History of Lumen Radio

The future and to a large degree the present is all about being untethered.  We are untethered to our mobile devices such as our phones, tablets and laptops.  We are untethered to all manner of portable electronic devices.  In fact, wired transmission of practically any data is becoming a rather quaint vestige of the past.  One of the many companies that recognize this fact is the award-winning and innovative Lumen Radio.  They have created groundbreaking products such as their CRMX Nova RX – DMX Receiver, their CRMX Nova RX RDM – RDM Receiver and their CRMX Nova TX – DMX transmitters all designed to enhance multi-media experiences such as concerts and theatrical productions.  Just a few years ago LumenRadio receive a PLASA for its software.  This software is a comprehensive management tool for monitoring and configuring users’ lighting networks.lumenradiologo-rgb-whitebg

LumenRadio was created in 2008 when LumenRadio founder and CTO Niclas Norlén realized that as we became more and more dependent on wireless systems, the radio of the future had to be extremely reliable. Together with engineers with different backgrounds from both the Entertainment and Telecom industries, the revolutionary and patented CRMX system was launched in 2009 – the first adaptive radio designed for the specific requirements of the Entertainment industry and now the basis of all LumenRadio products.

LumenRadio also produces entire consoles that are responsive and unobtrusive for set and lighting designers.  Its CRMX technology has won innovation awards as far back as 2009 and the company continues its innovation in spite of its many competitors.  One such innovation is its SuperNova software.  With it users are able to manage all CRMX, RDC and Art-Net compliant devices, monitor wireless signal strength, and send warnings of system errors through e-mail, push notifications to smart phones and more.  Additionally, LumenRadio’s patented Cognitive Coexistence technology is able to not be affected by other wireless signals that are operating in the same physical space.

All of these innovations are signs that LumenRadio will continue its history of creating innovating, groundbreaking technologies that will aid lighting directors in creating exhilarating visual experiences for theatre, concert and special event goers.  This is why we carry a full line of their products at Ratpac Dimmers.

Great Cinematographers Part 3-Michael Ballhaus

Michael Ballhaus

He is Martin Scorsese’s favorite cinematographer.

He has sat behind the lens of movies like ‘Goodfellas’, ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’, ‘Gangs of New York’, ‘The Fabulous Baker Boys’ and stood in front of the lens in movies like ‘The Marriage of Maria Braun’ and 1978’s ‘Spiel der Verlierer.’

In the 1960’s and 1970’s, this master of the cinema worked with major German directors sucBallhaus-Marthah as Peter Lilienthal, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders, and Volker Schlöndorff learning and honing his craft and quickly becoming one of the most sought after cinematographers in Hollywood. In the 80s he worked with directors like Francis Ford Coppola and Wolfgang Petersen to create some of Hollywood’s most influential and powerful movies of the time.

This master of the cinema is German born Michael Ballhaus and this August 5 will mark his 81st birthday.
For more than 46 years Ballhaus had enhanced the movies he has worked on by lending his signature 360-degree tracking shots. This technique has given him the nickname “The Flying Eye.” So influential and powerful a story telling tool is this technique that it is little wonder that the likes of Scorsese have relied on him to help propel their stories and set the mood of the films.

An example of this particular technique can be seen in the movie ‘Goodfellas’. As Ray Liotta’s Henry Hill walks with Karen through a hallway, a kitchen and eventually a dining, we can are given the sense that we are walking with the couple and that we are almost going to crash into the pair. Goodfellas-31Invested in this legendary scene is a sense of wildness as Ballhaus uses pauses and angles to enliven the scene of an otherwise mundane activity. Ballhaus didn’t pioneer the technique but he used it better than most. In fact, this shot has been deemed the “The Beatles” of tracking shots by the site Uproxx.

Yet for all of Ballhous’s attention to detail and innovation, he has never won the prestigiouBrf8mYSCQAALE49s Academy Award for Best Cinematography having been thrice nominated for his work on ‘Broadcast News’ (1987), ‘The Fabulous Baker Boys’ (1989), and ‘Gangs of New York’ (2002). He was once honored by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography for his work on the movie ‘Goodfellas’ for the aforementioned restaurant scene. However, few though his awards may be, movie goers have been rewarded with his work on film for the past nearly 50 years.

His perspective as both actor and cinematographer and his willingness to butt heads with directors in the name of improving the movie going experience are why we honor the contributions of Ballhaus.