Elden Ring Queen plays her harp to lull bosses to death

ancient ring is one big game, and fans are still finding creative ways to guide their Tarnishes through the treacherous Lands Between. Some have done controllers made from literal bananas while others Modified Fisher-Price toys for the body of many bosses roaming FromSoftware Souls-how. Another player caught my attention: a musician named Anna Ellsworth, who had recently killed Margit Bad Omen by tampering with her harp strings. This is crazy, so let me explain.

Ann Adams Award winner American Harp Society FoundationAnna Elsworth harpist and vocalist who has been playing the instrument for 15 years. With a bachelor’s and master’s degree in harp playing – I don’t even know what it was – Ellsworth played famous stages such as Carnegie Hall, Elbe Philharmonic Germanyand the New World Center, where she performed Reinecke’s Harp Concerto in 2016. So, having more than ten years of musical skill behind him and having completed ancient ring Once Ellsworth already wanted to challenge. To do this, she connected her harp to the PC and restarted the passage. And on June 14, Ellsworth uploaded a video to YouTube of her victory over Margate. You have to see it to believe it, trust me.

I’m shocked to see this short but cute video. ancient ring it’s heavy stuff. Bosses don’t sit around and will quickly bury you if you’re not careful. I mean I constantly be tortured Magma Serpent – and I’m using a damn controller! Doing this with a harp, where the keys are tied to notes, is wild. There were several moments when Ellsworth almost died, but, pulling the strings and panicking, she managed to kill Margit, and with the help of a level 1 rune of the Tarnished. She also defeat the Tree Guardian a few weeks ago, this is a difficult field villain who will effortlessly put your body in a coffin.

Ellsworth said Kotaku by email that plays ancient ring with a harp derived from other “weird controllers” that players have used to play FromSoft games, including speedrunner and YouTuber LobosJr. Dark Souls 1 electric guitar walkthrough. Inspired by his run, Ellsworth wanted to try something similar with her harp. installation testing against notorious Dark souls jerks Ornstein and Smough before heading out to kill Interearth’s thugs.

“In terms of hardware and software, I’ve pretty much followed Youtuber ThioJoeTech’s videos,” Ellsworth said. “I’m a professional harpist and I often need to amplify my instrument in concert, so my harp already has a Dusty Strings pickup that allows you to connect it to anything, like an electric acoustic guitar. So, I connect my harp to the audio interface and then I connect the audio interface to the computer. I then run two programs: MiGiC (which I access through a digital audio workstation… I used to use Bitwig, but now I use FL Studio) and Bome MIDI Translator. MiGiC takes the notes I play, turns them into MIDI, and sends them to the Bome MIDI Translator, which translates the MIDI into keystrokes. The computer will then recognize it as if I were playing a game with a keyboard and mouse.”

While the setup may seem daunting for non-musicians, it gets even more banal when it comes to keyboard shortcuts. Ellsworth broke down the way she played ancient ring with her harp, explaining which notes do what and how she made it work, even though some commands are duplicated.

“Each line basically does one thing, although sometimes I had to bind multiple commands to a line to get it to work properly,” Ellsworth said. “For example, the low C, D, E, and F strings make my character move forward, left, right, and backward respectively. They cancel each other out, so if I’m moving backwards and want to move forward instead, I hit the bottom note C, which is not only equivalent to holding W, but also involves an instruction to release A, S, and D if any of the them pressed.

“I also use low g to cancel all movements. For the camera, I use the middle C, D, E and F to move it up, left, right and down respectively. Unlike the motion controls, for the camera, I instructed the program to interpret each movement as a keypress for only 250 milliseconds, which means my camera moves gradually. Other than that, the other main controls are for menu (low-low G), cancel (low-low A), heal (A below middle C), block (B below middle C), attack (mid G), throw (mid A), jump (medium B), action (high C) and invocation of Flow (high D and then E).”

Ellsworth said she’s ‘definitely planning’ to win ancient ring with his harp. Although she occasionally switches between stringed instrument and controller for more problematic areas, she is confident that with enough practice, full reproduction of the harp is possible, even if her progress is rather slow.

“Yeah, I’d like to at least finish all the story bosses with a harp,” says Ellsworth. Kotaku. “It would be great if I could travel the world with it too, but if that gets too tiring, I might resort to a controller at times (and as a disclaimer, I often use the controller on menu screens). I know this sounds crazy because of course I’ll be disappointed just playing this way, but for some reason my mind differentiates between falling off the same ledge 10 times in a row and dying from the same boss 10 once. in a row.”

However, it seems that such disappointments are becoming less and less. “I’m better with the controls, and Sen’s Fortress doesn’t exist in Interterrane, so it might be a full harp walkthrough,” Ellsworth said.There is something about FromSoftware games that keeps me coming back to them over and over again. I think it’s the satisfaction of learning the boss’s moveset before finally defeating him.”

But why? Why even think about it? “Playing with my harp understandably adds a whole new challenge and it makes me earn every win since I die a lot easier,” Ellsworth explained.Also, to be honest, most of my gaming experience is with FromSoft, so in a way it felt like their harp games would be easier to play than any other games.”

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