Tuesday, June 13, 2006

What a Slacker or I've been really busy?

Well I did really well on The War of the Worlds posting daily, well on last weeks gig Show Boat at the Royal Albert Hall there was no time for that. It was a bit of an epic, the overnight rigg started at 01:30 on Monday morning, the plan was to get the Amps and flown UM-1's in, up and cabled and checked before the day crew arrive at 8am to continue on with the orchestra system. However the truss took for ever to get off the ground so it was about 11:00 that we finally got all the over stage boxes flown so the over night crew left. However once this was ticked I had the front of house desk area to put together and check through. Followed by a climb up the truss to refine the angles of the flown boxes before the truss was flow out to full height. So in the end myself and PJ left at about 19:30 in the evening rounding off a nice 18 hour day.

Tuesday started at 09:00 with the rest of the rigg been put in and the orchestra being prepped and a full line check. The evening was measuring and alignment for the TiMax and Target Tracking Artist, the delay based matrix and artist tracking system that dynamically changes the delay of each characters to the 16 over stage hangs and 9 pairs of front fills in order for the vocal image to be accurately positioned on stage. It works well and is one of the only ways to achieve good results in a venue as unique as the Albert Hall, however it does take the same number of measurements as it does to build the titanic. In the end that was about 15 hours.

As the week continued the days started to get a little bit shorter but the were still as full on. But it is good fun to do gigs in the Albert Hall even if they are difficult.


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