History

1990 and beyond

13 Nov 2002

This was the year that interest rates went past 20% while inflation was running hard at 12%. That sure stopped things! A very quiet start to the decade. THE NINETIES TO THE PRESENT   In 1990, nothing much happened. Australia’s entertainment industry had its quietest year as recession bit with a vengeance. Electro-Voice (Aust) commissions…

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The 1980’s

12 Nov 2002

Once the 1980’s arrived, technology as we now know it was birthing. Those double 4 way PAs were the breeding ground for more compact composite boxes. Moving lights came in the middle of the decade. THE EIGHTIES   A new decade dawns. Everyone is using double 4-way PA’s loaded with JBL 2220, 2225 and with…

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Bygone times

12 Nov 2002

Everyone was doing it! What made up a double 4 way PA. Where the RayLight came from. How the decade ended! This chapter in our growing history opus names some of the newly evolving regional players in the production industry. Those were the days, huh? There’s plenty of un-identified people for you to name. Email…

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Where did the industry come from?

12 Nov 2002

  UPDATED MATERIAL FROM BILLY McCARTNEY (Dec 10):: Where did today’s industry come from? Two camps existed in the 1970’s – traditional theatre, “lovie”, and those DISGUSTING dirty ‘rock’ boys. In this section of our evolving history of the genre, we talk about how Jands was formed, amongst other things. The 1970’s was a pivotal…

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Psychedlic Lighting in Sydney, man!

12 Nov 2002

  It’s time for psychedlia. Join us as we turn on and tune out. These were the wild eyed, dumb hair days. Cool, man? A Sydney venue in the early 1970’s called ‘The Arts Factory’ unleashed ‘psychedelic’ lighting on stunned Sydney audiences, using overhead projectors and pyrex dishes filled with oil and water based dyes.…

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The start of Production in Australia

12 Nov 2002

It had to start somewhere. We visit long forgotten names like AWA, Magnavox and even Rola. How did we start? Was a rock struck against a flint and the spark made sound and lighting? Not so exciting…… (Remember to click on the pix for a bigger view, and email mail@cxnetwork.com.au with updates, more info, or more old…

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History – the 1970’s

12 Nov 2002

  This is the start of our trip. We go way back, further than many can remember. What was it like? Today’s entertainment industry had its genesis in two camps – theatre, and touring rock and roll. But visit any backstage now and chances are the more senior technicians all once had weird nicknames. This…

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