Stephen Beck
b. 1950

Beck was inspired to create a new kind of color organ–“a personal visual instrument” that would take advantage of new technology to achieve new optical effects. If the connections between various handmade moving-image art and video art were not already readily apparent, Beck conceived a visual synthesizer “in the lineage of Thomas Wilfred’s Lumias [sic] and Oscar Fishinger’s [sic] abstract animations, with a dose of The Whitney Brothers mixed in, and a dash of Jordan Belson for good measure.” In …

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