Here’s the TV On The Radio video that Benton processed with the Rutt/Etra Video Synth.

Director Elliot Jokelson quoted in a RES magazine article about the video:

“The lead visual instrument we used was the Rutt/Etra Video Synthesizer. We made patch after patch, hooking up miles of cables and running the song over and over again, driving the neighbors crazy. Only a small fraction of the textures, palettes and techniques we tried out made it into the final cut, but the keeper image process passes all have a gorgeous organic quality to them because they emphasize the human hand…that gestural quality of buttons, knobs and sliders you just don’t get with a timeline,” explains Jokelson of the video’s pleasing distortions.”

Analog FX artist Benton C Bainbridge on the Rutt/Etra Video Synthesizer:

“The Rutt/Etra Video Synthesizer is a television from a parallel dimension. This modular analog video synthesizer can process footage and generate abstract shapes.  Conventional tube TVs draw images in a grid; the Rutt/Etra empowers the electron gun to paint pixels in any pattern.”


David Last’s photos of the Rutt/Etra repair

Zoe Schack’s photos of the Rutt/Etra repair

Anton “vade” Marini’s video of Bainbridge’s Rutt/Etra tour: