Hexagonal Sequencer with vvvv, MIDI, Ableton, and Soon Wii, Camera Input

Our friend and interactive hero Gustavo Bravetti must have been inspired by all the talk of hexagonal sequencers, because he’s come through with a brilliant prototype of a new interactive sequencer design. He writes: I just wanna share mi first very unfinished and at ultra alpha stage, hexagonal sequencer prototype! Between many things, I have planed to include many automatic scale definition tools, follow actions, you’ll can easily change the hexagon density, and multi-touch support via IR (wiimote or cams) is planned also. This is just a sneak peak. For an “alpha” version, as you can see, there’s already a …

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OSCulator, Magic Bullet for Mac Alternative Controllers, Updated

Want to hook that joystick / Wii remote / Guitar Hero controller / something odd to your music software? If you’re on Mac, OSCulator is the do-everything solution. It’s pay-what-you-like software ($19 minimum for PayPal), and it just got a big update: Announcement: OSCulator 2.6 [Unidentified Sound Object, as seen in our sound design round-up] Download page, with changelog [osculator.net] There’s a lot new in release 2.6; highlights include: Preset management Graphical OSC routing editor Wii Guitar Hero support (preliminary) Hook up more: up to 2 virtual HID joysticks, up to 8 Wiimote (does anyone own that many?) Make keyboard …

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Wii Music: Improvise Freely

I’m not an E3 so I’ll have to rely on others for coverage, but Nintendo has announced the long-awaited Wii Music at their press conference today. Now, of course, a number of readers here are already making Wii Music of their own, using custom software to turn Wii remotes into controllers. (Finally got my Balance Board working, by the way; more on that soon.) But it’s great to see mainstream games giving players more freedom; the new game promises to allow you to improvise freely instead of just time pre-determined reactions as in conventional music rhythm games. Joystiq has a …

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Wii Rock Band Controllers + Mac: Use junXion, Game-to-MIDI Controller Tool

A new version of Rock Band (for Wii) means still more ways to turn these game controllers into musical or visual performance instruments. Jordan Balagot writes with some hands-on experience using junXion, a wonderful tool for adapting game controllers to MIDI or OpenSoundControl. (junXion also works with Wiimotes and nunchucks, audio inputs and pitch sensors, joysticks and standard USB devices, and much more, so even if this bores you, you’ve probably got some use for it.) Jordan says: I tried plugging in the Rockband for Wii guitar and drums into my mac and Junxion recognized them perfectly. This seems to …

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Wii Balance Board Surfs Through AudioSurf Music Game; Music Apps Next

BodySurf :: AudioSurf + Wii Balance Board :: Vegas Demonstration from Chardish on Vimeo. Never that impressed by people waggling the Wii Remote? Time for some full body-weight control. Enter the Wii Balance Board, the force-sensing hardware bundled with Nintendo’s Wii Fit. Evan Jones, aka Chardish, has hooked up the balance board to the fantastic Audiosurf, a music/rhythm game that allows you to play through your existing music collection rather than needing special content. (Vive le FFT!) Audiosurf is ten bucks on Steam, Valve Software’s indie-friendly, happiness-packed online service, so Mac users, if your Boot Camp hasn’t been getting any …

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Gibson Guitar Loses Mind, Sues Entire Planet (But Wii Rock Band Should Be Fun)

Gibson headquarters. I’m sure some rational thought is going on in there, but search me to tell you what the (*&$# that thought is. Photo via mmwm Gibson Guitar may require a new column here on CDM, titled something like “what the $&*((*&$ can you possibly be thinking??!” Sure, it was strange enough when Gibson started a patent dispute with Guitar Hero game developer Activision because it claimed to own the patent for anything “simulating a musical concert experience.” (Jeez, I’m glad Gibson hasn’t been to a couple of my gigs.) Never mind that their patent involved pre-recorded concert footage …

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OSCulator for Mac: Alternative Control, Now with 3D Mice, AppleScript, Combos

Want to make music and motion with unusual inputs, like Wii controllers, Lemur multi-touch touchscreens, Monomes, and (now) 3D mice? OSCulator is a wonderful app that supports OpenSoundControl and sends MIDI events, with support for some hardware that can’t be supported any other way. The new 2.5 version adds new stuff: SpaceNavigator 3D mouse device support Mouse support Raw IR data from the Wiimote controller (Nintendo Wii) AppleScripting OSC Forward Keyboard combos “Meta events” Software like Max/MSP and Reaktor will support OSC natively, but using MIDI input and output, you can hook up Kyma workstations and any MIDI software under …

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Game Day: Guitar Hero Smells Like Wii Spirit

Guitar Hero makes you feel too much like you’re in a Japanese video game arcade? (Heck, they have taiko drums and stuff.) Rather use it as a way of reinventing how you play the guitar — aside from, of course, spending thousands on a robot guitar from Gibson or experimenting with new tuning systems? Here’s yet another Guitar Hero hack, which finds a remarkably complex way around the fact that the controller has five buttons and no frets: Hmmm… interesting. But I want more acceleration data, so you can create music by tilting your guitar over your head, or throwing …

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Game Day: Play Drums, MIDI, Guitar with a Wii Controller, Free

Bless Nintendo for making the Wii controller: inexpensive, lots of internal sensor data (motion sensing, tilt sensing, buttons), elegant design, and standard Bluetooth support allowing it to be used with Mac, Windows, and Linux. Now there’s free and open source software for making the most of your Wiimote as a musical instrument. First up: Wiinstrument, a multi-purpose percussion instrument, now available for all three operating systems (a Windows version was recently added). Plays percussion / drums with gestures Use an (in-development) internal sampler with WAV files, or trigger other software via MIDI Use tilt for control changes Supports tilt, velocity …

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