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Monday
Apr242017

RetroTech: The Atari Video Music

The Atari Video Music is an artefact from an era when companies could afford to be more experimental. Nowadays something this bizarre would definitely have been killed by a focus group before it entered production. On this occasion, history shows the focus group would have been making the right decision. However there’s no denying that stifling the crazier ideas to instead focus on producing iterations of existing product lines has lead to a much blander consumer electronics landscape in recent years. 

In this video you can take ‘a trip’ back to the carefree days of 1977 and see the product that a bunch of gifted electronics hippies from Atari thought might be the next big thing.

 

LINKS
Anders Enger Jensen's music can be found here
Ben Heck's Atari Video Music Teardown is here
The RF to Composite box I used can be found on ebay  They sell NTSC or PAL versions (click your country). UK  US  CA DE  AU  NL
Old RadioShack Catalogues can be viewed here.  
The Atari Inc Book can be found on Amazon UK  US 

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Reader Comments (7)

As always... outstanding job!
Thank you.

April 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

It might have been that I was under the influence of quite a lot of THC but the flashing parts of the video made me feel very, very strange, and not in a good way.

I'd been thinking about picking one of these up at some point but now I know better. Thanks!

April 27, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterfluffy

A company that I used to work for (CEL Electronics) made similar devices to this. They were for the most part aimed at the professional market. These CEL devices came out a little later than the Atari. (About 1979-80) and actually had a relatively successful run! The link below is to a web page all about the product.

http://www.eyetrap.net/Chromascope_Video_Synthesizer.html

CEL eventually went on to design Digital video effects machines for Television broadcast and were bought by Snell and Wilcox in the early 1990's.

April 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSebastian Sekinger

Excellent video as always - well presented, informative and wryly humorous. The visual effects produced by the Atari Video Music can best be described as 'ghastly'. They also reminded me of the visual effects used on Top of the Pops in the late 1970s/early 80s. Presumable they used an equivalent technology. Funnily enough, back then we thought they looked cool!

April 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

That muppet should try making his own video see how many thumbs up he gets !! :@) Maybe when u go on your next cruise Matt ?

April 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCanadian Paul

Matt, where do you store all the items you test? Even the room you make your videos in looks quite free of clutter. My wife constantly moans at me until I throw things out and make space! A downside of small UK homes!

April 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMike

The camera hides a lot. The room I film in is packed to the roof with boxes and crates of projects for the future...the attic is full too.

April 30, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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