CRT Flux Phaser

James H. Connolly:

Four hand-wound electromagnets receive low-frequency audio waveforms that are 25% out of phase with one another, using harmonics of 60 Hz (the refresh rate of CRTs in the US) to provoke the most potent electromagnetic fluctuation. [...]

Inspired by Nam June Paik's Wobbulator, the CRT Flux Phaser can subvert any CRT monitor into a powerful synesthetic video synthesizer. The project was developed as part of my ongoing examination of the cathode ray tube as an open system and critical alternative to restrictive contemporary consumer electronics that favor proprietary production tools, restrictive interfaces, and data-mining surveilling algorithms over user control and freedom.

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6 Responses:

  1. Jon H says:
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    Like to see the result with something like Pink Floyd's One of These Days fed into it.

  2. GT says:
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    I think we all know what the next Xscreensaver hack is going to look like...

  3. thx1138 says:
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    Sound reminds me of the robots from Impossible Mission C64

  4. Carlos says:

    "And tonight at DNA Lounge, it's seizure night!  Caesars are $5 all night long."

    C.

  5. Doctor Memory says:
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    "Of course, "O'Blivion" was not the name I was born with. That's my television name. Soon, all of us will have special names -- names designed to cause the cathode ray tube to resonate."

  6. This gave me flashbacks to that time when I was working in a physics lab for the summer in undergrad, before the days of flat panel monitors. We spent like an hour trying to figure out why the monitor on our primary lab computer had started going haywire, only to discover someone had left a rather powerful magnet on the desk right next to it.

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