Forget the Toy-Con keyboard— one YouTuber found a way to create music with the Nintendo Switch without the use of any cardboard accessories.
Armed with only a Teenage Engineering OP-1 synthesizer and a Nintendo Switch console, YouTuber Reagan Burke managed to create an entire song with noises from the Nintendo Switch’s operating system. Sampling the sounds from the Switch with the OP-1, Reagan carefully manipulates the various Switch noises and creates a cheery, whimsical tune.
The Switch easily lends itself to a project of this magnitude as its operating system contains a series of melodic beeps and boops ripe for sampling. From the satisfying click of the Joy-Cons being set into place to the tiny melody played when clicking on the Settings button, it was only a matter of time until someone creative like Reagan utilized the Switch’s charming tones to create a fresh composition.
This isn’t the first time a YouTuber used the OP-1 to sample sounds from a Nintendo Switch console. Earlier this year Brandon Guerra used the same synthesizer to sample Celeste‘s soundtrack and create a beautiful, haunting ambient soundscape.
You can check out Reagan’s composition below. If you’re interested in the sampling process, you can start watching from the beginning of the video. Conversely, if you’re only interested in listening to the final product, you can skip ahead to the seven and a half minute mark.