Contrary to what some sound designers may think, lighting designers are aware of the noise from moving lights and scrollers, and so are the lighting manufacturers. As well they should — it's an issue both sides have been dealing with in one way or another since approximately 1987. That's when Vari-Lite worked with Wally Russell, the technical director for the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, to fully light a production of Tristan und Isolde using its automated fixtures. This was the first ...

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