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    General Lighting
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    I unearthed this from a archive of photos. camera date is mangled, shown as 1998-01-01, but transfer date around end 1999 (this would be more accurate) for a variety of reasons. (on early digital cameras if you let the batteries run down the dates would do this).

    this picture is from my what was my family house in Reading during the 1990s and 2000s. My mum still resides there.

    I purchased the metal shelf unit in 1992 – it housed a variety of AV kit and random tat over the years – but do not recall putting an ooops sound system sticker on it in the early 1990s. OOOPS did not exist until 1993 #! Also, the labelling machine used to produce it would have been a really expensive item until the late 1990s, it may not even have been invented in the early 90-s! none of us had one and you would normally have only got access to one in a medium size office until the late 90s!

    The radio receiver and the laptop are late 1990s. I bought the laptop in 1998 to celebrate getting a new job in the broadcast industry. The combined modem/network card was not a work issue one (they were 3-com) but was given to me by DJ Heat from J10/KSS in 1999 (this was quite a gift in them days, they weren’t cheap but in the dotcom euphoria things got diverted from big companies – I think it came from Oracle :wink:). the thin black cable was how I got on the Internet – no broadband then, at the RHS of the shelf was a telephone socket connected to a NTL number 0118 954 31xx .

    the two digits “47” on the shelf were from 47 productions, the forerunner of VFRmedia. They would have come from video cassette labels as any videos I made would have been recorded on analogue tape. (younger readers should ask their older siblings or parents what these things were :wink:) I might have just been migrating over to digital editing as a very early adopter as there used to be video recorders on that shelf which were now at the other end of the room although what happened is the edit kit was at a friends house as he could afford a better PC (it was flaky as hell though from what I remember).

    I bought the radio (Sony SW-100, I still have it but its a bit battle scarred and needs some repair work) as it had good HF and Band II (FM) performance – it was used for both HF monitoring and as a check receiver for the original VFR broadcasts in 1999. I tihnk it must have been purchased around the time of the first VFR broadcasts. so the great mystery – was there an OOOPS reunion of some sort in 1999? I have a strange feeling there must have been and that was where the label came from…..

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    #1257056
    Gylfi Gudbjornsson
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    That thing must be running window 1848 :laugh_at:

    #1257049
    General Lighting
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    it either ran win 95 or win 98, later win 2000 from a blagged copy Cointreaux (RIP) somehow obtained. it weighed a fucking ton compared to more recent laptops, that I do remember well. Also the cat would pull out the telephone cable if he could (he decided it was a snake). even as an old cat in the 2000s he destroyed the network dropwire for the then new broaband, which was an alarming instance of a cat keeping up with technological developments. Ended up having to meow with him in the end to distract him from these undesired activitites.

    #1257057
    Gylfi Gudbjornsson
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    One of my cats seems to think nicking my usb mouse dongle is a really fun game….plus I’ve got a dog with fetish for socks………I live in a mad house I tell thee!

    A friend of mine from donkeys years ago was (probably still is) a massive pc wiz, he built his own pc like 8 years ago because he reckoned ‘there all shit’ so made his own. I recall being round his house and his front room being a bomb site of wire, mother boards and solder smoke and bits of old fans everywhere lol

    #1257054
    Dan Ooops
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    @General Lighting 490746 wrote:

    so the great mystery – was there an OOOPS reunion of some sort in 1999? I have a strange feeling there must have been and that was where the label came from…..

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    In 1999 we were still going, so no reunion then GL…..started in 93 – first boxing club in 94, started the boxing club all nighters in Sept 98 and ran through to Sep 2000. Following the last all nighter, the three key player (me, H and Illusion) went our separate ways, those two taking the silver box rig and me the old black box mish mash kit (including the home built stuff) along with the name Ooops! (it was mine to start off with) and ran with Deadly Poison for a couple of years doing small Boxing Club shows, London free parties and various “events” around the Berks/Ox/Bucks area….
    First “Reunion” was in 2005 at a London boatclub. Then did two of the Storm events at the Custard Factory in Brum (2008/2009) and pulled out of the 2010 one due to room clashes. First Reading reunion was 2011, followed by the two Reunited gigs this year.

    Hope that de-mystifies the years – but probably goes nowhere to resolving where your sticker came from!!!

    #1257050
    General Lighting
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    @Dan Ooops! 490785 wrote:

    In 1999 we were still going, so no reunion then GL…..started in 93 – first boxing club in 94, started the boxing club all nighters in Sept 98 and ran through to Sep 2000.

    (snip)

    Hope that de-mystifies the years – but probably goes nowhere to resolving where your sticker came from!!!

