“A truly organic-digital touch video fx processor, synthesizer & audio visualization device. It digitally corrupts video and generates synthesized landscapes in response to subtle human touch as well as an incoming audio signal. Designed with performance in mind, the BPMC “Touch” is as much a playable instrument as it is an artistic tool. Think of it is a dub board for visuals, enabling it’s user to remix and glitch out video on the fly, sans software.”
Update 12/16/16: No longer doing the version with tap keys.
The BPMC Touch is an expressive multi-faceted glitch art tool. I know I speak highly of this thing, but even after all these years I still find it easy to geek out on it for hours. Using your fingers you have the ability to shape, distort, corrupt, fragment and obliterate a video signal in to shimmering fragments of TV dust. It has 16 body contacts (8 sets) producing a total of 8 effects that can be stacked on top of one another, thus composing new looks/effects. You can also select between handmade brass tap keys or brushed aluminum knobs that function in two manners. With an audio signal they can cue an audio impulse based glitch effect (and can be pressed in conjunction with one another for more looks). And without audio you can think of them as points on a patchbay. The difference between the two being that you can vary resistance between points with the knob interface.
Also, while not present in every photo. The newest incarnation of this device includes two magnetic switch based effects. One creates a grainy purple posterize effect and the other unlocks a hidden mode. 🙂
These machines in their unmodified state, as simply the Panasonic WJ-AVE3, are reliably dope. They have great standard onboard effects, a superimpose layer and a really handy color corrector. In it’s modified state it is a whole other beast. There really is nothing better within the realm of modified video equipment. The onboard features help you further concoct looks by throwing strobe, mosaic, negative and a variable “art” effect in to the mix.