I just found one of my tiny movies i made for dial up internet 5 years ago. Its from 2001 when we did a multimedia worship event at the amphitheater in Waco Texas. It was a part of the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting. I’m uploading it again here. Its only 340 k – about the size of a large photo. But back in the pre-broadband era, back in the DAY, even that size took a bit of patience.
The VJ is Bryce Wagner of Fuse Factory – who btw – has just had a bout of kidney trouble and could use your prayers and the DJ is also from Fuse Factory. I have more video footage of poet Mark Scandrette who stepped on stage to read out his “prophetic poetry” over Texas, backed up with live visuals (3 projectors) and the DJ. Pretty cool. I should really dig up the footage and make a larger movie.
Dr Criswell’s Church, First Baptist Church of Dallas, was kind enough to let us use their sound system. But I warned them about the DJ from Switzerland and his preference for loud, deep, bass. I am not sure if they followed me on that. Anyway. Apologies to the late Dr Criswell, again, for the damage to one of the speakers – ohhhh . . . did u think i meant one of his “preachers”???? i’mmm soorrrrrrry!. And thanks to the Criswell Theological Review for highlighting the Emerging Church in their latest issue.
The event was not well attended but it was dynamic – impromtu, spontaneous, spiritual, vibrant and we felt it was the beginning of something. The poetry was not even planned. Nor was Derek Chapman getting up to pray over the youth – it just happened – but the synergy between the words, moving images and sounds was something i dont think any of us had ever really witnessed before. This was the starting point for Fuse Factory who until that night were called ‘Jimini’.