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Light Talk with The Lumen Brothers

LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers is a place where lighting designers can feel free to express what really annoys them about the industry and the art of stage lighting design. Inspired by the beloved NPR radio show, "CAR TALK", LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers features the musings and rantings of David Jacques, Stan Kaye, and Steve Woods. These three designers have been lighting the stages of the world for many, many decades. Burnt out and abused by the industry and the insanity of the profession, Stan, Steve, and David have escaped to the hallowed halls of academia where they wildly and fearlessly pontificate to innocent students of the art. LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers takes these rantings to the world. Look for our regularly scheduled Pod Cast discussing the issues of our time. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense. Welcome to LIGHT TALK!

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LIGHT TALK Episode 1 - "Welcome to LIGHT TALK!"
In this inaugural episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from LED to Lumesuck.  Join the guys as they pontificate about preparing yourself for the profession, the newest state of the art LED lighting fixtures, the sale of High End to ETC, and how to work with colorblind directors. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense. (NOTE:  We apologize for the poor sound... We are lighting guys, not sound experts. The sound gets a lot better by Episode 3. Thanks for listening!)
63:27 4/18/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 2 - "Better Than Bowling"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from CRI to "Margaritas to Go".  Join the guys as they pontificate about the value of LDI and USITT, communicating with directors, using visualization software, recommended lighting textbooks, and accelerating from 0 to 60 MPH in 3 seconds on the 405! Challenge yourself with this week's LIGHT TALK Puzzler! Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense. (NOTE:  We apologize for the poor sound... We are lighting guys, not sound experts. The sound gets a lot better by Episode 3. Thanks for listening!)
59:40 4/24/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 3 - "A Photon is a Terrible Thing to Waste"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from BFA's to "Butt Boards".  Join the guys as they pontificate about Data Networks, Working with Master Electricians, Haze, Chainsaws, Technology vs. Art, Small Towns vs. Big Cities, and Steve's Mom. Challenge yourself with this week's LIGHT TALK Puzzler! Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
53:05 5/1/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 4 - "Bumwad"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from Light Shaping to Bumwad.  Join the guys as they pontificate about designing for rock shows, color mixing in the world of LED, the pressure of tech rehearsals, how to work with time limitations, and how sidelight increases the level of dopamine. Challenge yourself with this week's LIGHT TALK Puzzler! Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
50:08 5/7/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 5 - "Swarms of Drones"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from Lighting Modern Dance to Gel No More.  Join the guys as they pontificate about making the Stage Manager's job easier, visions of the future, color and mood, swarms of drones, Low Beginnings, and how we manipulate color temperature for our own evil purposes. Challenge yourself with this week's LIGHT TALK Puzzler! Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
48:01 5/15/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 6 - "The Dance of Excited Electrons" - Interview with Josh White
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David welcome special guest Josh White from The Joshua Light Show. Josh discusses the early days of liquid light shows at The Fillmore East, working with The Who on Tommy, installing aircraft landing lights into overhead projectors, creating abstract lighting statements, armadillo icons, improvisational lighting and busking, accidentally inventing the lava lamp, staying out of the army, disaster at Woodstock, synesthesia, Max Headroom, using spot welders in your light show, and not losing track of your "analog side".  Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
64:50 5/22/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 7 - "Retina Destroyer"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from Color Transmission to Golf Cart Accidents.  Join the guys as they pontificate about working in Europe, getting into the architectural lighting field, Fade Away, agents, Retina Destroyer Strobelights, odd vs. even numbers of fixtures, schmoozing, and developing social skills in the theaters and the bars. Challenge yourself with this week's LIGHT TALK Puzzler! Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
