Category Archives: General Interest

Shop Tools and Tips – Foil & Plastic Wrap

If you have a home based workshop, stop going to the kitchen to steal plastic wrap or foil to cover your paintbrush between coats.  Often overlooked, having rolls of plastic wrap, foil, and wax paper in the shop avoids tracking … Continue reading

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Broadway Show Review – Matilda

A few weeks ago we held had our annual trip to see several Broadway shows.  This is a review of the lighting and sound for “Matilda” at the Shubert theatre.  I’m not going to review the overall show -there are … Continue reading

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Laser Light Show Software with Fedora

Brendan works with us at WindWorks Design, and contributes occasionally to the blog.  Here’s a link to an article and interview with Brendan from Fedora Magazine. https://fedoramagazine.org/creating-laser-light-show-with-fedora/ https://fedoramagazine.org/creating-laser-light-show-with-fedora/    

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Hardware Failure is Not An Excuse on a Gig

Electronic musicians are dependent on more gear than many.  From talking with my friend Bob Norton, we both believe in carrying duplicates of nearly piece of electronic gear so the gig can go on.  After all, you can’t tell your … Continue reading

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Shop Tools and Tips – Boelube

I sometimes get questions about how we build some of our custom projects, both musical gear as well as theatre props and special effects.  Inspired by one of our favorite YouTube publishers, Applied Science, here is the first of what … Continue reading

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Fun Home – a review of the Broadway show

  Fun Home – a review of the Broadway show by Max B. Beautiful. I had seen the performance done at the Tony awards, but that was basically it. I didn’t know much more. I didn’t need to. You don’t … Continue reading

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Musician’s Stories from the Trenches – Stephen Gagne

Editor’s note:  This is another in our recurring series of musician’s stories.  Some are biographies, others are specific events in a musician’s life.  We hope you will enjoy reading these original stories, as told by the musicians themselves. Stephen Gagne’s … Continue reading

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James Turrell – not great lighting art

I have studied James Turrell’s work, and seen it in person at the installation in the Guggenheim museum in NYC.  As the 3rd paragraph in the NY Times article excerpt below indicates, you are sitting in a very, very dark … Continue reading

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Common “pipe” dimensions for audio/lights

Quick facts around common pipe and thread dimensions for lights and sound: Microphone stand threads:  5/8″ – 27 thread Camera tripod sockets: 1/4″ – 20 Theater batten/pipe:  1.5″  Schedule 40 Black Iron pipe Lighting C-Clamp yoke bolt: 1/2″ – 13 … Continue reading

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Training Power Cords to be Nice Coiled Loops

Training power cords to behave and stay in nice coiled loops is easy.  Elongated and kinked cables are the downside of buying them sold in hanks. And trying to coil them ends up in bizarre tri-cornered loops.  But warm them … Continue reading

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