Prologht + Sound
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,600* employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €733* million. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of servicesincludes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).
After last year’s success, the collaboration between Messe Frankfurt and the creators of the Sample Music Festival is to continue for a second year. In cooperation with well-known manufacturers and the Raycademy Frankfurt, the organisers are setting up an exciting experience zone called ‘ProDJ SMF’, with interactive demonstration areas for music production and live performance. Product specialists from some of the top brands, such as Native Instruments, Ableton, Akai and SERATO, as well as start-ups in the music tech scene, will provide insights into the future of music making. International artists, including Pedro Le Kraken from France, Tony Beatbutcher from Belgium, Frankfurt DJ Legend Ray-D as well as Tonspielzeug, Hix Boson and Arkaei will make the event one of the highlights of Prolight + Sound.
The Sample Music Festival was first rolled out in 2015 in Berlin and has since become an established meeting place for digital performance arts such as turntablism, finger drumming and controllerism. Last year, the organisers came to Frankfurt for the first time and brought a special version of their programme. During Prolight + Sound, from 31 March to 3 April 2020, visitors can once again expect a top-flight, dedicated section for specialist knowledge, first-hand experiences and opportunities to try out the products in the ProDJ SMF area.
“The products and services in the ProDJ SMF section are aimed, above all, at professional DJs and artists, who are looking for information about innovative tools on the market, as well as trends and techniques. But we are also extending an invitation to all other visitors at Prolight + Sound to experience some spectacular showcases by top artists and to dive into the world of live digital performance,” says Mira Wölfel, Director of Prolight + Sound. “Our mission is to show that music making with turntables, controllers and digital pads is just as creative and artistically ambitious as with traditional instruments. At Prolight + Sound, we reach a specialist professional audience with particular interest in technology, and we are delighted that we are once again working in tandem with Messe Frankfurt, as well as with numerous manufacturers,” says Alex Sonnenfeld, Founder and CEO of the Sample Music Festival.
The presentation of the Opus has been part of the Prolight + Sound trade fair in Frankfurt since 2002. The award is one of the most important distinctions for outstanding stage productions and honours extraordinary achievements in the use of technology for the settings of theatre productions, concerts, open-air events, etc. The jury and the trustees of the award comprise representatives of the German Media and Event Technology Association (VPLT), the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) and other experts from the sector, as well as representatives of the trade press and Messe Frankfurt. The presentation ceremony will be held during an evening event during Prolight + Sound on 2 April 2020.
Rigoletto: Philipp Stölzl brings a giant clown to life
A 35-tonne moving head with a removable nose, a 338 square metre collar controlled by a cable winch, two movable hands made of steel, wood and polystyrene, a tethered balloon filled with 1,300 cubic metres of helium: alone the dimensions of the set are breath-taking. And no compromises have been made when it comes to the event technology, too: over 300 spotlights, 60 of them moving lights, ensure the right atmosphere while the total output of the stage’s sophisticated sound systems amounts to no less than 220,000 watts. Nevertheless, the bubbling, artistic imagination of director and stage designer Phillipp Stölzl was the decisive factor in the choice of Rigoletto in Bregenz as this year’s Opus winner. Thus, the jury was highly impressed not only by the extremely sophisticated hydraulic control of the life-like clown parts but also, in particular, by the integration of the opera dramaturgy in the technical aspects. In Bregenz, the technology is not just there for technology’s sake but goes hand-in-hand with the implementation of an artistic idea.
Rigoletto is the result of a process that took three years from the planning stage to the final corrections. Just building the stage took ten months and involved no less than 46 equipment suppliers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The target-oriented collaboration between the various technological disciplines has produced an impressive, all-embracing holistic musical and theatrical experience. Philipp Stölzl and his team took a calculated risk in scenic, artistic and technical terms. And mastered it in an outstanding way.
Sinus honours outstandingly creative and artistic achievements and solutions with respect to the use of technology in audio-visual installations. The award has been given annually at Prolight + Sound since 2004. The jury and the trustees of the award comprise representatives of the German Media and Event Technology Association (VPLT), the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) and other experts from the sector, as well as representatives of the trade press and Messe Frankfurt.
World of Light: from the light bulb to the modern LED
The flexible and elaborate showroom reveals the spectrum of expertise and products offered by Osram Licht AG and presents the company as a high-tech supplier with a tradition dating back over 100 years. Covering two levels, this world of infotainment includes a cinema, audio and video content, multifarious lighting units and mist effects. Light can be experienced on an emotional plane in a Light Box – a lighting timeline documents the technological milestones. On the ground floor, a moving glass dividing-wall system permits different room variations: open for press conferences and big events; closed as a versatile workshop area.
The Sinus Award jury was particularly impressed by the multi-functional approach, which permits a wide variety of uses, as well as by the uncompromising execution from the model to finished project, which meets the client’s requirements flawlessly. In this way, the many special challenges have been mastered perfectly, e.g., the integration of the World of Light in existing parts of the Osram headquarters and the planning and installation of a complex media-control system in several different parts of the building.
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