THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS (hence all the edits)
I think this list is very important to have and update for everybody’s sake, especially for newcomers to analog video art in general, who have no idea where to even look for examples of custom analog video gear.
== ARTISTS WHO CIRCUIT BEND EXISTING GEAR ==
“Existing gear” meaning discontinued mixers and enhancers made in the 80s, 90s, early 2000s by manufacturers like Panasonic, Roland, Sima, Videonics, etc.
Big Pauper Modified Circuitry
est. 2009. based in Portland, OR.
Big Pauper has been bending analog video hardware for well over a decade and they’ve got some very unique and advanced products. They’re very good at hijacking circuits from tough-to-bend devices such as the famous Roland Edirol V4. Well known bends include the Fluxus & Fluxus Duo, Basic & Premium Cable, and a stunning arsenal of bent video mixers from different manufacturers. Some devices even have CV input and can be used with Eurorack gear. Price range: $200 - $1,000.
est. 2012. based in Florida.
Tachyons+ is probably one of the more well-known benders to those who are just getting into analog video art. This is because they have been at it for nearly as long as BP has and not only are their devices well-built and have custom paint jobs but they’ve also been used in some relatively high profile music videos. Well known bends include the Vortex Decoder, Psychenizer, and the Dreamweapon. Price range: $400 - $800.
est. 2016. based in Boston, MA.
Coolpics.biz is a glitch art collective in the North East US that specializes in building custom video devices, as well as selling T-shirts, glitch video packs, prints, and other services. Their bends are very solid and are based on units that neither BPMC nor Tachyons+ sell. Price range: $125 - $210.
est. 2018. based in Germany.
Mezkalin is a light show artist that has been steadily pushing out stunning and unique looking custom gear that is mostly in PAL format and on German-manufactured units, making this creator an ideal choice for analog glitch artists in Europe.
== ARTISTS WHO MAKE ORIGINAL GEAR ==
“Original gear” meaning circuits that are not based on older existing units. Most of these devices generate their own video signals, meaning they are more like video synthesizers rather than the glitchy effect processors made by the artists in the previous category.
est. 2008. based in Portland, OR.
LZX is the hardware video synthesis company producing Eurorack modules that generate and manipulate analog video through CV signals. Perhaps the most famous of their products is the standalone Vidiot which is a powerful generative tool for any analog video artist. Their modules are in very high demand and production wait times can be long. There is an active LZX forum community, which surely has inspired other artists to start producing and selling their own Eurorack compatible video synths and modules. Price range: $200 - $800 per module.
Sleepy Circuits is responsible for making Hypno, an “all-in-one” standalone video synthesizer that is Eurorack compatible and has composite RCA, HDMI, and NDI output (demo here). It gets regular firmware updates and also has an active forum dedicated to it. Supports both PAL & NSTC. Price: $620.
shop est. 2020. based in Brooklyn.
Andrei is a video artist and software/hardware designer currently making some exciting video effect units that involve custom code and can be used with both hardware and software. Price range: $135 - $525.
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/VIDEOWAAAVES
shop est. 2018. based in Turin, Italy.
Responsible for making the Strange Loop, a standalone video feedback effect unit with HDMI and composite RCA output (demo here). Supports both PAL & NSTC.
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MeltedElectronics
est. 2011. based in the UK.
This artist makes some very attractive original glitch video processors and feedback generators that support both PAL and NSTC. Price range: £110 - £500.
est. ??? based in Brooklyn.
Not to be missed: quite a few interesting standalone video synthesizers, many of which are based on video feedback and/or semi-modular.
Erogenous Tones is responsible for Structure, an advanced standalone Eurorack video module with very powerful features (demo here). Price: ~$900 USD.
MORE ARTISTS: Video synth makers (euro rack / stand alone)
== DIY CIRCUITS & KITS ==
for you to build and solder yourself while learning something! some of these inventors also sell kits with the parts you need.
The Dirty Video Mixer by Karl Klomp
The world’s most basic video circuit that anybody can and should make if you’re at all interested in analog glitch art. It’s so easy and cheap to do, that some artists make them en masse and sell them in cool looking enclosures on ebay or etsy for like $20-$100 USD to buyers who don’t know any better, but in reality its actual value is closer to $5!
(I’ve done literal shows with this circuit, and it wasn’t even soldered together. I just used two video sources, RCA cables, alligator clips, and a 1k potentiometer. You can do it too!)
The CHA/V by Jonas Bers
The original cheap DIY video synth <$10!
All info: https://jonasbers.com/chav/
The EC500 by 508 Loop Detected
An even more sophisticated DIY video synth, like a CHA/V on steroids.
All info: https://508.loopdetected.net/ec500/
The Mutant Enhancer by Melted Electronics
A straightforward-to-build and easy-to-mod kit with wonderful analog glitch effects!
The VGA Feedback Generator by LoFi Future
A cheap circuit that uses two VGA / Composite Video converters to produce feedback with no input!
All info: https://www.patreon.com/posts/low-cost-video-33131406
The AVE MOD by Syntonie
The AVE MOD is a circuit bent video enhancer that is based off the circuit found inside little Archer video enhancers from the 90s. Syntonie makes and sells standalone or Eurorack versions with audio and/or CV inputs as well as kits to build them yourself!