Calvin Harris - Humanthesizer
Calvin performs a version of his new single Ready For The Weekend on a unique human synthesiser. The instrument employs 15 bikini clad models painted with Bare Conductive, a new skin safe ink which conducts electricity. When the performers touch the connection completes a circuit, triggering a sound.
The instrument consists of 34 pads on the floor which have been painted with the conductive ink and connected to a computer via some clever custom electronics. The performers stand on the pads, and touch hands to complete a circuit and trigger a sound. Different combinations of pads trigger the different sounds needed to play the track. ‘Making of’ video is also on Calvin’s YouTube channel.
The project is the result of a collaboration between Calvin Harris and masters students from the Royal College of Art’s Industrial Design Engineering programme.
Bare Conductive was developed by RCA students Bibi Nelson, Becky Pilditch, Isabel Lizardi and Matt Johnson. The custom electronics and software for the project were created by Matt Johnson, employing two Arduinos and the graphical audio programming tool Max MSP. The performers, floor pads, Arduinos and Max MSP combine to create a giant MIDI controller which is used to create music which is sequenced and quantized with Ableton Live.
Special thanks to:
RCA / Bare Conductive - Bibi Nelson, Becky Pilditch, Isabel Lizardi, Matt Johnson - http://www.bareconductive.com
Jerwood Space - http://www.jerwoodspace.co.uk
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It helps when you’ve got a band with a highly collectable catalogue, and one who have actually had some decent b-sides over the years.
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Now, I know that no-one is going to write in and congratulate us for something that they’ll pretty much take for granted. But the cleanliness of the structure pleases me greatly. It’s the latest in a line of beautiful databases that we’ve made with Kleber, who are most excellent at this sort of thing.
That’s pretty nice.
Facebook app that allows you to send a number of variations on the rock ‘horns’ to your friends. Including, coincidentally, some AC/DC horns.
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