METTA MACHINE v2.0

The Metta Machine DIY device was born out of many years of experimenting with video feedback. After building the REALITY MACHINE v1.0 prototype the natural progression was to upscale to a full size camera.

The impetus to build this device came about when Ollie O (from TTG) asked to do some video feedback for their live shows. Not wanting to use hand held feedback because of some of its limitations, it was decided that it was time to build... it...

So 2 weeks, $300 dollars, many back n forth visits to Bunnings, Jaycar and Spotlight and many many sleepless nights later... Its aliiive..

The Metta Machine gives precise control of video feedback, enabling the camera position to remain static if need be, freeing up the hands to affect the image feedback pathway - limited only by the imagination.

Must also thank my neighbour old school electronics tech Chris H for his elegant solution for passing earth through alloy chassis rather than an over complex copper ring solution. And a big thanks my seamstress neighbour Nimpha for (solutions for) sowing together both screen.

 

BUILD

MM was built on a pine wood frame held together by metal strips.

Dolly uses trolley wheels guided by aluminium strips.

Camera axle is aluminium held in rotational position by eyelets screwed into wooden frame.

Photo by Adem J

  BUILD

Photo by Adem J

 

BUILD

Here the axle is braced in place, earthing of video signal applied to axle.

A wooden door knob fixed to a baklava plate enables a grip to spin and geometric shapes to align.

Photo by Adem J

 

BUILD

Camera affixed to axle using a bookshelf bracket customised to hold camera so that lens is centred to axle whilst spinning.

Video signal passed through trolley wheel using a brass car horn ring for infinite spin.

Car cigarette lighter charger device with spring loaded contact point applied to ring to ensure signal contact even if spin wobble occurs.

Photo by Adem J

 

BUILD

Crank handle and counterweights added to door knob to give another option for spinning camera and balancing centrifugal force.

Scrap circuit board added to base for aesthetic reasons.

Photo by Adem J

 

BUILD

Blue LED's mounted under dolly carriage.

Photo by Adem J

 

BUILD

White LED's mounted to base rails.

View first monitor test video here.

Photo by Adem J

 

TEST

A wooden base built to hold monitor in exact position relative to camera. Monitor uses strings crossed to find center and affect feedback. Video projector connected for output. Spherical screen created using a 75cm gym ball.

Custom dual stretch Lycra sown together with zips for easy removal. Plastic garden pot modified to hold ball in place.

View first screen test video here.

Photo by Adem J

 

TEST

A custom 3.5mtr diameter dual stretch lycra screen sown together (by my neighbour Nimpha) to slip over a elliptical PVC pipe frame held together by ring clamps for quick release and assembly.

Photo by Adem J

 

PERFORM

First Metta Machine gig with TTG at Bar Open.

Video by Gordana S

Photo by Adem J

 

PERFORM

First club event >> Eclipse Festival 2016 Australia Pre Party hosted by Interstellar at the Railway Hotel Brunswick.

Metta Machine was used to project onto a 75cm ball on stage and a 3.5mtr eliptical screen slung over dancefloor during the TTG live performance.

Photo doesnt show the TTG session, displayed is the iSOtope[144] VJ engine being projected onto LED screen on stage for DJ's Ray Castle and Nick Taylor's sets.

Photo by Eugene E-NRG

 

PERFORM

First outdoor event >>
Digital SANDALA pit performance at the Pata Mumunya Chill Space at Maitreya festival 2016.

A 3.5mtr sand pit was set-up for top-down projection from a geodesic dome.

Sand was manipulated to reverse camera map (i.e. create a topology) the tonal values of imagery outputted.

Photo by Derek S

 

PERFORM

A Dan jam with vjmandala in Digital SANDALA pit at the Pata Mumunya Chill Space at Maitreya festival 2016.

Photo by Micky J

 

PERFORM

A Dan jam with vjmandala in Digital SANDALA pit at the Pata Mumunya Chill Space at Maitreya festival 2016.

Photo by Micky J

 

BUILD

S-BAND motorised (trippy trap) mod created for MM. S-BAND is an acronym for those who helped build and inspire it in some way:

S = Mr Smith
B = Beck
A = Adem (aka vjmandala)
N = Nick
D = Dan

Photo by Adem J

 

BUILD

S.A.N. (insect trap) mod created for MM by saddling the monitor and allowing insects to drive the feedback.

S.A.N. is an acronym for those who helped build it.

S = Mr Smith
A = Adem (aka vjmandala)
N = Nick

Photo by Adem J

 

TEST

vjmandala road tests S-BAND.

Photo by Adem J

 

TEST

Nick and Beck help road test S-BAND. Young minds always take things in totally new directions - always inspiring!

Excuse the night shot - ph just wouldnt focus!!

Photo by Adem J

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