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)

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    SCOPETREX IS A GAME CONSOLE… FOR YOUR OSCILLOSCOPE!
    https://hackaday.com/2020/05/07/scopetrex-is-a-game-console-for-your-oscilloscope/

    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
    https://www.hackster.io/news/build-your-own-vectrex-vector-based-video-game-console-34a31cad1c4b

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jerobeam Fenderson – Reconstruct
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5WBWIKnr0Os&feature=youtu.be

    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

    http://www.electronixandmore.com/projects/simplescope/

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    https://hackaday.com/2021/10/28/oscilloscope-clocks-now-in-color/

    Ordinarily, when we hear the words “clock” and “oscilloscope” in the same sentence we conjure images of measuring a stable, repeating square wave that acts as the heartbeat of a system. Of course, that’s not the only meaning– there’s a much more fun and less useful one: using an oscilloscope to display the time.

    Misusing oscilloscopes in the name of fun has become a time-honored tradition

    https://www.element14.com/community/community/project14/offtheshelf/blog/2021/10/13/multi-colour-oscilloscope-clock

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Equal Temperament Versus Just Intonation Visualized
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPLyULgAGQc

    Video shows two oscillators on an analog oscilloscope in XY mode.

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Oscilloscope Music – (Drawing with Sound) – Smarter Every Day 224
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gibcRfp4zA

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    8:9 Polyrhythm in Oscilloscope
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQNrVdTJxGA

    We’ll begin again from the simpler ones. Thanks for all the comments. Subscribe to the channel for your weekly dose of weirdness. Fyi, this is made with:
    VCV Rack 2 – a free eurorack synth simulator
    https://vcvrack.com/Rack

    Oscilloscope by Kritzikratzi
    https://github.com/kritzikratzi/Oscilloscope/releases

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tektronix Oscilloscope Music
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TOjld0ZcNzs&feature=youtu.be

    I recently picked up a vintage Tektronix 603 X-Y monitor. Time to draw nice pictures with sound to showcase it! And when the Tek is paired with music from talented Austria-based artist (not Dutch as I mistakenly say in the video) Jerobeam Fenderson, it becomes truly spectacular.
    Music files can be obtained from:
    http://oscilloscopemusic.com/
    The track played in the video at 8:53 is “Shrooms”.

    Here are some videos of Hansi and Jerobeam (Chris) showing some of the behind the scenes “making of”:
    This great talk by Hansi about the software development and how he met Chris:
    https://youtu.be/iM5BW75CKJQ
    This short one showing them working together on some of the tracks:
    https://youtu.be/IUNLm6kXMy0

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