ACS get involved in a world record breaking attempt for charity

A charity concert always goes done well and raises bundles of much needed cash for the chosen charity. So, ACS has decided to get behind a similar event, but with a difference, a very 'big' difference - The Chasing Rainbows Tour 2009.

‘It always seems impossible until it’s done’
- Nelson Mandela

The ‘Chasing Rainbows Tour 2009’ is what happens when like-minds and personal ambitions collide. The travel retail industry has been supporting The Smile Train, the cleft lip and palate charity, since a leading publication began a campaign to raise the profile of the organisation and its cause in 2007. Since ‘The Moodie Report’ announced its partnership with The Smile Train, through various worthwhile initiatives the travel retail industry has raised over $1.2 million for the charity.

With the ‘Chasing Rainbows Tour 2009’, the industry aims to put many more smiles on the faces of hundreds of African children by staging the first ever rock gig at the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest freestanding mountain.

And while doing so, members of the ‘Chasing Rainbows Tour 2009’ team plan to achieve some of their own personal ambitions - and break some world records - on the way. Most significantly, the world’s highest altitude electrical rock gig/musical performance ever held on land.

The ‘Chasing Rainbows Tour 2009’ is what happens when scores of individuals, having built up diverse, dynamic and valued relationships over decades of doing business, choose to channel their collective energy, intellect and ambition into, quite literally, putting smiles on children’s faces...

Who are the Chasing Rainbows Tour 2009?

The ‘Chasing Rainbows Tour 2009’ team: The travel retail industry is a specialist distribution channel operating in airports, on airlines and ferries and in downtown and border store locations worldwide. The presence of these operations, in some of the world’s most sought after consumer spaces, makes this a serious and valuable playing field for the world’s leading brands. From the most established global fashion houses to leading liquor and confectionery brands, they all seek a showcase in the travel retail arena, such is its acknowledged ability to reach their key target audiences. Global duty free and travel retail sales alone exceed $37bn annually.

‘The Smile Train’: This charity is dedicated to providing free cleft surgery for millions of children in developing countries, and providing cleft-related training for the doctors and medical professionals who will carry out these operations. The charity estimates that just US$250 can pay for a 45-minute operation that will, put simply, completely transform a child’s life.

How will it work?

The ‘Chasing Rainbows Tour 2009’ team will be comprised of individuals from across all sectors of the industry. Every single piece of equipment that is required to make this high altitude gig happen will be weighed and a series of packages or ‘lots’ will be created. Each lot will be of sufficient size and shape that it can be carried by an individual to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro where its contents will be used to stage our record-breaking attempt.

How can ACS help?

The band’s drummer and music legend, Jon Howells personally selected ACS T2s In Ear Monitors as the perfect piece of gear to assist him in establishing the World Record for the Highest Altitude drum solo on land– EVER! ACS happily provided Jon and his band with T2s and will be fully backing the world record attempt and keeping a close eye on how it goes.

We’ll post again soon with updates on how the preparation is going…

Awareness!® The Headphone App

Awareness! is an app that allows headphone users to hear what’s going on around them while listening to music (or any other audio) on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Awareness! uses the iPhone’s built in microphone or your headset’s inline microphone to analyze your surroundings and overlays any important sounds in your headphones over your music or audio book. (for outdoor use an inline headset mic is required)

You can set a mic threshold level so that the mic is only switched on when a sound is louder than your background noise.

Awareness! lets your hear when the person next to you talks, or if you are out walking or cycling, when a car or truck blows its horn.

Awareness! works brilliantly in most situations, however if you’re standing close to loud machinery or are in an environment where the noise levels are particularly high, the microphone may be inadvertently triggered.

In situations like this, its best to turn the microphone on continuously (by tapping the mic icon) and turning the mic volume down to an acceptable level while still being able to hear environmental noise, this allows you to hear any important sounds or changes in your surroundings while using headphones.

It may also be advisable to use the AutoPause or ducking features. Note: We never advise the use of headphones or earphones anywhere where danger may be present, Awareness! does not replace common sense.

Find more on the website here !

Awareness Headphone App

Live & Local…

As we’re a British company, making handmade custom products, we wanted to spread the home-grown spirit a little and so will be following the journey and successes of one of our local artists.

Our featured artist for 2012 is the wonderful Aurora J Young – based up the road from our office, but destined to tour all over the world, Aurora’s brand of blues and soul-inspired pop was right up our street. Almost literally. 

She’ll be updating us regularly with what’s going on – starting right now. Enjoy!

A word from Aurora…

“The launch of my debut single 'Charmer' has arrived! It is with great pleasure that I can announce the long awaited release can be purchased from iTunesAmazon & Bandcamp as of March 12th 2012.

Written on Valentine’s Day 2010, 'Charmer' is a literally a labour of love. The music was originally written by my good friend and the massively talented John Gardiner. I wrote the lyrics and vocal lines and then developed the arrangement with my band over about 18 months. Although it has taken a while, we have still been working on the album in-between and the first release had to be of a high standard…!

I have worked with some incredible musicians, sound engineers and producers to bring you the first track from my debut album. Along with Stevie Matt Cooper - the core of this project - we collaborated with Hugh Edwards on drums, Michael Bennion on Bass, Grant Ray Fox & Danny Young on guitar and George Shilling on Cello. Charmer was recorded at Snap! Studios, Frequency Studios and Bank Cottage Studios by Peter Junge, Aaron Maguire and George Shilling.

I will be performing an intimate acoustic set at the Also Known As bar in Banbury on Thursday 15th March to celebrate the launch. I  Charmer CD Artworkwill be supported by Stevie Matt Cooper performing a solo set of catchy folk songs and Ben Adams & Andy White will be strumming out some rock and soul covers. It all kicks off at 8:00pm and entry is free!

More live dates are currently being announced on my website so keep an eye out for those."

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