Holograms – A User’s Guide to Blowing Minds

1 Nov 2019

TECHNOLOGY Holograms – A User’s Guide to Blowing Minds From CX Magazine – August 2017 Whether you call it a ‘hologram’ or the ‘Pepper’s Ghost’ illusion, projecting video that looks three-dimensional on-stage is now part of the production repertoire. While the technique was first described in the 16th century and popularised in the 19th, we now…

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Radio Microphones or “How Did I Get Stuck With This Job!”

28 May 2019

HISTORY The following item appeared in Connections Magazine, March 1999, p.42,  followed by a wireless systems Buyers Guide and Radio Spectrum Guide for Australia. View the Feature in full here (PDF)     Radio Microphones (Sub-titled “How Did I Get Stuck With This Job!”) by John Matheson.   I learned a lot of tricks in those early years, and every…

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The World Before Digital Pixels

26 Apr 2019

PIXELS The World Before Digital Pixels by Simon Byrne.   Before DVI, HDMI, SDI and Video over IP, we operated strictly in an analogue world.   All video signals and displays were analogue. We didn’t talk pixels. We were more interested in “horizontal scan rate”, cable, distribution and amplifier bandwidth, as well as voltage loss…

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The Grand Piano (and the sound engineer)

11 Apr 2019

Resource Series The Grand Piano (and the sound engineer) by Alan Mourant. Originally published in CX13 – March/April 2005.     The Grand Piano is an amazing instrument to see and hear. No other instrument is capable of producing its frequencies, tone or dynamics. With strings spread wide across 5 to 6 feet of iron frame, when…

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Blowing Up (It Wasn’t Just Pyro)

5 Mar 2019

TOURING Blowing Up (It Wasn’t Just Pyro) by Julius Grafton.   The things that went wrong resonate same as the golden moments. Gold when everyone is happy, the show is sold out, sounds and looks great, and money flows where intended. But the sticky brown moments are our great test and they could come hard…

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Bogota To Caracas, 1992

22 Feb 2019

TOURING Bogota To Caracas, 1992 by Roderick van Gelder.   In 1992 Sydney Dance Company performed ‘Some Rooms’ in Bogota and Caracas as part of a world tour. I was the production manager and lighting designer. The challenge was to get the sets for ‘Some Rooms’ from Bogota to Caracas on a 3 day turn-around.…

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History – Braithwaite: Tour Sells Out

14 Feb 2019

History We have covered a lot of touring productions since 1990. Here’s a story about Daryl Braithwaite’s The Horses tour from Channels magazine, September 1991.   Braithwaite: Tour Sells Out by Julius Grafton.   When Daryl Braithwaite sold out three nights at Sydney’s State Theatre during May; his crew were relieved. After all, three nights…

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History – 47 Years of Jands Lighting Control 1971-2018

25 Jan 2019

HISTORY 47 Years of Jands Lighting Control – A history of products from 1971 until 2018 by Julius Grafton. Since 1971, there’s been non-stop research and development of new lighting consoles by JANDS in Sydney.   “In the early seventies, most concerts were in the daytime”, says JANDS director David Mulholland. “We were doing sound, but…

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PL+S 2019: The ‘Vintage Concert Audio Show’

13 Dec 2018

Retro-sound and analogue warmth: at the coming Prolight + Sound and Musikmesse (Frankfurt from 2 to 5 April 2019), visitors will have the opportunity to see and hear milestones of four decades of concert PA systems at the first ever ‘Vintage Concert Audio Show’. Over 200 exhibits on a special-show area in Forum.0 will present…

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History: Talkback Systems Compared (1999)

3 Dec 2018

HISTORY: 20+ YEARS AGO In July 1999 Andy Ciddor conducted a comparison of available talkback systems as part of his regular lighting column in Connections Magazine (CX’s predecessor). BTW, this edition also incorporated the first edition of PresenTech dedicated solely to the AV industry… Reading note: the resuscitated article includes a few endnotes and possible text conversion snaffoos   Talkback…

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History: Communications – A “How To” (2009)

29 Nov 2018

HISTORY: 10+ YEARS AGO In June 2009 we ran a “How To” on communication systems that discussed basic principles and some advanced broadcast applications, including technology current in the market at the time.   Communications – A “How To” by Jimmy Den Ouden. We all know a functional comms system is one of the most…

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Bruce Jackson – Blazed Trails with Elvis

24 Oct 2018

FEATURE Bruce Jackson Amazing Australian blazed trails with Elvis by Julius Grafton. Australian sound and electronics engineer Bruce Jackson was born at the right time to emerge as a leader in lighting and audio electronics during the late 1960s. He was the ‘J’ in Jands, which became the leading entertainment technology manufacturer and distributor in…

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