When it was time to overhaul the sound system at Central Park's Delacorte Theatre, outdoor site of the New York Shakespeare Festival's free summer performances, freelance sound designer Ken Travis was hired. Travis demoed a number of weather-resistant speakers, finally deciding on Community's R.5s. Ten of the weather-resistant R.5s were placed right above the lip of the stage, 20' off the ground, on a cable web system suspended from towers. The two-way R.5s serve as the main vocal ring....Production Arts recently supplied a Pani BP12 Platinum 12K HMI projector with 60cm objective lens to Parkview International for projection onto the northwest chimney of Battersea Power Station. Parkview is promoting its website using the projector; the plan is to construct an urban quarter on the former power station site, with an entertainment complex, restaurants, hotels, a residential area, product showcases, and offices, scheduled to be completed in 2005. The projection is currently the sole form of advertising for the website, which is already getting 10,000 hits a week. A single black-and-white slide sits in the projector, located in a Portacabin 160m (approximately 176 yards) away from the 40m-high (132'-high) chimney. It is displayed between dusk and 2am every evening...For Riverdance's current run on Broadway at the Gershwin, the producers turned to Bruce "Slim" Judd, project manager of Mt. Prospect, IL-based dB Sound, for the theatrical installation. Judd selected Electro-Voice's X-Array, Xi- and Sx-Series of loudspeakers for the install. Using the X-Array touring system gave Judd the required left-center-right configuration. In the house, dB Sound installed the Xi-1082 under-balcony compact 8" woofer, in addition to 20 Sx300s. Riverdance also used EV equipment for a second production that toured Ireland, the UK, and Europe....

Design firm Tribe used Rose Brand's Natural Muslin and Grey Poly Cyc for the Issay Miyake-inspired legs and cyc for the All-Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell....The London branch of LMC Audio Systems recently supplied the world-famous Rambert Dance Company with the UK's first Midas Heritage 1000 console. The Heritage 1000 is a compact frame live performance audio console, suitable for a range of applications, particularly when space is at a premium. The company had been seeking to replace its existing audio console and, having visited the Midas factory with LMC, decided to purchase the UK's very first Midas Heritage 1000. David Kenning, Rambert's sound technician, had sampled the Midas CD-ROM and was able to work with the console immediately as a result. The Heritage 1000 was used by the company during its recent London season at Sadler's Wells Theatre....Scott Holthaus, lighting designer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers world tour, chose two Christie Digital Systems VistaGRAPHX 7000 Roadie projectors to illuminate the live show's 30' x 50' backdrop. Holthaus selected the front-projection system due to space concerns and the desire to cut through fog and smoke onstage....When London's Royal Albert Hall staged Derek Deane's spectacularly choreographed in-the-round production of Sleeping Beauty with the English National Ballet, responsibility for all the audio requirements of the show fell to Sound by Design, a Woking-based audio production company with years of experience working on classical productions, particularly in the Royal Albert Hall, which is considered an extremely challenging venue acoustically. Phil Wright, who heads the classical side of the company and engineers most of the shows himself, specified a Meyer loudspeaker system, which was run through the company's latest purchase, a Midas Heritage 2000....High End Systems provided automated lighting for the Republican Convention, held at Philadelphia's Comcast-Spectacor's First Union Center. LD Bill Klages specified 44 Cyberlight[R] Turbo units, 40 Studio Color[R] 575s, 30 Studio Spot[TM] fixtures, and 40 Dataflash[R] AF-1000 xenon strobes, supplied by PRG, to enhance the convention's activities, including concert performances. High End's lights also illuminated the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2000 Olympics. Designed by LD John Rayment (lighting director: Rohan Thornton), the ceremonies at Olympic Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park featured 300 Cyberlight Turbo and 40 Cyberlight fixtures, as well as 136 Studio Beam[TM] luminaires, and 132 Studio Color[R] 575 wash luminaires.Control was via 14 Flying Pig Systems Wholehog[R] II consoles....Coemar's newly released CF7 HE (hard edge) light is making the concert tour scene, appearing at shows by Britney Spears (LD: Steve Cohen), Radiohead (LD: Andi Watson), Sarah Brightman (LD: Patrick Woodroffe), Kid Rock (LD: Nook Schoenfeld), and Christina Aguilera (LD: Peter Morse)....