If you haven’t at some point in your life waved your hands about making Light Saber noises imagining you’re defeating Darth Vader then this isn’t the video for you. Star Wars VII is fast approaching, but not fast enough, so for the second time this year I’m revisiting the first six movies this time taking on the trusty Jedi’s Light Saber. .
The original lightsaber sound effect was developed by legendary sound designer Ben Burtt as a combination of the hum of idling interlock motors in old movie projectors and interference caused by a television set on a shieldless microphone - a sound Ben Burtt discovered by accident as he was looking for a buzzing, sparking sound to add to the projector-motor hum.
The pitch changes of lightsaber movement were produced by playing the basic lightsaber tone on a loudspeaker and recording it on a moving microphone, generating Doppler shift to sound like movement.
According Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope, light sabers are “not as clumsy or random as a blaster. An elegant weapon, for a more civilized age.”
The history of house music in 3 and a half minutes. Thanks to DJ MAG for premiering it, feel free to join the debate over at their page post of it. Obviously doing a “definitive” history of house in under 4 minutes so feel free to tell me what i missed.
Meta Hip Hop is a rap tune made out of other rap tunes. 80+ Hip Hop tunes sampled but the samples all rhyme together. Full lyrics are in the video description.
Since moving back to Europe I’ve been spending a lot of time in Ireland. My friend Aaron Heffernan got me into the TV Show “Love/Hate” in which he plays a police officer called Gavin. So I made this remix of the show featuring sprinklings of Gavin and all the swearing , drug taking and violence which has made the show the most viewed TV drama in Ireland. The show is coming soon to Netflix so the whole world can enjoy it too. I’m going to be back in Dublin playing at The Palace Nightclub on 28th,29th and 31st of this month.
It’s Halloween and it’s been 30 years since Ghostbusters was released so I’m hitting two bats with one pumpkin with this Ghostbusters remix. Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd’s classic gets the rewind…..streams are crossed, Zuul prepares us for the coming of Gozer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow man appears in all his guises.
Whilst on the topic of BILL MURRAY, this Thursday (30th Oct) I am Audio DJing (no video) for the launch of Hungry Castle’s new collection “The Shit Collection” which features a Bill Murray shirt.
I’ve just returned from Moscow yesterday morning where I was a judge and performer at the Circle of Light Festival. Massive thanks to Tatyana Popova who did an amazing job of wrangling all the judges and 5 times as many contestants. While i was there i did a set on Moscow 24 TV and performed an AV set projected onto Yuri Gagarin’s standby space rocket. Someone has very kindly posted the whole set online . That is probably the most impressive projection I’ve ever performed on. The whole festival was incredibly impressive but possibly the most exciting part for me was meeting Stuart Warren Hill (Hexstatic / Holotronica). Stuart created the AV video piece TIMBER in 1997 which is the first example of AV I ever saw and it’s what made me want to make Eclectic Method. So it’s fair to say Stuart has totally changed my life and this was the first time I ever had the chance to meet him. Stuart hasn’t paused innovating for a sec and has slowed down his Hexstatic persona to instead focus on Holotronica. He has also invented the Holo-Gauze screen, a projection screen that remains totally invisible till you project on it. Stuart is using it in combination with 3D glasses to do Holotronica 3D Shows but Eric Prydz also recently used the screen for his legendary MSG show, video below:
How far can you take it when sampling just one phrase? Well, I’ve tried to totally overdo it by creating a piece from Audrey Hepburn just saying “I Love You”, from the public domain movie “Charade”. One of the most literal visual examples of sampling ever. Every pitch shift and jitter in sound has been matched with a corresponding shift and jitter in picture. The track is available to download for free and so are the audio stems for those who want to do their own remix. Also you can jam with the video in the new Coub Mixer browser based video remixer. You can also go to the main Coub Mixer main page and make your own multi channel video sample jams.
COSMOS, the Carl Sagan Cosmos series has been remade with Neil Degrasse Tyson and is flipping ridicusick. MELANGE is the new ep from Lazerdisk. The track “Crashing” on Melange is a collaboration between Lazerdisk and The Knocks and they asked me to remix it. I try to make everything I do about video as well as music (video music ainnit) so I decided to combine my audio remix with the Cosmos TV show what with the lyrics being so starry and such “You know where we are, dancing in the stars……”
This coming Wednesday (25th June 2014) I will be doing a live video remix show in Barcelona with video DJs DJ2D2 and DJ Que Baila. We will be streaming from Centre Municipal de Creació Multimèdia de L'Hospitalet green screen facility for 3 hours of fun, 1 hour each.
The embodiment of British reserve, the Wimbledon tennis tournament opens on 23rd June. What better way to celebrate than with a loud electro house audio-visual remix made up of racket thwacks, grunts and other moments from the history of the competition. So Music Producer Eye on the Pyramid and I have teamed up to give this year’s Wimbledon a jolt in the grass with “Wimbledon : Shake That Grass”. A track made for tennis fans and DJs alike, though whatever you do, don’t get caught shouting #ShakeThatGrass courtside. Also if you want you can download the stems from Blend.io and remix it yourself.