RIP Bill Etra, Video Pioneer

One of the video-art greats passed away recently – RIP Bill Etra, who leaves behind a huge legacy for his work at the intersections of art and technology. Below, Bill Etra demonstrates the functions of the Rutt/Etra Video Synthesizer. (1974) New … Continue reading

by j p, September 19, 2016 0 comments

Jodorowsky’s Dune

LOGLINE: The story of legendary cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s staggeringly ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel DUNE. SYNOPSIS: In 1974, Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, whose films EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN launched and ultimately … Continue reading

by j p, May 27, 2014 0 comments

2013, Year of the Swiss Tasmanian Tiger Monkey

HELLO INTERNET. The slow fade out of Melbourne’s summer = an opportune time to re-spark the skynoise engines. It’s also likely I just miss writing things longer than 140 characters. Especially since I’m just about to finish reading a 3000 page … Continue reading

by j p, April 2, 2013 0 comments

Dr Seuss + Elefant Traks At The Sydney Opera House

4 days later, and am still buzzing from the Elefant Traks vs Dr Seuss show at the Sydney Opera House. Developed and performed for the Graphic Festival – it was an audacious project – inside a tiny time frame, create 18 songs and … Continue reading

by j p, November 15, 2012 0 comments

Higgs Boson Explained in a Cake Recipe

Thank you, @fustar! (+ fustar.info). “It’s like zoologists trying to determine if they’ve discovered a new species of butterfly by looking at a meadow through binoculars. From 16 miles away.” From the above Guardian article, I learnt that all the matter … Continue reading

by j p, July 5, 2012 0 comments

Amon Tobin Taxed : ISAM AV in Melbourne

Apologies if you’ve arrived in search of Tobin Tax discussions (a tax on market speculation proposed by Nobel Laureate James Tobin as a way of managing exchange-rate volatility..). Here we have only a murky swamp of audiovisual performance questions, all of them generated … Continue reading

by j p, June 26, 2012 5 Comments

The Science Fiction Curves of Moebius, RIP 2012.

R.I.P. Moebius, aka Jean Giraud, ( 1938-2012 ). Sadly, we’re now without a living Moebius. All the more reason to revisit (or explore anew) his wild and fantastic creations. Most people might recognise his graceful intergalactic palette as some of the … Continue reading

by j p, March 16, 2012 0 comments

The Adam Curtis Documentary Machine

If you’ve watched The Century of Self, The Power of Nightmares – or really, any series by Adam Curtis, (this could keep you busy for a while), then you’re aware of his formidable skills in crafting a compelling documentary. Fans … Continue reading

by j p, September 9, 2011 2 Comments

Triple Screenage To Go!

Above, after much hair-pulling : VDMX merrily sending out 2400 x 600 pixels across 2 screens and 1 projector, via the set-up below. ie – 2010 Macbook Pro –> mini display to DVI convertor –> DVI cable –> Matrox Triplehead2go … Continue reading

by j p, July 9, 2011 11 Comments

Technoscape, 3D World, R.I.P.

[[[ Turns out I’ve been doing 3DWorld‘s Technoscape column for around 10 years (and 5-6 patient editors). Below, my very last column for them, after they recently announced they were shutting down. Weirdly, this comes just as 3DWorld seemed to … Continue reading

by j p, May 19, 2011 0 comments