NuclearVue, Northlight & Quasar Lights:
**** Pooterland Interview with Michel Polizzi 27/05/2001 ****
pOoTers pSycheDelic shAcK: How did you get started doing lightshows?
First was "H Lights" in Paris, 1969-1970. I was in high school and my friends and I wanted so bad to be San Francisco acid rockers!! It was easier to do lights than learning how to play guitar! ;-))
pOoTers pSycheDelic shAcK: Who would you say were your biggest influences?
Spiritually, Glenn McKay's Headlights and The Joshua Lightshow. I say spiritually, because I never saw them but heard plenty about them.
pOoTers pSycheDelic shAcK: What bands have you worked with over the years?
H Lights (Paris) 1969-1970: Patrick Vian's Red Noise, and some bands from my high school.
NuclearVue/Northlight (Boston) 1971-1973: Hot Tuna and Commander Cody (Orpheum Theatre) in 1972. Some shows in art galleries.
Quasar Lights (Philadelphia):
(1979) Sun Ra
pOoTers pSycheDelic shAcK: Where did the different names come from?
H Lights: self-explanatory
pOoTers pSycheDelic shAcK: What equipment did you start out using?
With H Lights we used cheapo slide projectors (Rank Tutor 2's) I bought in London at Pluto's on Tottenham Court Road. As you must know, a lot of this gear is now used as standard nightclub lighting equipment.
pOoTers pSycheDelic shAcK: Why was this gear used ?
Gear had to be sturdy and cheap!!!! That was pretty much the only criteria. The overheads were old, and I mean old!!!, Besselers and another brand I forget.
pOoTers pSycheDelic shAcK: What ‘non standard’ items were used?
Lots of mylar and bendable plastic mirrors. I made my own slides from art nouveau/art deco patterns in Dover design books, copyright-free. I also made my own oils from weird chemicals I hunted around the US for. Home-made color wheels... Hexidoscopes, involvement wheels (with the Tutor 2s)
pOoTers pSycheDelic shAcK: How many projectors/slide machines you started out with? How many did you finish up with?
The biggest shows (Jorma Kaukonen, Hot Tuna) used about 6-8 slide projectors, 3 overheads, 2 film projectors, lots of mylar and mirrors for distorted reflections. For these we used a crew of four.
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