Monday, 7. May 2012 - 4:20 pm
As well as being the bass- and keyboard-playing member of the seminal Brooklyn hiphop outfit, Adam was also the driving force and director of much of the Beasties’ outstanding, era-defining visual output, under his filmmaking alias Nathanial Hornblower.
From the Eighties, when the Beasties emerged, Adam aka Nathanial Hornblower directed numerous Beasties videos, including Shake Your Rump, Shadrach (Abstract Impressionist), Pass The Mic, Sure Shot (co-directed with Spike Jonze), Intergalactic, Body Movin’, Three MCs & 1 DJ and Triple Trouble. And last year, to coincide with the release of the Beasties album Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, he directed the half-hour special for Fight For Your Right (Revisited), featuring a star-studded lineup of talent including Seth Rogan, Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Will Ferrell and Jack Black playing members of rival versions of ‘old school’ Beastie Boys.
In Beasties’ lore, Nathanial is actually Nathanial Hörnblowér – Adam’s uncle from Switzerland – and the subject of his own short film A Day In The Life Of Nathanial Hornblower, starring David Cross.
‘Nathanial’ also directed the 2006 Beastie Boys concert film Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That! – where all of the footage is captured by audience members using Zip cameras. He also directed the non-Beasties project Gunnin For That #1 Spot, a feature documentary about eight NYC high school basketball prospects.
Yauch built Oscilloscope Laboratories, a recording studio in New York City, and then founded Oscilloscope Pictures – the production company behind his directing projects and distribution company for various other independent films.
The numerous tributes to Adam ‘MCA/Nathanial Hornblower’ Yauch’s passing has included Coldplay performing Fight For Your Right live at the Hollywood Bowl, and the players of the New York Mets being introduced to the plate by a different Beastie Boys’ track last Friday evening.