Proud to announce after all these years that I’ve got a run of modified Sony PS1s available on the site. Done up right and shipping in May. Please read the details of sale at the top of the product page before ordering. The Playstation 2 details are a little delayed due to an unanticipated full studio move this month, but I’ll have it handled and be back at you with more details shortly. Thanks so much for your interest and support. Peace be with you
This is your chance to get a couple of old modified favorites in time for the holidaze…. doing a couple more PAUP EYEs, a couple more VIDEO NASTIES & a couple more PREMIUM/BASIC CABLES in time for the holidaze and before the 2023 switch-up. All items ship by Dec 21st, the solstice. Any orders placed after November 27th cannot be guaranteed for shipping by December 24th…. Please do not order internationally with Christmas timeline expectations, I cannot hit that mark, my apologies. All the best and stay tuned everybody… lots of new new on the horizon.
Thanks for hanging in there with me folks… it was a wilder spring than anticipated. Good news for those looking for some fresh glitch flavors though… I’ve had a light restock for the fair month of June… one heavy (the Edirol V4) and the usual suspects…. your Basics, your Premiums, Your Fritzies…. back in business baby!
Apologies it’s been so quiet on the Paup front. As a solo entity I’ve been having a tough time maintaining an internet presence at the same time as building gear and feverishly developing the new gear. With gear drying up and getting obscenely expensive I’ve felt the compulsion to get these new designs wrapped up with the quickness. That said, I am shooting for June to be a big month with a number of new releases finally debuting.. perhaps even a pre-order or two.
I’ll have more for you in the week to come. Thanks for sticking by ol’ Paup and hope you’ve all been well, positive and creative in this death spiral hellscape of an existence.
Check back often and follow ol’ BPMC on instagram at @bpmc_glitch as news unfolds. Kind Regards,
This May is another sales-hold month for BPMC. In an effort to continue to get caught up on past orders and the development of the new gear I will be holding off on taking new orders this month. It’s not ideal but once again, doing the army of me thing can be slow-goings. Fret not though loyal glitchers, I am still slingin’ Fluxus DUOs which are pre-built and Fritz Decontrollers which are hand built and ship within 3 weeks time. If neither of these options tickle your fancy however hang in there… I’m on the cusp of posting pre-orders for an assortment of exciting new manufactured releases I am super proud of and hope you will enjoy. It’s the culmination of the last few years of development over here at BPMC HQ and I’m super excited to share more with ya’ll super soon… More on that shortly, for real!
First off, Paup working around the clock…. lots o’ orders are in. In an attempt to get caught up on outstanding orders and to continue to develop the new-ness, ol’ Paup will be taking April off from sales (minus the Fluxus DUO as they are pre-built). Will be back up and running and significantly caught up in the fair month of May (*please tell me it’s almost surf season again*). In the meanwhile, I need a little time to get all this glitch slung. I fell ill there for a little bit and on top of some parts delays it all set me back a little bit. As it stands things are a little delayed right now and while I’m doing my best to respond to everybody in a timely manner it may take me a minute. I appreciate everybody’s patience on the order front and apologize if ship times are exceeding the initial target ship date. Be with you shortly.
I recently had the distinct honor and pleasure of collaborating with the legendary Richard Devine on a multi-sensory piece for Moog synthesizers. The project is called “Cathodoluminescence” and features Richard with an original track (composed on the Moog Grandmother and the Matriarch) and myself contributing the visual element. To find out more about the piece as well as read a conversation between Richard and I about the creative process please check out “Cathodoluminescence” on Moog Music.
Originally we had filmed a live performance of Richard’s in Durham, NC for Moogfest. We had used an interactive vector graphics based installation of mine as the backdrop of which I performed on for the shoot. I got involved in the post production, one thing led to another and the live performance evolved into an entirely different affair.
The visuals were created over a number of sessions with an assortment of fun gear in the mix. I had built a couple of interactive video walls for Moog in the past and I wanted to pay homage to them by incorporating a lot of simulated video wall elements into the piece. I also made a point of incorporating a number of the modified gaming systems into the mix. The floating man motif that I return to is from a rare consumer game development platform for the Japanese Sega Saturn that I’ve spent a lot of time with. There is some circuit bent Playstation 1 & 2 in there as well… even some 3DO (let me know if you can pick it hehe). The dominant system in use here is the modified Dreamcast I crafted back in 2016.
The Video Nasty is featured heavily as it is the lone source of analog sync corruption throughout the video wall sequences. As I’ve said before it’s got one of my favorite sync corruption looks in the BPMC arsenal. There is a number of fun DVE units featured in the creation of things as well including the Pinnacle Prism, the Fairlight CVI and some Sony DME series units. Probably some other shit as well, hard to keep track.
