Those that have been following the FLUXUS DUO saga know it’s been a long time in the making. I’ve been working on releasing the first in a series of new glitch video effects processors for well over a year now. All that hard work is about to finally pay off however as I’m putting the order in for the initial run of a hundred units. I hope to have working circuits ready for human consumption come the last week of May (pending delays).
The entire BPMC NEW BREED depends on the success of the FLUXUS DUO and it’s sales are designed to propel the rest of the series out of the shadows and into your video art laboratory. A lot of you are probably still wondering what the heck the FLUXUS DUO is all about….. and that’s valid. As BPMC has ramped up over the last few years of operation I’ve had trouble keeping up with the pace of it all. As you probably know BPMC is a one-man operation. Since the beginning (ten years ago this summer) I’ve been struggling to find the right balance of product development, product demonstrations, customer service and order fulfillment. Throw Folktek in to the mix and shit is certified coo-coo, mannn. A huge thank you to all who have hung in there with their orders and questions… I’m hoping to iron out some long-standing BPMC kinks with the ten year anniversary and keep it moving pauper proper with new tasty treats for the visually inclined.
A little about the FLUXUS DUO. For the DUO I’ve revised the original Fluxus glitch effects processor and slapped two of them on one PCB. From here you can duplicate one source across the two effects processors and concoct interesting blends between them via the CV-controllable modulate parameter. Send it output from LZX Shapechanger, ramps from Visual Cortex or output from Prismastic Ray (to cite a few starting points) and carve out interesting and crude wipe shapes between the two channels. The DUO is composite video only, contains three CV inputs and is of course best utilized by outputting to a CRT TV. You know me, I haven’t even so much as put this thing in the same room as a computer capture device.
Oh, so I meant to highlight a couple of other interesting features of the DUO. I gave folks the option of utilizing a second source dirty-mix style. It was not my intended use for the DUO but I figured some folks might like it. The DUO contains no analog to digital conversion and therefor is not a traditional two channel video mixer. For those familiar with the original FLUXUS ya’ll know the technique…. it’s not so much about turning one knob up and getting an effect, it’s about learning the relationship between knobs and finding interesting combinations of knob levels. It’s funny, there is a weird skill to getting the most out of this thing. I know some might find it challenging but I like the obscure and touchy nature of it. It’s a machine of subtleties and nuance for sure.
Lots more to outline and speak on. I am shooting to have the product page live and ready to go Sunday April 7th at 10pm pacific time. As it stands this pre-order is going to only be for the eurorack version of the Fluxus Duo. I need to get a little closer to having the production schedule for the standalone enclosures in order to feel good about putting it’s pre-order up. Shooting for the following weekend. Thanks kindly videofreex!