Via Create Digital Music, what’s great for chiptune fans and mobile gaming musicians is also good for VJs and visualists. (Thanks, MIDI!)

Marc, Arkaos dev and homebrew game maestro alike, has posted video results of successful MIDI output on the Linux-based GP2X handheld game system, running Little GP Tracker, a MIDI tracker app:

He points out this is equally powerful for visuals:

Of course, another application would be also to use the 2x as sequencer to
drive sequences on any midi-aware VJ program. So you could for example write
an audio track using 6 channels and use the two remaining to have perfectly
sync’ed video :)

And, heck, you could also use the tracker as an interface for visuals. Or use the GP2X as a controller. Or use the tracker to sync other lights / DMX / robotics. Or … well, lots of possibilities, really.

The trade-off is that the GP2X doesn’t have much in the way of physical controls — no stylus control, for instance. But the ability to develop more easily for the platform via Linux, and the fact that this is really an affordable mobile computer, has major appeal.

Little GP Tracker (LGPT)

Still want a stylus? Mario compatibility?

Hacked MIDI Support for Nintendo DS: DSerial [Create Digital Music]

And as Marc points out, the upcoming F200 from GamePark will have stylus input. It’s a beautiful thing.

  • http://discodirt.10pm.org M-.-n

    Or you could look at the next GP2x, the F200, coming any days now, since it will have the crunching power of the current one, change the joystick in DPAD and…. add a stylus touch screen

    future is bright… gotta wear shade :)