If you weren't at the 2011 Blip
Festival in Tokyo last fall, then you weren't one of the first to
witness the raw power of chiptune artists cTrix's new gAtari guitar;
an instrument which—much like the name suggests—is a guitar shaped musical device forged out of an old Atari console. Never fear, for now there is video proof
of this modded dream machine in action. If your speakers go to
11, we suggest you adjust them accordingly:
Spotted by Topless Robot, the gAtari
was created using the innards of an Atari 2600 and custom-made
software which allows cTrix to jam with its classic sounds. The
Frankensteined instrument is also equipped with an Atari controller
for switching tracks, plus a trio of peddles for messing with the EQ
and adding extra effects. Guitar aficionados might argue the gAtari is
less of a guitar and more of a portable keyboard, but we're guessing
cTrix wasn't cool with calling it a KeyTari.
cTrix is an Australian musician who has
been in the chiptune scene for a few years. Check out his other Game
Boy, C64, Lynx and Amiga creations—as well as more tracks and
videos—on his official page.
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