THE BRIEFING World-first projections in Doha for Arab Games p10 10 MINUTES WITH... Sven Peeters from Showtex Middle East p24 BUYERâ€™S GUIDE Tony Sawyer on installed sound considerations p34
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SEEN ON SCREEN The content/technology debate Action Impact wades into the discussion
4OTH CELEBRATIONS A look behind the scenes of UAE 40th National Day festivites
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January 2012 Volume 6, Issue 1 05 News round-up 12 COVER STORY: UAE 40th National Day S&S takes a look at the technology behind some of the EmiratesÊ biggest celebrations.
18 A Rare feat Triangle Entertainment Services gives us a tour of two of its recent Dubai club installations.
24 10 minutes with... Sven Peeters from Showtex talks about the creative possibilities of laser cutting.
28 Seen on screen Like the chicken and the egg conundrum, the content/screen debate is alive and well.
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A record month... If there is one thing that rings true in this part of the world, it’s that the quest for the biggest, the longest, the tallest, the most expensive is still alive and well. Even post2008 bust, the drive to be in the global spotlight is as strong as ever. Qatar saw a number of world-firsts in December. The Opening Ceremony for the 12th Arab Games in Doha featured 86 projectors that video mapped 126,000 cubic meters of space – setting a world record for the largest stadium projection surface attempted in history. Also for the first time in stadium entertainment, the 40,000-strong audience was integrated into the display surface to form a giant LED ‘screen’ made up of 85,000 individual pixels. This extended the display surface by 41,500 square meters to encompass the entire stadium bowl, adding the audience to the vast canvas of visual content. And the technical innovation didn’t stop there. Artist Cai Guo-Qiang lit up the Doha sky-line last month with a dazzling fireworks display as part of an event for the Arab Museum of Modern Art. This in itself doesn’t seem particularly news-worthy, but take into consideration that the show took place during the day, and you start to get a little more impressed! Rainbow-coloured gunpowder was shot
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into the sky in a series of explosions calculated to ‘paint’ a collection of pictures. One set of explosions created black smoke clouds that looked like “drops of ink splattered across the sky,” according to the artist, while another saw 8,300 shells explode in a pyramid shape over the desert. The display was controlled using microchips and was so extensive – the largest show of its kind in the world, in fact – that just the launching mortars for the ceremony took up a 400-metre footprint. Last month also marked 40 years since the inception of the UAE as a nation, and fittingly, celebrations abounded. In Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai and across the Eastern region, fireworks, parades, laser and light shows awash with red, green, white and black reigned supreme. It certainly made me proud to call this country home and I’m sure many of you felt the same – especially those who were behind the events themselves. For our coverage on the celebrations, check out page 12. Until next month, take care,
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THE BRIEFING The largest stadium projection surface to ever be attempted saw 86 projectors video map 126,000 cubic meters on the field of play.
