Archive for September, 2010

Fireworks Competition in Hannover Germany

When someone asks you if you want to travel to Hannover Germany to help setting up a fireworks show…You say yes!

I joined my most excellent friend,  John Werner of Vulcan Pyrotechnics and 18 other great people from the USA, China, Germany, Netherlands, France and New Caledonia.

The event was the 20th International Fireworks Competition at Grosse Garten, Hannover Germany.  Vulcan Pyrotechnics was representing China in the competition.  Vulcan took first place in last years contest.

The team spent three days preparing and setting up the display.  The display was a mix of traditional and new techniques.   Vulcan may have taken second place to Sweden but I really enjoyed the show.

The weather didn’t favor us with desirable wind and we were slowed down by intermittent rain over the main two days of set-up.  All-in-all, everyone involved was happy with the show.

My work was focused on setting up gerbes, wheels, and other animated effects.  I also assisted on the “wire-rockets”.  You can see these shooting across the field in the video.

Here are a few photos:

John and Craig In Hannover

Cakes, mines, comets and bundles of candles. Ready to go!

One Galaxis Receiver with about 20 outputs fililed.

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Percussibot Kits are available

The percussion controller kits mentioned in a previous post ARE available. Same controller used by ArcAttack!

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Travel, My Broken Laptop and ArcAttack!

Been ages since I paid proper attention to my site.  Sorry about that!

Lots of things have happened including my laptop failing when I plugged it in when I was in Berlin recently.  I guess the power supply was not as universal as it was supposed to be.  Back up and running, thanks to my extended warranty on my Dell.  A nice fellow came out to fix it.

My wife Sally and I had a great trip to Berlin and Hungary.  We were invited to a symposium on “Light Art” in Pecs, Hungary. More on that in a later post.

ArcAttack had their run on Americas Got Talent.  They did amazingly well considering they did it with very little money!

I assisted with  a few things including some new more powerful LED arrays for the drum set and some woodwork for the Lightning proof MIDI guitar and the platforms for the last show.  It was great fun to throw in to help.  The creation of the Midi guitar in such a short time was truly amazing.  Here is a link with some more detail: Gizmodo

Here are a couple of photos from my phone:

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