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Transmissions from the magnetic ooze, in new oqko video premiere

Let’s take an unsettling journey into some black goo. No, trust me – it’s going to be a good time. “Hysteresis” is the new underground audiovisual release from the anonymous duo “-N.” The only way to get the music release is on cassette tape. There was never even a digital master made; they went straight to tape master via analog. And then there’s the video, which premieres exclusively here on CDM – because we’ve got our finger on the pulse of the world’s tastemaker black goo fans. But the video is otherworldly and beautiful. Shot with the grainy quality of …

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Music Video: Emptyset ‘Fragment’ Continues to Fuse Image, Sound [Raster-Noton]

Emptyset: Fragment from The Wire Magazine on Vimeo. Through a thick layer of electronic grunge, “Fragment,” a track from the forthcoming Emptyset album on Raster-Noton, is transformed into hard-edged analog geometries. This is analog generation from some post-apocalyptic civilization, it seems: aggressive, percussive glyphs. The machines seem … angry. But it’s also the latest example in a long tradition at Raster-Noton of perfectly fusing visual and sonic aesthetic, so that one is the mirror of the other. And that makes it consistently more satisfying than a lot of what’s out there. It helps that one act (the Bristol-based duo) is …

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Music Video: Emptyset 'Fragment' Continues to Fuse Image, Sound [Raster-Noton]

Emptyset: Fragment from The Wire Magazine on Vimeo. Through a thick layer of electronic grunge, “Fragment,” a track from the forthcoming Emptyset album on Raster-Noton, is transformed into hard-edged analog geometries. This is analog generation from some post-apocalyptic civilization, it seems: aggressive, percussive glyphs. The machines seem … angry. But it’s also the latest example in a long tradition at Raster-Noton of perfectly fusing visual and sonic aesthetic, so that one is the mirror of the other. And that makes it consistently more satisfying than a lot of what’s out there. It helps that one act (the Bristol-based duo) is …

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Kinect Goes Analog: Oscilloscope and Digital Depth Map Meet

Rutt Etra Meets Kinect from i.m. klif on Vimeo. There’s a beautiful fusion of analog and digital imagery in comments on yesterday’s story on easy Kinect software solutions. “Post digital” gets bandied about, yes, but really this to me is the perfect example of focusing on the materials of a project without any particular regard for any arbitrary dividing lines; it’s just the freedom of experimentation at work. Description, from Croatia-based reader i.m. klif (who also includes some of his lovely music, rescued from tape):

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Music Videos from NYC’s Aurora Halal: Do Video Synths Dream of Electric Sheep?

Dripping with vividly-acidic synthetic analog textures that wash in and out of shot footage, the new music video for Maryland, USA artist Maxmillon Dunbar is a dreamy reverie of light and image. It’s a bath in color, swept up in the warm glow of the single “Loving the Drift.” Brooklyn-based, DC-born artist Aurora Halal is the director. I caught a terrific live set by her earlier this winter as part of her tour with DC’s virtuoso ITAL (see video below), so I can attest that she’s as at home in performance as in the studio. The video here has that …

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Music Videos from NYC's Aurora Halal: Do Video Synths Dream of Electric Sheep?

Dripping with vividly-acidic synthetic analog textures that wash in and out of shot footage, the new music video for Maryland, USA artist Maxmillon Dunbar is a dreamy reverie of light and image. It’s a bath in color, swept up in the warm glow of the single “Loving the Drift.” Brooklyn-based, DC-born artist Aurora Halal is the director. I caught a terrific live set by her earlier this winter as part of her tour with DC’s virtuoso ITAL (see video below), so I can attest that she’s as at home in performance as in the studio. The video here has that …

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Create Analog Motion: Infinite Lines Modular Animation Teaser, LZX Visionary Modular

Now that they’re more expressive and more affordable than ever, analog modulars are finding their way into a lot of visualist studios. Here’s a teaser of some work by reader Johnny Woods. He writes: “Nothing digital whatsoever (it’s all rutt-etra style animation and video synthesis), but I thought you might get a kick out of it!” You thought right. Full description: Preview for an upcoming series of audio-visual videos. Also, just a beautiful combination of colors and shapes. Animated using analog techniques on an LZX Visionary modular system. Audio and video by Johnny Woods. The LZX was a huge underground …

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Scanimate: One-of-a-Kind, Analog Animation Machine in Videos, Driven by Moog CV

Nearly as unique and irreplaceable as the men and women who designed them, the analog machines behind early animation produced in idiosyncratic circuitry pre-digital visuals. The fingerprints of those designs are all over familiar animation from decades past. And one of the most extraordinary of those machines must certainly be the Scanimate. Built by the Computer Image Corporation of Denver, Colorado starting in the late 60s, only eight models were made, of which just one survives. That one remaining unit is in Asheville, North Carolina, near the home of Moog Music and our friend Chris Stack at Experimental Synth. So, …

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In Dreamy, Electrified Landscapes, Nalepa ‘Daytime’ Music Video Meets Rutt-Etra

The Rutt-Etra modular video synthesizer may be an early-1970s relic. But it’s an expressive visual instrument that seems even more contemporary and timeless today than when it first appeared. So it’s fitting that a new music video makes its intricate generated analog eye candy the star. Set to Nalepa’s track “Daytime,” the work – by noted visualists Benton-C Bainbridge and V Owen Bush – is an abstract visual poem. Clouds and planets drift out of the lacy, electronic tendrils. It’s a quick ticket to another world. (Watch it above; definitely watch it in “HD.”) LA-based artist Steve Nalepa tells us: …

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In Dreamy, Electrified Landscapes, Nalepa 'Daytime' Music Video Meets Rutt-Etra

The Rutt-Etra modular video synthesizer may be an early-1970s relic. But it’s an expressive visual instrument that seems even more contemporary and timeless today than when it first appeared. So it’s fitting that a new music video makes its intricate generated analog eye candy the star. Set to Nalepa’s track “Daytime,” the work – by noted visualists Benton-C Bainbridge and V Owen Bush – is an abstract visual poem. Clouds and planets drift out of the lacy, electronic tendrils. It’s a quick ticket to another world. (Watch it above; definitely watch it in “HD.”) LA-based artist Steve Nalepa tells us: …

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