Console and PC game No Man’s Sky has been interesting musically ever since its launch in 2016, because of its procedurally-generated soundtrack produced in collaboration with the band 65daysofstatic. Now, as part of the game’s latest update, it’s doing something even more interesting: providing a tool for players to create their own music. It’s called the ByteBeat Device, and it’s a jukebox-sized synthesizer that can be built and added to players’ bases in the game, to create their own music to play when they’re hanging about.

“Once placed in your base and powered, the ByteBeat will immediately begin to produce sound. ByteBeat formulas are made out of simple waveforms that are manipulated through maths – but by default, the device handles all of the mathematical heavy lifting, procedurally generating random presets for you to play with,” explained the game’s developer in a blog post. “Dedicated audiophiles have the option to explore deeper, manually sketching out note sequences, rhythms, and even manipulating the raw sounds.”

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