File this under “the coolest thing I’ve seen today.” Apples in Stereo frontman Robert Schneider hooked up his Moog synthesizer to a Mattel Mind Flex game to create a mind controlled analog synth. Maybe the best part of the video is that Robert is so excited about it that it’s hard for him to relax enough to lower the pitch of the synth!
As some of you may know, I was working on putting together a mind-controlled Moog synthesizer, allowing you to play the synth with your thoughts, but was having trouble perfecting it. It turns out my Moog MG-1 synth (the first instrument I ever owned, incidentally) has a slider that shorts out, and that was causing me mysterious problems. Anyway, I got the thing working yesterday and have been playing around with it a little:
It is an easy modification to make, to the Mattel Mind Flex game, to connect it to the control voltage (CV) input on an analog synthesizer (the CV is labelled “pitch” on my MG-1). I will post instructions soon, so that others can play their analog synths with their thoughts as well– an interesting and satisfying feeling, even though it is challenging to control.