Friday, 10 June 2016

Telechrome Special Effects Generator

This is an interesting video effects system from 59, to put it into context quad video was only developed in the mid 50s, colour quad became available in 58, Telerecording/Kinescope film recording systems were still in use by the broadcast networks and the earliest machines to be discussed as "video synthesizers" were still a few years off.

Whats interesting about this system is it's relatively open modular nature, something that became less common as the technology became more advanced. The Telechrome system (not to be confused with Baird's early colour tube experiments) contains a waveform generator, a switching amplifier and a control unit for selecting effects. The waveform generator would be used to generate electronic mattes analogous to film mattes and the switching amplifier would place two distinct video sources either side of the geometric form.

Here is the control panel

 you can see each of the systems modules here




















And here is the advertisement in full.

















I also dug up a later system with a similarly modular aproach.























Sources here:
http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC/BC-1959/1959-10-05-BC.pdf
http://saltofamerica.com/contents/displayArticle.aspx?19_393

Friday, 20 May 2016

Video Synthesis Techniques

So I am doing a talk at Raven Row as part of their very lovely exhibition of Steina & Woody Vasulka's work, will be demoing some of the techniques they used to make their work. Hopfully it will be interesting.

"Chris King: Video Circuits
Thursday 2 June, 6.30pm

Artist Chris King leads a live demonstration of early media art and video synthesis technologies, working with a selection of different techniques used by the Vasulkas and other video artists during the 1970s and 80s.Chris King: Video Circuits
Thursday 2 June, 6.30pm

Artist Chris King leads a live demonstration of early media art and video synthesis technologies, working with a selection of different techniques used by the Vasulkas and other video artists during the 1970s and 80s."
http://www.ravenrow.org/events/chris_king_video_circuits/

DIY Colouriser

Here are some snaps of the colouriser I built for my DIY system based on the board from the Visualist






Seeing Sound

Here are some shots from my talk, the video circuits screening, Alex's piece and Andrews performance at Seeing Sound, It was great fun. 








Thursday, 24 March 2016

Seeing Sound

I will be giving a talk on some research I have been doing into early British video synthesis and  electronic video work at this years Seeing Sound. I will also be screening some work from some contemporary Video Circuits Regulars as part of the conference.
www.seeingsound.co.uk Sign up here!


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Glass House (1983)




"Video by G.G. Aries
Music by Emerald Web
from California Images: Hi Fi For The Eyes"

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Live Show

I played a show recently thanks to The Surround, Rose took this shot.