Sunday, 13 April 2014

Kit Young

Very weird awesome feedback work here from Kit Young

Video Circuit Bending Tutorial by Lush Projects

Very nice video circuit bending tutorial by Lush Projects

Check his work here

Monday, 7 April 2014

Joy to the World by William Laziza (1994)

Recovered by the XFR STN projectJoy to the World is Visual Music designed for ambient presentation. Joy to the World combines, optical image processing, Amiga graphics and recursive video imagery with synthesized sound. What is unique about this piece is that the audio is used to create the visuals is also the sound track. This work was created at the Micro Museum.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Magnetic Tape

Magnetic Tape is interesting to me. On reels or in cassettes each recording (or potential recording) is like a little curly drawing that pulls the sound through space, Only one position on the tape is read and so the linear nature of the tape allows the signal to vary the output is attached to over time. I messed around with wire recorders along time ago because I liked the fact that the sound is concentrated into a tiny line like space with the heaviness of the mark being replaced by the amplitude of the waveforms encoded as magnetic information. Here are some of my diy wall mounted ones, winding the pickup heads was a long day.

I also like Nam June Paik’s 1963 work Random Access allot, tape is attached to the wall as a drawing with the playback head made available as a mobile stylus so you can retrace his steps and listen to the recordings using the same gestures he used to stick them down. A kind of playable graphical notation

A good friend Dale has gone way further with visual tape based work and kindly sent me some photos of slightly insane pieces he is putting together at the moment. He selects tape based on it's visual tonality and creates geometric slightly illusory patterns building a second information set encoded in the the recording medium. I don't know if Dale does, but I find these relate to visual music and graphic notation practices too. Ill probably try to convince him at his art show at here in london on the 10th of April at six, come if you want to hang out we will probably drink beer after too.

another interesting artist I found using tape in a slightly different
way is Terence Hannum, I like the areas of ground left visible. pretty black!

There are loads of other examples I'm sure I would really like to find a graphic score where the composer has stuck down tape, creating a kind of instrument,notation recording in one, it must have been done. If only VHS was as easy to read without a moving head, pixelvision cameras hacked might be the only answer!


Photoacoustics as a word is now used in association with various methods of studying electromagnetic activity via acoustic detection in medical and scientific contexts. Originally Alexander Graham Bell & Charles Sumner Tainter discovered the ability to modulate a light source using sound and inversely modulate a sound producing membrane using light when working on their Photophone optical telecommunications system. This line of thinking starting around 1880 with the Photophones invention and continuing right up to the 1920s, eventually made possible inventions like optical sound on film (with all these technologies being indebted to the even earlier discoveries of the photoelectric properties of materials such as selenium). Sound on film interests me a lot in both it's exploitation in the early 20th century by artists and purely for it's interesting technological development. I have gathered a lot of information about the creative use of sound on film but I also became interested to find evidence of still images that recorded sound (also see earlier post on the eidophone) so anyway the first two images are I believe of Bell's experiments from a really cool blog on photography  Homemade Camera 

Second are some images produced by Robert W. Wood using single wave fronts
 produced by sparks, the latter image is a diagram based on the first, I believe.

Last up is the Phonodeik an instrument designed by Dayton Miller
that allows the photography over time of complex sound waves. It
reminds me very much of the earlier Phonautograph but with a
photographic output.

I have allot more stuff to include on this subject including cymatics and optical sound experiments which I left out to cut down the size of this post, but if you have any interesting links I always welcome tips in the comments

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Art électronique

As a British person from 2014 I have never wanted to be a young French kid in in a polo neck from 1978 until now, this is pretty much my dream audio visual studio, featuring some lovely  shots of the EMS Spectron video synthesizer in action as well as a whole host of other nice EMS and custom rack gear for sound and video experimentation.
Thanks to Jeff my good friend from across the seas for digging this video up!