Xbox Controllers as Musical Instrument

Updated: Mar 4, 2019


Deborah and Alison are playing an Xbox Controller each. This Controller has 4 different notes on each of the 4 axis of the joystick and a note on the pressing of the joystick. Over the course of 3 weeks Alison and Deborah learnt the tune ‘when the saints’ by following notation to tell them what notes were where on the joystick. The Xbox 360 joystick was programmed to trigger notation within a software program called ‘Apollo Ensemble’ so that each movement of the joystick would trigger a note. Deborah and Alison performed ‘When the Saints’ as part of the Arc in the Parc performance at Stratford Royal Theatre Rebecca Colclasure



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