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TPi_Magazine__February_2018

OBITUARY RICKEY RICKETTS

OBITUARY RICKEY RICKETTS 28 JUNE 1962 - 16 JANUARY 2018 “It is with immense sadness and heavy hearts that we have to announce the passing of our colleague, friend, brother, father and partner who lost his battle with Stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme, the most aggressive form of brain cancer. Rickey was known to many of us as the FOH Engineer for bands including Rudimental, Orbital, Groove Armada, Erasure, Labrinth, Freestylers, Alabama3, The Herbaliser, The Bluetones, The Bays, Roots Manuva, Red Snapper, Terry Callier, Marlon Roudette, Nightmares on Wax, Beth Orton, Zero 7, Corduroy and Mother Earth to name but a few. “Without exception, the tributes to Rickey all mention his positive outlook and good will, which was his default position. The world is a different, colder place without him. Rest easy, dood.” - Tim Hardstaff There will be an industry-led Rickey Ricketts’ Benefit Gig on Friday 23 February 2018 at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. A celebration produced by all those who loved and worked with Rickey over the course of his successful career. All proceeds will be going to Rickey’s daughters; Mica, 12 and Mimosa, 19. A percentage will also help Jess Mills set up her charitable foundation to work towards expanding the range and methods of treatments avaliable for cancer in the UK. Event: Rickey Ricketts’ Benefit Gig Date: Friday 23 February 2018 Venue: Shepherd’s Bush Empire Address: Shepherd’s Bush Green, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 8TT Capacity: 2,000 Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm - 1am Price: £30.00 Line-Up (in order of appearance): Redsnapper (Live) The Bluetones (Live) Freestylers (Live ) Orbital (Live) Groove Armada (DJ set) + very special guests TPi 08

EVENT FOCUS K ATY PERRY The multi award-winning artist turns to disguise gx 2 media servers for her eye-popping new tour. A pair of disguise gx 2 media servers, each with 2 DVI VFC cards a piece, have accompanied Katy Perry on an 89-date world tour in support of her fifth album, Witness. Along with the disguise software tool kit, providing a pre-vis environment for the creative show design and powerful content playback that includes tight Notch integration, the servers will ensure her tour remains as visually striking until its climax in August 2018. The stage design by Production Designer, Es Devlin, takes the form of a 130ft, eye-shaped LED screen with a 2-part door in the ‘iris’ portion of the screen. Creative Directors and Choreographers Ant and Ash [Antony Ginandjar and Ashley Evans] have woven a 1980’s space theme into the 6 acts of the show. The gx 2 systems from disguise were chosen, “due to the need for Notch integration as well as the entire team’s familiarity and reliance on the product over the years,” explained Earlybird Visual’s Eric Marchwinski, the Associate Lighting Designer and Lighting / Video Programmer. “We never considered any other solution as disguise is now an integral part of how we all produce these very large and high-profile shows. The gx 2 is a workhorse, which is the perfect fit for this project in terms of reliability and power. We are playing 5K and 2K files and sometimes we layer multiple files of those sizes.” In pre-production, disguise was used to “take a look at the content’s relationship to the screen surround and how things felt in different positions in the room,” said Marchwinski. “Having a model to look at for pre-production was key, as well as having the TAIT Navigator automation integration via UDP. With the moving, bi-part wall and the 8 matrix lifts, we needed to be able to parallel map the content on both of these surfaces. The 3D workflow that disguise provides is the only choice for these features in the set.” He gave kudos to the new system hardware as well: “We push the system pretty hard with such a large texture size; 8 outputs and 7K worth of texture would bring most media server to its knees. But the disguise gx 2 stands strong for almost everything we ask it to do.” Marchwinski pointed out that the support from disguise was also integral to the technical setup of the show. “As we have continued to use disguise on these large shows, the need for some on-site support has grown,” he commented. “The disguise New York office sent on-site Support Specialist, Chet Miller, to help Drew and I get everything running smoothly. “This was invaluable as Chet was able to help tweak the automation integration and dial in overall system performance - especially as we were using some of the first gx 2’s in the US market. We also had some direct lines of communication back to the London office, which helped to document anything that arose, keeping our rehearsals and the London office working efficiently across two different time zones.” The content was provided by Silent Partners Studio. Kirk J. Miller is the Visual Project Manager for Earlybird Visual and Ryan Middlemiss the disguise System Designer. For the tour, Jay Schmit is the Production Manager, J.T. Rooney the Screen Producer, and Gabriel Coutu-Dumont the Video Creative Director. The Lighting Designer is Baz Halpin and the Lighting Director is Drew Gnagey. TPi Photo: Steve Jennings www.katyperry.com www.disguise.one INGENIOUS SOLUTION No. 804 Ingenious Gunge, CO2 & Confetti Effects! + = MTFX.com/ADS Ingenious Effects Rock & Roll! Watch our Highlights When it comes to live special effects, tackling tough challenges is what we do best Welcome to MTFX. The ingenious effects people. 01452 729903 info@mtfx.com www.mtfx.com 09