Show Networks and Control Systems has been the industry standard reference in backstage control technology since 1994. With a unique combined focus on computers, networks, control systems, art and practice, the book offers an in-depth examination of the control and networking technology used in lighting, lasers, sound, stage machinery, animatronics, special effects, and pyrotechnics for concerts, theme parks, theatre, themed-retail, cruise ships, museums, interactive performing arts, and special events. This completely revised, reorganized and updated edition includes more than 30 new pages and dozens of brand-new graphics, with dramatically expanded coverage of show networking technology and fresh real-world examples. Drawing upon his extensive experience in the field and classroom, John Huntington clearly explains everything that goes on behind the scenes and inside the machines to bring bold visions to life in real-world settings.
About the Author
John Huntington is a (full) Professor of Entertainment Technology at New York City College of Technology (CUNY). Through his consulting company, Zircon Designs, Huntington freelances as an entertainment and show control systems consultant, author, and sound designer/engineer. Huntington's book, Control Systems for Live Entertainment, was first published by Focal Press in 1994; a second edition was released in 2000, and a third major update was released in 2007. The book was the first on the topic of entertainment control and show control, and continues to be the leading book in the field. In 2012, Huntington released a major, self-published update to the book and retitled it Show Networks and Control Systems. Mr. Huntington has written more than 40 published articles, one of which--Rethinking Entertainment Technology Education--won USITT's Herbert D. Greggs Merit award in 2004. He has sound designed over 20 productions in New York City and regional theatres like Seattle Rep, and has given more than 25 master classes, workshops, presentations, papers, and talks at conferences and trade shows throughout the United States. Mr. Huntington was appointed by PLASA’s Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) as one of 12 electrical "subject matter experts". Mr. Huntington taught as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Drama for 14 years; taught sound design at NYU; worked as a Systems Consultant for George Kindler's show and audio control firm Thoughtful Designs (a PRG company); as sound engineer at the Metropolitan Opera House and for the annual Met Opera/New York Philharmonic summer parks tour; as a systems engineer for Production Arts Lighting; as technical editor for Theatre Crafts and Lighting Dimensions magazines; and as an engineer for the special effects company Associates and Ferren. Mr. Huntington studied technical design, production, theatre engineering and sound at the Yale School of Drama (MFA) and Ithaca College (BFA). He lives in New York City and is a member of Local #1 IATSE.