20. June 2008

Zen Station – Using the Player’s Pulse as Controller

Zen Station

Zen Station is a game focused on relaxation. The player who is chilled the most wins.

It is an installation on which two players can play a game. Goal of the game is to win by being as relaxed as possible. During the game, pulse and blood oxygen levels of the players are measured. The player who durably has the lowest pulse wins.

At the beginning of the game, a thin line is created on the center of the playing field. This "destroyer" slowly moves towards the player with the faster pulse. Additionally, each player frequently creates "virtual life forms" (which look more like landmines to me). If the destroyer touches such a life form, it is hurled back in the opposite direction.

The overall design of Zen Station is very cool. The effects are beautiful and also have nice sound effects.

By the way, Zen Station was created using vvvv – the same software which Erik and I used to create our interactive music video installation.

» Zen Station

(via Erik)

Topics: gameinstallationpulserelaxationvvvv

8. November 2007

Gametrak as Drum Kit: The Maiabeatmachine

Erik used a clothes horse, a Gametrak and a little bit of software to create a virtual drum kit.

» read on!

Topics: drumsGametrakPdReasonvvvv

4. November 2007

wiiwiiwiiwii – Using the Wiimote as Drum Kit or Piano


It’s always great to see when people take things and give them a new meaning. This time: The controller of Nintendo’s new console Wii (“Wii Remote” a.k.a. “Wiimote” with the extension “Nunchuk” – what great names) as a musical instrument including visualization.

In different modes, Wiimote and Nunchuk can be used to play drums or piano (or probably any other midi instrument). There are several videos showing the system in action at the project website.

» wiiwiiwiiwii

The system is based on a Mac running Max/MSP and Reason to generate the sounds, linked to a PC running vvvv (the toolkit in which we created our interactive music video installation) to render the 3d visualizations.

wiiwiiwiiwii seems to be the thesis of Claudio Midolo, Edgar Castellanos, Natan Sinigaglia and Pedro Mari. Unfortunately, the website does not provide much information about the thesis itself.

(via Erik via Kreativrauschen.de)

Topics: instrumentmusicvvvvWiiWiimote

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