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Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving Light in Theatre, Live Performance, Broadcast, and Entertainment by Richard Cadena

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Chapter 2

The Foundation of the Automated Lighting Industry

If I have been able to see further, it was only because I stood on the shoulders of giants.—Sir Isaac Newton, scientist and philosopher (1642–1727)

In the relatively short period of time from 1981 to the present, automated lighting has gained tremendous popularity in the entertainment and “architainment” lighting industries. What began mostly as a concert and touring phenomenon quickly gained acceptance in nightclubs and discotheques throughout the world, where technology is often embraced and nurtured. Once it was proven that automated lighting could meet certain criteria for noise, intensity, and reliability, it slowly found applications in Broadway, off-Broadway, and other theatre ...

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