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Richard Cadena
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  • Austin, TX
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Richard Cadena's Discussions

Grammy Awards - Better than Super Bowl Halftime?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Davidson Feb 26, 2011. 24 Replies

Super Show or Black Eye?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Truth Collins Mar 17, 2011. 32 Replies

2010 Concert Touring Off?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Mortimer Jan 10, 2011. 7 Replies


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Where did you learn your craft?
University of Texas
Who have you worked for or where have you worked in the past?
High End Systems, Martin Professional, freelance
What's your favorite new technology?
My eyes
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"The best lighting designers are folks who pay attention to detail." - Nook Schoenfeld
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David Taylor - "Ave atque vale chum..."

Posted on January 24, 2011 at 10:06am 4 Comments

What can one say about a man like David Taylor, who was so gifted and talented, so full of humor and kindness, and so giving of himself to the industry and to his loving family, when his life is taken in a tragic accident?


David was a lighting consultant, most recently with Arup as the leader of their Theatre Consulting division and with Theatre Projects before that. He died on January 16 at the young age of 48 when he…


Lighting Joe Ely

Posted on December 18, 2010 at 6:11pm 2 Comments

(Check out the video of this show at

You know it’s going to be a challenging day when it starts with a curve ball even before loading in. I pulled onto the campus of the University of Texas at 8:00AM for a…


Audio Students Gets Macbook Pro Computer

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:22am 7 Comments

With your help, Titus Oladimeji, the audio student at SAE Audio Institute in Capetown, South Africa, has finally received his Apple Macbook Pro laptop computer. The computer will aid him in his studies. He notified me of the receipt this morning. Here is what he had to say:

EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"">Dear Richard and Donors,

It is my greatest joy and pleasure to inform you that I received

the MAC today. It was a memorable…

10 Take Aways

Posted on August 23, 2010 at 6:30am 11 Comments

I've been extremely busy over the past few years writing books, teaching seminars, and editing PLSN. But this past weekend I worked a Dierks Bentley show for a local vendor, Midnight Lighting in Austin just to stay in touch with the industry and to see what I could learn about this crazy and wonderful business from the local vendor's point of view. It was two days of hot, sweaty, hard work and I loved every minute of it. The LD, Chris Reid, was very easy to work with despite the fact that he… Continue


Posted on July 27, 2010 at 4:30pm 5 Comments

When I was a kid, my two older brothers were standing in the front door watching a massive electrical storm through the screen door. I was afraid to get too close to the doors or windows because of what sounded to me like earschplittenloudenboomers. Each bolt of lightning shook the house and rocked the neighborhood. They were

both leaning against the door jam with their hands resting on the…


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At 10:31am on August 1, 2011, Les Kacev said…

Hi Richard:

I have an "in" with a group who are interested in developing a new movie studio in Southern California. My knowledge of LEDs does not qualify me for assisting in their lighting design. Do you have contacts in Southern CA who could assist if their plan comes to fruition?


Les Kacev

At 11:54am on January 3, 2011, Martin Thomas said…

Happy New Year to you and the family, boss! Just done with Fantasia, and gearing up Erykah for Austrailia. See ya in 2011!!


By the way- nice picture of me and Gezzi!!

At 3:28am on November 19, 2010, Jorge E. Munoz said…
HELLO SR. I just wanted to thank you again for coming to UTEP. The sessions you gave definitely helped. and I want you to know that i came home and the first thing i did was wright my statement. thank you again for you words of encouragement and i hope to see you again some day.

Jorge E. Munoz

Ps. your nick name for Hidei stuck and from now on we refer to our mentor as MR T.
At 5:12am on November 16, 2010, Jim Cherry said…
Has anyone answered B?I have been plugging shit in for 35 years and I have only met a few guys that "know everything" and usualy I get a good laugh somewhere along the line. BTW did you know what connectors were used at the cyberlight unvailing in Orlando back in the early 90's? I do LOL
At 8:41am on August 23, 2010, Wayne Lambert said…
Thank you for the nice comment about the LED blog! Also, thanks for passing it along.
At 11:41am on June 15, 2010, Carl Impey said…
No : thank YOU for all the work, experience and talent you continue to pour back into this amazing industry of ours. I'm looking forward to many interesting hours on your site here.
Thanks again.
At 8:57pm on June 14, 2010, Steven Leonard said…
Hey Richard! Any plans to do another CSL podcast? Maybe Lighting Design 201???? Thanks! Enjoyed your book.
At 6:14pm on May 24, 2010, Ellen White said…
There are always two ways to look at it...and ...sometimes more.
At 9:39pm on May 06, 2010, Ford Sellers gave Richard Cadena a gift
This is a very strange app. I don't think i get it, but here: have some Hammer Pants. it was either these the squeaky steak (mmmm), or the toilet paper.
At 9:35pm on May 6, 2010, Ford Sellers said…
Hey Richard, I hope all is well with you and your family. Are you going to be at Lightfair? I'll be around the Iluminarc booth. Albert & I will be roving the floor on the 12th, I'm sure he'd love to see you, and thank you for helping out with the Help For Haiti charity. If not there, perhaps at Infocomm. Either way, drop me a line, I'd like to catch up.

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