BitVision is an audiovisual synthesis board that LZX Industries created a while back (when we weren’t posting, so this is okay!), in the tradition of Atari Video Music. If you’ve never seen Atari Video Music, here‘s a nice man showing you what it’s all about.
The BitVision is intended for live performance, and simulates the color bleed and imperfection of a primitive 8-bit image on a CRT whilst displaying a 32×32 pixel image based on a 16 color palette, which is editable using the company’s provided tools. Many modulation capabilities are provided – as the company says, there is “an analogue envelope follower and frequency counter track external audio signals and can modulate shape and color via many variable modulation routings. We wanted an audiovisualizer that could potentially provide live video for an entire musical performance, so 16 separate preset image/palette options are stored inside.”
It comes in pre-assembled and kit versions, and continues on the long legacy of Atari visualizers, which has outlived the original Atari Video Music, and the Virtual Light Machine (VLM) on the Jaguar, to include Jeff Minter’s audiovisual work on the Xbox 360 (Neon). Below you can see the BitVision in action. Thanks to Jeff Fleming for the link.
Update: While the BitVision is sold out at the moment, I put in an email to creator Lars Larsen, who had this to say: “We are building a batch of Bitvisions right now for Analogue Haven, which will ship sometime in the next month or two. We are small manufacturer so sometimes it can be hard to keep things in stock.” So, simply play the waiting game, I suppose!