July 2013

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July 2013

News & Notices


USITT Presents... Sound System Design Principles

Registration is now open for the next USITT Presents one-day training will be on Friday, August 16, at Meyer Sound Laboratories in Berkeley, California.

Meyer Sound Instructor Mauricio Ramirez will lead the daylong session on System Design Principles. The session offers an overview of essential principles of design and measurement of complex sound reinforcement systems, and includes hands-on experience with Meyer Sound MAPP Online and the SIM 3 audio analyzer, among other tools. The only requirement is that participants bring their own Internet-ready laptop computers.

USITT Presents is the continuing series of hands-on workshops with industry leaders, deeply discounted as a member benefit.

The Meyer workshop is recommended for audio students, system technicians, contractors, dealers, and rental companies new to Meyer Sound.

The cost for the 9-to-5 session, including lunch, is $60 for USITT members, and $30 for student/early career members. The fee is $120 and $60 for non-member professionals and students.

To register, click here. For more information on USITT, go to www.usitt.org.

Rising Star Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2014 Rising Star Award sponsored by LDI/ Live Design magazine will open July 1. Deserving young design professionals in the first four years of their careers are eligible for nomination at www.usitt.org/risingstar. Once a person is nominated, they are contacted and asked to supply a professional resume or information about their current work, and additional letters of recommendation. Jury members evaluate candidates on the range of knowledge displayed, and the best integration of skills, craft, and artistry. The award includes recognition and a cash prize.

Nominations must be made by September 1 and required documentation must be submitted by September 16.

This is the ninth year that the award, created by LDI/ Live Design, will be given. Past winners have included Aaron Porter, Daniel Brodie, and Sean Savoie.

Outstanding Architecture Sought

USITT's Architecture Commission is again seeking outstanding examples of new construction or creative re-use of an existing structure to be considered for the 2014 Architecture Awards program. For complete information and a submission form, click here.

Submission deadline is September 1, 2013, the jury will meet this fall, and all winners will be invited to participate in the 2014 Annual Conference & Stage Expo from March 26 to 29 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Rigging Standards Available for Review

Two draft standards have been added those available for public review on PLASA’s website. The draft standards are BSR E1.6-4, Portable Control of Fixed-Speed Electric Chain Hoists in the Entertainment Industry and BSR E1.39, Entertainment Technology – Selection and Use of Personal Fall Arrest Systems on Portable Structures Used in the Entertainment Industry. The draft standards are available for review through July 7.

The two draft standards are relevant to arena rigging. BSR E1.6-4 is for the simple control systems for chain hoists to lift portable trusses and grids. BSR E1.39 is for personal fall arrest systems used by people working on those trusses and grids, and other portable structures (e.g., lighting towers) commonly used for shows.

For more information, contact Karl Ruling, PLASA's technical standards manager, at karl.ruling@plasa.org

Photos Exhibited in Moscow

An exhibition of the renowned Russian/American photographer Pavel Antonov, "Robert Wilson vs. Burning Man,” was held in May and June at the Bakhrushin Central State Theatre Museum in Moscow. Those who visited experienced spectacles present in two modern-day performance happenings: one for the stage and another free from the walls of the theatre.

Mr. Antonov has worked for Conde Nast Publications in New York since 1998. The exhibit included photos of Robert Wilson’s directoral opera works. Mr. Wilson has created a number of multimedia projects in the Watermill Center, filmed American theatrical works by niche directors, and designed the book. Curator of the exhibit was Igor Roussanoff of Moscow.