Blackout Tent, Ashton Court Festival

Blackout is the experimental audio-visual arts element of Ashton Court, the massive (virtually) free festival held each year in grounds just outside Bristol. In 2003 they asked Bronnt Industries Kapital, Knowledge of Bugs and myself to fill an hour in the tent on the Sunday afternoon. Listed under the Silent Age banner, the event included a live set from Bronnt with their usual super-8 projections, plus Tom and I reprising our Kenneth Anger soundtrack from Silent Night earlier in the year. The huge tent was virtually full, and I remember being massively nervous - it's still the most people I've ever played in front of. Due to the time restrictions Tom and I had to edit five minutes off the film, which we did in the most primitive manner possible: we got 2 copies (one borrowed from the video shop) and instructed the projectionists to fade to the 'END' sequence on the second tape once our half hour was up! This they managed with no problems, although actually showing the correct film in the first place seemed to prove more of a challenge. Once things were underway however this was one of the most enjoyable things I've ever done. It's not every day that you get to stand up in front of loads of people and rattle chains a time to a film projected on 3 enormous screens behind you.

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