musical sketchbook 06

A short sketch tonight, some drums that are remarkable not for how they sound but how they were played. It’s Hydrogen again providing the sounds, but controlled using the Rock Band drums from my 360. It shows, too, since my drum-whacking definitely doesn’t match the precision of a sequencer.

Hooking the controller up was the tricky part — the old “xpad” driver in the Linux kernel is useless, but there’s a new driver called xboxdrv, and it worked a treat. From there, I used a tool called joy2key to convert the drum thwacks in to keypresses for Hydrogen. The next step I’d like to take (another day!) is to see if there’s a similar joystick to MIDI tool, to skip all this nasty virtual keypress business.

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