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Synkie: the modular synth for video

The folks at [anyma] have been working on an analog video processor called Synkie for a while now, and we’re amazed a project this awesome has passed us by for so long.

Like a Moog or Doepfer synth, the Synkie was developed with modularity in mind. So far, [anyma] has built modules to split and combine the sync and video signals, and modules to invert, add, subtract, mix, filter and amplify those signals. The end result of all this video processing produces an output that can look like a glitched Atari, art installation, and scrambled cable station all at the same time.

The Synkie’s output reminds us of the original Doctor Who title sequence, and actually this idea isn’t far off the mark – both use video feedback that will produce anything from a phantasmagoric ‘flying through space’ aesthetic to a fractal Droste effect visualization. We’re impressed with Synkie’s capabilities, but we’re astounded by the [anyma] crew’s ability to control a video signal in real time to get what they want.

Check out a video of the Synkie after the jump. There’s also more footage of the Synkie in action on the Synkie Vimeo channel.

Comments

  1. smx says:

    Nice one!
    There’s also http://www.milkymist.org you might like to post. It’s digital however :)

  2. Johannes says:

    Wow this is really incredible! I didn’t even know it was possible to create such effects using analog technology!

  3. ferdie says:

    wow thats look cool.but it looks of it made in russian in the 80 but it is not.
    never no that you can do this whit homemade stuff

  4. dax says:

    So cool! Check out the music artist Truckasaurus on youtube, they mix their music with a modded gameboy and one guy mixes VHS tapes to correspond with the show. Terrific live, and they have their music videos on youtube!

  5. zool says:

    pretty cool, would have rather seen an explanation of all the modules though

  6. bob says:

    @Johannes

    As my circuits prof used to say, digital circuits are made of analog parts. Analog can do anything digital can, plus a bit.

  7. Johannes says:

    @bob

    yeahh that does make sense, I never thought about it that way.. Its just so easy to forget about analog electronics when we get used to microcontrollers and what not! :)

  8. RandomReader says:

    The lost art of analog, 1 day computers will return to it due to its near infinate bits per cycle

    brill work!

  9. Grovenstien says:

    COME TO DADDY! :D

  10. Agent420 says:

    Reminds me of Scanimate, one of the 1st gen color video editors…

    http://scanimate.zfx.com/scan2.html

    Anyone from back in the day will recognize those graphics from early Electric Company, PBS, NOVA etc…

  11. HarveyMoon says:

    I guess no one has heard of the Dan Sandin Image Processor.
    This was back in the 1970’s maybe the first video synth ever made.

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