[Chris Marion] knew he wanted to play with fire, or more accurately with fireball spewing valves, but he need a good project in which he could use them. Inspiration finally struck and he built this controller that matches fireballs to the fret buttons on a Guitar Hero controller. There’s quite a lot that goes into this but we think that he hit a home run. The basic components are a manifold with electronically actuated valves, another manifold for the pilot lights, and a modified Guitar Hero controller.
To interface the controller he used an Arduino along with [Bill Porter’s] PS2 library to read signals from the buttons. But the real labor intensive part of the build came with the manifold. There’s a hardware store’s worth of fittings and flexible copper pipe that go into that assembly. In the end this all came together in just one week.
17 thoughts on “Flaming Guitar Hero”
were is the video from this
i think it look very cool
Now he needs to add some salts and color them!
@ferdie: if you follow the link, you’ll see the video.
Nice build, I might spread them out a little. The fireballs merge when to adjacent are fired.
Not bad, but there is only one real hack for the giutar hero controller. Shredz64 – guitar hero for the Commodore 64: http://www.synthdreams.com/shredz64.php
What!!! No 1000 watt amp driving flame/plasma speakers?
Clearly needs an immediate upgrade!
Awesome! In the true sense of the word!
I wonder if you could use some form of a whistle tip to change the sounds produced by the gas as it exits…
And strangly, that makes me think of musical farts. More specifically, the scene from Family Guy where Peter has a rousing game of battleshits with Michael Moore. Could be worth looking into this.
See also “Rock Inferno”: http://www.arsoniccreations.com/rockinferno.html
That is too awesome…
They had something similar (maybe a bit more polished) at burning man where people could play infront of a projector screen / big sound system
My friends and I put together a similar system, which we call Rock Inferno. It interfaces with the Frets on Fire PC software rather than directly to the Guitar Hero controller. Here’s a little info about it, and a video of it that we shot at Burning Man 2010: http://arsoniccreations.com/rockinferno.html
Its cool, no doubt about that, but isn’t it kind of dangerous to play in the living room?
See also Dance Dance Immolation.
But more fire is always great!
less pressure in the main regulator would make for balls of fire instead of streams and they wouldn’t run together.
Rock Inferno originally called Fire Hero… this version is a little more complete:
I’ve begun work on my own Color Flame version. Here’s a video of the first test of concept.
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