Saturday, March 04, 2017

March 4 Synth Saturday

Sync02 is an analog sound synth equipment show day, and performance in the evening. It is focused on Eurorack synth modules. Sponsored by Control Voltage. At Holocene 1001 SE Morrison. All ages. Exhibition 10:30AM-4:30PM Free. 21+ Performance 5:30PM-8:30PM $10

Video Mixer PDX is a meetup, demonstration and hands-on opportunity with video synthesizers. Examples include LZX Industries, Paracosm Lumen and Glitch Art BPMC.

Analog video synths have been artist tools since the 1960s. The NTSC (and PAL) analog video signal is delicate because it had to run the analog televisions of 1941. It added color in 1953, but had to be back compatible. The result is that the analog video signal is easy to alter for artistic purposes.

Later video synths and tools to alter the signal entered an era of hybrid analog-digital. The image in the digital frame buffer could be processed independently of the analog video signal with the Amiga Video Toaster, the Fairlight CVI and others.

Falling prices and more muscular laptops lead to the golden age of live video mixing to accompany EDM, with innovation in the UK and the Netherlands. Popular software included VDMX, Livid, VJamm, Green Hippo, Modul8, Pilgrim, Isadora and more. They were often combined with hardware analog mixers from Panasonic and Edirol which had fallen in price due to larger markets: school television studios and the use of video in churches.

The challenge is the artist interface.

A generation of software, like Processing, inspired by the MIT Media Lab, used virtual processing blocks connected by virtual pipes.

Today's demonstration is focused on patchable synth modules, analog and virtual. It is similar to Processing, but with physical patch cords. The virtual version, Paracosm Lumen, can exist within a system of virtual video pipelines, like Syphon, in software.

It's free, but registration is requested at

At Open Signal 2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. 7PM-10 Free