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VinylVideo™ - an invention by Gebhard Sengmüller, in cooperation with Martin Diamant, Günter Erhart and Best Before

VinylVideo™ is a new, wonderous and fascinating development in the history of audio-visual media. For the first time in the history of technological invention, VinylVideo™ makes possible the storage of video (moving image plus sound) on analog long-play records. Playback from the VinylVideo™ picture disk is made possible with the VinylVideo™ Unit which consists of a normal turntable, a special conversion box (aka the VinylVideo™ Home Kit) and a television.
In it's combination of analog and digital elements VinylVideo™ is a relic of fake media archeology. At the same time, VinylVideo™ is a vision of new live video mixing possibilities. By simply placing the tone arm at different points on the record, VinylVideo™ makes possible a random access manipulation of the time axis. With the extremely reduced picture and sound quality, a new mode of audio-visual perception evolves. In this way, VinylVideo™ reconstructs a home movie medium as a missing link in the history of recorded moving images while simultaneously encompassing contemporary forms of DJ-ing and VJ-ing. For further information please also visit our website: http://www.vinylvideo.com


In the bettercheaperfaster race for technology, Austrian artist Gebhard Sengmüller is running in the wrong direction. His VinylVideo Home Kit sells for $2,000 - more than your average DVD player - and delivers a picture far fuzzier than video. But the hybrid analog/digital box does do something no DVD can: Hooked up to a turntable and a black-and-white TV, it plays "videorecords."

The project (www.vinylvideo.com) was an exercise in pseudo-dead media: Sengmüller and his collaborators set out to invent an early video-recording device that had never existed. (Later, their research uncovered a few real videorecord projects launched prior to VHS.) Sengmüller has signed a handful of acts to create VinylVideo "albums" that "make sense wherever you set the needle down, playing it like a loop," he says. "It wouldn't make sense for something like The Godfather." -

Richard Baimbridge
Wired magazine June 2000


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