Sunday, April 30, 2006

Vectrex logo animation

Here is a vectrex logo animation I have started making tonight. It begins off seemingly chaotic, but eventually settles down. Click on the picture above to download or view it. It's seventeen seconds long, in the .avi format and 636kb in size (so it is quite low in quality). You can see the program below. You can also click on that to see a larger version.

The video is just a feed from a camcorder of the vectrex in action. It is played back at normal speed.

Why would I be notating my patches / programs of logo? Apart from the fact that the glyphs look pretty damn cool, there are two reasons.

Firstly, seeing the structure of a program allows me to think about it when not actually sitting at the vectrex console.

Secondly, one cannot store logo programs inside of the vectrex cart; you can either do a hex dump, and write down the code (just lots of rows of numbers- no sense to me in itself) or write down the instructions, like I have done here.

Eventually, I would like to be able to analyse certain types of logo animations in real time with a camera and computer, and be outputting music based off of it...


mikolaj kaczorowski said...

Even at lo-res this looks fantastic.. lovely work.. i hope to get down to the show on thursday. Lauren reminded me of the similar C64 program "logo"...ah...fond memories... a friend who has similar perhaps interests but in 3d animation has been introduced to this blog. i'll keep him in tune with your performances. lovely lovely experimentation.

Sebastian Tomczak said...

Thanks for kind the comments, Mik. Good to hear from you. yes yes, the vec logo is a port of the classics turtle logo program.

Hope to see you thursday!