Anastasia Kollakis: a promo test

A few weeks ago my friend James was taking pictures for Anastasia Kollakis, an up and coming jewelry designer from Greece. During a break he decided to film the model for a few minutes using a small digital camera, thinking that the footage would be good to create a test promo for Anastasia.

So with a few tweaks and some extreme time-stretching this is what we came up with.

Jay Z & Barneys popup store

I received a message from Joanie Lemercier one day, the visual artist behind a lot of projection mapping installations you’ve probably seen (Eyjafjallajökull, AetherOrigami, Infinity) and one of the masterminds behind the Anti VJ label. He was in the middle of a pretty big project for Barneys developing an immersive popup store for Jay Z’s [controversial] collection, as well as building their Christmas window displays. He asked if I wanted to get involved in helping put together the visuals for the popup store, a room wrapped in 360º projections themed around the magic of New York at night, to which I said yes!

I collaborated with Romain Tardy, another fantastic visual artist member of Anti VJ, who had originally developed the idea with Joanie. They had already shot a whole bunch of beautiful RED footage around the city by the time I joined, so it was down to me to put it together into crazy 16,000 x 1080 canvas in the longest 7 minute After Effects project which took up a solid couple of months to put together. Luckily I got some help from François Malary, yet another skilled Frenchman who’s pretty hot with After Effects, 3D and projection mapping.

The story starts in the quiet dark streets of Bushwick and slowly develops by taking us into the subway, moving faster and faster through dark tunnels. Things get a pretty blurry as we move forward and emerge overground, becoming a set of heavily textured visuals as we cross the bridge and enter a city of lights which eventually take over and becomes a beautiful 3D landscape of falling particles.

Working with no sound was a bit of a challenge. DJ Mustard had been commissioned to make the soundtrack, so by the time I had a rough edit ready he came to check it out in a prototype projection room in Queens… He played us the beats he’d put together while we watched the visuals, it was a great moment of relief as audio and visuals matched perfectly.

Thomas Vaquié then took DJ Mustard’s beats and mixed everything up into an amazing immersive soundscape with city sounds and effects that synced up with the visuals.

The final stages of the project saw Romain and I colour grading inside the actual popup store while it was still being built, sitting amongst paint buckets and tools for a good few days with our computers connected to the projectors. There’s some photos here.

Oh, did you see Beyonce’s selfie in the store?

Update: Barneys made a little video feature on the project, watch it here

Original concept: Joanie Lemercier & Romain Tardy
Co-directors: Romain Tardy & David Terranova
Director of Photography: Ryland Morris Scherer
Sound Designer: Thomas Vaquié
Producer: Juliette Bibasse
Shooting Producer: Julia Kaganskiy
Video Production Company: Glass Embassy

Bob Moses press photos

Here are some snaps I took of Tom & Jimmy AKA Bob Moses a few months ago. Top lads from Vancouver who make wicked music.

Check this tune out and follow them on soundcloud:

Kinq – music video

The last time I wrote about Kinq was almost 2 years ago. Since then I’ve been doing some bits and pieces with Nicolas Jaar; he heard some of my tunes and really liked Kinq in particular. To my surprise he asked me if I would be willing to release it on his new label Other People, on a compilation called Trust which would contain tracks by Acid Pauli, Valentin Stip, Benjha and Nico himself amongst others. I’ve never had any of my music released officially, let alone be listed next to these kinds of names, so I was really over the moon and said Yes Please.

So, months go by and finally last week Trust was released on LP and CD. If you sign up as a paying member of Other People, you’ll be able to get the digital file. Hurrah!

To celebrate the occasion, I decided to make a video. Composed of various stock films from the Prelinger Archives, it focuses on a boy who bears a striking resemblance to 9-year-old me which evolved into a nostalgic trip into forgotten dreams and whatnot.

This is the second time I’ve made a video to my own music. The first one was KRIX

Music & Visuals by David Terranova

REBELRAVE 13: Dinosaurs & Flamingos

The REBELRAVE series continues its journey into the unknown with its 13th episode!

REBELRAVE is a playground for me where I don’t have any limits as to what I can and can’t do, and I’m extremely lucky to have been able to work with unique characters such as Damian Lazarus, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Wolf + Lamb and Lee Curtiss. Every episode feels very different from the last as it really takes its shape from the personality of whoever is being featured, so it’s been amazing to add Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs to the roster!

