So much of the visual inspiration for digital generative visuals — even those that never leave the computer — come directly from analog electronics. There’s something organic about the motion visuals this gear creates. Case in point: the latest, short video from Mat Jarvis, the pioneering ambient artist, via his label Microscopics. Good stuff, and we’re glad to bring it to you first.

Speaking of pioneering vintage visuals, Mat Jarvis / Microscopics have also set music to the brilliant film “A Film Dealing with the Relative Size of Things in the Universe and the Effect of Adding Another Zero.” The film is the work of Charles and Ray Eames (yes, of chair/design fame), who probably deserve a CDMotion story all their own. It’s stunning to see this 1977 film predicting the worldview of technologies like Google Earth. In case you missed this on CDMusic:

Ambient music fans, here are details on the release of the album itself:

Microscopics Play with Scale on Gas0095, Give You Tiny Moog Model [Create Digital Music]

Microscopics Blog

Got some favorite oscilloscope films to share? Let us know.

  • tim

    I'd say the second video is more commonly called "Powers of Ten" 🙂

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  • Robin Fox does some absolutely stunning stuff in this area. Don't think any of it's on youtube, but his BackScatter DVD is brilliant.

  • @tim: Indeed, but I like the longer name. 🙂

  • I second mxxx's recommendation of Robin Fox.

    I took some pictures of one of his shows a while ago.

    He fills the room with smoke and points a laser oscilloscope from the stage just over the heads of the audience. The laser is driven directly by the sounds of his Max/MSP laptop glitch goodness and form amazing tunnels of light.

    Some clips on youtube here and here.

  • Bobself

    I prefer the longer name too 🙂
    Great videos, both of them btw!

  • Bobself

    The 2 videos are completely different from each other, yet somehow work well together (as does the music).
    Ambient pioneer indeed!