If You Watch One Partially Cacophonous NES Player Piano System Video Today, Make It This One

I thought to myself that I don’t have 8 minutes to listen to this. But it really is epic. I experienced goosebumps just now, like you would when someone belts out the star spangled banner before a baseball game. Combining robots, music and Nintendo. Awesome!

Speaking of star spangled banner, Is there a better American than Mario? Italian imigrint, entrepenuer, came here for a better life, started a plumbing business. That sounds a lot like my family. Maybe I’ll create some Mario and Zelda fan art for Comicon this year.

TechCrunch

The folks at RoboBand have created a robotic band that plays the soundtracks to famous Nintendo games using a Raspberry Pi, a Yamaha Disklavier, and a robotic drum kit. The system took the audio output from the NES, converted it to MIDI, which in turn either controlled the solenoids on the drum machine or the piano keys. The result is a sometimes cacophonous, sometimes sublime rendition of some NES classics including the Legend of Zelda, Duck Hunt, and the Mario series.

To their credit, the band admits that things weren’t perfect. “In full disclosure, there is normally a half-second audio delay that was removed in editing, but it’s still very playable live,” they wrote on YouTube. Given that most sprite-intensive NES games ended up with more than a second lag, it’s a pretty impressive feat regardless.

Personally I’d love to see some Metroid played this way. It would be…

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