A couple of years ago I made a doco about TEED for Channel 4. It was for TV so I had to keep things safe and classy, but getting to mix Orlando with REBELRAVE was a much welcomed challenge. We had worked together a few times and I knew his sense of humour, so before shooting I had a certain idea in mind of what the editing style of the episode might be like.

My only regret was the Chinese massage. After a whole day of shooting in the rain, I wasn’t feeling too great about having enough content to make an episode, so I got together with Orlando the next morning and took him to an authentic massage place in Chinatown. What I saw in my mind was him lying down on his front whilst having a small woman painfully jumping up and down on his back, at the same time trying to explain his opinions on EDM to the camera. It wasn’t quite as exciting as that, in fact it was really boring. He just got a regular old fashioned massage which he enjoyed way too much.

The main purpose of the episode was to promote TEED’s Get Lost VI mix (buy here: itunes, CD, vinyl), so I got given the full tracklist to play around with. The track-id crew will be happy to see the song titles included!

Thank you dearly to Gaby Izarra, founder of, who came along to help me film at both gigs!

Take a look at my other work with Orlando.

P.S. You’ll also notice the Crosstown Rebels animated logo at the beginning of the episode, which I made for all of their future videos.

Directed by David Terranova
Second Camera: Gaby Izarra

REBELRAVE #13 Trailer

Over the moon to be making another REBELRAVE episode. Working withTotally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs again is superb. Doesn’t get any dryer than this.

I’m still working on the full episode, but this trailer will give you an idea of what it’s about. Enjoy!

Update: The full episode is out now! Watch it here

Directed by David Terranova
Additional camera by Gaby Izarra

Clockwork “B.O.A.T.S” Artwork


At some point last summer I saw something on Tumblr that made me want to experiment with merging two portraits into one. So I took Zahara into the bathroom (our only white wall at the time), we took a couple of portraits of each other (happened often in that bathroom), and then I put this together. It ended up on my facebook profile pic for a bit.

A few months go by and I get an email from one half of Clockwork, Federico Maccherone. I had met him when he used to live in New York and had stayed in touch since. He told me how he liked my latest facebook profile image and that he wanted me to make something similar for his debut album “B.O.A.T.S (Based On A True Story)”  with buddy Francesco Leali. I had just finished working on No Regular Play’s album cover and loved the process of working on a cool print job so I said yes!


Them being in Berlin and me in New York, I thought it’d be best to pull in my friend and brilliant photographer Julia Soler to take care of the photography; being in Spain she was just a 2 hour EasyJet away. She spent an afternoon with them taking a variety of portraits at their home in Berlin, and sent me the files the next day. For the following couple of weeks I worked on various designs, all revolving around the initial grid idea, and we finally picked two variations of the artwork: one for the front, and one for the inside.


This grid system of overlaying two faces is pretty interesting. Depending on where the grid is positioned, the new merged face can look more like one person and less than the other. There’s a fine line where you can get the merged face actually look halfway between the two. Move the grid over by a couple of pixels and the whole thing changes completely.

The album itself is really great, recommended listening for the after hours or evening chilling at home times. It’s out on Life & Death, grabbable on beatport, although I’d be a lot happier if you bought the actual CD.

Check out more photos of the CD here, they were taken by Tomaso Lisca. Grazie!

I was interviewed by Public Description
I worked with Timothy Saccenti making the visuals for Depeche Mode (here’s a preview one of them)
I spent a couple of weeks at Vice working on stuff
I’m currently working at Redbull Music Academy on other stuff
I’m also working on some photos for Bob Moses
Damian Lazarus mentions my name in here in relation to my music for the first time
I have some new sounds on my soundcloud

Photography: Julia Soler
Design: David Terranova
Photos of the CD: Tomaso Lisca

A decade of Crosstown Rebels

10 years of the mighty Crosstown! To celebrate, Damian is taking the roster on a world tour this year. Owning a collection of era defining music, as well as a whole bunch of REBELRAVE episodes that have documented the label’s antics for part of its lifespan, the idea for this promo was to grab all of the best elements and squeeze them into a few minutes of video. It was a bit of a challenge, specially with the variety of video qualities and looks.

