Playing dubstep on real instruments via Hack A Day
The inevitable merging of two popular musical genres …
This will not be for everyone’s musical tastes, but certainly interesting - using traditional electronic rock instruments to create music that is normally sequenced on a computer (with a little help from some technology). The lead guitarist has mounted a bluetooth keyboard at the base of the strings, but more interesting, the bassist uses an accelerometer device on his thumb which creates that characteristic dubstep ‘wobble’ (see the video above at the 56 second mark):
First up is the bassist, [Nathan Navarro]. He wears a Source Audio Hot Hand on his right thumb. This little box is a two-axis accelerometer that communicates with his pedal board using RF frequencies. With the Hot Hand, he has control over two parameters on Hot Hand Pedals. The envelope effect is awesome, but it’s worth noting that [Nathan] is sponsored by Source Audio. We’re thinking it would be relatively easy to cram a Wii MotionPlus and microcontroller into a wristband. Tied to a computer and MIDI interface, the homebrew solution would do the same thing.
[Derek Song] is the guitarist and he’s used multieffects for most of his musical life He has a small Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad mounted to the front of his guitar that controls just about everything on his pedal board. The Bluetooth controller sends commands to [Derek]‘s computer that outputs MIDI CC messages to his pedal board.
More info and videos can be found here