THE PIXELMUSIC 3000

By Tarikh Korula

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Photography by Tarikh Korula

TV PARTY TONIGHT

Re-create a mid-1970s video trip by plugging this box into any TV and audio source. Beneath the fake wood paneling, a Propeller microcontroller simulates Atari’s classic music visualizer.

In 1976, Atari introduced Atari Video Music, a plugged-in music visualizer designed by Pong creator Bob Brown that bridged the yawning gap between consumers’ stereos and their TV sets. The quirky, psychedelic pixelation device never caught on, but watching it in action today (search YouTube), one is taken back to another time, long before iTunes and Winamp visualizers. It was a ...

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