I wish I had more time to play around with the audio, it’s not quite as tripped out as I wanted it to be. During the Get Lost V scene you can hear some of Acid Pauli’s remix of Oregano (watch Gonzales playing the original), which is one of my favourite tunes of the mix. The “leaf leaf leaf leaf, and leeeeaves” part is taken from the 3rd bonus mix, an amazing 2 hour mix which comes as a download only for those who buy the actual CD! Crosstown connoisseurs will hear a few other short references to some of the most iconic tracks.

I also wanted to have a bit more time to work on the overall look, so unfortunately it feels a little unfinished to me. But the important thing is it makes you want to party, right?

I also made the tour flyer.

Update: for the “track ID” crew, here’s the track list.
0:00 Minilogue – Hitchhiker’s choice
0:10 Andre Kraml – Safari
0:20 Hiem – She’s the one
0:34 Pier Bucci – Hay Consuelo
0:46 Und – Cocopuffs
0:49 Metrika – Mayas (taken from the Day Zero album)
0:54 Minilogue – Hitchhiker’s choice
0:58 Infinity Ink – Infinity
1:05 Jamie Jones – 911 / Und – Cocopuffs
1:11 Andre Kraml – Safari
1:27 Andre Kraml – Safari (James Holden Remix)
1:35 [terranova meltdown]
1:41 Minilogue – Hitchhiker’s choice
1:45 Fur Coat – You and I
1:49 [terranova meltdown]
1:55 Acid Pauli – Get Lost V (Bonus Mix) + Acid Pauli – Oregano
2:03 Francesca Lombardo – Sofiel
2:11 Deniz Kurtel – The L Word
2:15 Art Department – Without you
2:26 Tiga – The Picture
2:29 Jamie Jones – Summertime
2:41 Maceo Plex – Can’t leave you
2:59 Amirali – Beautiful World

Nicolas Jaar visuals

Since shooting the Influences episode I’ve been in touch with Nicolas Jaar about working together a bit more. I was supposed to make some visuals for his September tour, but it just didn’t work out in the end because our schedules couldn’t match up. So finally a few days ago we finally managed to book in my time for his show at Art Basel in Miami.

We spent a couple of hours together on Monday, he played me his new set and we agreed on a certain direction that the visuals should take. So I went home and spent the following 5 days working around the clock (with a 5-hour sleep break on the Wednesday), rendering a whole bunch of abstract visuals. There wasn’t much time at all to prepare, and the direction I had chosen was probably the most processor-heavy to render: layers of liquid, overlaying stock footage, and a whole bunch of effects; rendering 10 seconds would take 10 minutes. My friend Max Stockman came along to help me out by bringing a couple of extra laptops, and in between his classes at NYU he just sat by my side throughout the whole process, making all sorts of wonderful imagery. We were rendering right up until 9AM on Friday, at which point I jumped in a cab to the airport, boarded the plane, slept a little, landed in Miami, went to the apartment, and within an hour I was at the venue for soundcheck, somehow still standing.

The show went perfectly and I was really pleased the way everything turned out after such an intense week, and hanging with all my friends that night was the best reward. I finally got to sleep the following day when I got back home and passed out in my bed for about 15 hours straight.

The actual visuals are pretty abstract, the idea I like is that most of the time you’re just looking at some sort of oil paintings that are moving in extreme slow motion. Every so often a recognizable figure begins to form and kind of takes you by surprise, and before you know it it’s gone again.
Various parameters of the visuals were reacting to the sound, which gave this motionless imagery a bit of a kick, pulsating to the bass. By the way I use VDMX to control all of this.

“the depictions left you in a haze, unable to let your stare linger too long before you felt like someone put acid in your drink” – Music Obsessed

Hopefully I’ll be writing more on this topic very soon!

The way you fake it

A new tune I’ve been working on sporadically for the past few months. Tina Turner did the vocals for me, I cut out most of her screeching, hopefully she won’t notice.

No Regular Play: Endangered Species album cover

I’ve never done an album cover before and I’m really happy that my first time happened to be for No Regular Play, as I’ve always really loved their music. Nick and Greg had done a great job at putting together these headpieces, and so there wasn’t much other work to do apart from setting up a light and clicking the button and doing some knob-twiddling in photoshop.

The album comes on November 23rd, so grab it cause it’s hot!

Day Zero – Teaser

What a lineup! Quite appropriate for the end of the world.

I popped this little one out amongst the various happenings that are going on right now.
Ana Rifa designed the amazing artwork for the event, and she handed some elements over to me to put this teaser promo together in After Effects.

