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The Body-Sonic

Interactive sound performance

Arduino, athletic sleeves, camera harness


The Body-Sonic is a sound performance work that explores the ways affective, autonomic processes become an instrument within the folds of human and machine relationships. Designed with Jay Kirby, The Body-Sonic is a "sound suit" worn upon the chest and uses electromyography sensors to sense muscle flexion and contraction. Data from the sensors is transferred into synth noises that can be controlled by pitch, volume and within specific musical keys, turning the body into a walking, disruptive noise machine. While one individual is wearing the suit, the other performer plays samples on a MIDI controller that The Body-Sonic responds to with flexing.

Exhibited at:


Kits, Plans, and Schematics: Hyperrhiz Exhibit, Digital Studies Center, Rutgers University-Camden, Camden, NJ, October 2015.

HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Conference 2015 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, May 2015.

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