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.

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