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Reblogged Drum Pants

drumpants.jpgEnter the percussive world of odbol, AKA Tyler Freeman, AKA the man behind DrumPants. Imagine a pair of slacks, now picture those slacks being laced with Piezo transducer triggers which receive audio that becomes MIDI data (similar to how traditional drum triggers function). Now, imagine those triggers being hooked into a brain of some type, say… a drum machine.

Are you getting the picture yet? DrumPants! Yes, now tapping on your legs will produce more than just the dull “thwack” of struck flesh — it will create a symphony of percussion rivaled only by Neil Peart (and maybe Jon Theodore). Actually, odbol’s design isn’t really that revolutionary, since it’s kind of like sticking regular triggers in your pockets, and frankly, as much as we’d like to be complimentary to the little dude, he ain’t that great of a drummer. Still, kudos for the effort, and when he comes up with the sub-derma triggers, we’re all ears. Check the video after the break to see Tyler rocking the trap kit.
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Sep 9, 2007
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Reblogged The Beat Dress

0aaaadgy8.jpgRemember my post detailing several prototypes developed at the course of Fashion & Technology at the School of Arts and Communication at Malmö University? There was one project missing, a spectacular luminous dress that pulses according to the rhythm of the music. My over-zealous spam filter had eaten the student’s email. Calle Rosenqvist sent me the info about her Beat Dress again and here’s the gist of our online dialogue:

What’s the tech behind all those pulses, sound beats and bursts of light?

The dress i sew is sewn in 4 layers of cloth. Underneath it all is a very simple jersey-dress design. On that dress there are 10 detachable patches, all equipped with 10 leds each (a total of 100 leds). From each of these patches there is a wire attached to a battery, which is hidden in a pocket on the very front of the dress. Continue reading


Sep 7, 2007
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Live Stage: Sustainable Energy Arts [us Adams, MA]

14.jpgSustainable Energy Arts: An exhibition of alternative energy and energy aware musical instruments, jewelry, and more :: Greylock Arts, 93 Summer Street, Adams, MA 01220 :: September 14 – October 28, 2007 :: Opening: September 14, 5:30 – 8:30 pm.

Works include: Leif Krinkle’s human-powered Krinkle-O-Tron, Rory Nugent’s solar-powered Xylophone, Alice Planas’ and Leif Krinkle’s solar-powered Jewelry, Andrew Schneider’s solar-powered Bikini and more.

Gallery Hours: Works in the storefront are visible at all times; Works in the gallery can be seen by appointment.


Aug 13, 2007
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Live Stage: Hearing Sirens at DAW 2007 [ch Zurich]

sireninsnow1.jpgHearing Sirens :: June 11; 1-2:00 pm :: Digital Arts Weeks 2007, Zurich.

Hearing Sirens is an ongoing performance project for portable horn loudspeakers. The work of Cathy Van Eck, Hearing Sirens is based on two of the applications of the word siren. The siren is both a mythological woman, having the body of a bird and the head of a woman as a noise maker, used to warn in emergency cases. The sirens as bird-women were known in Antiquity for their beautiful singing. It was unable to resist them and most of the men who heard them did not survive. The siren as a noisemaker is used to warn people for emergency cases and can therefore be seen as a survival tool. It uses a rotating disk with holes, to create its characteristic sound. Cathy uses both as an acoustic, visual and conceptual starting-point for this piece. Continue reading


Jul 10, 2007
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Undercover

undercover.jpgUndercover, by Dana Gordon, is a blanket which contains a system of 24 wireless speakers and provides a special physical sound experience. It allows you to enjoy the vibrations of the speakers on your body and provides a private mobile soundscape. The blanket has an embedded array of small speakers that can receive a wireless audio signal via a Bluetooth connection. This audio signal can be beamed from any kind of audio device, such as mp3 player, television, computer, radio, etc. The volume controllers were designed in a way, which suits the blanket’s natural cuddling behaviour. The upper corners (A.K.A ‘the blanket’s ears’) control the volume – (pull the right one for higher volume and the left one for lower). [via]