World-first projections at 12th Arab Games Opening Ceremony David Atkins Enterprises (DAE) delivered the Opening Ceremony of the 12th Arab Games in Doha last month, which welcomed the 6,000 athletes and officials+ from 21 participating Arab nations and carried a message of peace and freedom conveyed through the unity of sport and the celebration of Arabic culture. “In close collaboration with the Arab Games Organising Committee, DAE created a story inspired and informed by the stories and images of pre-Islamic and Islamic history,” said David Atkins, CEO, David Atkins Enterprises. “The Ceremony was created to acknowledge the importance of these times, a time when the very pages of Arabic history are being re-written.” Journey to Light is an allegorical tale of the Arab world that represents the coming together of countries from around the region to deliver a message of peace. The story celebrates the desert as a land of prophecy and light, where disparate tribes learnt to live together in peace and harmony through the shining light of knowledge. “The Ceremony was a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of our Arab lands, and the ties of history, lineage and language that bind us together,” said Abdulla Al Mulla,
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director of ceremonies and Media for the Organising Committee of the 12th Arab Games, Doha 2011. “It sent a message of peace and unity, and is something we know Arabs will be proud of for years to come.” The Ceremony featured some of the brightest stars of the Arab World, including Ehab Taufiq, Fahad Al Kubaisi, Asala Nasri, Nadim Sawalha and Abir Issa. Together with a cast of over 3,250 dancers, musicians, athletes, horsemen and falconers, the show was a pageant of performance, costumes, scenic elements and props, set against an unprecedented display surface that turned both the stadium floor and entire audience bowl into the world’s largest ‘screen’. Technical innovation in the Opening Ceremony played a major role and marked two ‘world firsts.’ With 86 projectors video
mapping 126,000 cubic meters on the field of play, the show set a world record with the largest stadium projection surface attempted in history. Also for the first time in stadium entertainment, the 40,000-strong audience was integrated into the display surface to form a giant LED ‘screen’ made up of 85,000 individual pixels. This extended the display surface by 41,500 square meters to encompass the entire stadium bowl, adding the audience to the vast canvas of visual content. The Opening Ceremony of the 12th Arab Games, Doha 2011 took place in Khalifa Stadium on Friday, December 9, 2011. Earlier this year, DAE set a Guinness World Record in Moscow when it delivered the largest 3D video-mapping show ever attempted for the 2011 Moscow City Day Celebrations. DAE has staged some of the largest and most complex live productions on earth, including the Opening Ceremonies of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and Shanghai 2010 World Expo, the Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Doha 2006 Asian Games and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and the Handover Ceremony of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.
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IN BRIEF INFOCOMM MEMBERSHIP ELECTS 2012 BOARD MEMBERS InfoComm International, the trade association representing the commercial audiovisual and information commmunication industries is pleased to announce election results for the 2012 InfoComm International Board of Directors. Johanne Belanger of AVW-TELAV has been elected Secretary-Treasurer, and Andrew Milne, Ph.D. of Tidebreak, Inc. and Jan Sandri of FSR, Inc. will serve two-year terms on the InfoComm Board of Directors. In addition, Matt Emerson, CTS, of CEAVCO Audio Visual and Thierry Ollivier of projectiondesign have been appointed to serve twoyear terms on the Board of Directors by the Leadership Development Committee. InfoComm thanks the outgoing Chairman of the Leadership Development Committee Tom Stimson, CTS, of the Stimson Group, Aseem Gupta of Visionaire and L William Nattress III, CTS-D, CTS-I of Shen Milson & Wilke, Inc. for several years of dedicated service to the InfoComm Board of Directors. “Tom has been a wonderful visionary, helping chart the course of our organisation as we deal with 21st Century challenges for the audiovisual and information communications industries,” said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “I also want to thank Aseem Gupta and Bill Nattress for lending their time and talent to the InfoComm Board. We are richer for their involvement.”
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Robe hosts UAE roadshow Robe lighting has completed what it has described as a “very successful” 10-day roadshow in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which was co-ordinated by their Middle East regional Sales manager, Elie Battah, and visited by more than 15 major lighting industry players and companies in the region. Elie Battah presented the roadshow with Elie Ghanem, technical support for the Middle East, and Robe’s sales director Harry von den Stemmen joined the event team for some of the time. The Roadshow showcased Robe’s latest products including the new ROBIN MMX Spot, the ROBIN 600 and 300 LEDWashes, the ROBIN 600 Series Wash and Spot fixtures and the CitySkape 48. It was the MMX – Robe’s next generation of 1200 fixtures – that attracted the most interest by far – together with the LEDWash series, especially with installers in particular becoming ever more conscious as to the benefits of using greener technology – both for the planet and their budgets. Features impressing all about the MMX Spot were sophisticated creative features
Robe’s latest products including the ROBIN MMX Spot were on display for visitors to interact with.
like the dual animation wheel, its brightness, power saving capabilities, small size and light weight,which is significantly less than the generation of moving lights that it’s replacing. On one day of the tour, the Robe team visited a similar event at the Fairmont Hotel in Dubai organised by lighting design practice Lighthouse, which besides working on major high-profile projects across the region, also carry a large stock of Robe fixtures. Lighthouse’s Steve and Terry Miranda demonstrated Robe products to visitors, which Jands Europe’s Neil Vann showcased the latest Jands Vista products. Said Elie Battah: “The Roadshow was a great success and definitely enabled us to get really close to some of our clients and potential new customers, offering them a chance to see the technology close up and in depth in a relaxed environment.” He added that in these circumstances, it’s a lot easier to explain and show firsthand how fundamentals like the brightness of a fixture are dependent on a number of elements and not just related to Wattage of the lamp, and alluded to similar events to be hosted by the manufacturer in 2012.
