Since the early years of video art, works have been made which do not actually produce a standard TV signal waveform and therefore cannot be directly recorded. Some are based primarily upon distortion of the TV scan pattern, others utilize a Cathode Ray Tube as if it were an oscilloscope screen. Synchronator is a video and audio research project by Bas van Koolwijk and Gert-Jan Prins in an attempt to make use of the characteristic visual qualities of such techniques with a combination of current digital and analogue means.

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The Synchronator device, developed by the duo, is an audio to video device with three audio inputs, one for each video color (red, green, blue), and a composite video output. It uses the basics of video technology to transfer the audio signal to image, and in this way produces very pure and direct video. There are no controllers on the device. The only way to influence the video output is by manipulation of the audio frequencies and amplitude of the input.

The first edition of the device was released on May 19 2009, at a special event at the Netherlands Media Art Institute, a second edition is available at