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Now this is a wearable we can get behind. Er, literally.
AIAIAI, the Danish makers of high quality audio equipment, have teamed up with Branko, a Portuguese DJ, OWOW a Dutch design firm, and the inimitable TwerkQueen Louise, on a project they call Real Booty Music. Ladies and gentlemen, it is my distinct pleasure to introduce the Booty Drum.
This device, as its name would suggest, attaches to the dancer’s backside and uses her movements to generate sound composed of a DJ’s unique samples. If you’ve got crazy twerking skills like TwerkQueen Louise, you can generate some pretty sick beats.
The Booty Drum
“[We wanted to] develop something that’s based around how to shake your ass to music and how also you can revert things and make music with your body as well [sic],” says one of the unnamed narrators in the project’s video.
The Booty Drum uses accelerometers to record a user’s movements and assigns different beats to individual moves. A right cheek shake, for example, triggers a different sound than a left cheek movement. “These movements translate into unique velocities and triggers, so in this way the dancer triggers the musician’s samples and together they are creating a beat, or the structure, so to speak. It becomes a collaborative track between the dancer and the musician,” says another collaborator.
Without further ado, behold the experiment in all its glory.
H/T Tech Times | Screengrab via AIAIAI
Alex La Ferla is a writer, artist, and architect living and working in New York City. His work for the Daily Dot focused on internet culture.