Game Controllers as Instruments: Chris O’Shea Roundup

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.

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Memory (Free): Sample and Loop with P5 Data Glove (Win)

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.

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Finger-Puppet DJing

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.

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MIDI Sock Puppet

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)

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