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Introducing recurBoy, a raspberry pi video instrument

guergana profile image Guergana Tzatchkova ・2 min read

In the past months Tim Caldwell aka cyberboy666 and I (aka ichi raramuri) have been working on a very cool project called recurBOY, a raspberry pi zero based diy video-instrument for live performance on TVs that have composite output. This project is a spinoff from another project that Tim has been working on for a longer time called r_e_c_u_r (more info below) point_down, a more complex and complete video sampler / all-in-one fantastic video tool.

We lauched the project in its workshop form at the 2019 fu/bar glitch art festival in Zagreb, Croatia and we are very happy with the way it was received. If you don't know about this festival you should definitely check it out, it was an amazing combination of very talented and fun awesome people.

The motivation of the project:

for many people there is a barrier to enter the world of hardware video-art making instruments - both due to the general higher cost of video gear compared with audio equipment and in some cases its obsolescence and thus rarity.

this project aims to remove these financial barriers by enabling you to build your own art-making tools. by creating together we can learn from each other and help foster community in a physical space.

features

  • outputs sd composite video
  • 2 source modes : sampler and shaders
  • process any source with additional FX
  • control shader/fx parameters directly with 4x knobs or externally with 4x cv inputs

origin of the project

the recurBOY is a spinoff from an existing project tim has created and maintains - r_e_c_u_r : an open diy video sampler ; r_e_c_u_r is simple to assemble but can be more complex to operate due to its scope and customisablity. recurBOY distills the best parts, aiming to be simpler and more beginner friendly. it uses cheaper parts and runs on a raspberry pi zero which can be a fraction of the price of the pi3 used in r_e_c_u_r.

We are planning on giving more workshops, if you are interested in knowing more / booking us for a workshop contact us via github or write to us to tim@cyberboy666.com or in the comments section below.

recurBoy on Github:

GitHub logo langolierz / recurBOY

a pi0 video-instrument designed for diy workshops

recurBOY

recurBOY is a raspberry pi zero based diy video-instrument for live performance.

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motivation

it was designed to be built together with others in group workshop sessions.

for many people there is a barrier to enter the world of hardware video-art making instruments - both due to the general higher cost of video gear compared with audio equipment and in some cases its obsolescence and thus rarity.

this project aims to remove these financial barriers while enabling anyone interested to build their own art-making tools. by creating together we can learn from each other and help foster community in a physical space.

features

  • outputs composite video
  • 2 source modes : sampler and shaders
  • process any source with additional FX
  • control shader/fx parameters directly with 4x knobs or externally with 4x cv inputs

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BOM

REF NAME NUMBER REF APROX COST (euro)
na raspberry pi zero 1 NA 5, 12 - 18

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