Opera House Lighting: Catherine O’Shea

4 Jan 2020

Article from The Archive: Connections Magazine, September 1998. Women in Lighting Opera House Lighting: Catherine O’Shea When Catherine O’Shea was 20, she decided she was bored, and dropped out of her third year of a mathematics degree. Eight years later, she is a Lighting Super­visor at the Opera House.Of all the supervi­sors in all the departments,…

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Hush on Tour: Exploit the Crew

10 Dec 2019

A recently unearthed ABC documentary from 1977 about life as a roadie for Australian glam rock band Hush brings back memories – Phil Eastick was one of the crew.

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PFC Music Services – Not Power Factor Correction!

30 Nov 2019

DUNK’S WORLD PFC Music Services. No, not Power Factor Correction! by Duncan Fry. I’m sure that sometimes we all like to remember how we got into this business. My first venture into the audio business was a rehearsal studio. Back in the days of Dunk’s Disks, the Smoothest Sounds in the South, the shop had…

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Vintage Hair

11 Nov 2019

THEATRE Vintage Hair by Cat Strom. The first Australian production of Hair was staged 50 years ago at the Metro Theatre, in Sydney’s Kings Cross on 4 June 1969. Produced by Harry M Miller, it was well-reviewed despite a minor hitch at the premiere when the auditorium had to be evacuated because of a bomb…

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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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