55:34 5/29/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 8 - "The Cone of Silence"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from Disclaimers to Juice Hose.  Join the guys as they pontificate about working in Europe (Part II), writing too many cues, cheap lighting control solutions, how to avoid getting sued, finding Creative Nirvana, and "Little Cindy" getting crushed by an elephant. Challenge yourself with this week's LIGHT TALK Puzzler! Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
53:08 6/4/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 9 - "Makin' Bacon"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from the death of arts education in our country to "designers of a certain age".  Join the guys as they pontificate about the plight of UMKC, developing lighting budgets, Mac or PC for lighting designers, negotiating contracts,  "Lighting Sampler", lighting design fees, Jackson building computers and other things in his basement, and neural networks under construction. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
55:21 6/12/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 10 - "Happy Birthday, Stan"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from laser pointers to Marilyn celebrating Stan's birthday.  Join the guys as they pontificate about lighting software they forgot to tell you about last week, the musical and dynamic qualities of light, seeing and feeling the energy of nature, training undergraduate technicians, the four levels of competency, being a part of the team, and how to be a human being. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
51:43 6/19/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 11 - "Backstage Franks"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from Anne's elbows to Backstage Franks.  Join the guys as they pontificate about specialization vs. holistic graduate training, buying the cheapest car, starting the creative process, what to show at URTA, the correct pronunciation of Arnhem, purchasing LED's, Alice Cooper, and rock concert lighting budgets. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
50:45 6/25/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 12 - "You Gotta Be Happy!"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from Diplomas on Fire to Following Your Heart.  Join the guys as they pontificate about love for the SolaFrame Theatre, how to protect yourself with an LLC, the Hot Spot Club, how to tell LED's to "Cool It!!", inexpensive CAD software, is video set or lighting design?, and the changing role of theatre teachers. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
44:23 7/3/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 13 - "Garlic Knots"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from the advancement of women on stage crews to TECH FAB!  Join the guys as they pontificate about VL1’s being used as doorstops, preparing and excelling as an international student, why are 3D booms so difficult to create in Vectorworks?, Wonder Women on stage, dealing with failures, the Genesis of Varilite: Part II, and the “Oasis of Pleasure”. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
48:07 7/8/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 14 - "We're All About Color"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David cover everything from the Red/Green Color Theory to Bialys to Die For! Join the guys as they pontificate about Broad Band Receptors, CMY vs. RGB, John Gleason, Morpheus Color Faders, Battling With and Taking Advantage of Amber Shift, "Fat Bastard!", GMOOT's, Reference Colors, The Golden Glow of Incandescent Light, Our Tools of Choice, and Puffs. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
55:01 7/15/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 15 - "Goddess Mountain" - Interview with Anne Militello
In this episode of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers, Steve, Stan, and David interview acclaimed lighting designer and artist Anne Militello. They cover everything from the perils of women working on rock n' roll crews to taking a tumble in Santorini.  Join Anne, Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about the challenges of being a woman in the business, making it on Broadway, Tom Waits, Circadian Rhythm Lighting, being tough, the beauty of designing lighting installations, sexism and ageism, "Have a Cookie", light being stopped in space and floating in the air, Stan getting kicked out of Harlem, and Anne's secret lasagna recipe. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
41:42 7/23/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 16 - "Piss Pot"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers cover everything from Spermaciti to Piss Pots.  Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about reaching 10,000 downloads, salt water dimmer safety, where to place light cues, personal relationships with gear rental companies, slow cooking at the tech table, popcorn in moving lights, choosing your Relative White color, Balcony Rail tricks, using UV to boost blues, data backup strategies, lighting your show blind, and making the theater smell like the back seat of a Checker Cab. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
