VinylVideo - an invention by Gebhard Sengmüller, in cooperation with Martin Diamant, Günter Erhart and Best Before
This VinylVideo™ live show premiered at the MAK (Museum of Applied Arts), Vienna on October 16th, 2001.
A live DJ set with 2 DJs, 2 turntables, 2 VinylVideo™ Home Kits, an audio mixing console and 31 Vinyl-Video™ Picture Disks.
Two DJs (Martin Diamant, Gebhard Sengmüller) in a 60 minute live performance (video and sound), based on the catalog of all available VinylVideo™ Picture Disks. The resulting composition can be viewed on two projection screens.
The live image from a DJ-cam (a video camera, mounted over the DJ table), also projected into the performance space, allows the viewer to make a connection between the resulting images and sounds and their origin (the turntables and VinylVideo™ disks).
The DJs use the new possibilities of the VinylVideo™ technology to create a unique live mix, using nothing but images and sounds from the VinylVideo™ Picture Disks.
VinylVideo™ is a new, wonderous and fascinating development in the history of audio-visual media. For the first time in the history of technological invention, VinylVideo™ makes possible the storage of video (moving image plus sound) on analog long-play records. Playback from the VinylVideo™ picture disk is made possible with the VinylVideo™ Unit which consists of a normal turntable, a special conversion box (aka the VinylVideo™ Home Kit) and a television.
In it's combination of analog and digital elements VinylVideo™ is a relic of fake media archeology. At the same time, VinylVideo™ is a vision of new live video mixing possibilities. By simply placing the tone arm at different points on the record, VinylVideo™ makes possible a random access manipulation of the time axis. With the extremely reduced picture and sound quality, a new mode of audio-visual perception evolves. In this way, VinylVideo™ reconstructs a home movie medium as a missing link in the history of recorded moving images while simultaneously encompassing contemporary forms of DJ-ing and VJ-ing.