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The NBN – Not to Blame, Necessarily

November 19, 2019

COMMUNICATIONS The NBN – Not to Blame, Necessarily by Simon Byrne. We constantly hear of poor internet delivered over the NBN, however the blame does not automatically sit with the NBN Co. There is a lot going on. NBN Co are in an invidious position. Under significant financial pressure from the government, they are the…

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How to win a Cisco hackathon

November 15, 2019

TECH TALK How to win a Cisco hackathon by Landell Archer. Recently, Kim Burgess, an ACAEngine developer from Australia, was part of a team that won the ‘Smart Spaces’ category at the Cisco hackathon in Dallas. Here’s how you do it: Identify an interesting problem Emergencies are an unfortunate reality. Think about it in terms…

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Undercutting. You aren’t really helping yourself!

November 13, 2019

OPINION An open letter for those entering the industry. by Alex Hughes. The Australian touring and events market is in a bit of a mess currently and, in my experience, it has been in steady decline over the last ten years. In a recent Facebook post/rant I expressed my frustrations with the overall touring market…

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Two Way Radios

November 12, 2019

COMMUNICATIONS by Jason Owen, Managing Director D2N – Technology Solutions. Since the early 20th century, two-way radio technology has been a key enabler in how we communicate over large distances. From local government, to police, the military, freight operations, marine, aviation and much more, two-way radios have not only evolved but also delivered us smarter…

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So What is Event Communications?

November 7, 2019

COMMUNICATIONS by Chris Dodds, Managing Director, The P.A. People. So who are The P.A. People and what is Event Communications? A common response from our crew is ‘Don’t be fooled by the name on the shirt’, particularly at some of the larger international events that we work on. Whilst domestically The P.A. People are reasonably…

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CrewCare launches: Important new charity helping crew

October 30, 2019

Around six years ago a collective of 70s and 80s road crew had a reunion at St Kilda Bowls Club. Afterwards a spreadsheet of present and missing crew was created and with a lot of input from the 200 crew at the reunion, an eventual 400 names represented all known working crew from the 1970s.…

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ETC Augment3d at Integrate

October 29, 2019

More Than Just Pre-Visualisation by Alex Hughes. Pre-visualisation and the process of the pre-programming of lighting in general have not really evolved from the days of the first release of the popular visualisation platform known as Wysiwyg. Over the years the only real improvement that has truly been constant ongoing innovation has been the overall…

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Colour Quality in Projection

October 28, 2019

PROJECTION by Simon Byrne. As you are no doubt aware, all the colours we perceive are a mixture of three primary colours – red, green, and blue. The human eye has three types of colour receptors called cones that are conveniently sensitive to the redder, greener, and bluer wavelengths. Talking of wavelengths, different colours of…

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Immersive Listening

October 24, 2019

LISTEN HERE by Andy Stewart. Sometimes it pays to push aside everything you think you know about audio, turn off the studio lights, the computer screen and your phone, and listen deeply to some of your favourite music. Setting aside time for your own listening pleasure is not only a must for your own sanity,…

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NSW Live music industry stunned as Minister commits to consultation only after new legislation is passed

October 23, 2019

Pic: The Hon. Victor Dominello, MP, Member for Ryde, Minister for Customer Service Australia’s peak live music industry bodies called again on NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, to immediately convene an industry roundtable after a meeting between The Australian Festival Association, Live Performance Australia, APRA AMCOS, and Minister Dominello in late October failed to provide certainty…

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The Perfect Projection Surface for Blending

October 23, 2019

PROJECTION The Perfect Projection Surface for Blending Applications Is there an ideal projection surface for blended shows? by Norbert Schmiedeberg, Managing Director, ITI-Image Group Front Projection Images L-R: Gain and distribution of a Grey surface; Gain and distribution of a high-gain surface; Gain and distribution of Matt white Front projection is easy. Most Matt White…

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Road Crew – What to do with your skills?

October 18, 2019

by John O’Brien. If nothing else, life in the high intensity, prolonged stress environment of live production is character building. Prosper at this and you’re good for anything. However, it can be difficult to sell this as a virtue if you transition to another career or industry. I’ve just finished Stuart Coupe’s excellent book “Roadies”…

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