Cimatech represents DIS at Elecomp For the third time this year, Iranian integrator Cimatech has presented products from Scandinavian conference specialist Danish Interpretation Systems (DIS) at the ELECOMP trade show in Tehran. As part of its presence at the event, Cimatech focused on displaying portable as well as flush-mount units of the fully digital DCS 6000 System, according to the firm. “The highlight on the booth was the GM 6620 shotgun microphone on the FC 6020 and FD 6120 conference units and the Farsi language font available for DC 6990P touch screen units,” said Cimatech managing director Amir Kord. “We also really appreciated the personal support of DIS area sales manager Christoph Hellmuth, who came to Iran personally to assist us as the country’s exclusive DIS distributor on site.” In other DIS news, system integrator Q recently installed 135 customised microphone units from the manufacturer at Qatar University. The silver CM/DM 6580F units feature three buttons for voting, chip card
Christoph Hellmuth from DIS, with the Cimatech team in Tehran.
reader, channel selector, 3.5 millimetre headphone socket, loudspeaker, the brand new boundary microphone BM 6620 plus the printed logo of Techno Q. The two distributed language channels at this location can be monitored through DH 6023 stethoscope headphones and the output box AO 6008 allows using up to eight channels for recording purposes. A substantial SW 6000 Software Package opens
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access to additional features like delegate identification and guarantees comfortable handling of the system. In addition to the customised DCS 6000 system in the auditorium, the University’s press room includes a small scale CDS 4000 system with one chairman and five delegate units. “Time for this job has been very limited but all equipment could be delivered and installed in time,” said Hellmuth.
SHOWTECH INVESTS IN SHURE IN-EAR SOLUTION
Dino Drimakis with Kunal Jaiswal from Sharp Eye Productions and the DPA 4099s.
Freddy Sicko from Shure and Shajahan K K from NMK.
Melody House has supplied a range of the 4099 instrument microphones to Sharp Eye Productions. The relatively new rental firm decided to invest in the 4099 microphones from DPA as they offered complete flexibility for their variety of shows, which include small-to-medium concerts to corporate events. “The 4099 are clearly the industry standard microphones
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for violins, sax, trumpet and other wind instruments,” said Dino Drimakis, business development manager, Melody House. “With the use of several kind of mounting clips, Sharp Eye will be able to use the microphone on almost every event. Plus with the microdot connector technology, they can use the microphone wirelessly with pretty much every kind of wireless transmitter out there.”
Nicolas Kyvernitis Electronics Enterprises has supplied Showtech Rentals, based in Dubai, with 12 channels of the new PSM 1000 inear Monitoring system from Shure. The deal includes six units of the brand new P10T and 12 units of the brand new P10R together with the SE535-CL in-ear earphone. The full-rack, dual-channel, networkable transmitter is ideally suited for the demands of professional touring and installation applications, and the diversity
bodypack receiver delivers pristine RF signal and audio quality. “Shure has made great improvements in the in-ear product segment, including the PSM 1000 that give users 40 compatible frequencies per band in tour-ready build quality,” said Shajahan K K, Shure product manager. “The diversity receiver also makes sure that the artist will never experience any kind of audio drops or interference, which is especially crucial in large budget shows.”
