Game controllers have some serious advantages for music: they're simple, flexible, fun, and because they're shipped in volume, often cheaper than DIY or even manufactured music products. Our friend Chris O'Shea has an ongoing roundup of game controllers as instruments: Part I Part II He wants more help: if you see some he missed, drop him a line! (between CDM readers and near near future, we should be set!) Meanwhile, CDM is rounding up some ideas, too; I just have to get through some paid writing now but expect something next week.
Good news: White Noise Audio Software's free Memory plug-in lets you sample loops of audio in real-time, adjusting both loop length and filter cutoff for some crazy live loop-playing. Did I mention it's free? Insanely great news: You can control this mayhem using a $20-30 P5 Data Glove game controller. I leave it up to your colossal stage presence to make sure you look cyber-awesome and not just like a dork, but either way I'll bet you have a great time.
One thing you probably didn't see last weekend at Miami's WMC: this DJ. (via audioserve) Call it world's cutest scratching. Netherlands-based Lejo specializes in this unique hand + props marionette theater. And the show tours — if you happen to be passing through, say, Segovia or Mechelen. What, you say? You don't think DJs are real musicians? Fine. Check this rockin' accordion duet.
Too shy to make funny voices while using your sock puppet? Be the life of a party, with a MIDI sock puppet that can make silly 'singing' noises or play a synth. A single flex sensor (we're guessing) can even manipulate pitch in a mode. Brought to you by UK's Matthew Irvine Brown and, of course, via near near future. HP's DJammer has nothing on this. Link (with videos and tech details)