The feedback loop generated here is a process where the delay in processing the frames captured by the camera and then being recaptured result in a cascading effect as seen above.
When it was first discovered in the mid-1950’s it was considered a nuisance and videographers caught accidentally capturing their own output monitors on camera were chastised. This was also possibly due to the fact that on the analog cameras they used back then, this effect could actually cause damage. (It won’t with your digital camera, relax)
The effect was later used artistically, and became a normal feature in many pop culture classics. Here is a list of early adopters and famous uses!
Other videos that use variations of video feedback include:
- Doctor Who – An Unearthly Child (series, 1963-1973, opening title sequence.)
- The Jacksons – Blame It On the Boogie (1978)
- Kate Bush – Hammer Horror (1978)
- Amii Stewart – Knock on Wood (1979)
- Kool & the Gang – Get Down On It (1981)
- Todd Rundgren – Something to Fall Back On (1985)
- Smashing Pumpkins – Ava Adore (1998)
- Klaxons – Gravity’s Rainbow (2008)
- Boxcutter – TV Troubles (2011)
- Django Django – “Life’s A Beach” (2012)