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Double Vectrex Machines & a Laser Interferometer become the Particle/ Gravity Synth (CERN vs LIGO)

Leon Trimble

Leon is working with the Gravitational Wave researchers at Universtiy of Birmingham (UoB) Astrophysics and has built a synth to connect to a Michelson interferometer, not sonifying data, but using direct control voltage information to make music.  Leon is also talking to CERN researchers at UOB about how to demonstrate particle collisions using the Vectrex gaming console. 

Leon Trimble is a digital artist who works in audio visual performance. He specialises in immersive video and audio synthesis. He has built a 360 degree projection dome with surround speaker array and runs it as a venue at English summer festivals with an exciting programme of music and visual artists.


Leon will be introduced by his two collaborating astrophysicists Anna Green and Hannah Middleton from the Institute for Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the University of Birmingham. 


Anna Green and Hannah Middleton are post-graduate students from the Institute for Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the University of Birmingham. Gravitational waves are ripples in space and by observing them, they can be used for astronomy to learn about the universe. They were seen for the first time in 2015 when a gravitational wave signal from the collision of two black holes black holes was picked up. Anna is working on instrumentation for the gravitational wave observatories and Hannah on data analysis for gravitational wave signals. With Leon Trimble, they have been exploring the analogy of sound and vibrations with gravitational wave ripples.



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The Vectrex is a vector display-based home video game console that was developed by Western Technologies/Smith Engineering.[1] It was licensed and distributed first by General Consumer Electronics (GCE), and then by Milton Bradley Company after its purchase of GCE. It was released in November 1982 at a retail price of $199 ($480 adjusted for inflation[2]); as Milton Bradley took over international marketing the price dropped to $150, then reduced again to $100 shortly before the video game crash of 1983 and finally retailed at $49 after the crash.[3] The Vectrex exited the console market in early 1984.

Unlike other non-portable video game consoles, which connected to televisions and rendered raster graphics, the Vectrex has an integrated vector monitor which displays vector graphics. The Vectrex is monochrome and uses plastic screen overlays to simulate color and various static graphics and decorations. At the time, many of the most popular arcade games used vector displays, and through a licensing deal with Cinematronics, GCE was able to produce high-quality versions of arcade games such as Space Wars and Armor Attack.

Vectrex comes with a built-in game, Mine Storm. Two peripherals were also available for the Vectrex, a light pen and a 3D imager.



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