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.


Gary Starr avatar

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

mahjongg avatar

insanely great!

Bantammenace avatar

Now thats what I call a tie,(cackle, cackle

Ravenous avatar

That;s “knot” very nice! :)

Eben Upton avatar

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

edwinj85 avatar

The power of the 80’s compels you…

Seriously though, that’s amazing!

Declan Malone avatar

The power of the ’80s compels you.

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Michael Horne avatar

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

Max Klingert avatar

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? ;-)

Liz Upton avatar

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

Max Klingert avatar

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

Ravenous avatar

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

His Tetris/Laserharp video is great too.

TheMainMan avatar

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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JeanMichelJarre avatar

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

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