MATRIXSYNTH: The Scanimate

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The Scanimate

Moog Little Phatty and the Scanimate

YouTube Uploaded by experimentalsynth on Feb 1, 2012

"The first attempt at controlling analog video animation with control voltage created by a Moog synthesizer. Learn more at and"

"Scanimate is a 100% analog video animation system in use form the late 60s to early 80s. It was used on a number of popular films & TV shows including, Star Wars, Logan's Run, Sesame Street & NBC Sports. Only eight were built and they originally sold for around $1,000,000."

Looks like an ARP 2500 style slider matrix in there.

via where you'll find additional details.

"Dave Sieg gave a talk at NotaCon in Cleveland, OH April 14, 2011 about Scanimate. 'The history of digital computer animation is fairly well documented, but considering that the 8 Scanimate analog computers ruled the airwaves for almost a decade, there has been very little written or revealed about them." Tracing his machine's roots back as far as the whirlwind project and some of the early work by Ivan Sutherland, Sieg showed a variety of clips from his archives to explain how animation was produced back in the days when an animator had to be an analog circuit design engineer.'"

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