Game + Art = Musical Fish

Let’s get this out of the way first: Electroplankton isn’t a video game.
The best way to describe Nintendo’s latest software for its DS handheld system is that it’s like an interactive art installation that you hold in your hand. Tiny life forms swim around a virtual aquarium, and you can interact with them by touching the screen or making noise.
By recording four different sounds (one for each fish) over each other, you can create harmonies or a cacophonous mess. I usually end up humming a bass line, then trying to sing a lead guitar part and vocals on top of it. Once you have your parts recorded you can speed them up, slow them down or try a drumbeat with a different rhythm.
Similar playthings include “Volvoice,” a plankton that records your voice then lets you alter it in a variety of ways as you play it back, and “Nanocarp,” a screen full of tiny plankton that form shapes and patterns in response to the sounds of your voice and clapping hands.
Wired News: Game Art = Musical Fish

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