While we’re on the subject of visualizers, Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox 360 console will be preloaded with a trippy music visualizer game. Unlike the iTunes visualizer, it’ll be completely interactive, too. Inspired by the 1984 game Psychedelia, Neon is a visualizer for the year 2005. Check out the interview with creator Jeff Minter of UK developer LlamaSoft. (Betcha they’re Python fans.) Via Joystiq. This fits with Microsoft’s strategy of making the Xbox 360 a music hub, as reported here previously (see that link for what composers think of the new console).


New visualizers won’t just be trippier: they’ll be able to take advantage of new physics models. Joystiq also has the scoop on a new SDK for developing real-world physics, and Chris points out some slick PlayStation 3 demos involving water. 3D music creation interfaces? Wild new music games and visualizers? You bet.

  • mute

    LlamaSoft is basically just Jeff Minter, and while he may be a Python fan, his love for the ungulates runs far deeper than merely a comedy TV reference. (But not THAT deep, I don't think, so get your mind out of the gutter!)

    He's been coding freaky light things for music since the Atari Jaguar, which also had a built-in Virtual Light Machine (Jaguar VLM page) with some super-secret editing features he apparantly coded while sick as a dog and doped up on cough syrup.

    Before that, he wrote some seriously fun games for a variety of UK and US 8-bit home computers, including Sheep In Space and Llamatron. (Sheep in Space was my favorite– it was sort of like Defender crossed with Scramble with a sheep instead of a spaceship. If you got hit or ran low on, um, fuel, you could land on a patch of grass and graze until you were full up again.)

    Here's a bit of history.

    Neat guy, good programmer, interesting fellow overall. The visualizer in the Xbox360 is really about the only thing making me want one right now, but it's pretty tempting.

  • admin

    Thanks so much, mute!

    Will try to blog some more of these . . . very, very interesting, and I'll have a giant games + music roundup later this summer that can link back to it.

  • atariboy

    I had that on my first puta, a c64