My PD Patch.

Still lots of work to do. this is the patch which will eventually control the outer two screens. It basically creates two gem heads (within one monitor) one above the over, and loads a new video clip (from a range of 51) every 6 seconds.
Happy that this is working well now, no crashes and nice clean video images using ‘motion jpg A’ with scaled down HD footage recorded mostly on a 3 chip camera. There are also two channels of audio which are synced to the videos some featuring digetic sound and some featuring artificial sounds.

Made some interesting variations on this patch which I will publish later, (still trying to conceptualize one or two interesting discoveries I have made)

The main things I need to do now are.

(1) adding video and sound to the existing database (would like 600 clips at least before the exhibition) .
(2) The pseudo randomness created with the P.D random object isn’t feeling random enough, need to work on this.
(3) I need to either; network 3 computers together and make my patch work in synch across 3 computers, or install a new graphics card into my own computer to support dual monitors. I think I can get away with running two versions of the same patch on one machine, since each pd patch that I load should in theory allocate itself to a separate processor, since I have two processors on my machine I should be able to run two PD patches simultaneously with each sending output to a separate monitor. Even in this scenario I would still need to network a second computer to mine in order to support the third screen.

Here is a little clip of my patch in action, don’t think the video really does justice to my footage since the picture quality is not good here (was filmed of a monitor screen), I will try and upload a better example soon. For the time being at least I will present this 2 min clip of my PD patch doing it’s thing. (no sound)


Installation floor plan/sketch.

Here is a sketch of how I would like my final piece of work to look. It is starting to become evident though, that this is not going to be possible due to spatial limitations within the exhibition space. But not quite ready to abandon this idea just yet, since in my mind it looks really good.

The installation feature 3 networked computers, 4 speakers and 3 screens showing 5 channels of video. (two split screens on either side with a full screen image in the middle.)


Tnx to my immensely talented pal Jim for the drawing (my own drawing skills are awful)

My first pure data experiment.



Not much I know but it is a start. Basically loads a ‘random’ movie from a folder of 46 clips.  Spent a long time trying to make this work in windows 64bit, eventually gave up and have just installed Pure Dyne where this patch works fine. Now starting to learn my way round the Linux OS a bit which is completely new to me. Realized that I have the option to use PDP now also which was not available on Windows.

Had a helpful tutorial with Ed recently who introduced me to some more advanced methods of generating pseudo random numbers, and adding additional seeds to the pd random number object, which on it’s own is a bit limited.

From this simple beginning I think I can produce something interesting, and I hope to upload some more sophisticated pure data patches soon.

Unit 1 Research Paper_Looking at Screens.

Looking at screens_Research Paper_Andrew Burgess.pdf

Uploaded my research paper to WordPress for anyone who is interested.(link above) Bit disappointed with the final piece.

I think my arguments are well researched and interesting, but needed to spend longer editing and proof reading, since there are some rough patches.

Anyway happy this is done so I can move on with my life.

Nam June Paik – screens as sculptural objects.

“Whether with simply manipulated black and white televisions, or complex multimedia colour installations Paik’s objective has always been to make the T.V set itself, that is the monitor, the box with the screen – comprehensible in it’s own right as part of a sculpture, not a mere conveyance for the picture it screens. ”
pg 10 Nam June Paik Video Time – Video Space. Edited by Toni Stoos and Thomas Kellein. Published by Harry N. Adrams, inc.

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