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August 27, 2013 AT 9:00 am

Don Slepian’s “Sunflower Geranium”

Don Slepian’s Analog Video Synthesizer, Custom Rescan Feedback Loops & Apple II+ Graphics via rhizome.org:

The eight-minute 40-second video documents a live performance by the artist in which he used a custom array of specialized hardware and software to mix synthesized video imagery and original electronic music for a live audience. As Slepian, who is now a performing classical keyboardist, told Rhizome via e-mail, “I was a live performing VJ twenty years before the term existed.” While the nature of performance of course doesn’t allow us to replicate the live experience, we’re thrilled that this video record of Sunflower Geranium can now find a new audience. After thirty years of advancements in technology, it’s difficult to imagine what went into Slepian creating these performances. Luckily, he was kind enough to answer some questions about performing with the system he created.

Read the full interview here.


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