Loss of Signal: VHS and Photoshop Image Decay

I found the above Cinemassacre experiment via Make: an exercise in decaying video footage by redubbing it over and over.  Maybe I’m weird but I found the deterioration fascinating, watching the colors mutate and the details dropping out until I was following the action by the motion rather than the forms. A similar tactic but an aesthetically different experience than watching Bill Morrison’s film Decasia, clip below. You can also see echoes of both in the Very Small Array post where a picture is run through every (default?) Photoshop filter.  Shape and form decays while the decay produces accidental new forms.  Click here and look at the whole thing to see this man and this cat transform.

My Reignited Theremin Obsession

Game Reviews – E3 2010 – It’s #&*%ing Science! Just had my theremin lust reignited by this 3 minute history/build video from G4’s Attack of the Show, via Create Digital Music.  Oh man.  I’ve been planning to build one of these since a random reference on the Slanky-L* to a theremin sample sent me off in search of just what this weird musical instrument could do. Turns out the history is just as fascinating as the ghost sound machine’s electronic guts.  Here’s an excerpt from the first interview with the Theremin’s inventor, Leon Theremin, after he first emerged from the U.S.S.R. after 51 years of state arrest: Mattis: When did you first conceive of your instrument? Theremin: The idea first came to me right after our Revolution, at the beginning of the Bolshevik state. I wanted to invent some kind of an instrument that would not operate mechanically, as does […]