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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Is This Guy A Human Drum Machine? Or Is This More Like Electroshock Therapy Gone Wrong?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 12:55 PM

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Japanese artist/musician/tech Wizard Daito Manabe loves the intersection

between music and technology -- this isn't his first experiment, after all.

But this may be his weirdest yet, combining a drum machine -- one that's powered by human

fingers and their electrical impulses -- with an electroshock audio

visualizer, hooked up to a poor guy's face. The result appears to be either

a deleted scene from A Clockwork Orange, or a psych ward treatment

gone horribly wrong.

The clip pretty much shows it all, but essentially, Manabe has mapped a MIDI

box with different drum sounds to each of his five fingers, so that when he

makes contact with any human body part, it registers as a noise. Meanwhile,

he has electroshock probes hooked up to the face muscles of his subject,

which are also tapped into the same MIDI source. When he plays a different

sound with his fingers, different parts of his face twitch in time with the

sounds. It's awesome, but weird. Really weird, actually.

[via Gizmodo]

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