October 16, 2012

If a Computer Were a Chanting Monk: Crazy Live Sounds from Kyma + Gametrak

There are many bizarre controllers out there, and not specifically for controlling music either.  We already know of the ones that won the popularity contest, like Sony’s dual-shock controller, or the attachable pistol for use with Nintendo’s Duckhunt.  How about the Gametrak?  I, for one, did not even know it existed – but after watching a Professor of music use one to control and trigger audio, I certainly know what it is now.

Professor Jeffrey Stolet, of the University of Oregon, puts on a show called “Lariat Rituals” using a controller that triggers audio by manipulating long cables.  Although controllers aren’t anything new, the showmanship involved is quite novel.