Atari Video Music - The Demo by Tristar & Red Sector Inc. [web]
screenshot added by SvOlli on 2017-04-16 21:18:53
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release date : april 2017
release party : Revision 2017
compo : wild demo
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added on the 2017-04-16 21:18:53 by SvOlli SvOlli

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Nice obscure hardware find! Video here:
rulez added on the 2017-04-16 22:01:32 by tokra tokra
very nice
rulez added on the 2017-04-16 22:34:48 by Xyl2k Xyl2k
Cool :)
rulez added on the 2017-04-16 22:34:49 by Buckethead Buckethead
CPUs are overrated. GPUs are enough. Today we all know that.

rulez added on the 2017-04-16 22:35:20 by JAC! JAC!
As a child of the 70s this is pure audio-porn for me😎
rulez added on the 2017-04-17 08:55:31 by mct mct
Love it - music fits perfectly. What happens next? Demo on a thermomix?
rulez added on the 2017-04-17 09:11:04 by Triace Triace
Really cool stuff, on a not CPU or whatever it was
rulez added on the 2017-04-17 14:24:38 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
rulez added on the 2017-04-17 16:16:16 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
I think SvOlli mentioned he had this hardware on IRC. Really weird, fun to see something done with it
rulez added on the 2017-04-17 23:00:49 by Tjoppen Tjoppen
Great stuff!
rulez added on the 2017-04-17 23:09:16 by JTZ JTZ
"No kids were harmed when creating this prod." :)
added on the 2017-04-18 14:31:32 by JTZ JTZ
As Atari by nature and kid of the 70s/80s...

Atari!!! And not "Amigaaaaa" ;) I guess Amiga did not existed yet in Miner's head ;)
rulez added on the 2017-04-18 19:42:10 by Heaven/TQA Heaven/TQA
rulez added on the 2017-04-18 23:05:16 by sINk sINk
Soundtrack is amazing - bit proud to have my first scene mention alongside Skyrunner :)
rulez added on the 2017-04-21 09:25:50 by shock__ shock__
rulez added on the 2017-04-21 11:57:07 by SiR SiR
interesting stuff
rulez added on the 2017-04-21 12:12:59 by EviL EviL
cool platform and production!
you accidentally some ANSI in your nfo, tho!
rulez added on the 2017-04-21 15:48:02 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
rulez added on the 2017-04-22 15:13:57 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
Great... I can't stop listening this soundtrack.
rulez added on the 2017-04-22 15:40:33 by Chainsaw Chainsaw
I love stuff on obscure hardware
rulez added on the 2017-04-23 21:04:27 by v3nom v3nom
Ace! Really cool music, greetings to Skyrunner. :)
rulez added on the 2017-04-23 21:30:53 by StingRay StingRay
rulez added on the 2017-04-24 00:00:07 by Frequent Frequent
Cool idea & all but your presentation overstayed its welcome horrendously.
added on the 2017-04-24 00:05:34 by noby noby
Looks like the graphics mode 10 + 11 of the Atari 8 Bit were the result of this machine. Resolution and colors look similar.

added on the 2017-04-24 03:18:53 by Salinga Salinga
I'm not sure I understand this correctly: this hardware is essentially a music visualizer, so you just feed some music in and what we see comes out?
added on the 2017-04-24 18:22:37 by Gargaj Gargaj
Gargaj: you got it right on the first half: music is fed in, but the parameters get modified "by hand" an realtime. Take a look at the webpage: http://xayax.net/trsi/AtariVideoMusic-TheDemo/

Salinga: the chip is some kind of predecessor to tha TIA of the Atari 2600 VCS, and as far as I can tell, only analogue parts. You assumption only works for one horizontal object, not for five.
added on the 2017-04-24 20:39:51 by SvOlli SvOlli
Thanks for the detailed description at your website. Great work! This wild is really made with love. (Already thumbed up above.)

In Wikipedia, they mention the X-Files episode 7 of season 1: Ghost in the machine. I'm wondering, if the COS machine effect is really made with the Atari Video Music :-)

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added on the 2017-04-25 17:13:33 by Chainsaw Chainsaw
looks similar enough but is extremely likely flipped 90° around.
added on the 2017-04-27 11:14:51 by shock__ shock__
SvOlli: I'm just wondering what makes this different than running recording a few minutes of Milkdrop.
added on the 2017-05-27 19:33:03 by Gargaj Gargaj
Gargaj: the biggest difference is: if you feed MilkDrop 3 minutes of silence you still get animations, here you'll get a black screen.

You comparison isn't far fetched, but as the minisite states, the pattern configuration is not random, but thought out to show all of the effects the hardware is capable of.

While planning this, I had the idea of getting a Raspberry Pi up to do the pattern switching, but the risk of breaking something beyond repair was too high, and the hardware is in excellent shape for being 40 years old. So I decided to key in the effects as the music plays and the video gets recorded. (The script I used is in the archive.)

If I decide to reproduce it, it would look the same again, except for the analogue parts, like the deals are a few degrees off or me changing the effect a bit too early/late, etc.
added on the 2017-05-28 17:22:28 by SvOlli SvOlli
@Chainsaw: Well, that's all part of our overall TRSI production plan. Remember the TRSI DTV release "Ghost in the Machine"? We come full circle - Smile!
hardware gravedigging at its best :D

trivia: the local late-night pinte had two TVs up to the early 2000s which looked pretty much like this when sticking to the first pattern all the time...
rulez added on the 2017-11-11 23:06:03 by T$ T$
Loved the music and to know this machine.
rulez added on the 2017-11-16 00:47:52 by MacDeath MacDeath

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