This website documents my journey, as an artist and technician through the bizarre and compelling medium of video feedback.

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BYOG on April 4, 2018 was a success! Much tallent was shared and enjoyed! Thanks to all who came. My video recordings did not work out unfortunately. But, I did record over an hour of interesting audio. I have separated the recording into tracks. When I have confirmation regarding who played in each track and have all the permissions perhaps we can release some of it.

BYOG Bring Your Own Gear Party poster with cartoon gears behind it art work by Jordan Anderson

April 1, 2018:

It's so rare I update my website, resume, cv, etc. I guess I don't like doing those things. I guess playing freemium games on my mobile or scanning my facebook news feed until 5am doesn't afford me much time for digital expression. Part of the impetus I felt when I first started to explore video feedback was the sense of power it gave me to control this visual medium that had the whole world hypnotized. I hated commercial television and everything that it stood for. I was shocked and disgusted to learn how many sophisticated manipulation techniques were employed in one commercial break and how all the content was shaped by marketing. As I discovered psychology, hypnosis, the works of Marshall McLuhan and others I embarked on my own mission of discovery with this medium and felt I was liberating myself from commercial television. I watched the internet grow up around me and saw potential for further personal liberation but also the potential for more sophisticated psychological domination by commercial forces. I am a child of the 20th century. Never was much of a hacker. More of a twisted TV kid really. It's been almost 20 years since I first pointed a camera at a TV and I have little more to offer then this: PSYCHEDELIC ATTACK is the name of my video feedback noise/drone project. Words lie. Visual narratives lie. Very soon synthetic video will be indistinguishable from authentic. I offer you the only salvation I have found. Complex evolving visual patterns that strobe at illusion and hallucination inducing frequencies simultaneously translated into audible textures too complex to follow consciously. The stimuli will overwhelm and become indistinguishable from your brains attempts to associate and project meaning. The stimuli will beckon you to muster your best attention to perceive it as it changes and grows. Chase it as if it were a wild animal running through the brush. Chase it like an exhausted starving person chases their last chance to live.

Bouquet_of_Moans from Merlyn Chipman on Vimeo.

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February 24, 2015:

I woke up too early this morning. Thinking about an experiment I wanted to try. Then I did it. Theres a feeling I remember getting on those rare moments, years ago, while making video feedback and rocking out so hard the poor old telly just died. The psycho-delic/tronic experience was just too much for the components to endure. Quite literally, a show stopper. It was a wonderful feeling of triumph. If other people were watching, they'd freak out. It was the stuff underground legends are made of. Today I had that feeling. Today I cloned MetaMirrors and daisy-chained the clones, each one with a different kaleidoscope group fed into one another. It worked! The results were unimaginable! Nested digital kaleidoscopes defining the edges of a fractal fluid oozing out of TV Killer, my trusty old video camera, onto the illuminated screen. Whirlpools of living rainbow gasoline puddle mutating my fingers into tendrils descending in scale down an oscillating mandalic fractal. But only for a minute. Until the computer choked on it! No sparks or smoke, nothing fried. No need to carve another notch on TV Killer. But it felt good! Today is going to be a good day.

Here are some old recordings of performances, installations and experiments from my youtube channel. New links to come soon...