News

Lightbox to Cloud: CX across three decades

21 May 2013

Julius with early editions of Channels In 1990 when I started work on Channels, I met Josh Luo at Jands who was the only human in St. Peters who could operate Pagemaker 3 on a Mac IIcx. Our creative director was David Mulholland – these days a driving force behind the Vista project. The Mac…

Read More

Daughter takes life : Tragedy for Peter Milne

8 May 2013

EDITED 12.08PM MAY 8, 2013 Peter Milne is head of Electric Canvas in Sydney, an innovator and a career technician with vision. He is in mourning after the senseless death of his daughter Maddie on Anzac Day. She took her own life, after an episode of bullying at Asquith Girls High School in Sydney’s north.…

Read More

Venue TOD charges: legal avenue is open

7 May 2013

Venues that collude with ‘in house’ audio visual providers to lock out external audio visual suppliers face legal action, according to Joe De Abreu, Managing Director of Austage. “I have spoken to lawyers and after two meetings I feel that they would cost us more than the venues charge. I have also spoken at length…

Read More

Rolling Stones discover Limit$

4 May 2013

(Photo of Michael Cohl courtesy of NYT) 2013 is the year The Rolling Stones discovered there is a limit to what people will pay. In the most embarrassing way – having unsold premium tickets. This is what The Guardian said today: “Glancing at the North American concert dates on the Stones’ website, there is one…

Read More

Men’s Health

13 Apr 2013

While I continue to attend many funerals, I reserve the right to occasionally comment on how men seem to delay or deny health prognosis. Just the other day I polled a bunch of 50+ guys at Neil Smith’s wake and suspect half of them were not familiar with a doctor. I’m 55, and I have…

Read More

Ian Woodhouse – limited time left. Rejoice the man.

11 Apr 2013

This is what CX reported at Christmas. Woodie is now unhappy, he has broken his collarbone. He doesn’t want a gathering, he just wants to leave. If you know Ian, send him a positive message about your times – nothing maudlin please….. Early Departure for Woody TAG audio specialist says goodbye Audio specialist Ian Woodhouse…

Read More

Lighting Designer Lawsuit

8 Apr 2013

(8 April 2013)   Bad vibes on tour in Queensland with support act Jon Stevens, here. Does this signal a problem? Read this month’s lead here: Reputational damage may quickly force nice guy rock star Chris Isaak to settle a messy lawsuit brought by his long term Lighting Designer, Lane Hirsch. Hirsch claims Issac employed…

Read More

Vale Neil Smith

8 Apr 2013

7 April 2014 Sad news today that Neil ‘Smithy’ Smith, stalwart institution of the Australian audio equipment scene, has died of stomach cancer. His Facebook page HERE is swamped with goodwill – befitting someone loved by all. His 60th Birthday Party was late in March, and he played bass with lots of well wishers from…

Read More

Tech Specifications – anything goes!

5 Apr 2013

5 April 2013 Last month truth in specification was a hot topic on CXtra – our talk show at CX-TV. The Segment concerned can be viewed here. This came off the back of a GEARBOX review we did for the Rare Audio RA-VEX15A-500R powered 15″ and horn speaker box. This is what I wrote: It…

Read More

Vale Aaron Chugg

25 Mar 2013

25 March 2013 Well loved tour manager checks out at 52 Chugglet was a distant relation of promoter Michael Chugg and worked in the same industry. He was impossibly positive and had energy levels so high that he was sometimes mistakenly thought to be using stimulants. He didn’t. Universally acclaimed as one of the truly…

Read More

Aussie Soundguy and his Toni Childs

25 Mar 2013

Photo: Paul Harris courtesy Good Weekend magazine Good Weekend magazine profiles audio guy and composer Mik Lavage and his wife Toni Childs – the American music identity. Some relationships do happen between a performer and a backstage tech, and they tend to work well since both understand the space. CX knows of dozens –a famous…

Read More

40 years in the biz!

13 Mar 2013

My school career crashed to a halt the day Mr. E. K. Harris expelled my spotty face, and the rest of me, from Vaucluse Boys High School. It wasn’t a happy relationship. One of us had to go. Set free at the tender expulsion age of 14 and 9 months I saw out the year…

Read More