Natural Rhythm is the second part of the Natural Rhythms Trilogy, Stuart Warren-Hill's first experiment in video sampling, the first piece being Frog Jam and the third being the critically acclaimed A/V single Timber, which won the MCM Atlas [French national TV] Award for Best Video Editing (1998). Although Stuart was the main architect of this trilogy, it was created with the support of Coldcut and Greenpeace.
The critically acclaimed A/V single Timber won the MCM Atlas [French national TV] Award for Best Video Editing (1998). It is the third part of the Natural Rhythms Trilogy, Stuart Warren-Hill's first experiment in video sampling, the first piece being Frog Jam and the second being Natural Rhythm. Although Stuart was the main architect of this trilogy, it was created with the support of Coldcut and Greenpeace.
Stylophonic (written by Stuart Warren-Hill) is an unlisted track from Hexstatic’s August 2000 release, REWIND (NinjaTune), which was the UK's first completely AV album. Stuart Warren-Hill filmed himself playing every key on a Rolf Harris Stylophone. He also did the same with a 303 and a 909. He then edited the footage to create this track.
I was lucky enough to VJ for David Byrne at the Lisbon Expo 1998, which was an amazing experience, and I had purchased a motorized satellite dish specifically for capturing footage to use during his show.
Shortly after the trip to Lisbon I used the satellite dish to scan news channels and randomly recorded broadcasts from all over the world. I then edited the clips using Adobe Premiere on my 100mhz Power PC Mac - this machine seems so slow now. I edited using Premiere like a kind of drum machine. I then cropped each of the news readers in After Effects so that only their mouths remained, because I figured that I might get around the copyright issue in this way.
An English news reader said the words Deadly and Media separately and I put them together to make the title of the piece. It seemed quite apt to me as "the media" seems so clean and friendly on the surface but underneath it can be so destructive, especially in the tabloid press.
Project: Promo Video for Sountina NSA-PF1
Client: Sony Corp
Produced/Directed by: Stuart Warren-Hill, Hexstatic
Original Music: Stuart Warren-Hill, Hexstatic
Sountina was commissioned by Sony to promote their new 360 degree speaker, the Sountina NSA-PF1, a sci-fi looking 6-foot glass speaker, with a blue, amber or purple-lit 3-foot organic glass tweeter. The video was shown at the at IFA 2008 in Berlin. IFA is the world's largest Consumer Electronics trade fair, the most important international exhibition for electronic entertainment, communications etc (ifa-berlin.de).
The idea of the piece was to create pulsating rings emanating from the speaker, to match the music. After it was decided to remove the image of the speaker from the piece, it actually ended up quite abstract. I am hoping that this may become part of a very interesting 3D project with Sony in the future.