Archive for September, 2009

Painting #321

September 19, 2009

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painting #321

Apocalypso Trio Fall miniTour

September 18, 2009

apocalypso

Joe Burgio – movement
Shayna Dulberger – double bass
Walter Wright – analog synths & video
with
Katt Hernandez – violin

Sat Sept 26
   2pm 119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford St, Lowell MA (1)(2)
   8pm Last Church on the Left, 58 Wilmot St, Portland ME (1)(2)
Sun Sept 27
   2pm 119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford St, Lowell MA (2)
Mon Sept 28
   8pm L’Envers, 185 Van Horne, Montreal QE (2)
Tue Sept 29
   8pm Mardi Spaghetti, 5490 Boulevard St-Laurent, Montreal QE (2)
Wed Sept 30
   8pm Open Rehearsal, 369 Congress Street, 7th floor, Boston MA (3)

Sun Oct 4
   8pm C.O.M.A. @ ABC No-Rio, 156 Rivington St, NYC

(1) with Chris Welcome Group
(2) with Katt Hernandez
(3) with bodydrama

Painting #320

September 18, 2009

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painting #320

Painting #319

September 17, 2009

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painting #319

A Piece of Dead Air Live

September 16, 2009

bodydrama:
Rachael Rosner, Joe Burgio and Betty Wang – movement
Matt Samolis – flute
Walter Wright – analog synths
with
Mike Hall – feedback
and the crew @ SCAT [Somerville Community Access Television]

Recorded live in the studio on Wednesday September 15, 2009

Looks like the Paik/Abe

September 16, 2009

I made a dozen different kinds of video loops to use with the new mixer patch. I have short loops, long loops, slo-mo and speeded-up loops. I have one-shot loops, forward and back loops and ‘bowties.’ In the process turning some of them b&w, posterizing and solarizing.

Here are the results –

image07  image08

image09  image10

image11  image12

I thought, “These images look like they were made on the Paik/Abe!” What’s a Paik/Abe?

The Paik/Abe was the first video synthesizer build at WGBH in Boston in 1969 by Nam June Paik and Shuya Abe. A year or so later Paik and Abe built another synthesizer at the Experimental Television Center in Binghamton, NY. That was the machine I used at the ETC in 1971. It has 2 major components – a magnetic scan modulator and a colorizer. The colorizer has 7 b&w video inputs. Each input can be toggled positive/negative and passes through a non-linear amplifier that on high-gain ‘solarizes’ the image. The signals are then mixed together and the result input to a standard a color encoder. The result is a layered image in which the original b&w signals were subtly washed with color.

Could these images be created on the Paik/Abe? I think not. However, after looking at them for a couple of days I know why I thought of the Paik/Abe. First, the video loops that were input to the mixer were solarized. I can’t remember another video processing system that does this. It’s unique to the Paik/Abe. Second, the video inputs were mixed or blended without keying. Other video systems had keyers built in. The Jones Colorizer had clipping controls that cut out parts of the image. The video output of the Paik/Abe was like a watercolor painting and output of the Jones Colorizer was more like a collage.

Painting #318

September 16, 2009

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painting #318

Painting #317

September 15, 2009

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painting #317

Painting #316

September 14, 2009

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painting #316

Painting #315

September 13, 2009

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painting #315