Jerobeam Fenderson: Oscilloscope Music: TeraHash Party

Presented at ToorCamp 2018, June 22, 2018, 11 p.m. (50 minutes)

Music videos and visual effects try to capture and enhance the feeling of the music you're listening to, but what if the visuals actually were the music? Jerobeam Fenderson blends audio and visual with his mind-blowing experience called Oscilloscope Music. Oscilloscopes are test equipment used to measure voltages for debugging electronics systems. Older vintage analog oscilloscopes have an "XY mode" which plots voltages of 2 channels on a display. Over the years people have hacked together video games and other demos abusing this feature to display graphics, but Jerobeam Fenderson is the first to take this form of art to another level by doing it audio signals to create a whole new form of performance art. Although the idea of “seeing music” is hard to grapple with, the close correlation between image and sound makes for an immersive sensory experience. Minimalistic green lines form abstract lissajous shapes that mutate into complex vector graphics, using the left and right audio channels as X and Y coordinates. Oscilloscope Music turns the transformation of abstract concepts into something tangible that works on an emotional level outside of its technical context. Using this approach, math doesn’t seem like the dry concept it is often seen as, but rather a key to the fundamental principles of nature.


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