midi gun (2011)

The midi gun is a synth controller that I made for the musician Disasteradio. When electronic musicians play live, they tend to hide behind a pile of techinical equipment. I would like to see musicians step away from the laptop and engage with the audience.

The midi gun is made from an old nintendo light gun and connects via midi cord to any synthesiser. When the trigger is pulled, a midi note is sent to the synth and the gun lights up. Tilting the gun up and down controls the synth modulation.

midi gun

I will add video documentation later.

The gun is powered by a nine volt battery and the electronics are connected to an ardweeny microcontroller. An accelerometer senses the gun's angle and ultra bright blue leds illuminate the audience from the end of the barrel.