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Anolisâ€™ architectural lighting first Protea Court, a newly opened extension to South Africaâ€™s Sandton City in Johannesburg, features the first ground-breaking architectural lighting installation of its kind in the country, designed by Paul Pamboukian and senior lighting designer Joao Viegas of Paul Pamboukian Lighting Design (PPLD). Included are 115 Anolis ArcPad 48 and 12 ArcSource 96 fixtures used to highlight the spectacular 34 metre high, 42 metre diameter, 11 degree sloping roof structure and its ETFE inflatable skin, supplied by Anolisâ€™ South African distributor DWR, who also undertook the installation and commissioning of the lighting system. DWRâ€™s team of three installation technicians all completed full Rope Access and Working at Height safety courses before starting on site, with approximately 70 per cent of the Anolis fixtures needing to be rigged externally on the roof structure. Protea Court was inspired by the shape of South Africaâ€™s national flower, the Protea and the architects behind the unique design
The fixtures are optimised to wash the entire roof area complete with its elegant air filled undulations and features.
specified â€˜greenâ€™ lighting technology to match the energy efficient ethos behind the ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) roof, a fluorine-based product with high corrosion resistance and strength over a wide temperature range and to
ensure that the long-term operational and running costs of the lighting scheme were efficient and budget friendly and to shading the roof differently for special events and occasions. In addition to this, they were convinced that the texture, look and feel of high quality modern LED fixtures was ideal for the application. The fixtures used are optimised to wash the entire roof area complete with its elegant air filled undulations and features. Three very subtle mixed-colour looks are currently programmed as default states, adding finesse and complimenting the huge architectural statement made by the roof itself. â€œUsing Anolis fixtures and DWR for the installation were definitely the right moves,â€? confirmed Pamboukian, â€œIt all works exactly as I envisioned.â€? Dan Riley said: â€œWe are extremely proud to be involved with a project of this stature with such amazing results, and glad to see the equipment specified for all the right reasons.â€?
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40 YEARS OF CELEBRATIONS IN THE EMIRATES December 2 saw festivities-galore in the UAE – we take a look at some of the most spectacular celebrations and the technical details behind them.
GRAND MOSQUE, ABU DHABI The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi was illuminated in a stunning montage of imagery and colours in light of the 40th anniversary of the UAE. The nineminute show – the first time the house ofworship has even been illuminated in projection - featured 12 scenes illustrating the vision of Sheikh Zayed and highlighted the unique artistic and architectural elements
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of the mosque. Barry Threw explains: “I worked on this project on the interactive software development team at Obscura Digital and it’s our largest and most complex mapping project to date. “The entire front facade of the building, the four 170 metre high minarets and the three main domes of the interior structure. There were a total of 49 projectors used, making the logistical setup alone daunting. “This building was a joy to augment on both a technical level and artistically. The
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mosque is made of extremely rare natural materials; marble, crystal, semi-precious gem stones and gold. It contains the largest carpet in the world, and one of the largest chandeliers in the world made of millions of crystals. The design of all of the building is inspired by nature and was completed by artists from around the world, reflecting the multinational nature of Islam. â€œClearly, when attempting to augment such and impressive and holy piece of architecture with video great consideration is required. Our media was similarly inspired by the architectural details already present, using floral patterns, lunar motifs, and subtle lighting effects to accentuate the pre-existing patterns. The results have been stunning, and tastefully honour the spirit of Sheikh Zayed, the UAE, and the mosque. â€œAs with many of our projects, Derivativeâ€™s Touch Designer software was used for all of the show control, video playback, geometry correction and calibration on this job. Weâ€™ve been avid Touch users for quite some time at Obscura, and with
the recent gold release of the software package, it is a perfect time for anyone interested in 3d video manipulation to get their feet wet with this impressive tool.â€? Supplying the projectors for the project was Eclipse Staging Services, at the request of US-based Obscura Digitalâ€™s Matty Dowlen. Provided for the project were 20 18K HD Christie projectors as well as all the power distribution for the 44 projectors used in total for the project. â€œIt was great to finally be involved with projection onto this unique structure,â€? explains Mark Brown, chairman, Eclipse. â€œWe were pleased to assist Obscura Digital in making this happen, it was a fantastic production and the use of custom designed proprietary software and 3D laser imaging of the structure to get a precise picture of where the projectors need to be placed was remarkable.â€? The project was managed locally by Simon Ransom, on behalf of Obscura Digital.
