Juergen Koppmann, Vienna-based digital media artist, shares his latest creation – “a video shredder live VJ box” that applies horizontal oscillations to “grind” and distort video signals. Specs:

3 horizontal line oscillators, triggered by 3 arcade buttons
all 3 can be combined for line and color grinding of any video input signal.
additionally voltage reducer from 9Volt (intern battery) down to 4,8Volt for more [destructive] artefacts.

It’s a sort of video circuit bend, and it produces some really beautiful results. (At least I know I want one.) More samples below.

These are just first tests; the box remains in development, and I hope we get to follow it. It seems ingeniously simple, and while they’re distortion effects, the results are expressive. You can find Juergen’s work on his Electric STUNT Etsy store, which at the moment includes circuit bending sound projects, but which he says will eventually be the marketplace for this wonder.

And you can keep tabs on this project’s evolution – along with other inspiration – at his Posterous site:

Future samples should actually look better than this, he says – he had only a Panasonic mixer for input, a 7″ monitor for output, and an inexpensive camera for capture. He says he’ll shoot some more footage with better-quality input and capture. I also asked if we might see this as an open source hardware project – it seems ripe for modification – and he was potentially interested in sharing the development process, he says.

Stay tuned for more.