Friday Fun: More oscilloscope art

It’s cool to see a functional tool like the oscilloscope manipulated to display unrelated art. When you input suitable stereo audio into an old scope in in X-Y mode, you can see all kinds of artistic creations. Salvaged Scope Lets You Watch the Music article introduces you how to use old scope for video art. I have posted on that few years back with YouTube videos and circuits to generate that art, bit now I feel it’s time to revisit this theme. Here are some new videos:

Jerobeam Fenderson – Spirals

Jerobeam Fenderson – Shrooms

Jerobeam Fenderson – Planets

Jerobeam Fenderson – Blocks

C. Allen | Attack Vector (Oscilloscope Music)

C. Allen | Globetrotter (Oscilloscope Music)

C. Allen | Downforce (Oscilloscope Music)

Daft Punk – Robot Rock (Oscilloscope Music Remix)


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:


    Wouldn’t it be useful if the screen you do have on your bench could also play games? [Tube Time] has fixed this problem, with Scopetrex, a vector graphic console for your oscilloscope. In fact, it’s better than just a console, because it’s a clone of the legendary Vectrex, the vector-based console with built-in CRT screen from the 1980s.

    Build Your Own Vectrex Vector-Based Video Game Console
    SCOPETREX displays graphics on your oscilloscope or any XY monitor

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jerobeam Fenderson – Reconstruct

    What you see is what you hear: The audio signal is fed directly into the oscilloscope, where vector graphics are drawn with sound.
    Filmed from an analog Tektronix 5103N scope.

    left audio channel: horizontal deflection
    right audio channel: vertical deflection

    software used: OsciStudio & blender (circuit diagram, robot scene), SketchyScope (walking scene), Max MSP (bicycle & mountains), Capella (scorewriting), Ableton Live


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