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ZAYED SPORTS STADIUM, ABU DHABI The official ceremony for the UAE 40th National Day saw Zayed Sports Stadium full to capacity as thousands turned out to celebrate the achievements of the nation and honour the leadership of the UAE’s past and present. The Spirit of the Union came to life as young and old, men and women, Emirati and expats alike were patriotically dresses in the nation’s colours creating a sea of red, white, black and green across the stadium. Following a military parade, which concluded with a military flyover, a spectacular arena show commenced, showcasing not only the country’s achievements in a visual format, but also the skills of the productions companies involved. As darkness fell across the stadium the crowd used free LCD lights, which were part of a goody bag distributed to those who attended the event, to create a breathtaking twinkling scene ahead of the projection show that followed. Vibrant scenes from the past showcas-
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ing the journey from the desert terrain through to the shores of the gulf were the backdrop to the hundreds of acrobats and dancers who recreate a stunning underwater spectacle, before a ‘sandstorm’ swept through the stadium. This larger than life arena production, which had more than 112 international specialist aerialists, skaters and acrobats from 25 countries, was a true tribute to the inspirational leaders past and present who have transformed the United Arab Emirates into the thriving economic nation of today. Says Michael Hilgemann, general manager of Matrix Laser, which supplied lasers for the event: “An event of this calibre has rarely been seen in the UAE, and as a UAE-based company it has been an absolute honour to be associated with it. The success was a result of an impressive synchrony within the production team. It was an unforgettable evening for everybody present, especially to be witness to the awe inspiring level of patriotism from the Emirati population and expatriates alike.”
The events spectacular fireworks display was the work of Pains Fireworks, which was commissioned by Swiss Atlantic productions to provide a “unique pyrotechnic spectacular”. The choreographed show was fired from the stadium rooftop and within the arena and comprised 4,200 US and European pyrotechnic products, fired in two minutes using 1,400 cues, eight control panels and 4,900 metres of XLR cable. Falling 85 feet in three seconds to replicate the UAE flag was 1,200 red, white and green dropping comets , rigged on the four portals and a streamer finale provided a final explosion of red, white, green and black streamers fired over the audience by 64 Stadium Shots positioned around the entire stadium. “We were delighted to be involved in the official 40th Anniversary celebrations of the UAE,” says Pains’ Guy Deeker. “We had a crew of 14 working on site for 11 days to load two tonnes of firing equipment onto the roof of the stadium.”
IN NUMBERS STAR DECK: 8-point star shape made of 2 units of 76m x 76m squares 106m from tip to tip-1.5m off ground level 6,800sqm footprint Scaffolding - 11,098 sqm Scaffold boards - 4,870 sqm 2,800 sheets of plywood 1,500 litres of paint to cover star deck 4 units of 5m wide x 10m deep scenery and performer ramp for stage access
LIGHTING: 1,696 x lighting fixtures 19 x follow spots 20km cable 125 control universes 6 x control consoles 1.5km LED X-flex on central tower 300 tonnes of Lighting equipment and cable 2,500amps â€“ 3 phases of power
LASERS: 12 x 40 watt laser system â€œMatrix Pure greenâ€? 4 x 30 watt laser system â€œMatrix Pure white â€œ 16 x DSP laser show computer DSP superior
10.5m off ground level, 65 m wide with 8 sloping decks 2,800 sqm of sloping deck SOUND: Pyramid slope - 4 sides 32m wide x 18m long â€“ 4 205 x speakers sides 23m wide x 13m long 219,600 Watts of amplification Pyramid trap doors - 80 units of 1.5m x 1.5m manually 3km fibre optic cable operated bi -folding doors 15km speaker and signal cable Pyramid doors - 4 units 4.5m wide x 4m tall bi parting 150 wired and wireless comms electrically driven doors 7 x computers controlling the system Pyramid lifts - 4 units of 5 x 5m electronically driven lifts 24 x radio microphones Palm tree trap doors: 24 units of 1m x 1m manually 120 x in-ear monitors operated bi -folding doors 13 tonnes of speakers in the air Pyramid steps: 96 steps per slope-384 steps total 100 tonnes of sound equipment and cable
TOWER & PORTALS:
27m tall x 18m wide. Tower top is 36m above ground level Number of containers for steel structure - 96 Total weight of tower plus 4 portals - 963,800 kg Tower weight: 449,408 kg Total number of pins - 4,544 Contra weight used in tower - 149,600 kg Portals - 33m tall x 40m wide with 29m span between towers that are 2.2m x 2.2m wide Portal base - 10m deep x 6m wide 1,500 sqm of cladding panels 24 tonnes weight of cladding 18 sea containers required to ship cladding 8 weeks to fabricate cladding with over 25 men 3 weeks to erect cladding with 15 men 1 portal weight -128,598 kg Contra weight used for 1 portal 62,350 kg
