The Podcast – Episode 4: An Interview with Jeff Waful of Umphrey’s McGee


Another episode of the podcast hits the airwaves!

I was fortunate enough to interview Jeff Waful – a lighting designer who’s been out with moe. and is currently lighting the excellent jam band, Umphrey’s McGee.  I got to talk to Jeff right before New Years’ Eve 2010 as he was programming Umphrey’s New Years run in Chicago.  We talked about his switch from moe. to Umphrey’s, the grandMA, the Mac III, what young lighting designers should know, and a lot more.

Check it out below – I’ve also included a link for download, and it should be hitting the RSS feed right away!

The Podcast, Episode 3!


FINALLY – another episode of The Podcast!  It’s only been, what – like 6 months?

This episode covers LDI 2009 – I had a nice chat with Justin from about the conference (as we were glued to the hip most of the conference), and we had a rambling conversation about different products, the LDI 2009 vibe, and other stuff related to the show.

Grab a cup of coffee, get comfy, and check out the podcast, episode 3!

The Podcast, Episode 2: Johnny R. Goode, LD for The Disco Biscuits

Episode Two of The Podcast! Episode two features a conversation I had with the lighting designer for The Disco Biscuits, Johnny R. Goode. Johnny has a big job – he creates unique lighting design for a band that is very eclectic, very energetic, and extremely powerful.

I hope you enjoy my conversation with Johnny R. Goode – I certainly did!

Luminair 1.5 Contest Is Over – Winners Contacted

I am thrilled to say that I have sent the two winners’ names of the Luminair 1.5 contest to Ryan at Synthe FX, who will be contacting the winners to set up their free licenses of Luminair 1.5 – lighting control via your iPhone!

If you listened to the first edition of The Podcast, you would know the two questions posed for entry into the contest – for those of you who haven’t had a chance to hear it, I asked the following questions:

1.  What was the first computerized lighting control console for entertainment?
2.  What are the languages in which Luminair 1.5 is translated?

I accepted two answers for question 1 – the first memory console was actually developed by Strand, called the Strand IDM.  From the Strand Archive:

The world’s first memory lighting control, the IDM/DL arose out of the need to advance from a three preset manual fader desk to a means of recording the fader levels and instantly reproducing them in performance. The first installation in June 1968 in Schweinfurt, was followed by Budapest Opera and the Coliseum, London. With its push-button IDM/R variant (the prototype of the DDM) and the later redesigned MSR system, 20 systems were installed around the world.


I also accepted the answer of Gordon Pearlman’s LS-8 Electronics Diversified, used in Tharon Musser’s production of A Chorus Line.  Pearlman’s console was the first memory desk used on Broadway.

The second question was easy, located on Luminair’s website.  Luminair is translated into Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, English, and Spanish.

I took all of the entries and generated two completely random winners from a randomly generating algorithm – the winners were completely randomly selected from the correct answerers.  If you won, you’ve been contacted.  If you didn’t win, I have another contest coming up this week!  Free stuff ROCKS!  Thanks to all who entered – I have a lot more planned, and I hope you participate again!

The Podcast – Reminder for the Giveaway!

On Friday of this last week, I launched the Podcast – the first podcast features an interview with Gil Densham of Cast Lighting, the makers of WYSIWYG.  I’m dropping a reminder here because I want to make sure people enter for the big giveaway – two free licenses of Synthe-FX’s iPhone and ArtNet control platform, Luminair 1.5!  A $99.99 value, and I’ve got two for you!

Listen to the podcast – there are two questions that need answering in order to enter the contest.  Contact me through the contact form – do NOT, and I repeat, do NOT POST YOUR ANSWER in the comments!

Good luck!

The Podcast, Episode 1: Gil Densham of Cast Lighting

The first Podcast is ready! I had an interview with Cast Lighting‘s CEO Gilray Densham a few weeks ago, and we talked about WYSIWYG, Black Box, and some other exciting information. Please check it out!

I’m also giving away two free licenses of Synthe-FX’s software Luminair 1.5$99.99 each! In the podcast I asked two questions – contact me through the contact form with your answers, and a winner will be randomly selected from the group of correct answers! Good luck! The deadline for contest entries is Friday, April 24, 2009 by 11:59pm.

Let me make sure I’m clear about this – do not post the answers in the comments! Use the contact form!