Posted by Andrew Hayward April 20, 2012

Sony's PlayStation Move motion controllers for PlayStation 3 haven't had quite the lasting impact that many had hoped when investing in the glowing wands, but one anticipated Move release is finally nearing release -- and it's not even a game.

PixelJunk 4am hails from the creators of excellent bite-sized PlayStation 3 games like PixelJunk Monsters and PixelJunk Shooter, but the ambiguously-titled release is actually a music creation and performance suite, which lets you wave the PlayStation Move controllers to manipulate sound. Developer Q-Games announced this morning that the downloadable PlayStation Network release will be out on May 15, with a beta test starting up on May 1 and extending until the official launch.

The game allows for the use of two simultaneous PlayStation Move controllers, letting you generate tracks by pulling sounds onto the screen from around the edges, but it's not simply a program for living room noodling. You can also set up live performances over the PlayStation Network and create tracks on the fly for viewers from around the world, who can send feedback as you play. And 4am can also be used as a simple visualizer for your existing music library, with several unique visual skins (including the two seen above) that react to your tunes.

Despite arriving on a game console, PixelJunk 4am is a pretty serious piece of music-creating software. I snapped the photo below while covering Fantastic Arcade in Austin, Texas last fall, where DJ Baiyon -- a creative consultant on 4am -- used PixelJunk 4am and a PlayStation Move remote to augment his DJ set on the fly. Granted, most folks will use the software on its own to experiment with sounds in their living rooms, but should you want to rock a room with a public performance, take solace in the fact that it'll be possible come May 15.


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