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Take That in Glasgow (Pic: RHM Productions)

Now a three-piece, Take That’s This Life tour is visiting UK arenas and stadia with audio design, equipment delivery and crew from hire company Skan, led by Tour Director Chris Vaughan and Production Manager Wez Wearing.

‘I must get the show to sound as close to the records possible – it’s what the fans expect,’ says FOH engineer, Gary Bradshaw. ‘With the live band, the arrangements are different, but the overall sound needs to be similar. Mike Stevens, our Musical Director, is very good at arranging the music, and the musicians are brilliant.’

Bradshaw has used DiGiCo desks since they came to market, this time an SD7 Quantum. 

Professor Yasunori Sugita, pictured in the Acoustic and Vibration Engineering Centre at the Nagaoka University of Technology

Nagaoka Tech – Japan’s Nagaoka University of Technology – is at the forefront of auditory research, with its Acoustic & Vibration Engineering Centre providing a research hub dedicated to advancing the understanding of sound and its applications. Key to its work are Genelec’s Smart Active Monitors.

Established in 1984, the centre comprises a suite of resources including two reverberation chambers, an electromechanical acoustics laboratory and a psychological auditory laboratory. A large anechoic chamber stands as the centre’s flagship, providing a controlled environment for precise acoustic experiments.

Tom Francis (Joe Gillis) and the cast of Sunset Boulevard (Pic: Marc Brenner)

Already a multi-award winner, the The sell-out London run of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard hit Broadway with the aim of film and live stream the actors outside the theatre as part of the performance. While the performance was already ground-breaking in many respects, following cast members from dressing rooms to the street brough fresh technical challenges.

Sound Designer Adam Fisher and Production Engineer James Melling, rose to the occasion with the use of Sennheiser equipment and expertise, including Fisher’s system of choice, Digital 6000.

The Smile at Ally Pally (Pic: Belinda Enthoven)

Comprising Radiohead’s Thom Yorke contributing vocals, guitar, keyboards and bass and Jonny Greenwood on bass, guitar and keyboards, who are joined by Tom Skinner’s drums, keyboards, vocals and modular synthesiser work, The Smile really do know a lot about audio. 

‘This band are heavily invested in their sound,’ confirms Britannia Row Productions’ Simon Hodge who serves as both Production Manager and FOH engineer for the live shows The Smile are currently undertaking. ‘There is a lot of sonic language on the records, and they expect this to translate to the live shows.

Bieszczady Cultural Heritage Center

Seeking to increase its tourist offering and educate people on the history and culture associated with Poland’s Bieszczady Mountains, the local government wanted to ‘transcend static displays often found in museums, instead creating something more of an experience or can’t-miss destination’. The outcome is the Bieszczady Cultural Heritage Center.

Known locally as Bieszczadzkie Centrum Dziedzictwa Kulturowego, it occupies the site of a former refinery, and includes multimedia rooms, exhibition zones and a concert hall. However, the primary attraction is an audiovisual show exploring multiculturalism, nature, the age of oil and the economic development of the Bieszczady Mountains presented in a virtual reality experience.

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