Ono Yasumaro’s Illumination Factory
Formed in Surrey, England in late 1967 by students Neil Rice, Ken Smith, and Phil Cate.
4 x Aldis ‘Star’ 500watt projectors.
Slide cover glasses and various liquids including silicone, acetone, nail polish remover, food dyes and spirit based transparent inks for re-filling felt-tip pens were used to produce ‘wet slides’. These were continually produced during a performance each lasted 5 -10 minutes, if you were lucky. The edges of the slides remained open and leaked profusely such that ones hands and arms ended up multicoloured afterwards, as did ones face if an itch developed !
Strobes progressed from being high powered photographic lamps in a box with a high speed chopper wheel on the front to ‘proper’ electronic strobes with xenon flash tubes. These were made up from kits sold by The Service Trading Company run by Ted Gilby in Little Newport Street, London.
Later on we also owned a small scaffold access tower. This was erected at the rear of a venue to provide the height to project over the audience and onto the band and the screen at the back of the stage. Prior to this tables were usually stacked up to provide a projection platform unless of course the venue had a balcony which was considered luxury.
The screen was actually four double bed sheets sewn together.
Copyright © Neil Rice 2001