Game of Thrones Nintendo keytar hack

What do you get if you cross a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), a Guitar Hero Controller, a Famicom Controller, a Raspberry Pi and a toy keyboard?

venn diagram

You don’t *really* get a duck-billed platypus, but this Venn diagram is so good I had to work it in somehow.

What you actually get is this: a homemade keytar which uses the NES’s lovely grungy old 8-bit analogue sound chip to make sweet, sweet synthesised tunes.

Theremin Hero has built the keytar of our dreams. He says a build diary is coming soon – from what we can make out there’s a degree of sophistication in there, with the Guitar Hero controller providing octave up/down, slide and modulation input; we’re dying to find out what that Famicom controller is doing. (I’ll update this post when build details are available.)

I am off now to fall down the YouTube rabbit hole of laser harps and theremins. Thanks Theremin Hero – this is mind-alteringly fabulous.

16 comments

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This is fantastic I want one. Retro but modern. :)

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insanely great!

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Eben,
Now thats what I call a tie,(cackle, cackle
yours
HRH PP

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That;s “knot” very nice! :)

Eben Upton

Laugh it up. It’s cold here in the Tower.

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The power of the 80’s compels you…

Seriously though, that’s amazing!

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The power of the ’80s compels you.

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Oh that’s just fabulous. Truly fabulous. :-)

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Is it purely an accident that you have a picture of a rat, Game of Thrones and a picture of HRH on the blog page? ;-)

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It is. And it’s probably also a very good window into my current state of mind.

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Oh good – I was afraid we’d have to contact you at a different “Tower” in the future….

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I think I just had an 80s flashback. Help me!

His Tetris/Laserharp video is great too.

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Wow, just wow! The Star Trek:TNG theme was equally as awesome! Brings back memories of my childhood listening to that chip’s audio…

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WOW

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huh huh,
THAT’s an instrument an an artist :)

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