Check out this interview with Damian which will give a little insight as to what this is all about.

The track used is taken from an upcoming album which is a compilation of different artists who each made a track in occasion of Day Zero. Hot stuff. This one is by Metrika.

Illustrations: Ana Rifa
Animation: David Terranova
Music: Metrika "Mayas"


I’ve had some volcano footage that I downloaded ages ago and have always wanted to do something with it. Finally got a chance last night, and found the perfect soundtrack by SURVIVE, who have an amazing LP released on MANNEQUIN.

I’ve got some stills on flickr, good for desktop wallpapers if you’re into that sort of thing:

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Crosstown’s 100th

I’ve been traveling between Spain and England for the past 2 months, catching editing sessions in between playa moments in Spain, and family time in England. The main project is Deniz Kurtel’s documentary, which is in its final stages now, but during one of my stop offs in London I got a call from Damian Lazarus who happened to be in London at the same time and who was trying to put a little video together for Crosstown Rebels’ 100th release. Seemed like a simple enough project so I said yes.

He already had the idea mapped out in his head: an old man (a prosthetics-clad Lazarus) celebrating his 100th birthday gets a surprise visit from the Sonic Manipulator, turning his living room into a rave pit. The Sonic Manipulator has been present at various Crosstown/Rebelrave occasions over the past couple of years: check the US Tour out, he makes an appearance there too.

Was really nice to finally have John Hassay involved, who provided a great deal of moral support. And Alex Mac helped me out a lot in deciphering my shotlist and making everything work within the house that we managed to borrow.

I also have some priceless behind the scenes footage with the 100 year old Damian driving around Hackney, windows down, head banging to a ghetto radio station at full volume.

Directed by David Terranova
Director's Assistant: Alex Macilwaine
Sound Design: Dave Pezzner
Make up: Nadia Hamed
Make up Assistant: Leni Love
Styling: Stephanie Brookes
Good vibes: John Hassay

Music: Born Into This

It’s my first day in Spain of the summer, the plane I flew on had no tv screens, and by the time I got bored of complaining to my girlfriend I decided to rummage around on the laptop for things to do on a 25% battery life. I found this track that I completely forgot about, which I started a few weeks ago.

Bloc Influences: Apparat

Final episode of Bloc’s Influences series!

Spike Morris went over to Berlin to meet up with Sascha Ring aka Apparat, who had chosen to speak about the punk/acid-techno movement which was happening around his parts back in the day… Here’s an email from him during our prep talks which can explain more

“The influences videos are pretty cool so far. i’m actually a bit afraid i wouldnt have anything that special to say:) i might be able to talk about post reunification east german russian bunker raves and how dirt and techno punk attitude influenced me.

Back in the days it was not so much about certain artists. a lot of these records were black or whitelabels. of course there were labels like bunker or acid planet from holland but basically it was more about the raw energy of the music rather than celebrating a certain person (dj). i think that was also what drew people into it. most of them were punks and somehow the musicwas compatible… i guess the main thing i kept from the old days is a certain love for imperfection and a dirty sound here and there.”

Vimeo link:

Spike did a great job at filming and handling a last minute edit. The only problem we had was when we went to research photos and footage from the era that Sascha talks about, we couldn’t find anything online at all as it was a pretty underground movement. So, with no material to use as cutaways, I had to make do with some footage that I shot a long time ago at a club in London (a Hot Natured party), which I tried to make it look as industrial 90s as possible… So that’s the black and white scene is in the image above.


BLOC 2012 FILM: Next weekend is the weekend Bloc have been building up to for the past 11 months, and quite rightly they want it to be documented. I won’t be able to go there myself because of passport troubles, but the FALKOHAUS engine is working in full force, with a 4 man camera unit. Part of the crew is formed by a group of young Italian film makers called Flash Factory who I’ve been looking at for several months now. They have a great approach to making these sorts of videos so I wanted to bring that into the project. Also filming is Jocie Cox, who has worked with me over the past 2 or 3 years. Believe it or not we still haven’t met in person!

REBELRAVE 12: It’s being released any day now.

Directed by David Terranova
Filmed and Edited by Spike Morris

Bloc Influences: Nicolas Jaar

The third episode of the Bloc Influences series featured Nico Jaar, who I spent an evening with at his parents’ place in Manhattan.

