Visit to the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center

Today, I had the pleasure of driving down to Colorado Springs to visit the United States Olympic Training Center.  For the last four years, it has been my custom to drive down to Colorado Springs to deliver our underwater sound system for use during the synchronized swimming training season.  Then, at the end of the season, I drive down again to pick it up and bring it back to our headquarters in Littleton.  Since the training season ended recently, yesterday was the day I drove down to pick it up.  I always enjoy these trips and feel like I learn a lot each time I visit the center.

This year, my visit proved to be even better than the ones I’ve taken in the past.   I arrived at the center to find a completely emptied Olympic sized swimming pool.  Kevin Moreau, one of the Aquatics Managers at the training center, told me that every four years (after the Paralympic swimmers finish their training) the whole swimming pool is drained so that all major maintenance can be performed.  I saw lots of crews working on both the pool and the facility itself, but one crew I noticed in particular was working on the pool’s grout.  According to Kevin, they will replace approximately 1/3 of it this time around.  Being an Olympic sized pool, that’s a lot of grout!  With all the hard work being put into the pool and building, I think this is going to be one incredibly facility for the coming four years!

It was wonderful to speak with and learn from Kevin on this trip, and I look forward to visiting again in the spring!

 

-Bill

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Huey Lewis and the News with Joe Cocker Concert

Sunday night, the folks here at Clark Synthesis had the pleasure of seeing Huey Lewis and the News and Joe Cocker perform live at the Comfort Dental Amphitheatre and, wow, what a treat that was!  The News gave an outstanding performance and had the whole crowd dancing and singing, especially while they played their biggest hits.  Joe Cocker was equally fantastic, putting on a soulful show that had the crowd moving and grooving.

For years, Clark Synthesis has supplied Huey Lewis and the News with transducers, and since they were going to be in Denver, the band was generous enough to provide us all with tickets.   After meeting outside the amphitheater, we got our drinks and settled in to enjoy the shows.  The Sunday weather was absolutely perfect for an outdoor concert and everyone had a genuinely outstanding evening.  Thanks so much to Huey Lewis and the News for the amazing tickets and we hope to see you again next time you’re in Denver.  Enjoy those transducers!!

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Underwater Speakers Used in Mermaid Show

One of my favorite things about working at Clark Synthesis is being able to witness and capture all the interesting ways our products are utilized.  For instance, some people use our transducers to add music therapy to massage tables while others use them to keep in-time while performing on a stage.

Our Diluvio™ Underwater Speakers are also used in a variety of ways.  I think one of the most fun applications for our underwater speakers is in the Mystic Mermaid show in the Downtown Aquarium here in Denver.  The Mystic Mermaid show features live “mermaids” swimming underwater and demonstrating environmental concern and care of the planet’s oceans while the Diluvio™ is used to give directions to the mermaids and cue their movements.

If you happen to be in the Denver area, I highly recommend checking out the Under the Sea Exhibit and the Downtown Aquarium and seeing our underwater speakers put to use!

 


 

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Bon Iver and Feist @ Red Rocks

Last night, we had the privilege of attending the Bon Iver concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre… and can I just say that this was one of the most outstanding concerts I’ve ever seen?  I feel like I say that a lot…but it’s true…

The evening opened with Feist, an artist I already have great admiration for, and she certainly did not disappoint.  Even though she doesn’t need any help in being awesome, her band and backup singers were stand-up acts by themselves and the combination made for an unbelievable show.

Then came Bon Iver.  And what can I even say?  The stage set was incredible, the band was beyond amazing, and the lighting was magicial.  I felt like I got to be at a concert and a light show at the same time.  And to describe Justin Vernon…well, I haven’t quite found the words yet.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that much talent out of one person.

One of the first things I noticed as the stage was being set was the presence of two drum sets.  I couldn’t believe how well synchronized the band was with so many instruments and musicians on the stage, but I’m guessing the transducers helped out with that.  Either way, we were all extremely impressed with the level of depth and complexity from all the musicians.

We at Clark Synthesis just want to shout out a huge “thank you” to Bon Iver for the incredible seats and for putting on such an unforgettable show.  We can’t wait to catch you again next time around.

 

-Bethany

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