John Whitney’s 1972 Matrix III

Posted by Scott


Just got back from Toronto today, thanks to everyone who made it out last night, I had a lot of fun playing the Drake. While waiting at the airport I caught this great clip via Create Digital Motion. “As visualists, the sad truth is we have a poorer sense of the history of our medium than musicians. Part of this is simply a lack of access. YouTube is a weak substitute, but it’s a start.” Very true, it’s sad to think how many great works in video (and design for that matter) have been lost to time and obscurity. Hopefully more work like Matrix III slowly make their way into the digital domain. Via Create Digital Motion

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Nimit says:

May 28, 2009 at 10:00 pm

These videos are ridiculous! Nice find.

Awesome show last night! It was a pretty rad experience…thanks again for signing the prints, it was good chatting with you!


Anonymous says:

May 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm

can i just say i was sad to miss your show in toronto. i left toronto a few days before to go to seoul….any chance of swinging by here??? anyway, i wanted to tell you that your music is wonderful, sitting in a cubicle in the middle of one of the most populated cities, i look out my window (yes, i have a window that i share with many others) and i am immediately uplifted (don’t like the word “uplifted” but i don’t know how else to describe it). i can’t tell you why, but your music moves me.


Tiemen says:

May 30, 2009 at 3:43 am

John Whitney is an incredible pioneer in generative computer art. Great example to learn from


Micha says:

May 31, 2009 at 9:42 am

Thank you again for this new reference.

“As visualists, the sad truth is we have a poorer sense of the history of our medium than musicians. ”
I think this is true mostly thanks to the invention of the CD and the opportunity for people of our generation to have had the chance to discover the history of (popular) music through the reeditions.
Things that should have been disappeared in the nineties have miraculously resurect for a second life at this time.