You’ll have heard plenty of hype about Nintendo Wii’s capabilities as a games machine, but a music device? Yet a couple of applications released in the last few days have focused on Wii’s musical potential.
Orb MyCasting should be familiar – the place-shifting application lets you access media stored on your PC remotely, for example from a laptop or mobile phone. The company has just announced that it also supports the Wii (as well as PS3 and Xbox 360), allowing Wii owners to play their PC music library through their console.
Even better though is Wii Loop Machine, a new Mac OS X application from a guy who calls himself The Amazing Rolo. Basically, it lets you cue up a bunch of audio samples using the Wiimote, and then control elements like the pitch by waving it around.
Who’ll be the first professional musician to start waving a Wiimote about as part of their stage performance? I reckon Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood might fancy it, or Brian Eno. Or McFly.