Most instruments only play music. This one also plays animated graphics.
The sounds you hear here are not what the instrument will sound like. Same for the visuals, they will not look like those. What you are seeing here is the very first step of WILLPOWER developing his body instrument to make sure sound and visuals work. The development of the sound and visuals will come in sequential steps.
BodyX is an ongoing project. It is an etextile body audiovisual instrument being made for WILLPOWER's immersive performances.
The goal is to make it an intuitive way to create both music and visual animated art in real time with the natural movements of the human body.
WILLPOWER is doing realtime chronological documentation of it right here in the Tech Lab.
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As WILLPOWER develops the tech, he takes you with him on the journey of making.
The images below correspond to different phases of the Research & Development for BodyX.
For this project, he is making eTechStyle sensors, using conductive fabrics and threads, non-conductive fabrics, using electronic components, microcontrollers, the arduino IDE, PlugData (a free and open source Visual Programming Language based on Pure Data) for making the Audio and Visuals that are being generated by the data sent wirelessly from WILLPOWER's body movements.
Click images below to access Sections of the Research & Development phases