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Os Ovni: Creating New Realities through Sound and Art

From the theremin in The Day the Earth Stood Still and the ring modulator in Forbidden Planet to the Stylophone of David Bowie’s Space Oddity and the Moog synthesizer introduced in A Clockwork Orangeelectronic music and science fiction themes have been intersecting in a variety of media for decades. But Os Ovni takes it one step further by using modified electronic devices to create both sonic and visual works “with a spacey, somewhat creepy, but altogether visionary cosmic occultism.
OS OVNI – Flash of Light
Co-founded in 2010 by Omebi Velouria and Logan Owlbeemoth, Os Ovni (Portuguese for The UFO) is a science fiction synth duo philosophically inspired by Ursula K. LeGuin, Rudy Rucker, and the “sci-fi cosmology of Phillip K. Dick”. They’ve been called “multidimensional mysterians“, “chrononauts“, and “sci-fi loving drifters“. Logan describes their audio-visual work as:

Changing reality, creating new realities through sound and art, colors and tones. Shaping new dimensional worlds based off the influence of science fiction and psychedelic art. [Video Circuits]

As for the link between audio and visual, Logan believes that “a visual accompaniment to music elevates it all wonderfully when done right.” From their Tachyons+ lab, Omebi and Logan use modified electronics to create video art, also known as analog video synthesis:

Our machines are mainly analog and offer a wide range of control, either with source or not. With them, you can insert either a VHS, live camera, or a computer source and affect that visual image with analog-powered glitch effects like how you would do a painting, a collage of video colorizing, distortion, or echoes on a television monitor. [Motherboard]

Using a modified video processor from the 1990s, they transformed familiar clips (“The Way to Eden” and “Who Mourns for Adonai?”) from Star Trek VHS tapes into the eerie scenario depicted in “Ode to a Space Convict”. More recently, their “Secret Door” video premiered on Omni Reboot, which Logan describes as:

…the sound of us as children making aluminum foil spacesuits for Halloween, and the sound of 1960s BBC Radiophonic Workshop making sounds for the greatest science fiction television program that was tragically lost forever, never to be seen by human eyes. The sound of pre-CGI special effects extravaganzas way before computers came and abducted the irresistible tactility of rubber plant monsters with zippers on their backs and strings controlling their tentacles.

OS OVNI – Secret Door

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