“Good Times 2000” was a rave I produced outside Kansas City, KS with two other guys at the turn of the century. It’s impossible to know exactly how many souls were in attendance. The massive horse racing stadium GT2K called home wasn’t equipped to handle all the folks trying to sneak in. Suffice it to say, GT2K was the largest of the many raves I produced and possibly the largest in Kansas City history. (When all was said and done, we estimated the attendance to be about 4,000 people.)
Fast-forward thirteen years and I’m having one of those coming-of-age moments when you rent a 10-foot moving truck and drive it with all of your childhood and early-adult possessions to your grownup home. Unpacking all of these old boxes in Brooklyn sent wave after emotional wave crashing over me like a tsunami of memories. One of the artifacts of my pre-college life surfaced in the aftermath. It was a VHS tape simply entitled, “Rave Footage”.
When I was throwing raves in Kansas City, people who came to my parties often gave me tokens of support: a neon bracelet with my name beaded on it, photos, endless demo tapes… One time, a kid gave a video tape–this videotape (right). It was footage of my biggest and best-known party, Good Times 2000 that he had shot on a camcorder. I tucked the tape away in a box with the rest of my rave-time mementoes and forgot about it. As time passed, I realized I didn’t have any pictures from GT2K. I was too busy at the party to take them myself and I had recruited all my friends to work alongside me. I had never watched the video tape the mysterious young, camera-man had given me and I wondered whatever became of the footage.
When I found the VHS tape in a milk crate packed with demo cassettes, I was shocked. Overwhelmed by the prospect that images of GT2K may be preserved therein, I wondered how I would retrieve them.
Among my cargo was a VCR. If only I could find a way to route its RCA outputs into a computer I might have a chance at capturing the footage into Final Cut. I phoned an animator friend and was able to borrow a Canopus ADVC-110 (ADVC =” Advanced Digital Video Converter), ran a Firewire cable between it and my laptop and captured the footage into iMovie. (iMovie’s capturing interface is far simpler and more efficient for capturing home movies, I discovered.)
And this is the result…
There’s plenty to be said about the content of this video. As with all coming-of-age stories, the faces from the past seen here are so familiar to me, it’s almost as if no time has transpired between now and the last time I saw them. I was disappointed that myself nor any of my partners or crew appear in the video, but there’s little to complain about here. It’s an incredible document of a momentous occasion. I just wish I knew who to thank for giving it to me.