While filming the Bern Pride in 2017, we looked for how the Swiss “live” television green-screen interviews showing the Federal square and the “Palais Fédéral” are produced. Has to be a camera somewhere, right? Remote controlled and always available – right? Well, not hard to find. Opposite the federal building as one would expect, above the Credit Swiss bank. Continue reading
Geneva’s Opera House (Le Grand Théâtre) dates from 1879. It was significantly destroyed by fire in 1951 and re-opened in 1962. There was renovation in 1997/1998 which upgraded the scenery machinery, including electronically controlled and programmable automation; the opening demonstration was a delight for techies but a bit of an over-kill for the general public judging by the sighs after more than 15 minutes of fully automated movement of the suspension beams – set to music. Continue reading
It might look a mess, but efficiency won out over aesthetics in this case.
A bit of background might help explain why.
When volume was low and when archiving had not yet reached any critical mass, life was relatively easy! Continue reading
Numerous recordings have been made at this location – home to the “association pour l’encouragement de la musique improvisée” (AMR). Within the house are teaching facilities, rehearsal studios and two concert spaces we have used: Continue reading
marcomathieumedia is as fascinated by technique back-stage as by the performance itself – each decent production involves so much. And behind the ‘stage’ are other back stories – the lives of the artists, composers, creators and authors – but also of the very performance infrastructure itself.
Since 2015, on way to recording sessions at the UN, our tram passes Continue reading
After many years of car ownership, and of driving everywhere for everything, our fourth BMW finally gave up under pressure of an ailing catalyser — a decision was taken not to replace it.
Aged 18 years and with 300,000 kms on the clock, it was sold for CHF 300.- (the buyer wanted the engine, or so he said) thus avoiding us any scrapping costs or towing to the demolition yard – he sent a transporter as can be seen here in the video. Continue reading