Written: Garry Bradbury and Tom Ellard, 1981.
Synths and tapes: Tom Ellard, Garry Bradbury. Guitar and effects: Simon Knuckey.
Video Synthesiser: Stephen Jones Produced: Bradbury, Ellard, Knuckey, Jones, live at Metro TV, Sydney, 1982.
Video post-production: Stephen Jones at Heuristic Video (1983).
Stephen: One of three videos that were the result of an invitation by Metro TV to demonstrate my video synthesiser at one of their monthly seminar weekends. I think this one was called Future Screen. I asked Tom Ellard if Severed Heads would like to spend a day in the studio at Metro to record several songs as a
demonstration of the synth. The synth was installed into Metro's control room above the main studio and we did a two camera plus feedback and synth recording with the Cox vision mixer in the suite. You can see that Tom Ellard and Garry Bradbury were using analog synths and tape recorders along with the screaming guitar work of Simon Knuckey. We did several takes of each song and then some months later we had the chance to do a proper edit and to add the colourising and some of the other layers at Heuristic Video.
Tom: The hope was that the control voltages that ran the music could also be supplied to the video synthesiser such that an analogue between note and image could be presented. There was no obvious result and so we discarded the ideal for hand tuning. This is the only pretty moment in an otherwise assertive performance of Futurism and absurdity.
About this dub: it's a second generation copy with some dropouts etc. But I like the colour on this one - plus I think the interlace is appropriate here. The sound has been repaired.