The piece was composed as I was packing up the Pauper Palace over a number of sessions in an apartment that kept catching fire. Regardless of the fire it was a productive time and I’ve got a lot of unused footage from the sessions. I thought it’d be nice to piece together an alternate edit of the video using the original live track Devine and I were first working from (which is another banger). Something for the BPMC youtube channel a little later on in the year perhaps.
It’s been an honor working with Moog over the years. I grew up playing an Etherwave theremin and saving my hard earned cash for a Moog Model D from Daddy’s Junky Music in Boston, MA. Big respect for Bob and the house that Bob built (no respect for the House Jack Built however… the f is wrong with Von Trier?). Besides the point but I missed meeting him by ONE session at RBMA a year before he passed away. Still haunts me! That said, much respect to Richard and Moog and thanks for watching.
For more than ten years now I, your boy Big Pauper, have been creating multimedia art with hacked gaming consoles. “Choose Your Villains: Corrupt Gaming Works Vol 1” from BPMC is a deluxe 30 minute VHS release showcasing numerous released and unreleased single channel multimedia pieces from 2010-2020.
Admittedly part of the initial corrupt gaming allure for me was the NBD (never been done) status of so many common gaming systems. CGW Vol 1 highlights work created with the world’s first circuit bent Sega Saturn, Panasonic 3DO FZ-10, JVC X’Eye, Sega Dreamcast, Sony Playstation, Sony Playstation 2 & Sega CD. Bending ego aside, upon approaching these machines as creative tools a whole new world of self-expression opened up to me and an obsession was established.
It’s hard to summarize so many different themes and moments in time but I’d say the overarching goal with a lot of these pieces was to divorce the viewer from the branding and the inherent nostalgia of retro gaming… I was hoping to take the viewer into a vaguely familiar yet abstract world of sight n sound. A lot of the pieces here have never seen the light of day as I’ve had this collection in mind for some while.
Choose Your Villains: CGW Vol 1 is available in a limited quantity and comes with a hand screen printed VHS case, a small riso zine and more polygonal rot than you can shake a stick at. Labor of love style. Thanks everybody for checking out my work. Be well.
Oof! Your boy fell off hard with the updates. My apologies. Ya’ll have kept me running regardless and for that I am forever grateful. Things are movin over here! I’m starting to finally dust off some of my pre-pandemic projects and am happy to announce a couple of things on the very near horizon in Paup-ville.
Guess who’s back?!? The PAUP EYE round two pre-order goes up March 20th at noon pacific time (SHIPS JUNE 1ST). Really I just wanna keep my IG feed full of pretty glitch pics… it’s been a real delight seeing what ya’ll do with these things. I’m only able to facilitate a run of 15 this time and it will be the last run with this camera model……. but don’t fret if you miss out!! I’ve got another glitch camera release in the pipelines.
Remember HDK? I sure do! The facking prototype has been sitting on my desk by the computer for over three years now… ulp!!! Well, this summer I’ll finally be setting the cogs in motion to bring raw 1080p HDMI glitch to your doorstep. This will be my first foray into Kickstarter as the manufacturing commitment on this one isssssss significant… so wish me luck. I’m confident however that if we spread the word folks will come out of the woodwork for this one. The end results are just too good.
As BC/PC supply lines began to dry up I teased the VIDEO NASTY; a worthy analog glitch video successor. The Video Nasty pre-order goes up FOR SURE this April. For the glitchers on a budget I’ve done my damnedest to make sure that all the evil that can be coaxed forth from this circuit is indeed at your fingertips. I’ve even employed a custom CV circuit with internal oscillation that I add to each one. With it’s release a host of swag I’ve been meaning to squeeze out into the ether will finally be available. This includes limited sticker sets, mix tapes…. and *woah* paup-printed t-shirts?!? SHA-BAM!
Last but not least, I’ve been creating content for the new BPMC youtube page that, while delayed, will debut videos this spring. The years are slipping thru my fingers and I wanted to take a chance to both document some of my projects as well as pass on some knowledge to all the folks that have been emailing me asking for tips over the years. I just had to hastily vacate my residence so they are slower to trickle out than I’d like, but I should be back up and running soon. Peace!
First and foremost, thank you all who have supported in the prior months. Your support in these trying times has allowed me to keep BPMC sustainable and for that I am ever grateful. The last couple of months have been a cultural roller coaster ride as you know. From the BPMC side of things it’s been a matter of shifting priorities and rolling with the punches. A number of the manufactured projects that I’ve been working on were of a higher cost in both development & in manufacturing. Ultimately I decided it’s not a good time to hemorrhage money and I put them on hold for the foreseeable future. The focus now has been to get back to my upcycling roots and to offer ya’ll creative tools in an affordable range. With that I’ve dusted off my unreleased glitch cam from a few years back affectionately known as the PAUP EYE.
