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Hacked Piano Acts As Video Game Controller [Video]

Fans of the first-person shooter Doom now have a new musical way to play the game.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on September 19, 2013. @greenidealism

Doom is a game that has become know as something of a shapeshifter, capable of being played on devices that were never meant to support first-person shooters, like a calculator or an e-ink reader. Instead of modifying the game to be played on a new device, a group from the London Hackspace created a new way to control the game itself.

For this particular event, the controller of choice was an old $48 upright piano, making use of three I-PAC controllers to allow the keyboard and PC running the game to communicate. The (semi-) technical details involve covering the piano hammers with copper tape, soldering the piano strings to a common ground, and then wiring everything together to make it work.

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As you can see from the Vine below, controlling the game using piano keys is not as easy it sounds, especially compared to a regular QWERTY setup. It is possible though, as Marie Foulson proves – it just might require a little bit of classical training first.

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Ross is a freelance writer who specializes in topics about the environment, architecture, art, design and creative tech. He is passionate about making a difference with his writing, whether that’s to encourage social change, promote a great idea, or just share a little bit of beauty with the world. You can also find his work on Inhabitat and Techly.com.au.

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