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ROB BAIROS and the BORN RUFFIANS make a music video

Derivative's Rob Bairos recently co-opted the bad boy classic 1940's oscilloscope he rigged to process imagery (using TouchDesigner's image to audio-signal conversion techniques) to produce an ingenious music video for local indie band the Born Ruffians.

Working with director Jared Raab the edited footage of the band's performance was processed through Rob's oscilloscope and then re-recorded off of the instrument's vintage screen to generate the Etch-a-Sketchy visuals you see here.

video credits Born Ruffians - What to Say (HD) from Jared Raab on Vimeo

Director Jared Raab describes the process:

"Oscilloscopes are used for viewing voltages, primarily in the sciences, medicine, engineering, telecommunications and industry. Though other people have reprogrammed oscilloscopes to display images in the past, the “video to scope” process used in this video is the first of its kind. The images you see are made up of a single point of light, moving quickly across a screen in order to draw shapes – that means the entire Born Ruffians video for “What to Say” displays vector images made from only one continuous line. The footage was shot once on video, edited, converted for use on the oscilloscope (using a live visuals program called TouchDesigner) and then shot again directly off the vintage machine."

video credits The Making of Born Ruffians - What to Say from Jared Raab on Vimeo
Learn more about Rob's oscilloscope Total Internal Reflection in the video below:


Directed by Jared Raab

Cinematography by Peter Dreimanis

Produced by Josh Warburton