History

Duncan Fry – Don’t Diddle With Bo

16 Feb 2018

Duncan Fry – Don’t Diddle With Bo I was working quite regularly with a band – let’s call them the Defects. One Friday their gig was cancelled about half an hour before I was due to get in the truck and head off to the load in. While I sat there wondering whether I would…

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Rick Doolan prepares for death

15 Feb 2018

Rick Doolan prepares for death People don’t like talking about Death. Sometimes they have to. By Julius Grafton, 20 February 1993 “Fred Hollows said a woman has her moment when she gives birth, and a man when he dies”, said Rick Doolan, reflecting. Fred Hollows had died just hours earlier, drawing Rick to again face…

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Screaming Jets in 1992 with New EV System

16 Jan 2018

HISTORY – Here’s a sample of some evocative writing from Connections Magazine – now CX Magazine – that readers have become used to, as Julius Grafton previewed in 1993 a new front loaded EV PA system used for the first time by The Screaming Jets. “The long hot afternoons just before Christmas are murder when…

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Fashback: February 1993, our first issue of CONNECTIONS

29 Aug 2016

Connections 1 February 1993 view free here! News, Views, Products: For 1993 we see a huge swag of new equipment released onto our local market- with more coming after NAMM! Count the devices! 9      New MIDI Mix from Fostex: 9      Pioneer debut Pro Audio 9      Vari*Lite go legal 10    Pan Command,…

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Meyer Sound: Everything Matters

12 Aug 2016

FACTORY TOUR; by Julius Grafton Since inception in the 1970’s Meyer Sound has occupied space in San Francisco’s Berkeley precinct and today 350 people make almost everything they sell, right there. It’s an eclectic precinct – the organic food market at the end of the street can feature a Sitar player. A gourmet hotdog tent…

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Vale Eric Robinson, live production pioneer

12 Nov 2015

JPJ Audio chief Eric Robinson died on November 11 from complications with cancer. He had just turned 67 and had retired to Port Douglas. Eric was the best known pioneer of Australian live production, having taken control of Jands in 1970 from its founders. Eric and the Mulholland brothers Paul and David drove Jands hard,…

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Clay Paky and MA Lighting ship-shape for Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review

28 Oct 2013

Imagination Australia has set a new global standard for public events, with one of the most spectacular showcases of projection, lighting and fireworks shows seen anywhere in the world. The Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review symbolised 100 years since Australia welcomed their first Naval Fleet into Sydney Harbour. It was Imagination’s job to celebrate…

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Richard Priddle

21 Feb 2010

Cancer takes lives before time, acoustician Richard Priddle made 60 years before departing prematurely at the end of January. He had featured in the very first issue of Channels, the precursor to this magazine, almost 20 years ago. CX knew him for a decade prior and ran into him in unlikely places. One was Hamilton…

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Phil Eastick

21 Feb 2010

Phil Eastick died in Adelaide aged 55 in February, after a very long battle against kidney disease. He had a transplant last year. He fought for around 20 years, but not too many people knew he was ill. CX first knew Phil from the road. Phil attended (very occasionally!) Adelaide University Law School in the…

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4 Months in 1979

2 Mar 2009

As the FOH sound operator for Mi-sex, I probably spent more time with Jeff Merryweather than just about Anyone for a brief but incredibly hectic 4 months in 1979. At the time I didn’t Realise that Jeff was the most complete roadie that I would ever witness. Jeff was one of those fortunate people who…

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It was 35 years ago today

5 Mar 2008

Expelled from school and having worked briefly as a copy boy for the defunct Sydney Mirror, I took my only $12 and registered my first business on March 1st, 1973. The Certificate of Registration for Zapco Lightshow was framed and hung above my old desk at home. I was 15.   Blame Led Zeppelin; whose…

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I was a roadie

13 Mar 2007

When former Chisel roadie Gerry Georgettis took his life in dramatic style early last year, media from around the world picked up the story. How could a seemingly placid, stable theatre manager go suddenly crazy and burn down a car dealership in Miami; then hang himself in a cramped airplane toilet? What darkness exists in…

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