Jun 27, 2007
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Reblogged Sound Jewelry: Networking with Sound

soundjewelry.jpgMerging music and mobile technology indicates promising future developments in a rapidly emerging field. The walkman, the mobile phone, and the iPod have already integrated music into users’ social and geographic erratic locations and they have also reshaped users’ urban landscape experience. With ad hoc networking, Internet connection, and context-awareness, mobile music technology offers countless new artistic, commercial and socio-cultural opportunities for creating, listening and sharing music. But which new forms of music interaction lie ahead in this context? Takuya Yamauchi, reasearcher at Keio University, with his professor Toru Iwatake, a well known electronic media composer, explores one of the possible paths with Sound Jewelry, a sound installation supported by spatial sensing system within a Personal Area Network (PAN). Continue reading


Jun 26, 2007
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Interview: Miya Masaoka

14masaoka_portrait_sh.jpgMiya Masaoka is a musician, composer and performance artist. She has created works for koto, laser interfaces, laptop and video and written scores for ensembles, chamber orchestras and mixed choirs. In her performance pieces she has investigated the sound and movement of insects, as well as the physiological responses of plants, the human brain, and her own body.

Helen Thorington: Miya, you were trained in Japanese court music as well as contemporary music and I understand have expanded on the playing techniques of the koto – first by using extended techniques, but more importantly, by building a Laser Koto. For those who don’t know, can you tell us about the koto and how you developed it? What is the Laser Koto and how does it work? Continue reading


May 21, 2007
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CosTune- A Wearable Instrument

costune.jpgCosTune (costume + tune) by Yukio Tada, Kenji Masi, Ryohei Nakatsu and Tadao Maekawa of ATR Media Integration & Communications Research Laboratory and Kazushi Nishimoto of the Japan Institute of Science and Technology, is not only a wearable instrument, it is also equipped with wireless communications functions that can communicate with other CosTunes. CosTune users can make collaborative compositions and perform ad hoc sessions with others who share similar musical tastes. Thus, it’s creaters hope, it may foster a novel musical culture as well as support the formation of communities mediated by music.

Music plays an essential role as a communications medium. For example, members of a jazz band communicate with each other by performing music, and the band conveys a certain impression to their audience by their music… Continue reading


May 17, 2007
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Wash and Wearable: MIT’s Musical Jacket

jktopen2.jpgThe Musical Jacket–a Levi’s jacket that has been transformed into a musical instrument, complete with keyboard, synthesizer, and speakers, by students in the Opera of the Future and Physics and Media groups at the Lab.

The Musical Jacket looks like any other denim jacket, with an added decorative element: an embroidered keypad over the left pocket. This keyboard, developed by Interval Fellow Rehmi Post, graduate student Maggie Orth, and undergraduate researcher Emily Cooper, is sewn from mildly conductive thread. When it’s touched, it sends a signal to another processor, which in turn runs a MIDI synthesizer, built by Motorola Fellow Josh Smith and graduate student Josh Strickon. Sound is projected through mini-speakers in the jacket’s pockets. The whole setup weighs less than one pound, with most of that weight coming from batteries and speaker cases. Continue reading


May 16, 2007
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Net_Music_Weekly: Keyboards

rollupkeyboard.jpg Have you ever thought of carrying your piano keyboard with you? You can. There’s a roll-up, rubber piano keyboard available for only $30. Even better, try the “wearable piano”, created by Masahiko Tsukamoto, a Professor on the Faculty of Engineering at Kobe University in Japan and shown here wearable.pngat a 2004 wearable computing fashion show in Japan. It’s best worn with a pianist you know and like.

The cat piano is an altogether different creature(s). It was described as follows by German scholar, Athanasius Kircher, in his landmark 1650 work Musurgia Universalis. Continue reading


Apr 23, 2007
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