This is an old 80s MB Vectrex that I've hacked to take x, y and z inputs from my Analog modular synth (thanks to Andrew Duff and Liz Larsen for inspiration and help). Just some initial tests - the sounds are all from the modular (recorded on the camera mic - apologies for bad quality) and are driving the visuals in various ways. Filmed straight from the screen with a Canon 60D (which is still in one piece btw)
Just a bit of post-pub Friday night messing about really. Had a go at doing a bit of VJing with some random tunes. The vectrex is getting input from the modular (so it's getting a constant reference frequency as well as the music), and both are going through Max to do a bit of processing - some basic EQ to choose what parts of the music it responds to and some jiggery pokery to get the circular forms. Very messy at this stage, but I think it has its moments. Warning - there are some very flickery images!
More experiments with my hacked 80s Vectrex games console and analog modular synth - this time some circular and spiral forms. The sound is kind of balls this time - I was just doing what it took to get the shapes. Left it on just so you can hear what's driving the beam - this time it's pretty much 'what you see is what you hear' - you're not hearing the y axis, which isn't doing much. x was on the left and y on the right, but as it was recorded on a mono camera mic that's academic. I'd probably just turn it down anyway..
Australian artist Andy Thomas specializes in creating ‘audio life forms’: beautiful abstract shapes that react to sounds. In this animated short, he visualizes two recorded bird sounds from the archives of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision [beeldengeluid.nl] in Hilversum.
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Even though Martin Scorsese is famous for his use of music, one of his best traits is his deliberate and powerful use of silence. Take a glimpse at fifty years of this simple technique from one of cinema's masters. SPOILERS for Shutter Island (2010), Superman (1978) and Man of Steel (2013)