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Posted: 14/12/05 17:51

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After sanctioning the bootleg mash-up of Blondie Vs The Doors by DJ Mark Vidler aka Go Home Productions, EMI have commissioned audio/visual artists Addictive TV to remix the videos to create a video mash-up of ‘Rapture Riders’ - remixing Blondie’s ‘Rapture’ with ‘Riders on the Storm’ by The Doors.  The track is currently Observer Music Monthly's download of the Month.

  Addictive TV got the gig to make the video after creating a series of bootleg remixes, including 60's classic movie The Italian Job, Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones and The Streets Vs Elvis, all which created a real buzz after doing the rounds on the internet. The latter two tracks also brought Addictive TV wider attention after receiving airplay on XFM's 'The Remix' show in the UK.
The challenge in directing the 'Rapture Riders' video was the fact that, believe it or not, there’s no actual footage in existence of The Doors performing that track - Jim Morrison died before it was ever filmed. Addictive TV had access to concert footage and were also given some incredible unseen material of Jim Morrison and the band rehearsing before a gig.

"What happened in music sampling is clearly now happening audiovisually" says Graham Daniels from Addictive TV "and after bubbling away for quite a few years it's finally going mainstream. Record labels and film companies have all kinds of interesting archive and back catalogue material that can be remixed, all it takes is a bit of a new mind-set."

Indeed, last week BBC Radio 1 announced the winner of its own archive remix competition "Superstar VJs" that Addictive TV were one of the judges for, alongside Coldcut and Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac (the competition is the first step for the BBC in their wider initiative to open their archives over the coming years).

Over the years, the group has worked with artists as diverse as Howie B, Miss Kittin, 808 State and Kraftwerk's Karl Bartos. And as TV producers, they're behind the ITV1 music series Mixmasters, that's featured everyone from Plump DJs to Ellen Allien

2005 has been busy for Addictive TV, performing AV sets all over the globe, they also helped launch Roland's new Edirol CG-8 visual synthesiser and in the summer organised the Optronica festival with the National Film Theatre, bringing both the UK premiere of DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation and the World premiere of Warp act Plaid's new audiovisual show to London's bfi IMAX cinema.

Addictive TV's recent performance at the Amsterdam Dance Event electronic music conference proved massively popular, bringing praise from industry press: "a jaw-dropping demonstration of where technology can take us in the digital mix." we said here at Ibiza-Voice in our review of this year's mega successful ADE

While US site said "The Addictive TV showcase was quite exceptional. To call that crew DJs or VJs seems like a misnomer or understatement. Watch out for these guys to usher in a new generation of music and video fusion."

November also saw Addictive TV signed up by leading creative studio Lost In Space for commercial work, adding them to their roster of cutting-edge graphic artists, CGI animators and film-makers. 

Design gurus Lost in Space were behind the incredible Autechre video from Alex Rutterford for Warp.

 This month Addictive TV fly east to play an audiovisual club set in Bangkok before flying onto other dates in China. You will hear more from the Audio/ Visual wizards soon...

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Words by Jenny Lee