Guitar Hero for Conductors?

I just got back from the Dance Repository Theatre’s preview of CanciĆ³n del Cuerpo, which was intriguing enough that I’ll want to see it when it’s finished.

One interesting gimmick William Meadow’s use of Wiimotes to control the score. I can imagine a fun version of Guitar Hero or Rock Band where you conduct with Wiimotes, but I’m not sure I see the value in a real performance (other than the novelty). If you’re going to rely on digital recordings, having a human at the helm is like having a human umpire call balls and strikes: the human element can only add mistakes.

I can understand the appeal of a live orchestra: even my uncultured non-audiophile ears appreciate the difference between a real orchestra and a pair of speakers. But once you have the speakers, what’s the point of having a live conductor? Why wouldn’t you just use the best recording?

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Guitar Hero for Conductors?

Are lot 734 FDOU Xbox 360s really Falcons?

Is Falcon, the Xbox 360 with 65 nm parts, available yet? The consensus seems to be yes, but every source I can find merely links back to this post on the xbox forums.

Most of the evidence is circumstantial: the heatsink, PCB layout, and labeling of the CPU are different. There is one piece of non-circumstantial evidence, but I don’t know what to make of it. One poster claims overall system power consumption went from 110W to 65W, a 40% reduction. Even if the processor were responsible for 100% of the system’s power consumption, that would be extraordinary. Typically, a shrink to 65nm might reduce dynamic power by 40%, but that won’t result in a 40% in total power, since static power dominates now. A 40% reduction in total power from a process shrink hasn’t been typical since the transition from 250 nm to 180 nm, six years ago.

Are lot 734 FDOU Xbox 360s really Falcons?