VRS-1 (2009)

Sega megadrive used as sound source and video generator

VRS-1 (2009)

Photo: Marcos Morilla

The video RAM of the Sega gets slowed down by a binary counter, so it can be used as an audio source. There are three oscillators that control a multiplexer; the multiplexer connects one out of eight patch cables to the binary counters input, so there are some nice changing patterns in the sound. Another multiplexer is connected to the same oscillators and makes some extra connections to glitch some more video. There is a magnetic patch bay for the video RAM, and the Sega controller on the front can also be connected with magnets or metal wands. The original idea was that the device can be used for drums, but more like a synth. In another version the artist will probably build a small sequencer into it. It is fun to play with, because you control the sound and the video at the same time.

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