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ID: 500062305
 
Record Type: Person
Etra, Bill (American video artist and electronic designer, 1947-2016)

Note: An artist and inventor who, in partnership with Steve Rutt, helped create a video synthesizer in the early 1970s. The Rutt/Etra device was one of the first to allow individual artists to manipulate a video signal in real time to create abstractions, animations, and special effects. It was intended to allow artists to compose visuals as a musician would compose music.

Names:
Etra, Bill (preferred,V,index)
Bill Etra (V,display)

Nationalities:
American (preferred)

Roles:
artist (preferred)
designer
video artist
inventor

Gender: male

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List/Hierarchical Position:
 ....  Persons, Artists
 ........  Etra, Bill (I)

Biographies:
(American video artist and electronic designer, 1947-2016) ..... [VP Preferred]
(American video artist, electronic designer, 20th c.) ..... [BHA]

Sources and Contributors:
Bill Etra ........ [VP]
....................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
Etra, Bill ........ [BHA Preferred, VP]
......................  BHA, Authority file (1973-)
......................  Slotnik, Bill Etra, New York Times [online] (2016) obit.

Subject: ........ [BHA, VP]
....................  BHA, Authority file (1973-)
....................  Furlong, Notes toward a history of image-processed video: Eric Siegel, Stephen Beck, Dan Sandin, Steve Rutt, Bill and Louise Etra, Afterimage (Summer 1983)
....................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
.......... Slotnik, Bill Etra, New York Times [online] (2016) obit.
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