Starting a band and writing an album’s worth of songs with your own MIDI control scheme is cool. Using video game controllers as your interface is very cool. Doing all that with a fresh style that people can actually get into – that’s pretty much unheard of!
The San Francisco Guardian describes them –
Like Glenn Danzig run amok with a MIDI interface, The Guitar Zeros cross gale-force riffage and nerdy electronics know-how to create a dark stew bubbling with art-punk smarts, new wave circuits, and glam-metal heft. Instead of traditioinal stringed instruments, the ironically dubbed Zeros weild Guitar Hero controllers (yes, from the hugely popular PlayStation 2 game) to trigger synthesized sounds created and mapped to the controller’s buttons with multimedia software Max/MSP. Before you go writing these guys off as kitsch, consider the sophistication that such a stunt entails. Then forget about their oddball (nay, ingenious) presentation and listen to the music. Solid.
The Guitar Zeroes will be performing both May 3rd & 4th @ Maker Faire Bay Area, San Mateo Fairgrounds
If you’d like to try your hand at the interface – check out the detailed how-to, download the MAX/MSP software.
Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset May 3rd and 4th at the San Mateo Fairgrounds, CA (Upcoming.org). It’s for creative, resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things. Buy tickets now and save, discount ticket sales end on April 25th, 2008.
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