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    Talking Brainstorm - New MIDI Controllers for Music

    Suppose that you had a clever friend who could take any MIDI controller idea you came up with, and he could translate it into hardware that would plug into your music system. What would you have him build?

    For example, I've noticed that when I play my wind controller, it would be a very easy addition to have a small sensor that would sense how hard I squeeze my upper arm against my torso, that if squeezed would produce a midi message. Alternatively, it could sense the angle of my upper arm - raise it a bit for vibrato, drop it down for none.

    Getting really far out of the box, there could be an adaptation of the combat pilot's visual sighting system - he looks at a specific point, the sensors figure out where his eyes are focused, and therefore where to aim, the system translates that into his guns, and bingo, a direct hit every time. Just think, this visor could project a music score, or a scale, the user's eyes could pick out a note to be played, for example ....

    What would you build?

    Trond

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    Re: Brainstorm - New MIDI Controllers for Music

    Quote Originally Posted by dnortana
    Suppose that you had a clever friend
    ...that would be Trond

    Good topic for discusion and glad you raised it.

    A universal midi hardware translator is a good idea. I believe the next revolution will be in the MIDI controller will be moving away from black and white keyboards.

    Quote Originally Posted by dnortana
    Getting really far out of the box, there could be an adaptation of the combat pilot's visual sighting system - he looks at a specific point, the sensors figure out where his eyes are focused, and therefore where to aim..
    What if you are cross-eyed like me?

    Gary

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    Re: Brainstorm - New MIDI Controllers for Music

    Hi Gary,

    I suppose a cross eyed user would be able to play two-part harmony with himself :-) Detune one eye a little, and have a self made chorus effect ...

    Trond

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    Re: Brainstorm - New MIDI Controllers for Music

    I'd love to get my hands on an affordable 'guitar like' midi controller like the Ztar's produced by Starr Labs

    These are not midi guitars as such but keyboards that look like and can be played like guitars.

    Now if they would just do a tenor banjo version...

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    Re: Brainstorm - New MIDI Controllers for Music

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan

    What if you are cross-eyed like me?

    Gary
    You need the Sosnowski Ocular Scrambled-Eyeball-Undoer MIDI Enhancer.
    That's called SOSEUME, for short. Note that it also contains an ingenious
    Anti-Dyslexia Digital Learning Extension (ADDLE)... but, obviously we don't
    quite have that part wokring rihtg yet.

    The idea, here, is that you strap this thing onto your buttocks; and an
    external camera translates the video from a MIDI sequencer into pleasantly
    invigorating electrical shocks. In turn, this causes sudden, intense limb-
    waving and bodily gyrations in precise time to the music. With practice
    and careful tuning, one also soon learns to emit stimulating grunts, whistles,
    groans, and eructations in synchrony with the MIDI sequence.

    And there you have it. The ultimate MIDI controller, that instantly turns
    even the most taciturn human into a lively and entertaining instrument.

    Best,


    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
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    Re: Brainstorm - New MIDI Controllers for Music

    I've just thought of a really original idea.

    I'll hum a tune and get an expert in midi sequencing to program it for me.

    What!... somebody's just told me "that's been done before"........

    Well I never...........

    Ray

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    Re: Brainstorm - New MIDI Controllers for Music

    ... the idea, here, is that you strap this thing onto your buttocks...

    David,

    Hmmmm. I strap my SOSEUME onto my head, since that's where my eyeballs are. This could be a significant difference in technique that explains a lot of things.

    Trond

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    Re: Brainstorm - New MIDI Controllers for Music

    Quote Originally Posted by dnortana
    ... the idea, here, is that you strap this thing onto your buttocks...

    David,

    Hmmmm. I strap my SOSEUME onto my head, since that's where my eyeballs are. This could be a significant difference in technique that explains a lot of things.

    Trond
    While cranial attachment of the device is possible, we caution
    that one should first remove one's trousers.

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
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    Re: Brainstorm - New MIDI Controllers for Music

    here are a couple of links to midi controllers:

    http://infusionsystems.com/catalog/all_categories.php

    http://www.ibva.com/Step1/Step1.html#midi

    http://www.analoguehaven.com/doepfer/r2m/

    need more? Let me know

    See some in action at www.drakemusicscotland.org

    All the best

    Brian

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