    Cheers Dan – I think some things make more sense now. the years from 1998 to 2002 are a bit of a blur for me for obvious reasons, there was a lot happening both at nighttime and in my life at that time.. I think I’ve worked out where the sticker may have come from now and it was slightly older – Illusions mate’s dad was an accountant (coincidentally they kept a huge pet cat I used to call the “ocelot” though it was probably a Siamese crossed with a ginger tom). OOOPS flyers were produced sometimes produced from his dad’s office, as I think illusion was helping set up computers there. it was also where client files are kept. the dymo machine would by then be a more common piece of kit for labelling these.

    from around 1994/5 to 1998 there were less OOOPS events, but through OOOPS! I met Phil (who I beleive still runs White house Studios in Reading), helped him set up a project studio and formed 47 Productions which became VFRmedia. 47P was at one point going to do a “yoof” programme on the NTL local channel and I made a showreel which contained a fair bit of OOOPS! videos and below that sticker were two VTRs… (unfortunately the kit i had to decode that tape format stopped working just before I left Reading so I am unable to convert all of them, some may exist on a old hard drive)

    Junk Chun 10 had by then started up but they tended to share venues with Freestate and some OOOPS DJ’s and crew also worked with them. Deadly Poison may well have had a set on one or both of the VFR broadcasts in 1999 or 2000…

    #1257053
    thelog
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    What does it say on the white strip of paper though???

    #1257051
    General Lighting
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    its a quote from Revelations 8:13 on a sticky label. the plan was to post it up along with a large picture of a Burmese python around random places in East Reading. (there were already loads of political and religious groups doing this at the time). I also ran a joke politicial party with irregular army called the “Extreme Paranoia Party”. Its main purpose (other than cracking squats) was to make people paranoid, as an antidote to the false optimism of Tony Blair.

    The title “General Lighting” arose around the same time (it was also from my notes on wiring electric in a squat), but there were various other soldiers, including a General “Ken” Collapso, whose main military achievements were managing to pass out in the corner of every squat party we did after consuming a vast quantity of spirits – hence his name. (on many an occasion I ended up rescuing him from falling asleep in piles of broken glass and unidentified liquids and stopped him spilling his drink). Last I heard of him he had finally sobered up at least slightly.

    There was also the Readingstoke Liberation Army, whose campaign radio station was the Voice of Free Readingstoke which was made “dot com friendly” by rebranding it as VFRmedia.

    Bear in mind this is all pre 9/11 and other major world events, so even TVP treated it mostly as “jolly youth japes” provided we didn’t trash any building what was between lets. I would not suggest trying such a stunt with quasi military imagery today, you are liable to not just get arrested but put on real terrorism watch lists.

    #1257055
    Dan Ooops
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    @General Lighting 490786 wrote:

    I made a showreel which contained a fair bit of OOOPS! videos and below that sticker were two VTRs… (unfortunately the kit i had to decode that tape format stopped working just before I left Reading so I am unable to convert all of them, some may exist on a old hard drive)

    Junk Chun 10 had by then started up but they tended to share venues with Freestate and some OOOPS DJ’s and crew also worked with them. Deadly Poison may well have had a set on one or both of the VFR broadcasts in 1999 or 2000…

    WOuld love to see some of them old vids GL – if you can ever find the hard drive!! And Yes, Dedders would defo have played with those guys on VFR – I think we might even have had an Ooops! night one time!…
    Phil is still doing White house Studios – and in fact has played at the last two Ooops! lake shows – coz we is still one big family in the Ding!!

    #1257052
    General Lighting
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    @Dan Ooops! 490795 wrote:

    WOuld love to see some of them old vids GL – if you can ever find the hard drive!! And Yes, Dedders would defo have played with those guys on VFR – I think we might even have had an Ooops! night one time!…
    Phil is still doing White house Studios – and in fact has played at the last two Ooops! lake shows – coz we is still one big family in the Ding!!

    Good to hear that – also found numerous photos of the first project studios I helped him build, will contact him and see if he is Ok for them to be published on my blog….

    just spoke to my mum and she is fairly certain that all the remaining magnetic media, minidiscs and AV kit left I behind at Reading are still there, hopefully including a considerable quantity of analogue video and audio tape, and the AKAI 4000DS 1/4″ reel to reel tape recorder. This content includes both VFR and Direction FM airchecks (direction FM ones were on spools of tape). Even back in the day I did my best to archive multimedia content but space and consistent labelling / metadata recording was an issue…

    She is considering selling our former family house and returning permanently to Malaysia as political and economic conditions have improved there to a point where (for an older person who does not get involved in controversial activities or dissent) the quality of life matches that in Blighty, and the weather is of course better than an English winter. This of course might not happen immediately due to the economic depression in the UK bringing down house prices, but would mean all this is recovered to Ipswich.

    Unfortunately some of the tape may have deteriorated in storage and be unrecoverable (annoyingly the industry made the same mistake in the 1990s with Hi8 video tape as with analogue audio tape in the 1970s, sacrificing durability for short term quality) – I am not sure how well minidiscs hold up either, but at least once its down here I’ve got local friends who are or were top boffins at British Telecom, Neve and Soundcraft and have the equipment and knowledge to recover older AV formats.

    Many are slightly older but grew up in the hippy days and thus view the rave scene far less judgementally, especially as its clear in hindsight that real rave music is far less agressive and socially problematic than todays urban dance genres – also some of the older chaps have pointed out to me that the kit I grew up with is now classed as “vintage audio!”

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