“Rotary Signal Emitter” by Sculpture

Rotary Signal Emitter

“Rotary Signal Emitter” is a picture-disc LP created by Sculpture, the London based duo of musician Dan Hayhurst and animator Reuben Sutherland. Music AND animation is pressed into both sides of the disc:

Sutherland ‘DJs’ with home-made zoetropic discs, intricate concentric rings of illustrated frames, projecting fragments of looping images at 33, 45 and 78 rpm — pre-Edisonian imaging technology combined with a digital video camera.

The LPs were produced in a limited edition of 300 copies, which can be purchased HERE. I want one bad but it seems like ordering is a tad difficult if you’re in the US. The videos below show the mesmerizing–almost hallucinatory–effect when the audio component matches up with the animation.


  • Alberto

    This is… one of the coolest things… i have ever seen in my life.

  • http://debrasolomon.com debra j. solomon

    oh my god this is fantastic!@!!!!

  • http://debrasolomon.com debra j. solomon

    Does anyone know if this was done with a strobe?
    It looks like it is but you cant see it.

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com Frank Panucci

    Most prosumer cameras can be set to have a short virtual shutter speed, which would capture these animations well. The only major artifact would be the lateral drift visible in these videos. Differing frame rates (PAL’s vs. that of NTSC, for instance) would create a slightly different look.

  • http://anniemated.net Annie

    to further relate this to cartoons, these guys sound a lot like raymond scott’s manhattan research project. also, i wonder how these would look in person.

  • http://www.deptap.com Rajesh

    I’m surprised more people haven’t commented on how AWESOME these are. I’d love to own one.

  • http://mformaria.com Maria Sequeira

    Yes I agree, I’m surprised that more people have not commented on this. I love that such a basic animation technology has found new life, it’s exciting!

  • Iritscen

    I suppose this wouldn’t work on CDs because they rotate too fast? Also, they’re smaller and you rarely see the top of the disc when playing one. Makes me yearn for the return of vinyl!

  • mr

    Wow! That looks amazing and it’s a really cool idea, I wish the musical content had kept up with the conceptual side. Worthless bit of inability masking as avant-garde, there.