The Wii Remote Controller was designed by Nintendo to be the ultimate game controller. It has thirteen buttons, two infrared sensors and an accelerometer for three-dimensional motion detection. While the Wii Remote Controller is certainly an excellent for playing games, it is also an ideal tool for music creation. You can use the various buttons to play notes. Rotate your wrists left or right to control volume or pitch. Trigger musical sounds or effects by simply flicking your wrist. All of a sudden you're creating sounds and rhythms just by drawing in the air... Wiimote Ensemble uses this revolutionary game controller for the spontaneous creation of music. Together students will be a virtual string quartet, virtual orchestra, virtual bell choir or virtual band. The possibilities are endless. Regardless of prior musical experience, participants will discover the thrill of being part of a musical ensemble. All members of the group will develop greater listening skills and the experience of working together to create something unique and bigger than themselves.
As a guitarist, Jason Crigler has toured and/or recorded with numerous artists including John Cale, Marshall Crenshaw, Linda Thompson, Erin Mckeown and Teddy Thompson. He has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman as well as Later...with Jools Holland. Jason has composed and recorded music for a number of independent films, including Ashtanga, NY, Tending Fires and Grand Street. He has also composed the music for numerous audio branding and ad campaigns. Some of his clients include General Electric, Blue State Digital, Frog Design, The Fullbridge Program and FORGE Worldwide. Jason studied at the Berklee College of Music and has been teaching for over twenty years.