In what may be the most epic use of a Guitar Hero controller ever, Chris Marion has hooked his plastic SG to a set of propane tanks to pretty much put the Rock Band Stage Kit to shame. Admittedly, it might be a little bit more expensive and dangerous than the Stage Kit, but hey, that’s the price you pay to rock!
So basically, whenever he plays a note, you make a sweet little burst of flames in sync with the button(s) he plays. So how did Marion rig up such an amazing device? Well, straight from the horse’s mouth:
I thought of using a microcontroller to sync the fire to the beat of music – now that would be pretty cool, and the patterns would always be different, so it wouldn’t get as boring as fast. Then I thought of the game Guitar Hero, which uses five frets, and I had my idea! Simply interface a Guitar Hero controller to a microcontroller that would power some relays which would in turn fire off solenoid valves on five individual fire poofers! Now this could be cool; a large fire “sculpture” that is playable by anybody.
Sound awesome? It is. Look awesome? You bet! Go on over to his website and check out his performance of “War Pigs”, as well as a ton of amazing pictures that pretty much equate to a “how to”. Please don’t try this at home, but if you do, make sure you have home-owner, auto, health and life insurance. Also, try to get it on tape.