illucia's hardware, software, and webmedia were created by Chris Novello. This required a mountain of support, tools, and inspiration. illucia would have NEVER happened or grown without:
Jordan Bartee, Josh Bronson, Peter Bussigel, John Cayley, Andrew Chin, Wendy Chun, Daniel Howe, Ari Kalinowski, Alex Korzec, Ryan Lester, Tim Rovinelli and Catherine Siller. They're wonderful friends and mentors who supported, taught, inspired, challenged, and encouraged me throughout this project.
Hermes (an OSC-enabled game devleopment library for Processing) was created by Sam Eilertsen, Jen Kovnats, Ryan Lester, and myself. Ryan currently heads the project.
illucia is built on top of several open source tools. Processing and Arduino/Teensy are the technological foundation.
The inspiration for illucia came from several places. In many ways, it is a love letter to the contributions that Don Buchla and Bob Moog made to culture – illucia is an experiment in applying their ideas and spirit to the medium of videogames. Similarly, the wiggler community's knowledge and dialogue were essential to this project. On the videogame side, the work and writing of people like Jon Blow, Ian Bogost, Jason Rohrer, and Keita Takahashi were all major sources of inspiration. The medium is lucky to have such voices in the mix.
Massive thanks to Slime Girls for letting me the song "Intro" in an illucia video! Their Vacation Wasteland EP is absolutely fantastic! Give it a listen and support their work. Also, some of my graphic design/illustration is homage to the amazing and playful work of Giovanni Pintori.
Yes. illucia and Ming Mecca both let you patch videogames, but in different ways.
Ming Mecca is a voltage controlled videogame console. It interfaces with eurorack modular synthesizers and (incredibly) lets you create and play game worlds using voltage. You use patch cables to connect Ming Mecca to other eurorack modules.
illucia is a patchable videogame system, but for your computer. It has a USB patchbay controller and suite of interconnectable software – it brings the philosophy and physical interface of modular synths to computer programs.
Also, Jordan at special stage systems is a close friend of mine, and a truly brilliant designer. I'm very fortunate to have had his help, guidance, and inspiration over the years; he is an essential part of the project – illucia absolutely would not exist without him.