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Engineering “The Congo Faith Healers”
I had the pleasure of supplying the sound equipment and engineering for the Congo Faith Healers last night who play a fusion of Blues, Swing, Latin and Gypsy Jazz. This band is really worth listening to. They are so tight you would think they were one person. The music’s is exiting and has driving rhythms. There are only four guys in the line up; Sonny West on Vocals and guitar, Victor on Trumpet, Jay Tubsman on Drums and Akos on Double Bass. I had great comments from the band about the sound on stage and out front. The double base player said he had not heard his base sound so nice. I look forward to working with them again. For any other Double bass players who have problems with resonant stages, try decoupling the bass from the stage by putting a foam pad on the floor and rest your bass on it.
There was an unusual feature about both the bands I have engineered for in the last two days, both Paul Beavis who drums for the Groovemeisters   amongst others and Jay Tubsman from the Congo Faith Healers  are lefthanded and only use a floor and one hanging tom
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It Was nice to be involved in some real entertainment yesterday at the Dudsbury Country Club on the first of their Cabaret nights with Bafaana, the Dudsbury Dancing Girls and top of the bill Matt Black who was anything but "Dull" . Great acts, a great atmosphere down to Paul and his team and great sound blowing my one trumpet for dorsetpahir.co.uk and
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The new compact sound system is up and running its even better than expected its lighter faster to set up and sounds punchy natural and Dynamic, no nasty squashing to get volume ,it just has it!
The system  includes:-
A 2 way active main PA with 4 x 15" bass cabinets on the floor, no heavy lifting! and 2 x 2 by 8" and horn mid tops on stands. This gives great coverage to the back of the room without deafening the people at the front. The system will be powered by state of the art, very compact and light weight digital power amplifiers and will be under the control of graphic equalizers and compressor limiters .
A 4 mix monitor system with 4 separate graphics and compressors
A 32 channel desk with excellent facilities on each channel and superb effects.
The combination of all of these facilities in a very small package will be really multi purpose and usable with bands, theatre productions, conferences and other events I haven't even thought of yet.
Give me a call 01202 580596 or drop me an email if you want to have a look or need you need to hire a system like this
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My name is John Maggs and am the founder of Dorset PA Hire alongside my other Sound and Lighting Training and Consulting business Artiste Projection Services.
I have been involved in PA Hire, sound hire, lighting hire and stage management for all sorts
of events for over 40 years . I have customers ranging  from, Bands, ensembles, duos, concerts, festivals, Theatres, Pantomime, Musical, corporate, conference, business meeting, Clubs, Drama group, Drama school, Schools, School drama departments, School Dance department, School music department, Village halls, Hotels, Churches, Church halls, Sports centers, Councils, Council chambers, Charities, hire companies and more…
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How I think about band lighting
  
Where is the piece of music set
Are we inside 
Are we outside
What time of day is it
The time of day alters the angle the light comes from.


Where would  the light be coming from in real life
If we are inside
Is the light coming from outside 
where are the windows
Is the sun shining
Sharp edged shadows
areas of intense light
Projected shape of the window frame 
Is it overcast
Diffuse light source  little shadow if any
more uniform light but less intense
Is it partially overcast
combination of both;
Sharp edged shadows
areas of intense light
Projected shape of the window frame 
Diffuse light source  little shadow if any
more uniform light but less intense

Is the light coming from inside 
where are the light sources
If the source is a single point
Sharp edged shadows
areas of intense light dropping of the further away from the source
Are there multiple single point sources

If we are outside
Is the sun shining
Sharp edged shadows
areas of intense light
Projected shape of buildings outlines
Multiple broken shadows caused by foliage 
Is it overcast
Diffuse light source  little shadow if any
more uniform light but less intense


Th e next thing I thik about is "Are  the performers sufficiently lit"
Yes it would then no problem 
No 
it would leave the audience with no focus
May be fine at the beginning or end of a song, to set the feel of the space, but dose not pull the audience into the performance.

Think about locally highlighting the performers or the performance area to get around the problem

Do we want to enhance the emotions of the performer? If you don't and you have the gear I think your missing a big chance to really  improve the character of the song.
Lets say we have a song in a dungeon , lit in a blue wash with an amber highlighting to mimic a burning torch which is not in direct view. We have a performer who's state of mind would normally be expected to be despondent, so you might think to highlight him in a lighter shade of blue with more intensity. But at the moment he is in a better place , he has forgotten where he is and  he is thinking of his home and family .So, instead of the blue highlighting, it would be much more effective to use a warmer colour like pink, Then on the roll of a snare  the guard opens the door and comes in with the executioner and the bass drum thumps as a heart beat and the emotion of the performer changes, the whole blue stage wash comes up in level and the performers highlighting changes from pink to a cooler colour like steel 

This is a bit of a musical theatre scenario, but it does make you think what you can do with lighting .

in addition to these sort of events in a song we also have rhythm, verses and choruses 

So now we have to think about what this does to the lighting and in particular the point at which cues are triggered
Should the lighting reflect any of this?
Certainly in pop band or rock band performances I think it is crucial. The cues must correspond to the change from a verse to chorus or chorus to verse to give a dynamic feel to the performance. if you want to increase the power of the link between the music and the lighting, lighting cues on the beginning of a bar  gives even more drive. If you want to up it still further, you can put in sub cues that put in highlights on every beat
Have a look at lots of the TV shows X Factor and the like where they have lots of lighting which in many cases has cue which have no correlation to the rhythm. What a missed opportunity .
The best lighting operators for this type of musical show need to think like drummers , they must have rhythm.
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I have just found that Bournemouth is having A Jazz festival
this is going to be ground breaking for Bournemouth. Here is the link to the website http://www.bournemouthjazzfestival.co.uk/
Home - Bournemouth Jazz Festival
Home - Bournemouth Jazz Festival
bournemouthjazzfestival.co.uk
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Not long now and I will have the new compact sound system together this will include:-
A 2 way active main PA with 4 x 15" bass cabinets on the floor, no heavy lifting! and 2 x 2 by 8" and horn mid tops on stands. This gives great coverage to the back of the room without deafening the people at the front. The system will be powered by state of the art, very compact and light weight digital power amplifiers and will be under the control of graphic equalizers and compressor limiters .
A 4 mix monitor system with 4 separate graphics and compressors
A 32 channel desk with excellent facilities on each channel and superb effects.
The combination of all of these facilities in a very small package will be really multi purpose and usable with bands, theatre productions, conferences and other events I haven't even thought of yet.
Give me a call 01202 580596 or drop me an email if you want to have a look or need you need to hire a system like this
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