Theremin Game Controller

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Description Play a video game using a theremin as controller, that's the instrument from Big Bang Theory! The installation is quite retro-ish and an the open source game engine Godot was used.
Type Game
Kids session No
Keyword(s) hardware, software, art, music, game
Tags Assembly:MOiN - Mehrere Orte im Norden, arduino, gaming, music, godot, engine, opensource
Processing assembly Assembly:MOiN - Mehrere Orte im Norden
Person organizing
Language de - German, en - English
de - German, en - English
Related to Projects:Indoor Localization Game Controller
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Starts at 2018/12/2x hh:00
Ends at TBD
Duration TBD

Come and try out the theremin, a quirky nerd instrument! Except this time, it is used as game controller.

Come if you always wanted to try the theremin. Come if you love to play games the most bizarre way!


When and Where

  • Hall 3 main entry, close to the lighthouse installation (MOIN Assymbly)
  • Opened constantly, just pass by and try it out

If you are interestet on the topic or Godot open source engine, meetings are possible.


  • Arduino used for pitch detection and pretending to be a usb gamepad
  • Theremin
  • U.F.O.-Game made with open source Godot engine
  • An old CRT, way too tiny, back and white just to make everything even more osbcure!


DECT 5557


The initial idea was to create an audio to usb adapter accepting any monophone instrument. While the pitch detection can only detect simple sinosoidal signals so far, the plan is to implement an amdf algorithm so guitars, keyboards and synthesizers can be used soon as well.

It works with any left-right movement based game, e.g. Rocket League. Since the input method is quite indirect, a simplified game has been made to fit it's characteristics. The open source, multi-platform game engine Godot has been used and shown to be quite impressive.

Archived page - Impressum/Datenschutz