Nico’s been around the Wolf + Lamb scene here in NYC, but we’d never been officially introduced, so it was good to finally chat face to face without having to lip-read over loud music. As with all the other episodes of the Influences series, we had a few phone calls beforehand to chat about his chosen topic: Keith Jarrett and the art of improvising.

Unfortunately we couldn’t make it out to his studio in Providence where he has all his equipment, so Bojana Mozina kindly offered us her apartment and piano, which as you can see came in pretty handy. After shooting at her place we went back to his parents’ apartment and finished off the interview there. I had the privilege of working with documentary filmmaker Joshua Zeman who was in charge of steering the conversation with Nico, while Max Stockman and I handled the cameras.
Martina Rojas Chaigneau, the FALKO HAUS Production Manager who has worked with me from the beginning of the series, did a great job at helping me put the shoot together in a rather last minute search for a piano!

-NIGHT HAWKS: NIGHT HAWKS is my video blog, which I occasionally tweak to improve its features. The latest upgrade is the addition of a Flash-based TV player that I built which plays all the videos back to back without interruption. I always use this at parties or at my house whenever we have friends round, nice visuals to run on a projector. Also I set up a dedicated Channel on Vimeo, so if you’re into that kind of thing subscribe here.

-DISCO VERY: Veronika from DISCO VERY wrote a pretty concise article about me that wraps me up in a few paragraphs. Nice to see someone actually reads this stuff, thank you!

Directed by David Terranova
Second Camera & Sound: Max Stockman
Producer: Joshua Zeman
Production Manager: Martina Rojas Chaigneau

Bloc Influences: Steve Reich

In the run up to Bloc’s festival in London this July, they asked me to handle a short series of interviews with some of their lineup artists, to hear about who or what has played an important part in influencing their career. The first episode featured Gary Numan, and he spoke about how Ultravox and John Foxx had helped him figure out how to add synth sounds to his punk band, turning him into the Gary Numan that we all know him as.

To my delight, the second episode was to feature Steve Reich, filming at his house in upstate New York. My friend Yves Schaeffner who is a journalist working for Canal+ really helped me prepare the topics that were to be covered and came with us to run the interview with Steve himself. It’s a great experience to work with someone from that side of the media world who really knows about how to research and how to run a professional interview with someone on Reich’s scale.

After an hour’s drive out from Manhattan and into the New York countryside, we ended up at Steve’s house where he welcomed us in and let us set up the equipment in his living room. We had one hour to shoot everything and pack up again, so we were under a tiny bit of pressure. Unfortunately he didn’t have any instruments at his house, but he managed to maintain an upbeat monologue about his experiences. The moment when he described the breaths of the clarinet player was particularly magical.

Bryan Cosgrove as ever was a great help throughout the project, operating the second camera and afterwards working through all the footage and putting a storyline in place with a rough edit.

Directed by David Terranova
Second Camera and Assistant Editor: Bryan Cosgrove
Producer: Yves Schaeffner
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Bloc 2012 lineup

New promo for Bloc! Stepping up the game, working with a proper VFX guy for my first time!

The “VFX guy” is Sina Taherkhani, who happens to be a friend of mine here in Brooklyn, he works for a big agency in the city as Art Director working on the big stuff. We got together a couple of times to sketch out some ideas, revolving around creating a submerged world, and after giving him my rather dry edit, he’s been on the case, enhancing every single shot with all sorts of hotness.

The track is Porc #1 by Moderat, which has always been a favourite of mine… Check out this other video I made back in the day when I went to do a job with Matthew Dear.

Directed by David Terranova
Filmed by Adam Docker
VFX by Sina Taherkhani

The Hollow Men

I’ve played guitar for years, but since moving to New York I had to make do without one, until I finally bought one the other day. Since then I’m getting back into the moody long hypnotic sounds that I used to play a lot, so I tried dropping it in amongst some digital sounds to see what happened

Bloc: Stubnitz

The beginning of a small documentary series for Bloc festival, starting aboard a 50 year old fishing vessel called MS Stubnitz which has been turned into a travelling music and art space. Keep an eye out for future episodes, featuring a bunch of pretty high profile artists!

The first two tracks are by my friends Maesia and Orgon… Hotness from Rome!
Great camera work as always from Spike Morris

Direction & Edit: David Terranova
Director of Photography & Colourist: Spike Morris
Assistant Editor: Bryan Cosgrove
Production Manager: Martina Rojas Chaigneau