Create Digital Music » Expressive Wii: Open Sound Control – MIDI – Wii – Kyma on Mac
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Let me be the first to say that that was thoroughly unimpressive. A MIDI controller mapped to some crappy samples. Heh.
It’s got nothing to do with the music and everything to do with the use of the Nintendo controller in factory configuration.
Controlling sounds with a cheap, plug-n-play 3D accelerometer is exciting. Don’t be a reactionary. It’s just bizarre how you instantly zeroed in on the least interesting part of the link. Who cares if the samples are crappy? That part of the music is radically modular by definition. The same device could be used to control non-crappy samples, or real-time synthesis (and it could do it interestingly because there are so many simultaneous dimensions of control).
All this and it’s a game controller. I still don’t know what could be cooler.
Not only is it crappy, it’s totally unoriginal. And I wasn’t referring to the samples, although they were crappy. Unique MIDI controllers (motion-sensitive, etc.), have been around since for years, some since the 80′s. Google “conductor’s jacket”, “musical glove”, etc. If you think about what the inputs to the Wii Remote really are, it’s rotational + translation motion, which you could get with three sliders and a knob. Not that making it do this isn’t an interesting hack, but it’s nothing innovative.