NES MIDI Interface
As a kid growing up, my favorite video games were multiplayer games. Having spent so much time playing them, it is no surprise that I still desire multiplayer experiences. This NES controller to MIDI converter is another exploration of the connections between sound/music and play/games. It is an interface for sonic collaboration and entertainment.
The device was exhibited at the UCLA Design Media Arts Undergraduate Exhibition in 2008.
When performed solo the interaction takes on a whole new direction. The performer finds ways to use all the controllers at once. This can be done with the feet, elbows, palms, head, etc.
The controllers as instruments can be used to trigger anything from sonic explosions to calm meditation.
Two arpeggiated mbiras with kettle noises and door squeaks:
http://richard-c.com/touch/nes-midi/NES MBIRA ARP KETTLE NOISE.mp3
Improvisational duet with melodious second half:
http://richard-c.com/touch/nes-midi/NES With Madre Edited.mp3
Noisy upright bass and kitchen noises:
http://richard-c.com/touch/nes-midi/NES improv 2 for Video.mp3
Materials: Custom electronics, Arduino, Nintendo controllers, MIDI, Audio