It should be stated that this release is not without trepidation. I’ve always been on the fence about doing a run of these for a couple reasons. One, people use and abuse pocket cameras in a way they don’t a Fritz Decontroller thus the modified warranty (drop, smoosh, crack? cannot replace). Two, these are slow and clunky tech from 2003. Working with one may be a little less fluid than you’d hope. There is an unpredictability about them and that’s the fun! These are real glitch photos. The magic is occurring at the hardware level and that is something your smart phone can not easily achieve (sorry, broken screens not the same haha). I want folks to have reasonable expectations going into purchasing these things. Third, the modifications decrease battery efficiency and I find that when I go out to shoot with it, it’s best to have 2 or more sets of fully charged rechargeable backups as it gobbles them up rather quickly. DO NOT USE REGULAR AAs. If you do you might as well find that tiny iceberg with the starving polar bear on it and shoot it in the head.
Despite these factors to keep in mind when making your purchase I’ve had a blast using these things over the years. The still images are beautiful, roughly 1-2MBs in size and they can easily be upscaled for print in Photoshop. The video files are extremely lo-res, but are great for building up a multi square video collage in Premier. The inclusion of a power supply and an AV out cable (composite video of course) render it a funny little studio camera furthering it’s usefulness. While in AV OUT mode with your camera outputting to a CRT, you’ve got the option to cycle through a slideshow of your photos or view LIVE SCREEN mode in real time. Please note that it is both cropped a little bit (not filling up the entire screen) and the OSD (showing the flash symbol, shots left & power status) cannot be removed. Another limitation ya just gotta work with here.
The thing that helped me be like “alright, folks should have these” is that my original glitch camera from 2014 was still ticking come 2019. It only left my life when it was stolen along with my 95 honda accord (for the 4th time mind you). Miss that camera more than the car. Knowing the camera in it’s modified form lasted for five years helped ease my mind about this mod being stable or not.
Why modify this camera in particular? It’s one of very few pocket cameras that you can easily enough access the sensor on. Most digital cameras are designed in a way that tucks the points I need access to behind another PCB or LCD screen making it very difficult to modify let alone sew back up. I’ve got boxes of modified cameras in varying stages of undress and the thing that unites them all is the rubiks cube like challenge of sewing them back up after modification. It’s at the point of sewing things up that shit just tends to fall apart. But not with PAUP EYE, it’s like it was meant to be modified.
If you don’t get in on this round of glitch cams worry not, I will be doing a second run next year (Ondes Magnetique style… once a year). Perhaps even with a different make and model if people find these glitch cams to be worth making more of.
You may have noticed a number of pre-orders for other things that ship July 20th, like the Premium & Basic Cable replacement known as Video Nasty. Or perhaps Upcycle 32, the deluxe VHS release that’s also a raffle for my original circuit bent PS1 from 2014 (refurbished for the 2020). Over the days to come I hope to have all these updates finished and launching in synchronicity so please do ol’ Paup a favor and STTTAYYYYY TUNNNNNNEEEDDDDD!
To see more glitch pics from over the years please check out these previous posts:
This one is going to be a game changer! Introducing the revolutionary new BPMC HDK-01 video effects processor for HDMI video mixers. The HDK-01 gives users the beauty of R-E-A-L hardware based glitch video effects and experimentation in 720p, 1080i and 1080p resolutions. Software HD glitch is all fine and dandy but having corruption to toy with in hardware HDMI land has been a whole nu level for me personally. I’ll be sharing more information about the HDK release in the weeks to come but for now I wanted to show off some real world usage of the HDK-01 and to launch the new channel on the youtoobz.
Been loving the shit out of IC3PEAK over the last couple of years and while this isn’t one of my favorite IC3PEAK songs the video contained a stark white background just ripe for keying and exploitation. This video would be much better handled by Vimeo’s compression algorithm however I’m trying to switch all content over to YT for the twenty twenty and get the new BPMC Glitch Video Channel up, running and full of contain pertaining to video art past present and future. That said, the uncompressed output with the HDK-01 is stunning and truly is a beauty to behold filling me with a sense of optimism comparable to that thirs swig of Bulleit rye. See the stills below for cropped proof. Keep your eyes peeled for more HDK news and new like-n-subscribe nonsense on the toobz. Stay tuned!
BPMC (est. 2009) creates quality custom psychotronic modified glitch video art devices for creative types. A collaborative capitalist enterprise forged between man (Big Pauper) & machine. BPMC is based out of Portland, OR in the United Snakes.
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