and all that! Things are going incredibly well for HSL right now, so much so that everyone in the warehouse is working some serious overtime. I received a call to see if I was available to come in for a couple of days and help out, I had two free days so I said yes. By ...

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This week James is down in London to learn the ins and outs of United Visual Artists d3 media server. d3 stands out for its impressive handling of 3d environments using CAD modelling and clever processing. There are clear differences between Catalyst and d3, with the latter being very geared around it’s beat accurate ‘quantized’ timeline and ability ...

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It can be pretty hard work on tour sometimes. You can get shows that are a real push to get ready in time, with huge problems and lots of stress. Sometimes, however, you have shows that are just an absolute pleasure… With no more than 3 hours of sleep after Werchter, everyone was a little tired to ...

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It’s a privilege to be with a band who are playing main stage at each of the biggest festivals in Europe this summer. Glastonbury, Sziget and Rock Werchter. 80,000 people are expected this year each day, with 65,000 of those doing all three days. So it’s pretty big in numbers, but having a ...

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