FireHero Brings New Meaning to “Through the Fire and Flames”

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.


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7 Responses to FireHero Brings New Meaning to “Through the Fire and Flames”

  1. Quina says:

    “put the Rock Band Stage Kit to shame”
    Oh cool, it’s compatible with Rock Band 3?

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  4. rollman says:

    This is probably the only way I could make the keyboards in rock band 3 feel less gay.

  5. Yaniv says:

    I find it quite amusing that this guy made this amazing device, and all the comments in this side are jabs at Rock Band. Just shows how desperate Guitar Hero fans have become.

    You know, I can put up with a “gay” instrument (aka my favorite instrument to play) and with an X-Box only, long discounted product being incompatible, if I actually get DLC every week.

    • rollman says:

      well, I just purchased the keyboard this week and I pretty much ONLY play rockband. I own all the games but it’s rock band that I go back to with my friend because it has more longevity. More long term goals and achievements.

      Also I’m into heavy music and I get frustrated listening to all those ‘metal’ songs the kids are into that they stuff GH with. I’d rather play the b52s than Avenged Sevenfold.

      plus 1/3 comments barely constitutes “all”

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