Wii as Lightsaber: More Kyma-Synthesized Goodness, But the Original was Cheaper

I think we’ve reached a geekdom singularity. Nintendo Wii controller + physical computing + OpenSoundControl + Mac + Kyma granular synthesis = Star Wars lightsaber sounds? Nicely done, Matteo Milani! More details from these Kyma sound synthesis experts at Unidentified Sound Object, which also has lots of resources on sound design in general on the main blog. Ready to do this yourself? Full details on how-to at kyma-tweaky, the Kyma collective, for users of this advanced DSP-powered synthesizer. This demonstrates the potential power of granular synthesis, so geeking out aside, there is something to be learned here. What’s fascinating is …

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Expressive Wii: Open Sound Control – MIDI – Wii – Kyma on Mac

Open Sound Control (OSC), an open protocol that can be used in place of MIDI, isn’t the right tool for everything. Hooking up a 4-octave keyboard with some knobs, for instance, makes a whole lot more sense in MIDI, and MIDI is widely supported. But I like OSC’s open-ended message structure for devices like the Nintendo Wii. On Windows, the dominant Wii tool GlovePIE already supports OSC via scripts. On Mac, several of you pointed us to OSCulator, a tool that lets you turn input from the Wii into OSC messages (Max/MSP, Flash, Processing, Reaktor, Traktor, and others support OSC), …

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Free Mac Looper for Wii Controller, Wii MIDI Hacking Round-up

The wireless, Bluetooth-based Wii controller is fast becoming the music control hardware of choice. The latest addition: Yann Seznec’s Wii Loop Machine, a free, Wii-controller looper for Macs. The software is built in Max/MSP using my current favorite way to interface with the Wii controllers, the free aka.wiiremote external for Max. Load in any samples you want, boot up any Mac with Bluetooth, grab your Wii controller, and you can sync, control, manipulate, and muck with loops. Wii Loop Machine Here’s Yan in action: Thanks to adcbicycle, who finds this over on the em411 community where Yann has been able …

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Wii Remote Scratching Proof-of-Concept on Open-Source SuperCollider

In case you missed this in comments, CDM reader Trademark has rigged a quick demo of how scratching with the Nintendo Wii remote might work. To manipulate the audio, he’s using the open source Mac/Linux audio programming environment SuperCollier: If you think of this as a replacement for vinyl, you’ll naturally be disappointed. (The same is true of those plastic jog wheels.) But, while this lacks the control needed for DJing, what it does demonstrate is the accuracy of the acceleration data from the Wii and other similar accelerometer sensors. In fact, you can think of the scratching as a …

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DJ WiiJ: Blog, Tutorial Videos on Wireless Wii Remote DJing with Traktor

Could the Nintendo Wii remote liberate DJs from wired hardware, freeing them to wave their arms around and make embarrassing dance moves? DJ ! hopes so. DJ ! (read “DJ Shift 1”) has devoted himself entirely to the Wii controller for DJing, in what he calls WiiJing or “wireless DJing.” This “mashup DJ” says he hopes wireless DJing will become an art in itself, so this isn’t just a one-off gimmick — he actually wants it to catch on. To that end, he’s set up a complete blog with daily tips and thoughts on the subject: DJ WiiJ: The First …

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Video: DJing and VJing with Nintendo Wii Remote

While music manufacturers struggle to create “integrated hardware solutions”, enterprising DJs and VJs are picking up US$40 Nintendo Wii remotes and having a blast. Here, the controller gets assigned to audio filters on the computer (I’m guessing the Max/MSP/Jitter external may be at work as it’s on a Mac), and controls glitchy visuals. I’ve been working with the Wii myself, and I’m not quite satisfied with the gestures I’ve gotten out of it yet — just as some of the early launch title games for Wii may not quite have the control scheme perfected yet, so, too, are these early …

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Controlling Ableton Live with Nintendo Wii Wiimote; New Wii Resources

This didn’t take long. Someone has already begun using the Wii controller to trigger samples and settings in Ableton Live. (Thanks, Johan Larsby — happy holidays to you, too!) One-handed, wireless DJing is born: The wiili server is back, so that Wiki is your best source for how-to information. In this case, what we’re seeing is presumably the Windows-based route: something like BlueSoleil for pairing via Bluetooth, and GlovePIE for interfacing with the Wii (or any other class-compliant game device, if you like) and scripting commands to translate control into MIDI.

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Update: Wiili Wii Controller Hacks Mirror

I’ve managed to acquire a Wii remote — tricky commodity to find these days — and have gotten it up and working with both Windows and Mac. Here’s another quick teaser: Mac users are going to be in for a tougher ride as far as live music and visual control, as the BlueSoleil Bluetooth software for Windows (the one I’d recommend for any PC-based Bluetooth activities) is more cooperative about pairing. (By comparison, the homebrew Wii efforts are having to hack their own app for pairing on the Mac from scratch because OS X refuses to do it!) I haven’t …

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MIDI Control for Music with Wii Remote: Teaser

The world is off and running with the Nintendo Wii Remote for music. You’ll recall I hoped publicly on CDM this device would work for music from the day of Nintendo’s announcement (like many of you), and I’m pleasantly surprised to say everything got a whole lot easier as Nintendo chose a commonly-used Bluetooth chip for their device! (Apparently overwhelmed with demand, the documentation site Wiili is down at the moment; hopefully will be back soon.) I’ll have complete details of how to hook up the Wii to various software for music and motion — hopefully written in friendly terms …

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