Joy Division's Ian Curtis, an animated GIF



Weird. It ought to move in the other axis. Time flows slowly from top to bottom in the original image.


It may be Ian Curtis, but the animation is in the style of the Rutt-Etre Video Synthesizer, which was an early experiment in video effects and synthesis, with some of the first realtime video manipulation.

Unfortunatley, there isn’t a lot of information on the web about this the Rutt-Etra technique - the link above is rather thin. If you want an idea of how this type of video effect works, I suggest trying this impressive WebGL demo known as the Rutt-Etra-Izer. It will Rutt-Etra any image you give it, with realtime editing. As an example for those without WebGL capability, here a logo I made a while back, that I’m sure many fans of Ian Curtis will recognize.

It’s a cool effect - and was used very nicely in this animation - that unfortunately was burried by the Cool Tech that immediately followed the work the work of Steve Rutt and Bill Etra, and mostly forgotten.

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