What a whirlwind the last couple of months have been here we are Mid August 2011 here’s the first of a couple of posts about projects that I have been involved with since October 2010,
The Autumn drew to a close with some fantastic shows with Christophe Willem and the team, I had to leave the last few dates of the tour to Mr Tim Speight as Production Audio Solutions was about to have the busiest time in it’s short history to date, we had Katherine Jenkins about to head out on tour to Germany, Australia, New Zealand and America, the spec was our full playback solution in a air freight friendly package. The result was a three way balancing act between flexibility, redundancy and size. The end product was a huge success with Alex heading out on those long hall flights he so loves to look after it all, i’m pleased to say from our end it all went without a glitch, and that was with late load-in’s tight connecting flights and all that Jazz.
While Alex was off around the world again I had a small corporate job with Delta Sound to do a London’s Excell Centre my main responsibility being flying the PA to facilitate the various different space combinations. Straight off the bounce of this I was in to the garage to put the finishing touches to the playback package for Jeff Wayne’s musical version of the War of the Worlds, Alive on Stage. As you’ll know I have been involved in this project since the first tour in 2006, this time round Production Audio Solutions were chosen to supply the redundant 48 track playback system based around Fostex D2424LV’s. Along side this in a major upgrade to the communication solutions used on previous tours we implemented a Riedel Artist Matrix the intension here was to join all the departments discreet comms systems together in order to allow improved cross department communication and remove the necessity for people to carry a maybe a couple of Motorola’s, a duplex comms pack and perhaps a set of IEM’s, which was my experience on the last tour. The Riedel system I designed integrated the Production Motorola’s, LX, Video and Stage commms along with links to the monitor desk allowing the Stage manager to talk directly to the guest artist with out them having to take their IEM’s (In Ear Monitors) out. Although we had a few interesting moments in rehearsals finessing how the system was to operate the net result was a great success
With Alex off with Katherine Jenkins I turned to my good friend PJ (Paul Johnson) to look after the String section and help with this comms package, this all worked out fantastically and was a great improvement on how the show had operated on previous tours. I look forward to the next tour of The War of the Worlds whenever that may be….
To Mr Simon Honywill thank you for the rouse we managed to have with the wheel from your incredibly expensive mixing chair.