I just had to do it, how many chances does a man get to see Cheech & Chong "Up in Smoke" with Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys? The answer.... is one chance.
I bought my tickets to the movie, and immediately started thinking of what I might give to the King Ad-Rock if I was able to catch up with him for a few. A ran through a bunch of ideas, none of which seemed right for him. I wanted the piece to really be a custom number, one that not only looked Beastie, but would be useful to one.
Eventually it hit me, how about a Stereo R.C.A. version of the illumiringer effect. This way it could easily be used with turntables or a sampler (two things Adam Horovitz is no stranger to). I like the idea of the effect being stereo, this will allow Adam to turn on one channel (left or right) of the effect or both. That way the end result of a beat / record would be a combination of both, giving the final sound some really cool texture.
Well, if you watched the video you see.. I was able to catch up with Adam after the movie and hand him off the piece. He was totally stoked, but probably not as much as I was. ha
Sadly the video is only a walk through of the features and graphics, I didn't have enough time to put together a good RCA setup to shoot a good demo. Hopefully we will see or hear some of it somewhere in Adam's future work. Either way, it was amazing to meet him.. what a totally down to earth cool guy. Not that I or anyone else would expect anything less. Adam had mentioned he had even given some circuit bending a shot in the past, and has a pile of baby toys left behind from his son he might want to have me crack open. It would of course be an honor, I look forward to it :) Again, thanks Adam... you rock!
PLEASE do not write me asking me to make an exact clone of this piece. This is a one of a kind made for Adam, I am happy to share it with you... but making loot off the the Beastie's name is not the game here. I just wanted to show some appreciation to an artist I really respect. I will certainly make other stereo Illumiringers, maybe even with R.C.A. inputs... I think it was a cool idea, just not the Beastie Boys one seen here. I am sure you understand :) Thanks all.