Game of Thrones is such a totally righteous show that no soundtrack has ever been gnarly enough to properly match the show…until now.
Thanks to the musical efforts of Greig Stewart, aka Theremin Hero, and his fancy 8-bit NESKeytar everybody’s favorite show starring Hodor finally has the shredding opening credit theme it deserves, now with more lasers!
Greig’s amazing hacked instrument, made out of an NES and a Guitar Hero controller among other components, may make a sound that doesn’t appeal to those who don’t dig chiptunes, but it really is a wonder in its own right:
Most of the buttons are functional and can be remapped to different functions, as can the whammy bar. It also has an onboard arpeggio and drum sequencer.
The sound comes from the original RP2A03 chip in the NES, giving it that classic 8-bit sound. All of the available sound channels are utilised.
The software runs on a raspberry pi and is written in a language called Pure Data (pd). There are various modes including a midi controller mode as well as a standalone mode, which allows the whole instrument to be used with a battery pack.
-Via Nerd Approved