49:19 7/29/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 17 - "Social Butterflies"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers cover everything from Developing Trust to Kharma Armour.  Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about the genesis of LIGHT TALK, developing your social skills, how trust influences creativity, "Eureka Moments", hearing creative voices, are lighting designers becoming lazy?, shower ideas, authentic vibrations, keeping your self respect, flying the Entertainment Plane, and dealing with bullies in the theatre. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
53:15 8/5/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 18 - "Rabid Dogs"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers cover everything from Drafting Time to Steve's Mom's face off with a rabid direwolf.  Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about how to find work, Stan being "The Smart One", what to bring to production meetings,  expressing your Point of View, being open to change, print resumes or save some trees?, is it time to go to graduate school?, Magic Solar Powered Garden Gnomes, how do we make a living?, Motor Vator, LIGHT TALK at LDI, the cup holder option on a John Deere riding mower, and where the best bathrooms are located in the theater. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
49:03 8/12/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 19 - "Jerk Face"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers cover everything from Television Lighting Design to Plastic Lobsters.  Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about the new theme song, Craft Services, one-way airplane tickets, pulling out a spanner, should designers be at load-ins?, designing outdoor shows, insects and light boards, In-Sight Shower, European Tools, Mindless Zombies, High End Hog Factor, Shop Orders, customizing your tech table monitors, moving light preset maps, and channel numbering strategies. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
52:50 8/19/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 20 - "WAKE UP!" - Interview with Steve Shelley
In this 20th Anniversary episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers interview Steve Shelley. Steve discusses his amazing career and how he feels about lighting art and the industry.  Join Steve, and The Lumen Brothers as they pontificate about doing something "special" for the 20th Anniversary Episode, getting involved with dance lighting, Grecian Urns, Letraset, taking advantage of amazing opportunities, special prizes in your textbooks, staying awake on cross country trips, insane publishing stories, focusing techniques for impossible situations, moving monkey madness, Steve's advice on getting started in the business, Get A Grip, Jack Hammer focusing techniques, and Flyman Flatulence. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
53:47 8/27/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 21 - "Dog Day Afternoon"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers cover everything from Beautiful Retinas to Mishigas.  Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about Steve Shelley's words of wisdom, theatrical lighting photographic techniques, writing specifications to get the equipment you really want, "Just the Facts, Stan... ETC or Strand?", center beam candlepower, lumens, lux, or foot-candles?, Japanese Chins or Labrador Retrievers?, retirement time, 9 counts, Mustang or Camaro?, and the Lumen Brothers' take on the new VL1100 LED.  Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.  
51:40 9/2/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 22 - "In the Eye of the Hurricane"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers cover everything from the inefficiencies of paper tech to their favorite donuts.  Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about preparing for Irma, more Darwin Award competitors, nodes, gateways, and universes, the new ION, what should Master Electricians supply to designers before they arrive, dealing with the challenge of the unknown, hissy-fits, dealing with self-doubt, vomiting set designers, fear of failure, "WHAT!?", and keeping directors from compromising their ideas.  Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.  
50:56 9/9/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 23 - "BBQ's to Bullrings" - Interview with Jim Waits
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers welcome Varilite pioneer Jim Waits to the show.  Join Jim, Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about the history of Varilite, "Two more motors", Showco, on the road with Genesis, The Mirror Tour, giant scanners, smuggling Spanish onions, Abacab, insane failure rates, Weekend Warriors, The Paper Chase Trail, the first moving light programmers, Why are we still using DMX?, The Artisan console, "ACK", Opus and Bill, education and moving lights, the color stability of the Marc 350 lamp, "Lorne Green and Am I Blue?", touring with the Oak Ridge Boys, car shows, and Series 300 comes to the rescue. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.  
