This is the first public display of my new video installation. It's a big analog video synth with computer control. Visual textures/structures are created by distorting the image on a TV set. No prerecorded materials of any sort.
Three modified black/white TV sets (Paik/Abe wobbulators were the starting point) are controlled by 8 audio/CV channels each. The resulting textures/structures are recorded by three pan/tilt cameras, connected to 6 projectors over video matrix switch.
The waveforms from TV screens before they get to the projectors are here: vimeo.com/32631165
All video is analog, without any kind of video processing. What is synthesized on a TV is recorded by camera and projected on the wall, and that's it.
Everything in the system is computer controlled. The results are repeatable. For this exhibition I ended up with sort of a "generative animated movie" that lasts 15 minutes. It runs in a continuous loop and looks the same in every pass.
This is my final piece for my degree in BA Digital Media Design at the University of Brighton. Essentially it is a remake and reboot of Nam June Paik's 1971 piece "The Wobbulator" (viewable here: vimeo.com/16906546) with an added Max/MSP software interface, Arduino controlled selectable "channels" and webcam input.
Apologies for the slightly uninteresting presentation, but operating it and filming it was kinda tricky!
A short demo video on the Wobbulator. It was originally made in the 1970's by Nam June Paik and video engineer Shuya Abe. I was curious why there wasn't a lot of information out there concerning it since it's such a great piece of equipment. Most of the Wobbulator's source images in this video were either from a camera pointed out a window, or just from straight video feedback.
There is a great detailed writeup with wiring diagrams on the Experimental Television Center's website: http://www.experimentaltvcenter.org/history/tools/ttool.php3?id=28&page=1
Addition: I was told by Benton Bainbridge that S. Walter Wright is the artist that called it the "Wobulator" but Wobbulator also seems to be the common spelling, at least at the ETC.
Additional addition: Ollie Williams was inspired to create one of their own of these and it turned out really well..check it out: vimeo.com/24636740
With Scott McDowell - DJ for The Long Rally
Brian Turner - Music Director
Liz Berg - Assistant Manager
and Joe McGasko - DJ for Surface Noise and Listener Services Director wfmu.org picoasproject.com
(Thollem and ACVilla)