Kevin Noonan is a producer at Portland Community Media and the creator of the Haight-Ashbury-inspired liquid light Show “Good Vibes,” which airs regularly on PCMTV. On Monday, Oct. 3, Noonan will hold an Experimental Artist Talk in PCM's Studio A at 6:30 pm.
The practice of analog video synthesis has an inspiring legacy of innovators, sharers, and doers. In the early 70's, Dan Sandin released for free, the hardware documentation of his Sandin Image Processor, a video instrument modeled after the Moog synthesizer. It contained several modules, an expandable architecture, and was an early example of what we now know as the open source movement.
In the mid 00's in Denton, Texas, I was diving deep into the tradition of synth DIY electronics when I stumbled across the documentation for the Sandin Image Processor, and became enchanted. Teaming up with Ed Leckie in Sydney, Australia, we labored to adapt the circuits in ways that could be built with modern components. These efforts evolved into our own unique take on video synthesis, the LZX Industries format, and we began selling modules in EuroRack format in 2010.
With the Cadet series, we aim to take our work and give it back to the synth DIY and video hardware communities in a format we wished would have existed in the early days of our work. Each Cadet module performs a single function, is designed using through-hole parts where possible, and circuit schematics are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. If our other product lines are recipes, Cadets are the ingredients. We encourage you to think outside the box, to combine these circuits in new ways. Take the schematics, design your own modules and devices, and release them back into the world. We salute you, Cadet! Go! Build!
Updates for the week of September 19th: -- Navigator (XY ramps rotator/positioner) prototype is confirmed and awaits a couple revisions before production. -- 2D multilateral mixer and a new linear key module concept schematics are drafted and are undergoing PCB layouts for prototyping. These two along with the Navigator module form a complete "shape generator voice" for video synthesizers. -- Visual Cortex restock is underway, we hope to have new units available by early November. -- Cadet XI Noise Generator, Cadet XII Wavefolder/Freq Doubler, Cadet XIII 3-Input Mixer and Cadet XIV Gamma Shaper PCB prototypes have shipped to us and will be built when they arrive. -- We have completed setup of the studio component of our workspace here in Portland, and are preparing to shoot new video demonstrations and walkthroughs of recent releases. -- Cyclops has been shipping, but there's a momentary delay until the 29th for new orders placed now, as we await a backorder of DB25 connectors to arrive. ... See MoreSee Less