ETC is excited to introduce On Headset, a new audio series that allows listeners to program a major theatrical production in real time while listening to the audio cues of a lighting designer.
“Our goal with this project is to fill the gap between the traditional classroom or ‘e-training’ methods of console learning and actually sitting behind an Eos desk in a theater,” explains ETC Senior Field Service Engineer Victor Seastone, “This is a console flight simulator to help with both.”
The series features esteemed Broadway lighting designer Ken Billington and a lightly curated recording of the headset conversations during technical rehearsals of the New York City Center Encores’ Me and My Girl in May of 2018. The New York City Center, a well-known and distinctive theatre, welcomes 300,000 visitors annually to its establishment which was founded in 1943. The Encores! series has combined the traditional American musical theater with original orchestrations for more than 25 years.
The recordings are broken into 13 episodes, which start as Ken begins putting cues into the console and end after the dress rehearsal—which for Encores, is about 90 percent of the lighting time allowed.
“We are so lucky to have these strong relationships with lighting professionals so we can create and share content like this for our users,” says ETC Senior Controls Product Manager Anne Valentino. “Thanks to the designers and crew who helped make this possible!”
Users can find the audio series on their preferred podcast streaming service or at etcconnect.com/onheadset.