I found this to be pretty fantastic. Via a project called PatchWerk, you can control one of the biggest synthesizers in the world, housed at the MIT museum, from whatever computer you are sitting in front of. PatchWerk’s interface makes all the magic possible, and the synthesizer itself is ominously beautiful. I especially found this description of the feeling you get from it quite accurate:
In the era of glossy iPad apps and slick soft synths, there is something strangely romantic about being able to work remotely with a hulking mass of analog hardware, which weighs hundreds of pounds and fills up an entire room.
I suppose the best feeling would be to be able to sit right in front of it with a laptop and hear the immediate results of your tinkering via the PatchWerk interface.
PatchWerk Interface: http://synth.media.mit.edu/synthclient/
Article Link: http://gizmo.do/xrW0A6