John’s work with Gravesend Inn is basically what turned me onto this whole sector of what he calls the “industry” as both a craft and an art unto itself. These things aren’t simple, and that’s why systems were both designed and evolve over time to adapt to the changing needs of live entertainment. John thoroughly and patiently explains the history, and then the skills themselves. The systems are as applicable to any seasonal or holiday installations, or other immersive live acts.
Show Networks and Control Systems* has been the industry standard reference in backstage control technology since 1994. With a unique combined focus on computers, networks, control systems, art and practice, the book offers an in-depth examination of the control and networking technology used in lighting, lasers, sound, stage machinery, animatronics, special effects, and pyrotechnics for concerts, theme parks, theatre, themed-retail, cruise ships, museums, interactive performing arts, and special events. This completely revised, reorganized and updated edition includes more than 30 new pages and dozens of brand-new graphics, with dramatically expanded coverage of show networking technology and fresh real-world examples. Drawing upon his extensive experience in the field and classroom, John Huntington clearly explains everything that goes on behind the scenes and inside the machines to bring bold visions to life in real-world settings. * Formerly Control Systems for Live Entertainment
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