Thursday, 29 August 2013

Dan Tombs

 Dan Tombs has been making some great visuals for a while now both in a live context and for music videos and related content, he makes great use of both computer editing and hardware based processes such as feedback. 

Friday, 23 August 2013

Performing Live

Performing Live Tonight at the Barbican
BaceFook event here ---->;

Monday, 19 August 2013

Ghosting TV

"Gosting is a monthly hang out for experimental animators and video artists.

"...Because everyone needs a lil' fantasy"

Short screenings by a rotating group of artists will be featured each month, in addition to an open grill and video installations. Come and hang out! Network with your peers OFFLINE in a chill environment lubricated by your favorite spirits and grilled delights. "

Ghosting Volume 2

Los Angeles CA, August 24th, 8pm

Featuring the very very good

Jennifer Juniper Stratford

Yoshi Sodeoka

Sabrina Ratté

Sam Newell

looks amazing!

Telematic Etra

This is an amazing project

For more information, please visit: and

"In Telematic Etra Session #2, Bill Etra narrates a history of tools and instruments created for real time visual performances. Bill has pursued the creation of a "visual piano" and a language for the scoring of visualization compositions for over 4 decades. Along the way he co-invented many devices and techniques, most famously the Rutt/Etra Video Synthesizer. In Telematic Etra 2, Bill will lecture about his and others' inventions and respond to questions from a remote audience via webchat.

Benton-C Bainbridge with Minou Maguna and Bill Etra: Telematic Etra is a series of video chat room discussions with Bill Etra about his lifelong pursuit of “total plasticity of the moving image.” Etra is best known as the co inventor of the Rutt/Etra Video Synthesizer. He has also created other milestone art works, pivotal patents, and collaborations with artists ranging from Steina and Woody Vasulka to Francis Ford Coppola.
Etra’s congenital spinal stenosis has immobilized him and he is rarely able to leave his apartment in the Bronx. Telematic Etra will enable Etra to reach out and educate and inspire the next wave of Visual Music composers, performers, critics and academics. Each session will include both a lecture and a Q&A section, to maximize interaction.

Minou Maguna lives and works in Buenos Aires. Art director and stage direcrot of multimedia performance, exploring new modes of interaction between humans, machines, algorithms and the environment to create art and the poetic. In recent years Maguna has co-created performances of music, opera and experimental musical theater in Argentina and New York, London, Berlin, Rome, Singapore, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.

Benton-C Bainbridge is an artist, designer and educator based in the Bronx. Bainbridge makes movies, installations, and live visual performances with custom digital, analog and optical systems of his own design. He has presented video as immersive environments and extemporaneous compositions across 5 continents, collaborating with scores of artists around the world.

Sponsored by Really Useful Media (Dan Winckler and Emily Kornblut)"

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Synthetic Divinity

Go check out Tory Starbuck's Vimeo here for more on this

"Synthetic Divinity was a St. Louis cable television show in 1994-1996. It was abstract, surreal, science fiction video art created by Tory, Enero, and Bruce Wulff. Sasha Feline was in part of this. Other friends and members of neXtrAdio helped and the soundtrack was always created by neXtrAdio. The muzik was usually from the live improvisations that took place on Tory's KDHX radio show, Nocturnal Designs. Doc Mabuse, Tom Sutter, Perry Emge were in the band and helped with filming, acting and ideas."

Paul Jablonka

Here are some nice images from computer artist Paul Jablonka you can find allot of his opart for sale online but not too much info, he also seems to have been active in scientific research and other areas of computing.

Black and White illustrations taken from this interesting piece 

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Mo-Dettes - White Mice

Here is a great video from 1979 using the video studio at LCC, I know for a fact LCC had a Videokalos  although this could have been another piece of equipment, What really makes it for me are the really 3D feedback effects with a very judicious use of lighting or keying to maximise the spatial qualities.

Here is a quote from youtube user R4949
"RARE - possibly unique! Shot in the primitive studio at the London College of Printing in 1979 - with Ian H at the video colourizer controls... All I have left is this dodgy quality VHS - so, with apologies for that, sit back and enjoy one of the most under-rated bands of the 80s... All hail the Mo-Dettes...
Remember - No girl likes to love a wimp..."