53:44 9/16/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 24 - "Remember the Alamo!"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers cover everything from theater design to hair sculpture.  Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about the genesis of the VL1000, lasers and LED's, Jim Waits passed out on a bus, working in ugly theaters, the new Elation Professional Dali fixture, PAR-Strips on the Balcony Rail, working on odd productions, runway shows, where are all the internships?, hungry hound dogs, the subtlety of Bosch, oatmeal and creamed spinach, shortening a Source Four with a chopsaw, working in Russia, weird jobs, Heaven Sent, racoon eyes, Jo Anne Worley, and is it possible to have a lighting design career... and a family?  Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
50:56 9/23/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 25 - "The Ten Bulls"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers celebrate their first "International Tribute Show" and cover everything from branching out to dancers tripping over Marley seams.  Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about the beauty of the Faroe Islands, blowing past 15,000 downloads,  incorporating new lighting knowledge into your lectures, the career of Johnny Mathis, "You can’t be lazy", taking advantage of the LDI Master Classes, is European lighting equipment better than American lighting equipment?, Robert Juliat, European dance floors, opening up the world with a 2nd language, votive candles, working with LED color mixing, is the tungsten halogen lamp extinct?, what pisses us off, working with abnormal people, "Fenice", the best foreign language to learn, the magic happens when the actors hit the stage, thinking on your feet, "I'll work on that tomorrow...", and "THERE ARE NO RULES!".   Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
54:00 9/30/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 26 - "Follow Your Dream" - All About URTA
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers present their "ALL ABOUT URTA SHOW".  Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about what to include in your portfolio, the joys of visiting Chicago in January, speed dating for graduate schools, hounding the school you want to get into, surviving the "Bum's Rush", what to expect after 3 hours of 15-minute interviews, grades and the GRE, is it wise to do followup interviews?, Millennial Milestone Awards, what we look for during the interview, visiting campuses, and a special "For Your Consideration" comment about last week's tragedy in Las Vegas.   Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
42:22 10/7/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 27 - "You Get What You Pay For"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers cover everything from Counterfeit Grand MA’s to Government Supported Tutu's.  Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about Cue Stack Techniques, Opportunities for High School Lighting Students, Live Design Magazine, Different Cue Structures for Different Genres, Desk Copies of Lighting Texts for Teachers,  Creating Block Cues, Climbing Over Theater Seats, Busking Opera, Golden Sea, The Good and Bad of Chinese Lighting Companies, “How About a T-Shirt, MAN!”, When is the Right Time to Retire, The Freedom Years, and Numbering Light Cues. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
43:40 10/14/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 28 - "Surfing the Light Waves" - Interview with R. Michael Clark
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers interview set and projection designer R. Michael Clark.  Join Steve, Stan, David, and Michael as they pontificate about putting films on stage, What directors really mean, Overcoming your fear of projections,  Collaborating with the team, Base line of projection equipment for a university, The "Source Four of Projection", the Magic Number is... "10K", The best "Bang for Your Buck" Media Servers, Panis, The Lack of Convergence, The Universal Mystery Wrench, New video technology,  The death of green screens through Light Wave Technology, A Variety of Gnomes, Light as Form, Working with Billy Crystal, Playing the role of Diane in "Cheers", Learn 3D, The world will find you, and The influence of Wendall K. Harrington.  Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
46:13 10/21/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 29 - "Speaking Yoda"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers cover everything from Wavy Gravy to Happy Hour with The Lumen Brothers. Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about Freezing in Chicago, EOS vs Cobalt vs. MA vs. Hog, Using non-traditional fixtures in your plot, How to tell a director that the cue makes no sense, Avolites, Heather Carson, The Consul in the midwest, “Where is your eye going?”, Putting the pedal to the metal, Directors with no sense of music, The Ultimate Punt Page, "Please" or "Suck"?, Is there a systematic way to design movers in a plot?, Frida Convict, Serving the client, How to pronounce “Nook Schoenfeld", and "The Big Lesson"! Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
41:32 10/29/17
LIGHT TALK Episode 30 - "Don't Drink the Fog Fluid!"
In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers cover everything from Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Haze, to BS Pollution. Join Steve, Stan, and David as they pontificate about Still Freezing in Chicago,  Kicking the tires at LDI, Who has the best food in the private rooms?, Enjoying your Las Vegas experience, Who chooses the lighting desk?, Smaller rigs, Tharon's words of wisdom, The subtleties of designing with moving lights, The sensual parts of technology, Keeping the choir from coughing, Glycol and systemic toxicity, Total Bastard Fog Juice, Creating Redundancy, John Haupt, and Viper lamps.  Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.
41:13 11/4/17

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