Grand Master Video
Audiovisual artist Gardner Post, whose pioneering
work with Emergency Broadcast Network (EBN)
inspired many of today’s top VJs, is back with an
epic new video performance tool called the Baby
Grand Master, “The King of Video Instruments.”
Billed as the Rolls-Royce of video performance
instruments, the BGM features an impressive array of
top-of-the-line audio and video technologies housed
inside a baby grand piano cabinet, set atop a spinning
turntable 8 feet in diameter.
Baby Grand Master is essentially a piece of
sculpture that fits right in as a museum piece, yet is
equally at home onstage as the ultimate live performance tool. The elegant white cabinet houses a pair
of Pioneer DVJ-X1s, an Edirol V4 video mixer, and
three Marshall LCD monitors.
An Allen & Heath Xone 92 audio mixer is accompanied by a rocking sound system, including dual
15" subwoofers, 18" and 12" subwoofers, and 3 bullet tweeters all powered by an AB 1,100-watt power
amplifier. The piano’s ultra-shiny white projection
surface is perfect for blasting with video.
Post is offering a limited number of customizable
units, with options that fit right in on Pimp My Ride.
Perhaps you’d prefer your BGM with hydraulic legs
and lid, or maybe neon under-lighting and running
lights would do the trick. You can choose from any
color of high-gloss lacquer finish, and there’s also
optional fog or laser assembly.
With their background and training as conceptual
artists, EBN pioneered a new approach to working
with video that now pervades mainstream culture.
Their video remix of George H. W. Bush singing “We
Will Rock You” to Saddam Hussein during the first
Gulf War became a huge underground hit, and they
left people speechless touring with the Lollapalooza
music festival. Bono took notice, leading to their
participation on U2’s Zoo TV tour.
With this already enormous impact on today’s
audiovisual remix community, EBN founding
member Post continues to inspire with his thought-provoking creations. —Steve Nalepa
>> Baby Grand Master: babygrandmaster.com
Photograph by Till Krautkraemer
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