Nam jun paik retrospective in dusseldorf 1991-1992
I was 18, on LSD, and Bec Stupak gave me a personal video show using her magical machines in 1998 🙂
I took a Cracked Ray Tube workshop taught by Kyle Evans and James Connolly and built the Tetsuo Kogawa video transmitter. I started out by rigging up a CMOS camera to broadcast a Novadrone’s LED to a stack of CRTs during noise sets.
I saw a 3trinsrgb+1c on YouTube, ordered the kit and built it. Instant 💟
stumbling upon the audiovisualizers website in the library in highschool. i was in to audio synthesizers, but had never even considered that video synthesizers could exist until coming across that page.
Going over to Nicholas Ciontea house and being shown vector monitoring I was hooked after that.
I guess technically it would have been all those late 60s/early 70s Beat Club music videos of like Yes and Black Sabbath with tons of feedback and stuff behind them. Consciously though it wasn't until I got into euro and noticed a video category on modulargrid that I knew it was a thing. Bought a Dave Jones MVIP at the end of 2014 because I was boring to watch live. Ended up doing it a lot for friends bands and at whatever shows I could and now I'm consumed by it
When I was a kid in the 80's, my parents took me to the local mall and I loved every time we walked by the electronic store which had a cam pointed on passersby displayed on a TV. Eventually we got a VHS camcorder and I figured out how to hook it up to the TV and accidentally pointed the cam at the TV. Been amazed by video feedback ever since!
My first exposure was when I got mesmerized watching Nicholas Ciontea doing video synthesis at Knobcon 2013. He was kind enough to walk me through the basics of his LZX/BSO system during the synth meet portion of the event 🙏🏻
Joseph showed me his rig in 2012 and it shatteted my brain.
I've always been into visual art as well, so it was a natural progression.
Discovered Crutchfield and video feedback in general in high school. Bought a beat-up copy of Craig Baldwin's Sonic Outlaws from a video store while I was in college and through that discovered Emergency Broadcast Network.
Was researching video feedback and got sent down a 3trinsrgb+1c rabbithole, that also eventually led to discovering eurorack
Got into modular and tinkering, and then when I saw you could do video too I got really interested in the totally seperate set of issues that is HF design
I think the first time I saw video synthesis and actually figured out what I was seeing was in the Devo video for "The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise" with the Atari Video Music youtu.be/8bBDFGwOZA8
I bought a VHS camcorder for kicks because I'm stupid with my money and then I accidentally pointed it at the TV I had it plugged into.
Watching Nam Jun Paik's Megatron Matrix for about an hour in Washington DC. It was the character of the color on the CRTs that got me. It looked like it was from some alien world that is more vibrant than our own.
I got interested in experimental film first, seeing the work of Maya Darren and Kenneth anger in college. Probably the earliest video art I saw was one of Barbara hammer's videos, I'm not sure what she used, it looked like some kind of digital analog hybrid system. In 2006 I moved to Chicago, and I spent a year at the school of the art institute, and I remember them walking us into a room with a sandin IP on the tour. Not long after, Jon Cates did a screening of restored Phil Morton works I believe. That may have been the first time I realized what I was seeing was video synthesis. I was making experimental film and video art at that point, but was more focused on montage. I was able to actually start working with my own video synth when the visual cortex came out.
Looking for vintage video gear I found an Atari Video Music on ebay.
I've a similar path to Rob Feulner and Chris LeBlanc but from a multimedia installation perspective. I built a rotating CRT machine in 1986 that got me started...guess I've always felt dynamically opposed to broadcast content...
As a little kid I thought all the switcher fx they used on The Electric Company was really cool. In this clip you see a cool transition or two and they did fun keying fx all the time. Watch for series regulars Morgan Freeman running through the park and "EGOT" winner Rita Moreno. youtu.be/t4mU02Mp3co
Feedback loops and analog synths plugged into a crt 6yrs ago. Adding to my arsenal of mediums.
I was always interested in visual art, but the concept of visual synths was completely new to me. I got interested around 6 months ago by my partner who works with audio synths. We thought it'd be cool to play together one day. Then another friend who worked at Perfect Circuit helped me get set up with LZX gear