Chicken Hero, Villager Hero, Cow Hero (2023 revision)

A recent revision that features robust data connections between Ableton Live and Minecraft. Two way communication is enabled between the two applications via the Mineflayer Javascript library.
None Part of my void loop() performances in Minecraft. This 2023 revision makes use of new data connections between Ableton Live and Minecraft.

In the previous version, audio from Minecraft was processed in Ableton Live. That's still happening, but the musical components are now MIDI notes triggered by in-game events (command blocks that post messages to the chat with specified syntax). A Mineflayer script sends the chat to Max for Live patches that translate messages to MIDI data. Commands can also be sent into the game using the same Mineflayer script and Node for Max handlers.

Chicken Hero, Villager Hero, Cow Hero – Mobs fall from the sky to trigger various sounds while I improvise with some long tones in game.
Visuals made in VDMX. Gameplay video captured via Replay Mod for Fabric.

Frequently Asked Questions
What inspired you to do this?
A lack of expressive controls in my previous Minecraft projects
How long did it take to make it?
Once the data connections were made, I spent about a week on the revision.
How long have you been doing things like this?
Since December 2020.
Have you done other things like this?
Yes, and I plan to continue developing this.
What did you wish you knew before you started this?
What’s next?
More new music, hopefully with collaborators.

Autumn Ate Everything (Ramon Castillo) : Composer, Maker, Performer, Live Looper, Improviser, Educator
The maker Autumn Ate Everything (Ramon Castillo)
I compose and perform a lot of experimental music. I do a lot of highly automated looping in Ableton Live, and lately, I've been using Minecraft as my live instrument. I build much of my own hardware and software for live performance.

I am a faculty member at UMass Lowell where I teach Music Technology, Music Business, Musicianship, Composition, Live Electronic Performance, and the Electronic Ensemble.

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