Strange Electronics

James Connolly is inspired by early video tools such as the Sandin Image Processor and the Paik-Abe Synthesizer, as well as contemporary programming and error-based approaches to sound and moving image. Using his specialized creation, the RGB.VGA.VOLT (an audio/video synthesizer that enables real-time exploration of the rich materiality concealed beneath the consumer interfaces of cathode ray tube computer monitors), James hacked and improperly rewired the cables of these obsolete devices to short their video signals. He liberated their black-boxed analog infrastructure, and digitally drove synthesized high-frequency complex waveforms, audio playback, and feedback loops that fully exploit their latent visual spectrum.