The Strange Atari Music Visualizer That Was Overshadowed By The 2600

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The only function of the Video Music machine was to create music visualizations. A stereo could be hooked up to it, and you could plug it into a TV. The visuals would show up on your television screen, and could be altered by using the knobs on the machine. The produced effect was a very pixelated, flashing neon-colored light display that traced the beat of whatever music you were listening to. 

Video Music was showcased first at the 1977 Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago, but unfortunately didn’t receive much attention. It first went for $199 upon release, but that price depreciated quickly until it went for $59.99 by the end of the year (Slate). It soon went completely off the radar due its unpopularity, mainly because of the release of the Atari 2600 in the same year. This caused any potential for the Video Music to be snuffed out, but it’s still an interesting piece of retro electronics history.  

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