SYNOPSIS: POD is the WIP name given to the custom VJ Systems designed and built c1996 by Adem Jaffers, (in co-collaboration with James Murray and Robin Cook). 2 POD systems with 8 Amiga computers (2x CD32 with Mpegg1 FMV card, 2x A500, 2x A1200, 2x A2000), 4x Genlocks, 2x VHS players, RF TV Transmitter to send video signal inline between units remotely, midi/genlock interfaces and vga/serial/parallel switch boxes. All custom mounted into 2 hospital stainless steel laundry trolleys, which were retro-fitted by Robin Cook (Mutoid Waste Co.) with triangular shaped adjustable shelving and with 2 identical saddle (type) configurations made out of an old car trailer tarp frame, U-Bolt mounted on top of each trolley (POD) to sit 2x 1084s Amiga monitors. In an ongoing attempt to integrate and unify Amiga technologies in a way that enables control of upto 7 Amiga computers via the Audio Mod Tracker 'Octamed'. Using Midi triggering, Arexx scripting (via TCP over SLIP Serial & PLIP Parallel) and DMX control, all from a single Amiga-CD32, all the other Amigas containing databases of computer animation (and audio samples) could be triggered to play whatever tempo (frame rate) and select layer level (FG, MG, BG) was required. The Midi triggered DMX signal controlled any sort of lighting or laser fixture aswell, the POD system was used on live shows where animation, sound and lighting could all be punched out from a semi-automated synchronised single system. The system is also versatile in scalability and media type control. This video is an example shown here is of just audio and animation in a video feedback test. Beyond the above technological setup was the aim to have control-ability of video feedback. The triggered animation layers individually and in oscillating sequences act as EFFECTORS of the video feedback system, partially guiding its formation in shape, detail and color. Video genlocks also gave another level of control by allowing adjustment of more traditional functions such as Brightness, Conrast and Cross-Fading of Animation layers. The second half of the video contains an example where rather than a domestic video camera being used, instead a robotic lego motion control rig was built with programmable control via the Dakta Software using LINGO code using Windows Dos. A miniature camera was fitted pointing to a 360x280p sized LCD screen. The rig could move in/out and camera on wheel mount could spin infinitely in any direction. Therefore, via code any position in/out (rig move) and left/right (Camera spin) coordinate could be repeated; along with a combination of programmable animation, lighting and sound states - made this system a (repeatable) multimedia system for use in performance work. The inspiration for the POD came from many years of VJ/Lighting performances at Raves and Cyberthon broadcasts.
mums house - c.1997
VJ Mandala > Adem Jaffers
aka Nuero 1990 & Tekno Mandala 1991-95
Multi-computer-layered midi trickered & genlocked animation effecting B&W Feedback
Amiga, DPaint, Octamed Mod Tracker, Elan Performer, Genlock, Camera
Mutant > Adem Jaffers