lundi 8 avril 2019

How A Live Event Production Company Operates

By Sarah Reed

When it comes to producing concerts and other events, there are different ways in which to do so. In most cases, a live event production company takes care of most of the work. As such, this article provides information on the tools and techniques used to produce such an event.

Whether producing a theatrical show, large concert, live band, ballet, modern dance or operatic performance, there are a lot that goes into creating a successful event. For example, most events require costuming and make-up communications, sound, packaging, transport, special effects, staging and other work. Whether self promoting an event or hiring a production company, a lot of work goes into promoting and producing a successful event.

Live music and theater have a long history of sound and visual presentations. While video is more recent than sound, both are often required in live productions. Both technologies began with the first talking film, though sound has been around much longer than video presentations shown during concerts and laser light shows.

Sound reinforcement has also been around for quite some time. While sound amplification is the distribution of sound, amplification provides the high and low volumes associated with a professional audio system. A great example of one of the first sound amplification systems is that of a bull horn which first debuted at the Chicago World Fair in 1933.

Bill Graham assisted the historic Fillmore in San Francisco, California when a sound system was needed which could be changed out quickly. During that time, Bill Graham also founded FM productions, one of the first producers of concerts of live performances in the area. The production company became very popular with musicians involved in the Bay Area music scene, including the Grateful Dead.

The production company and a number of San Francisco based musicians became embroiled in a heated debate over the best type of sound system available. For some, it was an array or split array of speakers while others believed horn loaded speakers provided more clarity and better highs and lows in the music. As a resolution, the Grateful Dead and others began providing the sound equipment for each performance.

Live production companies in business today have a lot more going for them than individual promoters of the past. For, most have specific policies and procedures which individuals setting up and taking down events must follow on a regular basis. In addition, the concept of artists providing sound equipment as well as musical instruments and other elements is now a standard practice when it comes to artists and bands of all sizes.

The history behind how Bill Graham came to the United States is an interesting one. For, Bill first escaped the Nazi invasion at age 10. After which, the young Bill Graham relocated to New York and was placed in foster care.

Graham graduated from high school, then went to college to obtain a degree in business. Later, in the early 1960s, Bill moved to San Francisco. Bill's career in promoting live events began as manager for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, a politically inspired group of comedians. After which, Graham began promoting a number of events and large concerts, a career that has inspired many still working in the field today.

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