Wednesday, 30 December 2015

RTL TV 40 ANS - Le Hit- Parade, Featuring EMS Spectron

A little snippet here of classic TV graphics from an anniversary on RTL, which includes some video mixer feedback effects and some very familiar EMS Spectron/Spectre shapes, blink and you will miss them!

"La télévison Luxembourgeoise a célébré ses quarantes ans en 1995.Voici un extrait de la soirée qui c'est déroulée à la Villa Louvigny."

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Experiments using the Rutt-Etra Analog Video Synthesizer and Siegel colorizer, 1975

Video Synthesis Experiments, excerpts from  Edin Velez on vimeo.

A rare example of the Siegel Colorizer in use in this short excerpt.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

DIY video VCO

Here are some shots of early XR2206 based video VCO experiments, the important thing with video is getting sync pulses from your SPG in to a format that your oscillator circuit wants to sync to, some are fine with narrow pulses some want a nice clean saw wave or for the pulse to hit a certain voltage threshold. This means if you don't have the skills to attempt at modifying whatever SPG or VCO you have chosen you will need sync conditioning circuits to sit in between getting the two to talk nicely.

Monday, 31 August 2015

How Video Post-Production Effects were done in the 80s

Continuing the theme of effects videos, here is a nice one about 80s era video effects.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Video Screening in Tokyo

Alex organised a great screening in Tokyo check out the flyer

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Rob Schafer and Donny Blank - Interview from 1983 - Historical look at Video Synthesis

"Rob Schafer and Donny Blank - Interview from 1983 on the video synthesizer.
Posted by Video 4 ( Synopsis Video) - Denise Gallant"

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Dan Bucciano

Dan Bucciano recently posted this fantastic clip to the discussion group so I thought I would share. It's some lovley black and white feedback processed with a color solarizer prototype he designed around 20 years ago.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Synapse by Christian Greuel

"Christian GreuelFake Space Labs / CalArts (1992)

An abstract work of visual music, “Synapse” is a stylized interpretation of the inner senses as they are lifted from a state of despondency to find temporary asylum in a delirious

moment of lucidity. This mindscape takes us on a ride through the turbulence of the psyche using vintage real-time 3D graphics and electronic synthesis technology.

The base graphics were created at Fake Space Labs during an Artist-in-Residency (1991-92) and repurposed for this work in 2003.

Video and Music: Christian Greuel
A/D Transfer: Aaron Ross (2003)
Thanks to: Mark Bolas and Eric Gullichsen

Graphics created at: Fake Space Labs (1992)
Video processed at: California Institute of the Arts (1992)
Music created at: California Institute of the Arts (1991)

Software: Sense8 WorldToolKit 1.0, AutoCAD (3D models), ColoRIX (2D textures)
Hardware: i386 PC (4MB RAM), DS1 DVI video card, CRT display, 3/4" video tape and camera
Video Processing Hardware: Hearne/EAB Videolab, Fairlight CVI
Audio: Roland SH-5 analog synthesizer, Ampex 456 4-track 1/4" analog tape"

Sunday, 14 June 2015

McConnell Macro Video Synthesis System

Here is something you don't see every day a Amiga Video Toaster/ Atari Falcon based video synthesizer with multiple other signal paths going on, thanks to Matthew McConnell for the upload!  Not your standard analogue set up and much closer to systems from the mid 90s

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

London Alternative Photography Collective Talk on Optical Sound

I will be doing a talk later today about optical sound and the history of photography of sound, Sally Golding will also be showing some of her work!

Photo from Seeing Sound by Winston E.Kock

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Psyché Tropes + Video Circuits

Here are a few images from the night we did a while back and some video shot by Video Hack Space! thanks Fabrizio!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Psyché Tropes & Video Circuits present an Evening of Modular Synthesis April the 4th

So I got together with Psyché Tropes to put on an event at apiary studios on the 4th of April, it should be interesting and mostly modular! There will be me and two of my favourite video syntheists doing video and three great musicians doing audio, hopefully with some cross patching for added fun and audio reactivity.

Psyché Tropes and Video Circuits present an Evening of Modular Synthesis at Apiary Studios on Saturday 4th April 2015.
£6 adv / £8 door. No guest list. 8pm – Late.

Psyché Tropes is a label from the creator of Hackney Film Festival dedicated to exploring the synaesthetic intersections between sound and its visual counterpart. The label’s second live edition sees a collaborative event with Video Circuits combining the realms of audio and video modular synthesis with a very special line-up. Video Circuits is a blog and research project that takes a wide ranging approach to documenting the early years of electronic video art, visual music and computer art with a view to informing the current output of contemporary artists and musicians working in the field.

Live modular shows by


Live video modular by


with Psyché Tropes djs

British artist Robin Rimbaud traverses the experimental terrain between sound, space, image and form, creating absorbing, multi-layered sound pieces that twist technology in unconventional ways. From his early controversial work using found mobile phone conversations, through to his focus on trawling the hidden noise of the modern metropolis as the symbol of the place where hidden meanings and missed contacts emerge, his restless explorations have won him international admiration from amongst others, Bjork, Aphex Twin and Stockhausen.

