Entertainment Technology

Madonna show in Helsinki

Yesterday Madonna Sticky & Sweet tour had a big concert in Helsinki. It was the biggest ever show held on Northern European countries and biggest on the whole Madonna tour. There was 85 000 people watching it. The show was two-hour multimedia blockbuster. It was a fantastic show to see. The choreography, visuals and live

Scene Quiz Show lights

Assembly TV broadcasts TV program from Assembly computer festival starting Thursday 6. August 2009 in many channels (Internet, cable TV, DVB-H mobile television, 3G mobile video etc.). The broadcast has for many years contained Scene Quiz Show (the name has varied somewhat over years). It involves three contestants answering questions related to the event, demoscene

Futuristic computer interfaces

The Inquisitr article 5 futuristic interfaces describes some interesting futuristic ideas how to interact with computer. This article describes five futuristic type interfaces that will be presented at SIGGRAPH 2009. the same interfaces. The same five interfaces are also covered in Technology Review article Five Futuristic Interfaces on Display at SIGGRAPH. The first article had

Syncing Music and Fireworks

Design News has published an interesitng on-line article Gadget Freak Case #128: Syncing Music and Fireworks on how Deane Williams fixed up his PC to synchronize fireworks with music. He used his PC’s parallel printer port to connect the circuit controlling the fireworks. The software was written in Agilent VEE 8.0 but Williams says it

Controlling dangerous things safely

Fire When Ready – A Pyro-Electric Safety Primer is a great document on issues around controlling dangerous things electrically. The document tells the techniques used on pyro/fireworks electrical control. Quite similar practices are used in other control applications where potentially dangerous things are controlled using electrical circuits or electronics.

Digital cameras are phasing out analog

Digital cameras are slowly phasing out analog. In still cameras the situation seems to be so that the manufacturers of the films  are stopping to manufacture well known film types. For example Polaroid has phased out Polaroid film years ago and Kodak is retiring iconic Kodachrome film. Digital photography winds the once-iconic color films into

Entertainment Technology Blog

John Huntington, the author of Control Systems for Live Entertainment book, is keeping an interesting John’s Entertainment Technology Blog at http://www.controlgeek.net/. It is worth to read. There are lots of material on different shows going on, including nice backstage technology tours on some shows.

How big shows are built

Ola Melzig, Production Manager for lights, sound, video and rigging used in 2009 Eurovision Song Contest is keeping on on-line diary of the production. The first broadcasts will be aired between May 12 and May 16 throughout Europe. Because the size of the production the project to build all needed technology and other infrastructure has