This website documents my journey, as an artist and technician through the bizarre and compelling medium of video feedback.
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George H. W. Bush. Born: June 12, 1924 Died: November 30, 2018.
This track is dedicated to the memory of the victims of his administration.
The first Vancouver Synthesizer Festival was a success! We filled the seats at The Cultch. I got to introduce
my video feedback visuals to a new crowd of analog audio nerds! Thanks to Barry Warne, VWAM, ScottMFR, Newt,
Luke, Kelly Brown and Emma Tomic.
Mark Hosler was cool. I enjoyed talking with him. His set was amazing. It is such an honor and a pleasure to make live interpretive
visuals for bleeps and bloops of this caliber! Thanks to Mark Hosler for coming to Red Gate and to Fans of Nothing and Happiness
Under Capitalism for bringing him out. Thanks especially to Jim Carrico for inviting me to do visuals.
What an adventure! Edmonton Noise Fest was awesome! Made some new friends. Heard some crazy sounds. Spread the namshub
of PSYCHEDELIC ATTACK to a new region of brain hosts. Took out the drivers side CV joint in the minivan and still made mine
and Whip of the UFOs set! Then fixed it and still made my lift op shift at Skookum Festival. Listened to Electric Wizard
for the entire 10 hour drive back. Hahaha. Special thanks to Sian Macleod for the couch. OMG, Joellicorn, you saved our asses
so excellently! Thanks for putting us up (and putting up with us). Without your help we wouldn't have made it.
Thanks also to Mark Meloche for throwing a great event and inviting us, and to Gary James Joynes for making me sound so good.
The last Hexistential was the best visuals gig I had last year. The performers were all top notch and my interpretation of their sounds with colour was flawless.
it will be held at the Redgate Review Stage which is the perfect venue for this work. I am really looking forward to this. I will be doing visuals and performing
solo as Psychedelic Attack.
This video is very special for a few reasons. It is the last set of BYOG, the party I threw at Redgate Art Society's
855 east Hastings location once I realized we were getting reno-victed. I used to throw gear partys back in the
early 2000s when me and my friends from Mediacore got tired of risking money, postering and finding a venue just to
have fun co-creating with each other. But that's another story. This video is also the first video I have uploaded
as visuals, i.e., interpreting other musicians music with light. About four years ago Rob Scharein and I created
MetaMirrors (c) interactive kaleidoscope software. MetaMirrors represents 20 years of my thinking about video feedback
and what I want to do with it. Specifically, the MetaMirrors specifications came out of my Weaving With Light project.
But that's another tangent I will save for another time. Suffice to say this video recording is special, mostly because
it is the first of many like it. Enjoy!
BYOG2 on May 2, 2018 was another success. DJ Seedy came out of retirement and surprised us all with strange tracks
in a play list curated to fill in between live sets. Public Disturbance started the live sets with a harsh noise
cover of 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall that actually did remind one of glass breaking over and over again. Stay
tuned for my upload of that set with accompanying visuals. Followed by Giorgio Magnanensi then PSYCHEDELIC ATTACK.
After that everyone just started playing one by one until we were all drowning in a mud bath of sound that lasted
for hours. Scott Thomas Chalmers and Caleb Blagdon finished off the night like last time. I got good feedback
from people. The consensus seems to be that Vancouver could use a night like this. I'm considering making BYOG
a regular event. I am going to miss Redgate's 855 east Hastings location. I have had a lot of good times here.
This was a great memory to leave this place with. I shared creative expression with some new friends and some old
friends that haven’t seen each other in many years.
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.
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.
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