80 projectors covering approx. 4,400 sqm of projection area Greater than 200 lux brightness 12 x high definition playback channels from latest Apple Mac computer towers 12 x Apple Mac computers for content production 100+ terabytes of storage for content production and playback 1,700kg projectors
PERFORMERS: Performance, stage management and costume teams represent 24 different countries 112 x professional performers 24 x stage managers 69 x show crew 1,200 x volunteer performers
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Forty pontoons and three barges were used as a platform for the one kilometre long fireworks display.
ABU DHABI CORNICHE French fireworks specialist Groupe F wowed crowds in the UAE’s capital on National Day with a 10 minute fireworks show that spanned a kilometre across the Abu Dhabi corniche. “It was very different to last year, and the first time there has been fireworks in that part of the city before,” explains the firm’s founding partner Francois Montel. “The show had been discussed for over a year, so there was a lot of planning involved but it was a really spectacular result,” he adds. A line of 40 pontoons on the water off the coast of the Corniche provided the launch pad for much of the firework material used. Almost 30,000 shots were fired in total, which featured two minutes of red,
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white and green fireworks as a salute to the UAE’s official colours. “I wish we could have had black too, but obviously black fireworks are practically impossible!” says Montel. “I worked with some of my favourite colours – blue, gold and a mixture of red and white, with the finale, like all of my finales, in just white.” Groupe F used 18 of their French-based specialists as part of their project, who flew over to join a further 15 UAE-based labourers and technicians. “We started set up on November 27, including loading the pontoons with all the material while they were in dry-dock, before they were launched into the water the day before the event,” says Montel. He adds that for the first time in the UAE, the firm used a Wi-Fi detonations system. “It’s a system we’ve used many
times over the past year internationally, so we were very confident and it worked very well. It meant having no cables at all in the water, which was a much safer option,” he explains. “It was such a proud moment for us, to be involved in such a prestigious event. And it was unique to work in such a location as well. It’s rare to work on the water where it is so flat. Because the Corniche is in such a protected spot, it’s very easy to work there.” And according to Montel, the show may prove an inspiration for an even bigger version in the same location at a future National Day celebration. “It would be great to offer a bigger show to the public – a huge idea would be to do a show across 5 kilometres – perhaps for the 50th anniversary!”
The light show included five projections of 18,000 lumens each.
&RQQHFW $9% ,QWHUFRPJRHV 5HDO7LPH,,3 5HDO7LPH,3 AL JAHILI FORT, AL AIN An elaborate light show at the historic Al Jahil Fort in Al Ain was also on the agenda for National Day celebrations. This show was designed to honour the the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed through its contemporary illustrations and light technology and illustrated the evolution of the Nation over the past 40 years. The six-minute show opened with a powerful symbol of pride and strength - the falcon - swooping across the vast dunes of the nation moving into a visual representation of the journey of the UAE through historical images. A spectacular montage of light reveals a lifelike underwater scene which seamlessly transitions into a night sky of the Arabian Gulf. The Fort projections were also the creative work of Barry Threw, who says: “In another effort with Obscura Digital, Fort Al Jahili in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates was illuminated with an artistic montage of country history for the 40th UAE National Day Celebration. In contrast to our other contribution to the festivities, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque illumination, this show delved deep into Emirati culture to bring the story of a unique monument to life on its facade. “This show was a smaller scale than the mosque projection, but added an important element to to festivities for a more intimate audience in a closer community. The project consisted of five projections of 18,000 lumens each, and was controlled and mapped with Derivative’s Touch Designer software toolkit, our go-to weapon for this kind of task.” Eclipse Staging Services also supplied five projectors for this project, which was locally produced by Simon Ransom on behalf of Obscura Digital.