Audio Dependent is the electronic music alias of audio visual artist, Tim Cowie. A long-time collaborator at The Light Surgeons, Cowie’s music and sound design work crosses over from electronica and techno, to contemporary classical and ambient soundscapes. He also releases music under his own name and as part of the duo Infinite Particles.

The Asterism is a semi-improvised solo modular synth and electronics project from Mark O Pilkington (Raagnagrok / Urthona / Teleplasmiste), constructed around organic rhythmic developments and blurring the lines between natural and unnatural sounds.

Alexander Peverett (b.1976) is a multi-disciplinary artist from Wigan, England. He resides in Japan and the United Kingdom. His personal work explores the fields of electronic & computer music, video art, multi-media installation, generative art and computer graphics. He works as a freelance Art Director, Computer Artist, Sound Designer and Video Director.

Synthpunk is a musician, engineer and video synthesist. His wide ranging skills and interests manifest themselves in many different ways one of which is his self-built modular video synthesizer.

Chris King is an audio visual artist who primarily works with drawing, experimental animation, electronics and sound.

More info at:

Photos from Sabrina Ratté & Roger Tellier-Craig

I got to see Sabrina and Roger's amazing performance at the BFI on the 13th, here are some awful photos of Sabrina's beautiful imagery and a video Rosa took of their fantastic performance at Sonic Acts 2015 so you can also hear the incredible sounds too, even if it is a different set. I belive sabrina is also giving a talk soon to, info here

Ewa Justka

I found some photos from the semi regular EAVI  night from November where Ewa played which reminded me to post up some of her work and a link to her great site. She often pefromes with hacked CRT televisions and Optoelectronic noise circuits, so there is a great synchronicity of sound and image.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Le Révélateur: Sabrina Ratté & Roger Tellier-Craig London

So I am pretty excited to see Le Révélateur perform as part of Digital Québec, I am a great appreciator of all their work so far, both Sabrina and Rodger make some of the most beautiful work around. Link!


BFI Southbank’s regular Sonic Cinema strand teams up with ELEKTRA and MUTEK, two vibrant organisations from Québec, to present a bold and ambitious series of live audiovisual performances, featuring 8 UK Premieres over two consecutive nights.

Dubbed Digital Québec, some of the province’s most innovative and experimental A/V creators will be presenting their work for the very first time on British soil. Acting as a continuation of the combined ELEKTRA and MUTEK 15th anniversary event EM15 presented in Montréal in May 2014, the selection of works represent the interdisciplinary intersection of music, sound and digital art where both organizations meet.


Thursday March 12
Dominique T Skoltz: y2o
Yan Breuleux: Tempêtes

Matthew Biederman & 4X: Physical
Herman Kolgen: Seismik + Aftershock


Friday March 13
Maotik & Metametric: Omnis
Woulg: Ring Buffer

Myriam Bleau: Soft Revolvers
Roger Tellier-Craig & Sabrina Ratté: Le Révélateur


Tickets available here:

1 show £16
2 shows the same night £25
Pass for 4 shows £40

If you wish to buy a 4-performance or 8-perfomance pass, you need to call the BFI box office or visit the venue to buy the festival passes.

With the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec and the Québec Government Office in London.

Dean Winkler

Here is a new work from Dean Winkler who has provided me with some of my favourite posts with uploads of his past work.

"An abstract meditation on global warming set to music by Low City. 1980s style analog video layering, created with modern desktop tools."
Check out his Vimeo channel for more fantastic work.

Monday, 2 March 2015

C.E. Burnett

A recent article on Paleofuture brought to my attention the work of C.E. Burnett an engineer at RCA's  research lab during the 1930s. This must be a very early example of cathode ray tubes being used for pattern generation and certainly predates many more well known media art pioneers. I wonder if he ever spoke to Ben F. Laposky another early pioneer in a related technique.


Zoran Radovic

Zoran Radovic has been working with pendulums, plotters, lasers and CRT displays since the 1960s. A recent post by an online friend highlighted the fact that his studio is being sold off, I noticed some plotter art on the wall which lead me to check out his great site detailing his fantastic work. he details his various systems building on his ideas and demonstrating how some of his systems work. Please go read his site for more info! 

Here are a few more links with some of his work

Thursday, 26 February 2015

New Australian Experimental Video Resource

So a while back I heard rumblings about this and have been meaning to post this for a while, Stephen Jones (one of the pioneers of media art in Aus) designed  the Supernova 12, a system owned by Jeffrey Siedler who has very kindly donated it to a new experimental video lab set up By Tom Ellard (of severed heads) and Ant Banister at the University of New South Wales, Other Stephen Jones machines have also been resurrected and integrated with some newer devices and at some point in the future hopefully we will see some new work! I believe Ed and Liz of LZX and Pia VanGelder are also lending a hand  (thanks to Ant for the Photos) and Tom for his blog posts

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Video Glitch Device

Here is a device I built for a fellow artist, there are a few shots of its slowly disrupting a shot of a grid to give you an idea off the effects it can produce.