Donations for Bill Etra


For those unaware – Bill Etra passed away on August 16th 2016 due to heart failure.

He leaves behind long legacy of pioneering both video art and video tools. His influence, and the influence of the tools and art form he helped create thankfully lives on.

You might be wondering why we are still accepting Donations in Bill’s name. Sadly, we have very good reasons.

At the time of his death, Bill was living in state subsidized housing in the Bronx, with his third wife, Roz. For the longest time his only income was Social Security (and kind donations on his behalf). Because of his chronically deteriorating health conditions, he left a vast quantity of unpaid doctor, hospital and medicine co-payments. Roz, unfortunately, is also disabled and could not work, so upon his death she was left all the accumulated debt, and no way to pay it.

Having suffered a long time estrangement from his family and being completely unable to work because of his disability, he had had virtually no income for many years. Even though Roz still receives Social Security, the payments are barely enough to meet every day expenses. Along with her unending grief over his passing, she must also face, every day, this inescapable mountain of debt.

Anything we can do to help her alleviate this financial burden will, I’m sure, be very welcome.

Every cent of your donations are forwarded to Roz Etra, as Bill would have wanted.

Thank you

New Domain, New Support Forums.

I’ve noticed that some support requests get lost in spam filtering in the comments, or go unnoticed because of the amount of spam. I’ve made a new Forum for existing and upcoming projects, located at, which is also means this site is hosted on a new domain,

Hopefully this means better communication between Tom, myself and anyone with issues or questions. Stay tuned for new projects.

v002 Glitch 2.0 update for 10.6 / QC 4.0

The v002 Glitch plugins have been updated for 10.6/QC 4.0 compatibility. Apologies for the delay with that one, its been a long time coming. Expect new Glitch fun from bangnoise sooner rather than later!

Here’s a reminder of what can be done with the v002 Glitch plugins and VDMX. The download includes VDMX qcFX, as well as CoGe players and effects modules.


I am very pleased to announce that Tom Butterworth (bangnoise) and Eric Redlinger (ecumedesjour) will be helping out with v002 plugin development.

Tom has already been instrumental behind the scenes helping with updates to existing plugins as well as new plugins yet to see the light of day. Tom has some amazing Quartz Composer plugins he has released on his own, you can check them out at Toms homepage. “Datamosh” is just awesome, I highly recommend it.

Eric is responsible for both 10-Base-T Interactive’s applications, as well as the iPhone OSC controller Mrmr (pronounced murmur). Eric also helped spearhead Quartz Composer custom VJ app development early on by releasing QC Performer, an open-source cocoa app that used a simple API to let anyone insert their own QC patches and take advantage of native cocoa functions such as multi-screen playback support and dynamic hotkeys.

Both Tom and Eric are fantastic developers, and I am very happy to have them helping out on v002.

v002 Rutt Etra performance update.

v002 Rutt Etra 2.0.1 is out, which gives a non-trivial performance increase over 2.0. Integrated graphics users will see a performance increase, but users with dedicated GPUs should see an even larger increase in performance due to support of optimal floating point formats.

With 2.0.1 I am able to now run twice the resolution at 60 frames per second over 2.0 on my 3 year old Mac Book Pro.

v002 Rutt Etra 2.0 released

Im very pleased to release the second version of the v002 Rutt Etra emulator for Quartz Composer. The new version sports some very nice new features that take advantage of the fact emulation is done using OpenGL, opening up some new aesthetic possibilities. 2.0 introduces new rendering modes (not just scan lines any more), much improved work flow and setup, support for Lighting, GLSL and Render in Image macro patches, bug fixes and performance improvements.

Included with the 2.0 are example Quartz Composer Compositions that demonstrate the gamut of new possibilities and walk users through the basics to advanced per pixel lighting, geometry displacement and texturing using GLSL, as well a VDMX qcFX.

2.0 is compatible with both Quartz Composer 4.0 and Mac OS X 10.6 (64 and 32 bit) as well as Quartz Composer 3.0 on Mac OS X 10.5, Intel and PPC.