Vicci Ho is a writer, film programmer and producer. She has written for Variety and worked for film festivals across the globe, including Toronto International Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival and directed the Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.  She is the President of Janitor Interactive: a production company specializing in games.

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Idea for mid-term project

The objective for this is to revisit what we have already done over the past five weeks, build on it and turn it into a prototype. I know I wanted to use an external controller rather than the usual buttons from the starter kit, and I know I liked the tone output labs we did, so I have a basic idea of using a game controller as an musical instrument. It's something I am interested in (game controllers and music), and I believe it is a realistic enough goal for it to work. Right now, I decided to use an NES controller as a starting point, and due to my lack of coding skills, I decided to look for a code to test whether I can get it to work via the arduino.

This is the basic set-up:

NES controller with arduino

I found a simple code on Github and got the arduino to register the NES controller:

NES controller with arduino from Vicci Ho on Vimeo.

This is what I got so far. Here are the things I plan to do to further the project:

- Understand the code and add in the tone library, and map notes to the keys on the controller. - experiment with what notes to add, what other functions I can add in (pitch shift? Chords? songs) - how to design the prototype and figure out the best way to set up the device. - decide what kind of hardware to use for the project.

If I can get everything to work magically, can I add in extra controllers?

Will do more to map out a plan this week.

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