JAMES.H.CONNOLLY


VGA AUDIO/VIDEO SYNTHESIZER

The VGA Audio/Video synthesizer is an instrument I created for live audio/video performances with modified VGA computer monitors. I’ve performed with it solo and alongside Kyle Evans as part of Cracked Ray Tube. The synthesizer consists of a hacked VGA cable in which the red, green, and blue pins are driven by the output of a sound mixer set up to do no-input mixing. The instrument is housed within a 1978 TRS-80 Microcomputer monitor and contains audio inputs connected directly to the red, green, and blue wires of the vga cable, potentiometers to discretely mix and control the brightness and intensity of the red, green, and blue channels, potentiometers controlling the horizontal and vertical sync of the vga monitors, and audio input and outputs with potentiometers to control the volume of the no-input mixing signal before it is sent to the speakers.

TUTORIAL

Hacking a VGA cable to bend audio into video.

HARDWARE DIAGRAMS

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I'm a video/new media artist, educator, writer, and curator living in Chicago, IL. My work undermines the interfaces of consumer electronics and digital structures to liberate their latent audio and video materialities in videos, performances, and installations.

I teach in the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and work as the Assistant curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection.


NEWS/EVENTS

9.23.2016: outdoor interactive video installation at the Paseo Festival in Taos, New Mexico

6.11.2016: performances at the Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico

6.11.2016: hardware hacking and DIY video synthesis workshops at Meow Wolf for the Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico [sign up here]

6.10.2016: performances at the Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico

6.6.2016: hardware hacking and DIY video synthesis workshops, Austin, TX. [sign up here]

6.5.2016: hardware hacking and DIY video synthesis workshop at Oil and Cotton, Dallas, TX. [sign up here]

6.3.2016: performance at Strange Electronics MoHA 2, the Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX.

5.14.2016: RGB.VGA.VOLT HD performance at _r4w.EɌ̶Ɍ̶.b1t5! ___(A) RE:uɹnʇ TO: d1Ɍ+y̶ ̶N̶3WWW_M3DI∆, TCC, Chicago, IL.

1.9.2016: RGB.VGA.VOLT HD and Cracked Ray Tube performance at Strange Electronics MoHA, the Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX.

1.6.2016-1.11.2016: Residency at the Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX.

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