Here's more stuff I haven't been paying enough attention to.
Kaossilator (vs. Ghostradioshow)
Wow! These are fantastic; especially when considered together.
I really never watched a Guitar Hero video before. :-)
But what a synthesis of music and game cultures! And lights! And virtuosity. And performance.
Of course, it's "karaoke" in the sense of putting creativity on rails. And yet it hints at much potential for new instruments with new movements, new user interfaces, new syntheses of sound, light and motion.
The Kaossilator seems like more of a "real", freer instrument. Undoubtedly there are still many constraints, but it's closer. Once again the novelty of the UI unlocks novel performance possibilities, even if the resulting music (nice as it is in this video) sounds strangely unaffected by it's unorthodox origin.
How do we get Gbloink! (not necessarily the program, but the true spirit of "synaesmedia") into these damned things?
Update : or is Guitar Hero actually a degeneration towards karaoke from this?