Hexstatic In-depth Biography
Though they're best known in the music world as the award-winning visual arm of audio cut-and-paste experts Coldcut}, Hexstatic} (previously Hex}) has broken down the barriers between music, multimedia}, and computers ever since they created the first computer-generated pop} video (Coldcut's Christmas Break}) in 1990. Graphic design artists Robert Pepperell} and Miles Visman} formed Hex} along with Coldcut}'s Matt Black} and Jonathan More}. While working on videos for artists including Kevin Saunderson}, Queen Latifah}, and Spiritualized}, Hex} programmed a video game (High Banana}) in 1991 and inaugurated a series of multimedia} CD-ROMs just one year later with Global Chaos CDTV}, which united music, graphics, and video games into one product. A series of successors (Escape}, Global Chaos}, and Digital Love}) preceded the release of 1994's AntiStatic}, another CD-ROM simultaneously released on CD and vinyl by Coldcut}'s NTone Records}.
Throughout the '90s, Hex} accompanied Black} and More}'s live performances with visuals, and Pepperell} also developed the CD-ROM portion of Coldcut}'s 1997 LP, Let Us Play}, plus the software used during the world tour. Though Pepperell} and Visman} later left Hex}, fresh blood came in the form of Stuart Warren Hill} and Robin Brunson}. Their first work for Coldcut}, the Timber} video, won awards for its innovative use of repetitive video clips synced to the music. In 2000, they released Rewind}, their own album for NTone}. Obviously a digital-edge release, the two-disc set combined CD-ROM and DVD capabilities to a fully synchronized music video release. In 2003, Hexstatic} contributed a second volume to Coldcut}'s turntablist mix series Solid Steel}, Listen & Learn}. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide