It’s midnight in the club. You’re in the middle of a sweaty crowd, everyone drinking and shrieking and throwing themselves into each other. For just a little while, you’re not sure exactly where or when you are — all you know is the lights and smoke and throb of the music.
Then, suddenly, the sound drops down. Into… what? A slap bass? There’s only one song you know that starts with slap bass. Everyone pauses for a second, looks up, and there it is, on a sixteen-foot screen — Jerry and George, sitting opposite each other in the diner from Seinfeld.
“Holland is the Netherlands,” Jerry is explaining.
“…then who are the Dutch?”, George replies.
It’s a throwaway line from the show about nothing. But it starts repeating, like the DVD is scratched. “Who are the Dutch – Dutch – Dutch”, the line pulsing and shaking the room. The beat comes back in, thumping underneath the dialogue, playing George Costanza’s non-sequitur like a keyboard. Everyone starts throwing themselves around again.
It might seem like a weird dream, but it’s actually just the audiovisual DJ world of Naysayer and Gilsun. The Melbourne-based duo is part of a growing trend of DJs complementing sound with vision in multimedia sets. So, what is audiovisual (AV) DJing?
“Most simply, it’s like DJing, except with music videos,” Luke ‘Naysayer’ Neher explains. “At the same time you’re playing a song, you’ve got visuals on screen chopped up and in time to the music.”
“It’s like seeing a DJ playing with video files instead of records,” adds Sam ‘Gilsun’ Gill (more after the jump).