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News in pictures 22 December 2010

Christie appears in trailer for TRON: Legacy; PixelRange brings festive cheer to Solihull; Alcons keeps Moscow’s railway theatre on the right track; MSL feathers The Nest with Martin Audio.

The Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank was used as a canvas to trailer Disney’s 3D digital movie, TRON: Legacy.

The architectural 3D projection mapping by creative agency Guided Collective in collaboration with Flat-e / Seeper was carried out using six Christie HD18K projectors supplied by large-scale projection specialists, QED Productions, and was accompanied by the music from the Daft Punk soundtrack.

The feature also included a re-creation of Flynn’s Arcade, inside which housed the original TRON arcade game, a replica of the iconic Light Cycle, the TRON: Evolution video game and an HP Demo area with new HP ePrint Technology — which could be used to print the photos taken at the event directly via email.

Touchwood Shopping Centre in Solihull has completed a visual overhaul of its exterior to carry it through the festive season – for which 36 PixelRange PixelPars have been deployed, following a design created by Wickford, Essex-based DPL Production Lighting.

With sustainability high on the agenda and the need for environmental performance measurement, DPL’s technical director, Pete Watts, specified PixelRange PixelPars. “The requirement was for low current fixtures with the ability to colour change, so LED units were obviously the way to go – and PixelRange is the brightest and the best quality you can get.”

The brief was to enhance three outside areas of the shopping centre, making them festive and bright for the holiday season. The PixelPars add dense pillars of light from roof levels with texture added using a combination of moving lights and compact discharge profiles.

In other areas, the PixelPars supply additional LED colour changing wash, which emanates from the entrance, shining out across grey roof tiles to draw focus to the entrance. Whilst elsewhere, an entrance was brightened up with an LED wash to the floor, overlaid with snowflake gobo projection.

The 81-year-old Central Palace for the Culture of Railway Workers (CDKG) in Moscow plays host to a diverse array of classical and modern performances, conferences, banquets and exhibitions. And with a new Alcons audio system installed in its main performance space, the historic building sounds every bit as spectacular as it looks.

Built by the country’s then socialist regime to provide a social focus for Moscow’s army of railway employees, CDKG has always been a highly popular venue. Recently it has undergone a major technical refit of all its facilities, bringing it up to 21st century standards.

Carried out by the Moscow office of Russian supply and installation company LTM, the refit included the installation of a major Alcons system in the CDKG’s 800-capacity main concert hall.

Chosen for both its acoustic quality and ability to visually blend with the hall’s stunning décor, the Alcons main front system comprises 12 QR36 pro-ribbon line-source columns, each fitted with double RBN1801 pro-ribbon HF drivers and 6 x 6.5” woofers; As low-mid extension six QM36 line-source fill columns are installed, each fitted with 6 x 6.5” woofers, together with the QR36 forming two arrays of each 9 meters tall. For the low frequency extension, 14 QB363 bass columns were used, with 3 x 12″ vented woofers, forming two bass arrays of each 7 meters tall.

“Alcons equipment was chosen because the hall is 16-18m from front to back, but around 26m wide, with most of the parterre seats beneath the balcony,” says Andrey Zhelamski, pro audio manager at LTM. “Using the line-source Q series , we could avoid using speakers beneath the balcony but still provide a sound pressure of 110-112dB throughout the hall, with a variation of less than 3dB. Also, due to the line-source configuration, every person in the audience is sitting on-axis in the vertical plane with the system.”

Occupying the site of the former Bardens Boudoir in Dalston, east London, is The Nest, where technology specialists Middlesex Sound & Light (MSL) were tasked with designing a flexible sound system around Martin Audio components.

MSL was asked to ensure that the sound system functions as a conventional live sound reinforcement rig in the early evening and later as a hard surround dance sound, with the concrete floor isolating the heavy thud of a pair of S218+ (2 x 18”) subs.

At the same time, by designing the venue into three zones, controlled in a BSS Soundweb London DSP environment, they can ensure that customers in the alcove seating, or at the newly-appointed bar do not have full exposure to the potent system.

Handling the stage and dancefloor sound respectively is a pair each of flown Martin Audio Blackline F12+ and F15+ multi-angle enclosures, with the S218+’s handling the sub frequency extension. This is driven by a pair of Martin Audio MA5.2K amplifiers.

For the bar area MSL have turned to Martin Audio’s AQ range, deploying eight of the architectural AQ6 (6.5”) enclosures along with and AQ212 (2 x 12”) sub and AQ215 (2 x 15”) sub, to deliver a more hi-fi sound at lower SPL.

Elsewhere a pair of Blackline F10+ enclosures provides the DJ with high class monitoring at the highly-specified front end — while at the other end of the spectrum four of Martin Audio’s potent and stylish C6.8T ceiling speakers have been installed in the Ladies and Gents toilets.