This video, via Greig (Theremin Hero), captures an 8-bit NES Keytar performance of the Game Of Thrones theme – with MIDI-controlled lasers.
Greig’s NESKeytar is a cross between an original Nintendo console, a Guitar Hero controller and a miniature toy keyboard. The hybrid instrument fully utilities the NES sound chip to produce lo-fi arpeggios, heard in this tribute to the theme of Game of Thrones.
The sound comes from the original RP2A03 chip in the NES, giving it that classic 8-bit sound. All of the available sound channels are used.
The software runs on a raspberry pi and is written in Pure Data (pd). There are various modes including a MIDI controller mode, as well as a standalone mode, which allows the whole instrument to be used with a battery pack.
Most of the buttons are functional and can be remapped to different functions, as can the whammy bar. It also has an onboard arpeggio and drum sequencer.
- Guitar Hero Controller
- Famicom Controller
- NES controller
- Toy Keyboard
- 3 Mini Arduinos
- Raspberry Pi
- MaxM LEDs
- Midi IN/OUT connections
- MidiNES / Chip Maestro