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 ....
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.
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..
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.