Atari Video Music

I have been secretly putting together a music video set up. Tungsten softboxes, key & fill lights, iPhone tripod mount, Final Cut X and weird outfits are being collected. Naturally as with my music I need whatever video I create to look like it was from a few decades back. Therefore I have been searching for video synthesizers. I thought I’d share this Atari Video Music unit with you today. You can find these on eBay still. Interesting no?

“It was 1975 and Bob Brown (originator of home Pong) was looking for another consumer (home) product to design. Mega stereo systems (multi-component setups that were usually designed with a mixture of futuristic metal and rec room woodgrain) were all the rage. Bob decided to make another component that would take advantage of Atari’s video display technology and act as a bridge between the television set and the stereo system. The result was the Atari Video Music, which Atari released on it’s own in 1976.” – atarihq.com

For more info: atarihq.com/dedicated/videomusic.php

5 Comments

  1. And you can do this with it…

    http://www.retrothing.com/2010/11/hacking-the-atari-video-music.html

    From the owner of an amazing synth store here in Austin.

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  2. Pixelmusic 3000 from Make Magazine is a DIY version of the 76 Atari Music.
    http://makeprojects.com/Project/Pixelmusic-3000/606/1

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  3. I think this is The Thing To Get if you want to do vintage-style video synthesis:

    http://www.lzxindustries.net/

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  4. Cool…

    I can do this with After Effects …. but I don’t want to!! I DO want to plug this thing in and fiddle with some buttons and knobs tho …

    If you know what I mean… (as N. Diamond once wrote…)

    Off to EBay…

    Lee
    Lee

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  5. Oliver
    What video synths do you have as of now?

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