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The Next HOPE (2010): "Hacking for an Audience: Technology Backstage at Live Shows" (Download)

The Next HOPE (2010): "Hacking for an Audience: Technology Backstage at Live Shows" (Download)

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Sunday, July 18, 2010: 11:00 am (Lovelace): Working behind the scenes at live shows, you will find people with titles like Master Electrician, Audio Engineer, Automation Carpenter, or Technical Director. These people won't likely call themselves hackers, but that's what they do: take technologies and techniques from larger industries, and appropriate, adapt, and extend them to the high-stakes, high-pressure world of live shows, where the failure of a two dollar part could cause the loss of a show and hundreds of thousands of dollars of ticket revenue. In this industry, every night all over the world, hundreds of technicians with nerves of steel do their best to anticipate the inevitable failures which all hackers encounter, and accommodate them gracefully, preferably in a manner which the audience never even notices. This session will cover who does what on live shows, give an overview of the technologies, and introduce some of the strategies used to ensure that the show goes on.

Hosted by John Huntington