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Introducing Classical Guitar Hero 221

Posted by timothy
from the step-one-remove-your-speakers dept.
Alex writes "I've just uploaded the video of a piece of classical electronic music I wrote for 2 Guitar Hero controllers and software (which I created). More information about this piece, its software, and the notation involved in playing it is at alexwroten.com/works.asp and alexwroten.com/excuses.html. I just figured people might be interested in finding new ways to use their Guitar Hero mastery ... especially with the hot debate over whether or not it hinders people's musical instruction."
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Introducing Classical Guitar Hero

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  • by Jeremiah Cornelius (137) * on Thursday May 08, 2008 @06:23PM (#23343948) Homepage Journal
    King Crimson ate a bunch of "Reds"! [wikipedia.org]

    God. Such racket!
  • Holy shit (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Gewalt (1200451) on Thursday May 08, 2008 @06:25PM (#23343984)
    what the fuck is this doing on the front page of slashdot?
    • by chubs730 (1095151) on Thursday May 08, 2008 @07:10PM (#23344364)
      Oh, nobody told you about the Digg merger?
  • by Chris Burke (6130) on Thursday May 08, 2008 @06:25PM (#23343988) Homepage
    I'm not sure what nonsense I'm seeing there (in the first six seconds of video before I stopped it; it started to feel too much like RTFA), but it's not what I imagined which was bringing classical music and the associated instruments to Guitar Hero. I could dig that. Think about it, instead of endless rehashes of the same Guitar Hero game, you could have new ones, like: Lyre Hero, Recorder Hero, Viola Hero, and the always impressive Oboe Hero.
  • by jtroutman (121577)
    I was really, truly hoping that would be great. Or good. It was neither.
  • by jdc180 (125863) on Thursday May 08, 2008 @06:28PM (#23344012)
    Kinda like abstract art. Throw some shit at a wall and call it a masterpiece.
    • by Cornflake917 (515940) * on Thursday May 08, 2008 @06:37PM (#23344084) Homepage

      especially with the hot debate over whether or not it hinders people's musical instruction.
      Yup, I think the video has ended that debate.
    • I agree. My ears are bleeding after that crap. That pretty much clears up the debate of whether or not Guitar Hero hinders your musical instruction.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by somersault (912633)
        They could have at least got some decent effects output from those things. And more than 5 notes. I mean there are presumably something like 5^5-1 combinations of button presses (yeah, I don't know the math, here's my fake geek card..)?

        I tried Guitar Hero for the first time just over a month ago, it's way more fun than it looks :) I've done something like 36/42 of the expert career songs.. some of the solos are just stupid for the more difficult songs. I play guitar as well, and I'd say that Expert difficul
    • by AngryNick (891056)
      I, for one, welcome our new music Overlords.

      I'm sure the beta version of the violin was met with the same reception.

  • by OverlordQ (264228) on Thursday May 08, 2008 @06:32PM (#23344046) Journal
    As much as I'm loathe to approve a YouTube comment as insightful, I believe this sums it up nicely:

    I feel sorry for the crowd. At least I could skip through, see that this sucks, and move on.
  • WTF is this shit? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    WTF? seriously, whats does all this shit do on the /. frontpage today. are we transforming into /b/?
  • painful
  • take note timothy (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mzs (595629) on Thursday May 08, 2008 @06:47PM (#23344170)
    Maybe you do not know how /. used to be like, but very rarely should the person that created the 'article' be the one who submits it. Slashdot should work where 'news for nerds, stuff that matters' is 'discovered' and then posted. There was another recent article (rather video) that made the front page which you accepted and it was of questionable interest as well.
    • by Digi-John (692918)
      I expressed the same sentiments on the moronic video from yesterday; Slashdot is really about posting someone else's stuff, not your own. It also means that everyone gets that lovely "I've just been raped, but by whom?" thought when they see their server logs.
  • Classical? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Chrisje (471362) on Thursday May 08, 2008 @06:47PM (#23344172)
    I just watched the *whole* video. And it really really was that bad, I'm afraid. Don't quit your day jobs. Seriously. The score was monotonous as hell, and it sounded like, well, two guitar-on-overdrive-pedals copies. Which is exactly what it was.

    I'm not at all against using the guitar hero controllers as instruments. Shit, people like Kevin Johansen can even make mouth harps sound cool, so why not?

