Scan Processor Studies 


are a collection of works by Woody Vasulka and Brian O'Reilly. The full work is of total approximate duration of 45 minutes, with sections of various lengths, textures, and dynamic qualities.

The project first started while Woody Vasulka and Brian O'Reilly were working on different commissioned projects at the ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe Germany). He and Steina Vasulka on the exhibition MindFrames and Garth Knox and Brian O'Reilly on the DVD and performance Spectral Strands.

Woody Vasulka, Steina Vasulka, Garth Knox and Brian O'Reilly spent many nights screening works for moving images, playing music, and cooking, enveloped in the huge ghost town mood the ZKM's kitchen took on at night. During this time there were passionate discussions about video synthesizers (mainly Brian O'Reilly's love for the Sandin Image Processor), and how Steina Vasulka's Violin Power had a huge influence on Garth Knox' and Brian O'Reilly's new series of works.

The source materials were generated by Woody Vasulka using a Rutt-Etra Scan Processor in the 1970's and sat on a shelf for years, having been recently digitized. Woody Vasulka came into Brian O'Reilly's studio one day and asked if he would be interested in using them to work on a collaboration, and the project began from there...

The works use sources excavated directly from the output of the Scan Processor, as well as further manipulations using Tom Demeyer's ImX software, developed with input from Steina Vasulka. Extensive editing and layering and additional augmentations were done using Phil Mortons IP. The sound was generated (mostly) by custom software developed by Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan and Brian O'Reilly called NETHER GENERATOR, which sets up a number of complex real time feedback networks filtered and processed by various means.


Scan Processor Studies was first exhibited as an installation in the ZKM's MindFrames exhibition.


The source materials from Woody Vasulka's original experiments with the Scan Processor have also been used in conjunction with further processing on Brian O'Reilly's part to create the base materials for other works, including a three screen version of Woody's piece Grazing and the work Level & Degree of Dark.


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