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events > Friday 30th November 9pm - midnight

Perth Town Hall, Main Hall. $19/$9.50 +bf Book Tickets for A Fairlight Fetish

Pre Party, "A Fairlight Fetish", featuring Vintage AV equipment enthusiasts:

There will be limited tickets available as this is a heritage-listed building and no 'modern style' dancing is allowed. The seating will be cabaret-style, with tables and chairs so you can watch and listen in comfort. The volume will be relatively low as well, due to the characteristics of the venue: loud = reverb from hell.

Help us plug The Interface:

VJ MoRpH (aka Grant Muir) has been a predominant figure on the Australian and international VJ scene for over 8 years. His visuals never fail to prove innovative and creative with his blending of old and new technologies, stunning graphics and amazing live footage. His unique performance video style has seen him working with a HUGE list of international Djs of all genres (Luke Slater, Eric Morillo, Carl Cox, LTJ Bukem, DJ craze, Sasha & Digweed and many, many more) and at festivals all over Australia & the world. Unlike other VJs, MoRpH has an energetic stage presence that is reflected in his mixing, blending performance with creation in a flurry of motion.

Having recently returned from a very successful tour of the UK and Europe, including rave reviews from Europe's best DJs, VJs and Live acts, and events already booked for a followup tour in '07 Morph is truly at the top of international VJing circles.

Chrism + Fenris (aka Chris McCormick and Paul Eterovich) joined forces in late 2001 to assemble an array of vintage hardware and custom software. They kick out the jams with their own brand of experimental yet foxy electro tunes for the discerning geek. Twin Commodore 64s attack, ducking and weaving through a barrage of crunched out breakbeats, samples, loops and turntable trickery.

VJzoo (aka Kat Black and Jasper Cook) have a bit of an 80's equipment fetish. Perhaps it started when Jasper pretended to be a rock-star in a Fairlight CVI-driven interactive display at Scitech when he was about ten. Instead of growing up wanting to be a rock-star, he grew up wanting to use Fairlights. He now has a collection of four of these unique, Australian-made video synthesisers.

Very special guest acts, fellow Fairlight and other vintage equipment fetishists such as Morph from Sydney, have also been invited to come and play.

If you like this sort of thing and want to have a play at VJing with vintage Fairlight CVI loops without the difficulties of finding functional, ancient equipment, there are some available for free download from VJzoo. They're surprisingly popular.

Meanwhile, enjoy this video of VJzoo and Chrism and Fenris recorded at Plug n Play at Luxe Bar in 2006.

Australia's early AV pioneers

While Coldcut is often quoted as one of the earliest and most influential AV acts from their Timber video of 1996, I'm old enough to remember the Australian act Severed Heads from the early 80's. Their audiovisual show toured the world, using home-made music and video contraptions as well as Fairlight CVIs and other early semi-digital electronic equipment.

I think their importance and influence in the international audiovisual scene is extremely under-rated - although they do have a staunch international cult following and many people over 40 will still remember their huge international hit 'Dead Eyes Opened'.

While several books recently published mention Severed Heads when they discuss the history of VJing and live AV performance, we think that they deserve far more acknowledgement for their significant both technically and artistically in the development of live audiovisual performance.

1987 Severed Heads AV track 'Hot With Fleas'

Tom Ellard (Sydney)

Severed Heads are one of the few bands to actually justify being called a multimedia band. Their brand of electronic music defies categorisation, veering playfully between pop and experimental, the dance floor and the film score. But they also make their own videos, do their own graphic design, maintain their web site themselves and design virtual worlds. They have been published and publish themselves on a variety of media (audio, visual, print and online) and continue their search for new ways to present their ideas. From the pub to the TV and radio studio, from the gallery to the outdoor festival, from the internet to the night club, while the world may not necessarily be blessed with their fame, Severed Heads have made their mark.

Although they have flirted with commercial success, their underlying philosophy has always been experimental, and has seen the band adopting many new technologies (though not always the fashionably expected ones) well before these technologies became popular in the mainstream. From an early usage of computer graphics in their live shows, live video (featuring a custom-built video synthesiser) and video releases, a CD-ROM release, through to downloadable songs and videos, and custom releases on recordable CD and DVD. In fact, Severed Heads were so far ahead of the MP3 fad that at one point they released a CD-R containing almost their entire back-catalogue compressed using MP2.


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