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:
So I flipping love Coldcut & Hexstatic. I have learned a lot from many many AV acts but the real reason I got into video sampling/remixing stuff was because of seeing Coldcut & Hexstatic’s “Timber”. Timber was an awesome track made out of video samples and though I am sure there are other great previous examples of AV Remix this was the first time I had ever seen it.
After seeing Timber I wanted to know how to make shit like this. I started using Coldcut/Camart’s VJAMM software which was basically a video sampler, the first EM shows were done using this software and CDJs. Aside from pioneering AV, Coldcut have been none too shabby in their other areas of work, writing bonafide hits for folk like Lisa Stansfield & Yazz in the 80s then using the money to start the NinjaTune record label which is still a staple of hits today. Fatboy Slim credits them with inspiring his route into hit making in this 80’s interview and The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett calls them the inspiration for “The Dirt Chamber Sessions”.