Hexstatic Master-View

Hexstatic Master-View
The audio/visual duo of Stuart Warren Hill and Robin Brunson follow up their Rewind release with a package that is not only more accomplished musically, but takes their video production to wonderful heights. Gone are the days of huddling in front of your computer to watch Triscuit-sized presentations. On the DVD here, Hexstatic have produced an incredible double bill of fantastic dance music and even more impressive motion pictures. Similar to the Cinematic Orchestra’s Man With a Movie Camera, listening to Master-View on your stereo is enjoyable, but the music is enhanced drastically when you witness the accompanying animation. The Juice Aleem-assisted "Distorted Minds” wins as the best offer, both in audio and visual, creating a dark hip-hop number with a chilling bell toll that spawns a hypnotising video of animated words flying out of the MC’s mouth literally — several videos presented in 3D! Another high moment is Hexstatic’s remix of Guitar Vader’s "Perfect Bird” in which you are given two presentations: one of tropical feathered friends lip-synching Miki Tanabe’s girlish vocals and the other manipulating loads of classic Astro Boy footage. As expected, there are many trips down memory lane as ancient video games and toys are used to bring life to their songs, with most of these gadgets rewired and used as instruments. This record is one of the rare instances where the bonus DVD will get more playing time than the CD.

Do you think kids have it easy with today’s video games? Stuart: I think kids are pretty spoiled compared to what we had. I remember in 1980 my friends and I thought, "Wow. I wonder what computer games will be like in 2000? They could be absolutely amazing.” And they are. The only problem for me now is that I don’t really play games anymore. I’ve got no time because I’m too busy doing Hexstatic stuff.

How did you go about creating images for Juice Aleem’s rhymes? Robin did the track with Juice and he wanted it to be just a stream of consciousness and about distorted minds. So Juice came up with all the lyrics and Robin had the idea of a video that had an image for every word he said, so he just went on Google and did a search for every word. I got quite excited by the track and I just took the whole idea and took it a bit further by filming Juice in the lift at my studio. I talked to Juice a lot about what he was talking about and there was a lot of deep stuff he was trying to say, so the images are a real mixture. We basically just tried to cram in as many famous people who are a bit fucked up. It took a lot of time to animate each word, but I’m very pleased with that video. I never get bored of it. (Ninja Tune)