Doron Abrahami

Doron Abrahami working using "electronic modulator" at the Royal College of Art TV studio 1975. There is not much info online, Abrahami is quoted in this classic David Hall article here although David dosn't seem to like synthetic work much :/

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Philip Baljeu

Philip Baljeu has been working on some interesting VGA video synthesizer designs, he has some video effects designs too and a whole host of cool projects over on his site . He is working on a revised version now which sounds like it will be more advanced. 

Friday, 9 August 2013


So thats 500 posts after 5 here is a short video to celebrate the occasion utilizing some classic videosynthesis techniques and some cheesy computer editing  

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

TV Oscilloscope Adaptor

TV Oscilloscope Adaptor from here

This is an adapter attached to a TV set. This machine changes a TV to a Oscilloscope. See the photo! This photo indicates a sine wave 50mV 120Hz. See the circuit! Free oscillater makes an 15kHz pulse signal (A). This signal is amplified by an buffer AMP. On the other hand , an amplifier makes 300 times of input signal. And it is shifted to 6V center. A comparater compares a voltage (C) and (B). this comparater makes an pulse width modulated signal on (D) point. Differencial circuit makes a small pulse on the changing timing of the pulse. Buffer receives two signals ,(A) and (E). Therefore it is called as an adder. This machine is able to indicates only 60Hz or 120Hz or 180Hz

Peter Van Riper

Light, sound and laser artist Peter Van Riper

looks like some feedback and video processing going on here

Stan Hayward

British computer animation pioneer Stan Hayward

I believe this is his although also credited to Tony Diment

this is worth watching for the clip of meta. mor. pho. sis. at the end
which looks scanimate-esque (not sure of the attribution) 
origonal source here 

further reading here 

Monday, 5 August 2013

Jane Wright

"A series of over 40, 8 minute video landscapes (which can be shown in different combinations, and as an installation) that represent a spiritual experience, meditational, and soothing."

photo from VIVO Media Arts Centre

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Narrat1ve New Video Synth Prototype

Todd Bailey's new video synthesizer prototype looks amazing!

see Todd's site and this post for more on his video experiments

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Laser Shows

I have long been interested in laser shows since reading about them in various books like Expanded Cinema and Ron's great books and work, the visuals apparently float in space when performed in pitch black planetariums and other dome like structures. This frees the drawn video image from the tyranny of standard aspect ratios and hints at infinity. There seems to still be a few real laser shows left in the world and there are some amazing visuals on the web that almost capture how cool they might be live. (thanks to JJ for this one)

Here is an image from Laserium, designed by Ivan Dryer one of the pioneers of Laserium's techniques, Production Laser Images Inc.USA
and below are laser graphics for the Cosmic Laser Concert "Laserium" presented at the London Planetarium. Again Ivan Dryer and Laser Images Inc.

Here are some great videos from Laserium

and this one from from another user

Also worth a mention are all the Laser art projects and installations that have been produced, I have lost my brochure on Centerbeam which I believe featured laser projection

I really need to have a search through all my resources to find more examples because I am sure I have loads more

Finaly I will leave you with one of Ron's amazing videos, he will be getting his own post very soon

Images taken from Graphics in Motion By eminent British animator John Halas

Mark R. Hasan


The Ionic  company was an EMS American distributor for a time until it cloned the VCS3 and keyboard in to a single unit of it's own "design", it had some relatively interesting ideas about marketing, one of it's other products looks to have been a modified TV that acted like a simple oscilloscope a project common on the web these days and a technique utilized from the late 60s in to the early 70s by Paik amongst others.

William Stuart Systems Videograph

Interesting advert for a William Stuart Systems Videograph, a DIY visualizer kit that displays sound in colour. I have seen many of this type of circuit but not that many in colour. William Stuart Systems seem to have produced a lot of interesting peripherals for the ZX Spectrum,  if anyone has an unbuilt kit laying around or knows where I can pick one up let me know ;)

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Sunflower Geranium Don Slepian

Don Slepian

Benton-C Bainbridge

Another great one from Benton-C Bainbridge from the TRIGGERS series of analog synthesized audiovisual videos. For David Last.

James Alec Hardy

I was pointed in the direction of the video work of James Alec Hardy by AV Dav a while ago, I had found his site a while back but forgot to post some work, there is allot of advanced feedback work here and some nice wipes to boot!