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Dubai-based integrator Triangle Entertainment Services has recently completed two projects that are shaping up to be the hottest new clubs on the cityâ€™s party scene. S&S gives you a glimpse into the lighting and audio at Rare and Cirque du Soir.
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lounge, to a more contemporary dance eciding on a ‘rare’ name area, which proved a challenge audiofor a new nightclub wise, according to Elian. in Dubai was proving He says initial reservations by the time-consuming, until owner about cost were alleviated its owners decided on when they understood the need for simply: Rare. Lebanese-born owner quality. “When the owners approached Naz Hafez, who has also developed us, they had a limited budget for venues in North America, turned the sound, which we were happy to Dubai-based integrator Triangle to work with under our tradition of Entertainment Services and its owner supplying the best the money allocated Zahid Elian to assist in the supply of a can buy - until they were finally sound system and lighting at the club. Triangle, the distributor of KV2 2 Audio products in the Middle East and North Africa regions, has been behind many major club installs in the UAE as well as events including live-clubbing experiences and DJ-concerts, supporting rental companies and event management companies alike. Rare, or ‘the place’ as it is marketed as, is located within the Media Rotana Hotel in Dubai’s TECOM district and aims to offer patrons a unique experience on each of the nights it is opens – thanks to 14 different DJs. To this extent, the lighting scheme changes on a nightly basis via easy to control software that is not reliant on a professionals input. The club comprises four different ent sections, each of Rare is split into separate or and ambience. dec ent ‘rooms’, each with a different which has a dif fer style, from a bar, to a chilled outt JANUARY 2012 SAS
convinced to go for Triangle’s highest norms, which the company has built its reputation on. This meant creating the ultimate clubbing experience with the best audio and with that in mind, KV2 Audio was the answer,” he explains. And Owner Hafez admits he was happy to take on Elian’s advice. “He’s the expert!” he says, with a smile. “We wanted sound that is not background noise and not necessarily a pumping
KIT LIST Audio 10 x KV2 AUDIO EX26 active two-way double 6”speakers 4 x KV2 EX2.2 double 12”subwoofers 2 x KV2 EX12 12” two-way powered 12”speakers used as DJ monitors to guarantee an optimal listening experience 1 x Whirlwind MIX5S Zoner 1 x VHD Line Driver 1 x Citronic AP231 Mixer 1 x Pioneer DJM2000 2 x Pioneer CDJ2000 Lighting 4 x Taglite moving head spots 4 x Taglite LED wash RGB colour changers 1 x DTS Master Controller II software
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club sound but something in between, and we feel confident in the end result – it’s warm but crispy, allows dancing but still enables patrons to talk to each other.” Hafez says as the owner of Rare - which although is situated in the Media Rotana Hotel, runs completely independently - it was essential to get the audio right not only to make sure the club is a popular hotspot (and is commercially successful) but also so it doesn’t disturb the other functions of the hotel. “Unlike places like Canada, for instance, where I have other clubs, here hotels are built and then a space is allocated for a nightclub, rather than incorporating the requirements of a nightclub into the hotel design initially,” he explains. “What happens then is that sound proofing has to be retro-fitted, hotels rooms are sometimes directly above or below the club and then noise complaints happen. A bit of preplanning by hotel developers out here would mean a much better club business.”
ers Rare’s audio is callibrated to ensure punt are able to dance the night away - but still hold a conversation.
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