In Brief

Artist makes network box that lets videos games command new functions.

If you’ve always wanted to do a sweet remix of a song while simultaneously playing a video game, Chris Novello has got you covered. The Providence-based artist has built a hacking device called Illucia, capable of making pretty much any computer program control any other computer program, and you can buy one for less than $500.

Novello has already demonstrated the capabilities of what he calls a ‘patchable videogame system’ on Vine and Vimeo, where you’ll find videos of him remixing Notorious B.I.G’s ‘Juicy’ with a game similar to Tetris, using a synthesizer controller called Soundplane to manipulate a game of Super Mario and connecting Zelda to an automatic drawing machine.

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