    But calling this drivel "Classical" music is kind of akin to calling Delius a "classical composer".
    • by geekoid (135745)
      Side note:
      Most 'classical' music was crap. Of course it didn't last 100s of years.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by oodaloop (1229816)
      Oh, I don't know. I quite liked it. It was a bit repetitive for the first couple of minutes to be sure, but the climactic crescendo at the four and half minute mark nicely underscored their theme of trying to sound like Nine Inch Nails background music. I found it quite bold and powerful in a scrape-your-teeth-down-the-chalkboard kind of way.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      This seems to be a case of focusing too much on the oddities of the instrument and not so much the actual composition. It really comes down to the fact that all they really have is an oddly shaped midi controller with pitiful number of buttons. The only thing that's not a simple button is the whammy bar. Performance wise it looks like they didn't spend enough time practising.
  • by Awptimus Prime (695459) on Thursday May 08, 2008 @06:51PM (#23344202)
    Hot debate? I don't think the debate is so hot over whether this helps or hurts one's musical introduction. It's just a simple timing game. Only a few media boobs who like to repeat themselves over and over are the culprits behind your misinterpretation that there is actually a hot debate flaming over such things.

    I play the keyboard and guitar. I don't think it's helped or hurt my playing in either. Just as Quake didn't make me any better or worse at hunting dove with a shotgun, or the countless hours of playing counter strike, my accuracy with my 7.62mm sport rifle never changed. It's a game, that's it. Nothing more, nothing less. The 'real thing' in all cases is completely different.

     
  • That Guy (Score:5, Funny)

    by Arivia (783328) <arivia@gmail.com> on Thursday May 08, 2008 @07:02PM (#23344278) Journal
    I hope you enjoy being "That Guy".
  • by Awptimus Prime (695459) on Thursday May 08, 2008 @07:02PM (#23344282)
    I forgot to mention in my previous message that it's high time /. give up on the hip youtube linkage. Most of us read this shit at work and save the media filled garbage for a setting that allows for lots of bad audio and questionable content on the screen.

    For years, if the boss walks by and sees /. on the screen, it's no big deal. If the boss comes by and sees two guys pressing buttons hardwired into a shitty synth, he won't be thinking I am staying up to date on the latest geek news that is pertinent, such as security articles, the latest drive technology and such.

    But go ahead, if you want to turn this into fark and end up eventually blocked by the nanny proxies, keep at it.

    • In Soviet Russia, Slashdot gets slashdotted, with spam from other web sites with little links like "slashdot it!"

      I guess Slashdot has become popular because it gives a lot of other web sites hits, so people know to submit stories here outside the usual audience. Which poses a problem for the usual audience I guess. Maybe all things mass-submitted should be put under a different category that we can just block. I mean, I would probably read this kind of thing if I came across it on another site, or in an
    • by belg4mit (152620)
      Nobody forced you to click through.
      • It would be one thing if the link denoted the fact that I was going to be clicking on a very noisey video link. I thought I was heading towards a technical site that explains what they did on a hardware level to do it. Not the lunacy I found.
  • If you want to train a little kid on piano, but don't feel like giving them lessons: Paino Hero. Link a computer to some LEDs on the piano keys. Then when the notes are supposed to be played, they light up on the piano.
    • by geekoid (135745)
      There is already a guitar(real guitar) training packages out there. You plug it into your computer and play notes as they appear on the screen.
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by yermej (985079)
      Kind of like this [synthesiagame.com]? It used to be called Piano Hero, but Activision got mad. No LEDs on keys, but that wouldn't be free (without a lot of DIY).
  • If people spent as much time practicing a real guitar as they do on the games they might find that they are a REAL guitar hero!
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Nonillion (266505)
      You said it brother! Learn how to play a REAL instrument, build up REAL calluses and the WORK it takes to play correctly. While this game may inspire some, you will find that playing a game where the computer covers up ALL of your mistakes just shows you the work it takes to be a REAL guitar hero.
    • by prockcore (543967)
      Guitar Hero came out in 2005. No one became a "REAL guitar hero!" in 3 years, jackass.
  • I hope... (Score:3, Funny)

    by SIGBUS (8236) on Thursday May 08, 2008 @09:12PM (#23345344) Homepage
    ...that it has better sales than Sousaphone Hero [theonion.com].
  • Learning (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Faux_Pseudo (141152) <Faux.Pseudo @ g mail.com> on Thursday May 08, 2008 @09:48PM (#23345518) Homepage
    If guitar hero could teach me to learn to read sheet music and recognize different pitches, notes and keys then I would fork over the money for it.
  • I feel like I just got Rickrolled. Thanks Slashdot.
  • This, but not GHX? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Techbear1980 (1216774)
    Why is this on the front page, but not my stuff?? I wrote software to turn a GH controller into an instrument: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3ohtqvF33c [youtube.com] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkyRRSSKHLU [youtube.com]
  • Guitar rising (Score:3, Informative)

    by LarsWestergren (9033) on Friday May 09, 2008 @02:43AM (#23347070) Homepage Journal
    especially with the hot debate over whether or not it hinders people's musical instruction."

    No matter the outcome of THAT debate, I think no one can dispute that this upcoming game [guitarrising.com] teaches people to play for real. I'm going to get it. :)

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